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HECC Agency Staff Recommend Rule Changes to Facilitate the Certification of Psilocybin Facilitator Training Programs

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On August 11, 2022, the staff of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission (“HECC”) released a memorandum outlining their recommended changes to HECC regulations to make it easier for aspiring psilocybin facilitator training programs to attain HECC licensure. (For background, read more in this June 1 article.)

HECC staff identified two major obstacles for training programs seeking HECC licensure. First, some training programs reported difficulty in obtaining general liability insurance, as required for licensure under current HECC rules. Second, the current regulatory definition of “qualified instructor” serves as an impediment because the type of formalized training and experience required under current regulations is not obtainable in the psilocybin context.

The proposed rule changes address these issues directly. In the case of general liability insurance, staff recommends that each training program seeking HECC licensure instead submit a non-refundable payment to HECC’s Tuition Protection Fund. In the case of instructor qualifications, HECC staff recommends that training facility staff be considered qualified if they are “identified with a program approved by” the Oregon Health Authority.

Green Light Law Group is currently advising several organizations seeking HECC certification and approval of their training programs. We are optimistic that HECC will act on these staff recommendations and allow training programs to train the first generation of Oregon-licensed psilocybin facilitators so that the Measure 109 framework can timely begin operating. Stay tuned for further updates.