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Alert: Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) to begin receiving applications for facilitator training program curriculum approval beginning Monday, June 6

Greetings,

Oregon Psilocybin Services (OPS) will begin receiving applications for facilitator training program curriculum approval beginning Monday, June 6, 2022 at 9:00am PDT. Detailed information about the application process, including an application guide for training programs seeking curriculum approval, can be found on our Apply for Training Program Curriculum Approval webpage.

The OPS Training program, Licensing, and Compliance system (TLC) is a new online platform where training programs will apply for curriculum approval, complete a curriculum worksheet, and upload a copy of their detailed training program curriculum. As a reminder, requirements for training program curriculum are outlined in OAR 333-333-3005 to 333-333-3090, which can be reviewed on the Oregon Secretary of State webpage.

The application will also be available to download and print. If you will need these written materials in other languages, braille, large print, or other formats, please contact us by calling (971) 341-1713 or by emailing OHA.Psilocybin@dhsoha.state.or.us. Applications will not be reviewed until a non-refundable application fee of $500 has been paid and cleared. OPS cannot accept electronic payments at this time. Please see the webpage for more information about current payment method options. Due to limitations in predicting application volume, it may take OPS several weeks to review applications. Thank you for your patience.

Once OPS begins approving applications, a list of training programs with approved curriculums will be posted on the OPS webpage.

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
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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