For the purposes of preparing for, responding to, and mitigating any effect of COVID-19, on April 3, 2020, the Board held an emergency meeting to discuss emergency rule 64B4ER20-24, Florida Administrative Codes. This rule allows registered interns to provide telehealth services during the next 90 days if they establish and adhere to the following:
- The registered intern has a qualified supervisor and maintains a qualified supervisor for the duration of the application of this rule; and
- The registered intern has a written telehealth protocol and safety plan in place with their current qualified supervisor which includes the provision that the qualified supervisor must be readily available during the electronic therapy session.
The emergency rule also allows qualified supervisors to utilize face-to-face electronic methods (including telephone only communication) to conduct all supervision sessions for internship hours.
For the filed emergency rule language, please click here.
For further information regarding telehealth, please click here.
Please click the link for the Emergency Order allowing out of state mental health professionals to offer services in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic. http://flhealthsource.gov/pdf/DOH-EO-20-003.pdf
Emergency Order 20-114 was recently released that extends Executive Order 20-52, which gives the timeframe for allowing out of state mental health professionals to offer services in Florida during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please see the link for additional information. https://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/pdfs/EO-20-114.pdf