For Counselors, MFTs, Psychologists, and Clinical Social Workers
As you’ve navigated the legal-ethical vicissitudes of teletherapy during COVID-19, you’ve likely encountered clients leaving your state of licensure. Whenever a client leaves your state of licensure for another state — whether to travel or permanently move — you want and need to answer the question of whether it is permissible for you to work with that client in that state.
Prior to COVID-19 many, but by no means all, state licensing boards had existent temporary practice provisions. During the peak of the pandemic, many states created or expanded temporary practice provisions. Now, as the state of emergency has ended in the majority of states, those created or expanded temporary practice provisions have ended or are soon to end. As a result, the default is that the regular/non-emergency temporary practice provisions — or lack thereof — are returned to; however, a number of licensing boards are taking action to make permanent the expansion of temporary practice provisions. A handful of states are taking it a step further and creating a path to registration as an interstate telehealth provider which provides for more permanent practice provision by out-of-state providers. Additionally, a number of states have modified their temporary practice and cross-state practice rules to reflect a maturation in the robustness and complexity of their rules.
This tool is a collection of non-emergency rules temporary practice provisions by state licensing boards. If a state had created or expanded temporary practice provisions under the state of emergency which are still in effect, those are reflected in addition to the regular/non-emergency temporary practice provisions. If those created or expanded emergency temporary practice provisions have a grace period before the non-emergency rules are returned to, those are also reflected in addition to the regular/non-emergency temporary practice provision or prohibition status.
This collection is not exhaustive. We are updating it as and when we are made aware of new declarations or rule amendments.
The current state of cross-jurisdictional practice is complex and rapidly evolving. For educational support to understand how cross-jurisdictional practice works and how to navigate it, please see our CE course, Cross-Border Practice in the Age of Telehealth: Interstate and International Mental Health Practice, 2021 Edition
Choose a State To Get Started
Choose a state on the map below, whose practice rules you want to know, e.g. where your client is.