Dental Compact (DDH) Enacted by 7th State

Maine has officially become the 7th state to enact the Dentist & Dental Hygienist Licensure Compact (DDH compact). This compact simplifies the process for dentists and dental hygienists to practice across state lines, addressing workforce shortages and increasing access to dental care. The 7th state agreement represents the final enactment of the compact.

The following states previously enacted legislation: Washington, Kansas, Iowa, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Tennessee.

Summer 2024: Formation of the Compact Commission

The next milestone for the DDHs Compact will be the formation of the Compact Commission in 2024. Each member state must appoint one representative to serve on the commission. This “commissioner” is selected by the state’s dental licensing board and must be a member of the board. The commissioner’s role is crucial for ensuring that the compact’s objectives are met. The commissioner also ensures that the implementation process aligns with state regulations.

Fall 2024: Inaugural Commission Meeting

In Fall 2024, the state commissioners will come together for the inaugural meeting of the Compact Commission. This meeting marks the beginning of an effort to make the compact operational. Commissioners will elect an executive committee and vote on initial rules. These meetings will be open to the public, promoting transparency and stakeholder engagement.

2025 and Beyond: Creation of the Compact Data System

One of the most critical tasks for the Compact Commission is the creation of a comprehensive data system, which will be foundational to the compact’s operations. This system will facilitate communication of licensure and compact privilege information among member states. The development of this data system will take 10-12 months, with varying timelines for states to onboard once it is available.

2025: Additional Commission Meetings

Throughout 2025, the Compact Commission will hold meetings to advance rule making and operational logistics. These meetings will include the hiring of staff, budget and fee structure decisions, and selection of a secretariat organization.

Privilege Applications Open

Once the commissioners establish a data system is operational and application process, the Compact Commission will open applications for compact privileges. Upon approval, eligible dentists and dental hygienists will receive confirmation of their compact privileges, allowing them to practice in the member states of their choice.

Follow the progress of the Dentist & Dental Hygienist Licensure Compact to stay informed about upcoming developments and how they may impact dental practice nationwide.

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