Tele-Therapy Regulations

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Tuesday, July 7th to Wednesday, September 30th

Please join us in an online, open forum on telehealth. NCB is providing an opportunity for clinicians to ask each other questions, share observations and adapted telehealth protocols for the SoT population via an online forum and technical exchange. This conversation will be a forum for peer-led informational exchange. NCB staff will assist in facilitating and monitoring the conversation.

Directions: Please watch Eugene Augusterfer’s presentation and interview Telemedicine in Mental Health first. Then feel free to join us in this open forum. All are welcome to join this forum, whether you have an account on or not. For more information on using the forum, please read the directions on the first post. Please keep your comments respectful, relevant, factual, and do not share identifying information about clients per client privacy and HIPAA regulations. This forum will be open from July 6, 2020 through September 30, 2020.

(Updated 7/1/2020)

There have been changes to teletherapy regulations due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Stay up to date with the links below. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any tele-health platform. If you would like to share information with us to post, please email Ann Lundberg, NCB Logistics and Communications Coordinator, at

COVID 19 changes to telemedicine (Posted 3/26/2020)

Changes to telemedicine regulations are summed up in this Medscape article shared with us by Eugene Augusterfer of HPRT. (Free registration is required to view the article.)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Changes to Regulations due to COVID-19:

The FCC is offering grants for telehealth to help health care providers provide connect care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations in response to the novel Coronavirus. - Shared with us by Eugene Augusterfer

The American Psychological Association (APA) has called on states to lift interstate laws for telemental health during COVID

This post has been shared with us by Cynthia Grguric at International Psychology and Healing.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updates about COVID-19 tele-health and billing

It appears that the government waiver for Covid-19 care covers Medicare, which is a national program so all states are covered in the waiver. The second paper is on guidance for states, which administer Medicaid for individual states. Thus, each state has the right to set their own rules regarding telehealth, to include during this crisis. Each program needs to contact their individual state and check their states ruling on this issue. - From Eugene F. Augusterfer, Deputy Director and Director of Telemedicine, Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma

Links to FAQ and a paper from the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT): 

The Federation of State Medical Boards has created a list of states that have modified in-state licensure requirements. (Posted 6/25/2020)

If you have any regulations you think would be helpful to add please use the comment section below or contact Ann Lundberg at at


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