Oregon: Further Important Update on Psilocybin Facilitator Training Programs

IMPORTANT UPDATE on Psilocybin Facilitator Training Programs
Dear Partners,

Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) continues to work diligently in anticipation of accepting facilitator training program curriculum applications beginning Monday, June 6, 2022. More information on how training programs can apply for curriculum approval will be announced soon.

OPS recently learned that psilocybin facilitator training programs may be subject to licensure by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) in Oregon. We wanted to share the information we have at this time and will continue to update you as we learn more.

Under state law, career schools must be licensed by the HECC (see ORS 345.010 to 345.450). A career school is defined in state law as “any private proprietary professional, technical, home study, correspondence, business or other school instruction, organization or person that offers any instruction or training for the purpose or purported purpose of instructing, training or preparing persons for any profession,” ORS 345.010(3).

OPS recommends that psilocybin training programs review the licensure laws below related to career schools and contact the HECC if they have questions. OPS cannot make any determinations about whether HECC licensure is required, as that is a decision that the HECC must make. That said, HECC licensure is not a prerequisite to getting curriculum approval from OPS. Psilocybin facilitator training programs should contact the HECC if they believe they meet the requirements in ORS 345.015 or they believe they would qualify for private career school exemption via the HECC. The attached exemption form should be sent to the HECC if a psilocybin facilitator training program qualifies for an exemption.

 

LICENSING

      345.015 Application of ORS 345.010 to 345.450. ORS 345.010 to 345.450 do not apply to:

(1) Instruction or training solely avocational or recreational in nature or to institutions offering such education exclusively.

(2) Instruction or training sponsored or offered by a bona fide trade, business, professional or fraternal organization or by a business primarily for the organization’s membership or the business’s employees.

(3) Instruction or training sponsored, offered or contracted by organizations, institutions or agencies, if the instruction or training is advertised or promoted to be in the nature of professional self-improvement or personal self-improvement and the instruction or training is not:

(a) Advertised or promoted as leading to or fulfilling the requirements for licensing, certification, accreditation or education credentials; or

(b) Leading to an occupation, employment or other activity for which a person may reasonably expect financial compensation.

(4) Courses offered in hospitals that meet standards prescribed by the American Medical Association or national accrediting associations for nursing.

(5) Courses, instruction or training offered for a limited number of hours, as defined by rule of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

(6) Schools offering only courses of an advanced training or continuing educational nature when offered solely to licensed practitioners and people previously qualified or employed in the profession for which a course is being offered.

(7) Courses, instruction or training offered to prepare a student to become certified as a nursing assistant or a medication aide in compliance with standards prescribed by the Oregon State Board of Nursing.

(8) Schools that the Higher Education Coordinating Commission:

(a) Determines are adequately regulated by other means that guarantee the school meets the standards described in ORS 345.325; and

(b) As a result of the determination described in paragraph (a) of this subsection, grants an exemption from the licensure requirements of ORS 345.010 to 345.450.

(9) Schools offering only review instruction to prepare a student to take an examination to enter a profession, where the student has completed prior training related to the profession.

(10) Schools described in ORS 348.597 and, except as provided in ORS 345.017, schools approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission to confer or offer to confer academic degrees under ORS 348.606.

(11) Any parochial or denominational institution providing instruction or training relating solely to religion and that does not grant degrees.

 

For more information about HECC licensure, please see contact information below:

For Private Career School License – Exemption Request & Student Complaints
Matthew Altman – Phone: 503-881-2738
Matthew.ALTMAN@hecc.oregon.gov

For Private Career School License – New School Licensure
Peter Gertenrich – Phone: 503-551-8236
Peter.GERTENRICH@hecc.oregon.gov

For Schools Operating Without a Private Career School License – Cease and Desist Letters
Monika Peterson – Phone: 503-507-8726
Monika.PETERSON@state.or.us


Sincerely,
The Oregon Psilocybin Services Team
www.oregon.gov/psilocybin

 

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