COVID-19
PREPARATION AND
PREVENTION IN YOUR PRACTICE:
Updated: 4/1/2020

The Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (“Board”) is aware of the threat that COVID-19 poses.  The following information is being provided to keep you apprised of all orders and provide applicable resources and information to individuals licensed by this Board:

WEEKLY WEDNESDAY UPDATES AND NOTICES:

ORDERS AND PROCLAMATIONS:

RESOURCES AND INFORMATION APPLICABLE TO YOUR PRACTICE DURING THIS EMERGENCY:

  • TELEHEALTH/TELEPSYCHOLOGY– The Board requires a license (or temporary registration) in Louisiana to practice psychology via telehealth.  If you are licensed in Louisiana, no additional certification is required to utilize this modality.  LSBEP has adopted guidelines that address the practice of Telepsychology as well supervision via Telepsychology (Louisiana Telepsychology Guidelines).  In all cases, you are expected to follow the provisions of the Psychology Practice Act, the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 46. Psychologist and any other provision related to your practice in Louisiana. NOTE: Due to the relaxation of HIPPA guidelines and the CMS Telehealth Waiver outlined in the resources below, the requirement under LSBEP Telepsychology Guidelines which require “two-way video and audio transmissions simultaneously” is likewise waived for the duration of this emergency. 
  • TELESUPERVISION– An “Application for Authorization to Provide Tele-supervision to Psychology Trainees/Unlicensed Assistants” is required.  You will receive an email notification of receipt/approval.  The application fee of $25 will be waived and the approval valid until May 1, 2020.  After this date, if you will to continue to provide Telesupervision to the trainee/unlicensed assistant, a new application with $25 fee will be required.  Should the state of emergency continue or worsen, this waiver will be reconsidered.
    • TO EXPEDITE (within one working day)- Email: jaime.monic@la.gov;
    • STAFF WILL NOT BE READILY AVAILABLE TO ACCEPT YOUR FAXED OR MAILED REGISTRATION –  While this remains an option, please expect delays if you submit your registrations via fax or mail: Facsimile: 225-295-8412; or Mail: 4334 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite C-150, Baton Rouge, LA  70816.  Practice under this registration provision shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 46 Part LXIII. Psychologists.
  • OUT OF STATE PSYCHOLOGISTS An Out-of-State Psychologist may register to practice on a temporary basis by completing the “EMERGENCY TEMPORARY REGISTRATION APPLICATION (for Out of State Psychologists“.  Emergency Temporary Registrations are expedited and issued to any individual not currently licensed in Louisiana who submits to the board the required application and a primary source verification of current, unrestricted licensure at a doctoral level from the state of their current residence.   For the COVID-19 response, the Board will waive the requirement for the psychologist to be associated with an organized relief effort in order to provide Telepsychology to individuals impacted.  HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR REGISTRATION:
    • TO EXPEDITE – Email: jaime.monic@la.gov;
    • STAFF WILL NOT BE READILY AVAILABLE TO ACCEPT YOUR FAXED OR MAILED REGISTRATION –  While this remains an option, please expect delays if you submit your registrations via fax or mail: Facsimile: 225-295-8412; or Mail: 4334 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., Suite C-150, Baton Rouge, LA  70816.  Practice under this registration provision shall be in accordance with the provisions of the Louisiana Administrative Code, Title 46 Part LXIII. Psychologists.
  • CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND RENEWALS– This matter is on our radar and will be reviewed and considered at the next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board on April 3, 2020.  We are aware of challenges that have been created by in person training activities and peer groups being cancelled.
  • LICENSING – The Board will continue to process applications for licensure, specialists in school psychology, and provisional licensure.  No Oral Examinations will be scheduled for the April 3, 2020 meeting due to travel restrictions and exposure risks.  We anticipate resuming Oral Examination on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 unless the current state of emergency continues or worsens.
  • EXAMINATION FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN PSYCHOLOGY (EPPP) –

    Pearson has made the determination to close the US and Canadian Test Centers until April 16, 2020.  This situation will be monitored and if the window for temporary closings is  extended, candidates will be notified.  Updates on the Pearson site can be found:  https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update. ASPPB has posted a FAQ page regarding the rescheduling process at ASPPB COVID19, EPPP Update 

  • BOARD OPERATIONS – The board will remain functional to address essential operations. Some deliverables may be delayed as a result.  Work schedules have been altered for essential personnel to work remotely or stagger shifts.  Shifts for all non-essential employees (student workers) have been canceled through April 3, 2020 or further notice.  The best point of contact will be via email to admin.lsbep@la.gov or jaime.monic@la.gov.  Our main office is shared with another board and we have a common area shared with another office, therefore our office is CLOSED to ALL visitors until April 3, 2020, except to receive mail and courier deliveries.  This is required to ensure the continued health of essential employees and continued operations of the board.  The next board meeting is scheduled for April 3, 2020, Governor Edwards has issued an Executive Order JBE-EO-30 which may impact the format or continuance of this meeting.  Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

  • ORGANIZED VOLUNTEER EFFORTS IN LOUISIANA Register to volunteer through LAVA (Louisiana Volunteers in Action) at www.lava.dhh.louisiana.gov. LAVA is administered by the LA Department of Health, Office of Public Health to recruit, credential, train, manage and deploy volunteers (medical and non-medical) to assist during emergencies.
  • PRACTICE DURING COVID-19 –  In determining best practice guidelines during this emergency, in order to protect your patients/clients, staff and yourself, you are encouraged to follow the guidance of your national, state and local governments.  The following resources are available to help you stay informed and prepared.

NOTICE: The Board Office will be CLOSED on the following dates:

  • March 23, 2020 through April 12, 2020 – LSBEP Office Closed to the Public re Proclamation Number 33 JBE 2020. Essential personnel will work from home, please communicate your needs via email to jaime.monic@la.govor admin.lsbep@la.gov.
  • April 10, 2020 – Good Friday
  • May 25, 2020 – Memorial Day*
  • July 3, 2020 – Independence Day
  • September 7, 2020 – Labor Day
  • November 11, 2020 – Veterans Day
  • November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day
  • December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day
Louisiana Revised Statute 1:55 declares days of public rest and legal holidays.  * Inauguration Day is a holiday in the City of Baton Rouge once every four years, and Memorial Day shall be annually proclaimed as a legal holiday as specified in R.S.1.55. General Election Day is a state holiday the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November in even-numbered years.

 

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Mission Statement: To safeguard life, health, property, and the public welfare, and in order to protect the people of this state against unauthorized, unqualified and improper application of psychology.


NOTICE: In compliance with Act 655 of the 2018 Regular Session, the LSBEP hereby gives notice to its licensees and applicants of their opportunity to file a complaint about board actions and board procedures. You may submit such complaints to one or more of the following organizations:
•Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists:Submit in writing to: LSBEP, 4334 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd., #C-150, Baton Rouge, LA  70816; admin.lsbep@la.gov; (225)295-8410
•Committee on House & Governmental Affairs, La. House of Representatives:Submit toH&GA@legis.la.gov or Committee on House & Governmental Affairs, La. House of Representatives, PO Box 44486, Baton Rouge, LA 70804; (225) 342-2403
•Committee on Senate & Governmental Affairs; La Senate:Submit tos&g@legis.la.gov or Committee on Senate & Governmental Affairs; La Senate PO Box 94183, Baton Rouge, LA 70804; (225)342-9845


NOTICE: In compliance with La. R.S. 44:33.1, the LSBEP hereby gives notice that information submitted to the LSBEP may become public record pursuant to the provisions of Louisiana Public Records Law, La. R.S. 44:1, et seq.