State Psychology Board Telepsychology Laws, Regulations, Policies, Opinions

California  California Telehealth Advancement Act of 2011, http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_0401-0450/ab_415_bill_20111007_chaptered.pdf.

Colorado State Board of Psychologist Examiners Policy 30-1 adopted 4-8-11. Teletheray Policy: Guidance Regarding Psychotherapy Through Electronic Means within the State of Colorado. At https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/Psychologist_Laws#Policies.

Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists Regulations in CDR 24-3500, Section 18.0 Telepsychology at http://regulations.delaware.gov/AdminCode/title24/3500.pdf define telepsychology and standards for practicing telepsychology. As of January 2016 the licensing law (Title 24, Chapter 35, Section 3502 (6) defines the “practice of psychology” to include “the use of telemedicine”. At http://delcode.delaware.gov/title24/c035/sc01/index.shtml.

Kentucky  Statute  KRS 319.140  (2000) requires informed consent and maintaining confidentiality when using telehealth http://www.lrc.ky.gov/krs/319-00/140.PDF ;  Telehealth and Telepsychology Rule  201 KAR 26: 310  (2010) at http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/201/026/310.htm.

Hawaii Chapter 465, Section 465-3 (8) provides a limited exemption for psychologists employed by the Department of Defense providing telepsychological services  http://cca.hawaii.gov/pvl/files/2013/08/hrs_pvl_465.pdf.

Idaho  Idaho Code § 54-2305-11 (2013) provides for establishing telepsychology rules http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t40c055.php. The Idaho Board of Psychologists Examiners with the Idaho Psychological Association adopted Guidelines for Electronic Transmission and Telepsychology in the State of Idaho in 2012 that are at http://www.idahoahec.org/app/uploads/sites/2/2015/04/Idaho-Telepsychology-Guidelines.pdf.

Kansas KAR 102-1-19 requires license in state to practice psychology regardless of person’s location http://www.ksbsrb.org/statutes_regs/regulationslp.html.

Mississippi Code Ann. § 73-31-3 (d)(ii)(7) and § 73-31-14(3)  practice of psychology includes telecommunications http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/mscode/.

Montana Administrative Rule 24.189.301(1) definition of a “professional relationship” includes telecommunications  http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ruleno.asp?RN=24.189.301  Admin Rule 24.189.607 (4)(d)(ii) includes teleconferencing for postdoctoral supervision http://www.mtrules.org/gateway/ruleno.asp?RN=24.189.607.

New Hampshire Chapter 329-B, Section 329-B:16 states that the “electronic practice of psychology” is subject to standards of care adopted by the New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/XXX/329-B/329-B-16.htm.

North Dakota  Administrative rule 43-51-02 defines services provided to residents of the state, regardless of how they are provided or the physical location of the provider, to be regulated by North Dakota law and rules http://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t43c51.pdf .  The North Dakota State Board of Psychologist Examiners has a Board Statement on Telepsychology in North Dakota dated October 17, 2014 at http://www.ndsbpe.org/uploads/2/9/2/4/2924803/faq_telepsychology_4-14-15.pdf.

Ohio  Ohio Administrative Code  4732-17-01 (I) Telepsychology Rules (2011) http://codes.ohio.gov/oac/4732-17.

South Carolina Code Section 40-55-50 (C) requires psychology license to provide services in the state including by telecommunications  http://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/t40c055.php.

Tennessee  Code 63-11-203(a)(2)(A)(viii) defines telepsychology http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/ (telepsychology rules being developed & reviewed by the Tennessee Board of Examiners of Psychology).

Utah  Administrative Rule R156-61-102 (3)(b) allows “direct supervision” of a supervisee in training to receive supervision remotely “…via real time electronic methods that allow for visual and audio interactions…” http://www.dopl.utah.gov/laws/R156-61.pdf.

Vermont  Statute Title 26, Chapter 055 § 3018  (1999) defines psychological services via telecommunications to be regulated by Vermont law  http://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/26/055/03018  Administrative Rule 6.4 Telepractice  includes any interjuridictional “telepractice services”  https://www.sec.state.vt.us/media/649337/Psych-RulesAdopted-Clean-1229-2014.pdf.

Wisconsin –  Administrative Code Psy 2.14 (2) states that “A psychologist provides psychological services in this state whenever the patient or client is located in this state, regardless of whether the psychologist is temporarily located in this state or is providing services by electronic or telephonic means from the state where the psychologist is licensed.  https://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/psy/2.pdf.

Colorado State Board of Psychology Examiners Administrative Policy 30-1 Teletherapy Policy- Guidance Regarding Psychotherapy Through Electronic Means in the State of Colorado http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DORA-Reg/CBON/DORA/1251632089838.

Florida – case in January 2012 board approved Florida licensed psychologist to provide telepsychology from Michigan to Florida, board opinion June, 5, 2006 regarding requirement for Florida license by Ohio psychologist in Florida and telepsychology to an Ohio citizen in Ohio.

Massachusetts – 2006 psychology board opinion Provision of Services Via Electronic Means (same as North Carolina psychology board opinion) http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/py/regulations/board-policies/provision-of-services-via-electronic-means.html.

North Carolina  2005 psychology board opinion Provision of Services Via Electronic Means, (same as New York psychology board statement) at http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/office/ElectronicServices.htm.

Texas –  Telepractice Policy Statement, Newsletter of Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Fall 1999, Vol. 12, No. 2, at http://www.tsbep.texas.gov/files/newsletters/1999Fall.pdf.

Virginia   Baker (2010) states policy statement issued by Virginia Board of Counseling Guidance on Technology-Assisted Counseling and Technology-Assisted Supervision used by the Virginia Board of Psychology  http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/counseling/guidelines/115-1.4%20Technology-Assisted.doc.

West Virginia Board of Examiners of Psychology policy statement Tele-Psychology-Skype lists cautions regarding the use of “skype” for providing psychological services http://www.wvpsychbd.org/policy_statements.htm.

Position Papers

New York –  Engaging in Telepractice position paper at http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/psych/psychtelepracticeguide.htm.

Massachusetts – 2006 psychology board opinion regarding telepsychology (same as NC opinion) http://www.mass.gov/ocabr/licensee/dpl-boards/py/regulations/board-policies/provision-of-services-via-electronic-means.html.

North Carolina  Provision of Services Via Electronic Means, 2005 position paper at http://www.ncpsychologyboard.org/office/ElectronicServices.htm.

Colorado State Board of Psychology Examiners Policies § 30-1 Teletherapy Policy http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/DORA-Reg/CBON/DORA/1251632089838.

Louisiana – board opinion that psychologist must be licensed in La to provide telepsychology, that the psychologist is expected to have had a face to face relationship established previously  (November 2010 Board minutes – not online.

Texas –  Telepractice Policy Statement, Newsletter of Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Fall 1999, Vol. 12, No. 2, at http://www.tsbep.state.tx.us/files/newsletters/1999Fall.pdf.

Committees Looking at Telepsychology Regulation/Rules

Indiana – Joint Telepsychology Task Force with state psychology association and licensing board to develop telepsychology guidelines 2012 referenced in board March 2012 newsletter at http://www.in.gov/pla/files/Psychology_Newsletter_-_March_2012.pdf and in IPA September 12, 2012 newsletter.


Compiled by Kenneth P. Drude, Ph.D. May 13, 2013

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