The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) has asked that Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) circulate the attached memo to partners.
As a reminder, psilocybin facilitator training programs may be required to be licensed by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). 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. An exemption form should be sent to the HECC if a psilocybin facilitator training program qualifies for an exemption.
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
For Private Career School License – New school Licensure
Peter Gertenrich – Phone: 503-551-8236
For Schools Operating Without a Private Career School License – Cease and Desist Letters
Monika Peterson – Phone: 503-507-8726
The Oregon Psilocybin Services Team