COVID-19 PREPARATION AND PREVENTION IN YOUR PRACTICE: Updated: 9/10/2020
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:
- Weekly Wednesday Update #25 (9/10/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #24 (9/2/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #23 (8/26/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #22 (8/19/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #21 (8/12/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #20 (8/5/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #19 (7/29/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #18 (7/22/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #17 (7/15/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #16 (7/8/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update: SPECIAL EDITION: Outgoing LSBEP Chairperson Address #15 (7/1/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #14 (6/24/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #13 (6/17/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #12 (License Renewal Edition) (6/10/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #11 (6/3/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #10 (5/27/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #9 (5/20/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #8 (5/13/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #7 (5/6/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #6 (4/29/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #5 (4/22/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #4 (4/15/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #3 – Addendum (4/8/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #3 (4/8/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #2 (4/1/2020)
- Weekly Wednesday Update #1 (3/25/2020)
- LSBEP Email: Clarifying Email Re: FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION – Covid19 (3/22/2020)
- LSBEP Email: FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION – Covid19 (3/22/2020)
ORDERS AND PROCLAMATIONS:
- July 11, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards issues Additional Phase II Mitigation Measures mandating face coverings: 89-JBE-2020.
- June 4, 2020 – Extension of LDH Order#2020-COVID-19-ALL-020 until further notice: LDH_2020-covid_020_06042020
- June 26, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards extends Emergency Proclamation 83-JBE-2020 until July 24, 2020.
- June 4, 2020 –LDH Order#2020-COVID-19-ALL-020
- May 14, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards extends Emergency Proclamation 58-JBE-2020 until June 5, 2020.
- April 27, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards extends “Stay at Home” Order until May 15, 2020.
- April 24, 2020 – LDH Clarification to the “Amended and Updated” LDH Order #2020-Covid19-ALL-010 effective April 27, 2020
- April 20, 2020 – LDH Order #2020-Covid19-ALL-010 Amended and Updated
- April 19, 2020 – CMS Guidelines: Re-opening Facilities to Provide Non-emergency Non-COVID-19 Healthcare: Phase I
- April 7, 2020 – LDH – Order #2020-Covid19-ALL-010 Extended until April 30, 2020
- April 2, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards extends “Stay at Home” Order until April 30, 2020 (Proclamation 41-JBE-2020).
- March 22, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE ATTENTION AND ACTION LDH Notice #2020-Covid19-ALL-010– La Department of Health, NOTICE/ORDER to ALL “…Healthcare Professionals licensed, certified authorized or permitted by any board, authority or commission under LDH”
- Per email correspondence with LDH Attorney Latoya Robertson on March 23, 2020, it is LDH’s position that the LSBEP is required to investigate all complaints of violations of Dr. Guidry’s orders. Violations will be subject to disciplinary action by the LSBEP.
- March 22, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards issues “Stay at Home” Order via (Proclamation Number 33 JBE 2020) in response to COVID-19
- March 16, 2020 – Governor Edwards has issued additional directives, including directives to state agencies in Executive Order JBE-EO-30
- March 13, 2020 the President of the United States declared COVID-19 a national emergency.
- March 11, 2020 – Governor John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency (Proclamation Number 25JBE 2020) in response to COVID-19
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.
- Louisiana Department of Health –
- Informational Bulletin 20-4:COVID-19 – MHR Telemedicine/Telehealth (Revised April 8, 2020)
- Informational Bulletin 20-5:COVID-19 Provider Update (Revised April 30, 2020)
- Informational Bulletin 20-6:COVID-19 – LMHP Telemedicine/Telehealth (Revised April 9, 2020)
- Informational Bulletin 20-7:COVID-19 – SUD Telemedicine/Telehealth (Revised April 9, 2020)
- Informational Bulletin 20-8:CARES Act Provider Relief Funding (Revised April 29, 2020)
- HIPPA: “Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency” – https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html
- Medicare Learning Network, Centers for Medicaid/Medicare Services (CMS) Publication “Telehealth Services” ICN MLN901705 March 2020 – https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNProducts/Downloads/TelehealthSrvcsfctsht.pdf
- APA RESOURCES:
- The Louisiana Psychological Association has information on their website related to training (including Telehealth Webinars) and support in your practice during COVID19. You can access their page at https://louisianapsychologicalassociation.org/
- Louisiana Department of Health –
- TELESUPERVISION– An “Application for Authorization to Provide Tele-supervision to Psychology Trainees/Unlicensed Assistants” is required.
- The application fee is required for all submissions beginning September 1, 2020.
- Applications should be mailed to: 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.
- You will receive an email notification of receipt/approval.
- On April 3, 2020, for the period beginning March 11, 2020, through the duration of the Governor’s “Stay at Home” Order, the Board voted to waive the requirement that at least 50% of approved tele-supervision of trainees and assistants be provided in-person. All other supervision requirements remain the same (e.g., minimum supervision time requirements, appropriateness of activities delegated to assistants and trainees, etc.).
- OUT OF STATE PSYCHOLOGISTS – An Out-of-State Psychologist may register to practice on a temporary basis under the Emergency Temporary Registration** in response to the COVID-19 emergency and under the Louisiana Administrative Code, Ch. 10, §1002. **This provision requires that the registrant be associated with an organized relief effort, and provide gratuitous services.
To apply, complete the EMERGENCY TEMPORARY REGISTRATION APPLICATION (for Out of State Psychologists), this form must be notarized. 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. IF YOU DO NOT MEET THE QUALIFICATIONS FOR EMERGENCY TEMPORARY REGISTRATION, you may still apply for a traditional Temporary Registration which will allow you to practice in Louisiana for not more than 30 days (non-consecutive) in a calendar year. This registration may be applied for up to three calendar years.
- TO EXPEDITE – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org;
- 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 – For the 2020 renewal period, the Board is waiving the requirement that CPD credits must be obtained from at least two different subcategories under the LAC 803. That is, licensees can obtain all CPD credits from activities in one of the nine subcategories listed in the LAC Chapter 8. Additionally, for BOTH the 2018-2020 and 2019-2021 renewal periods, the board reduced the number of required CPD credits from 40 to 30, understanding the hardship imposed on all licensees during this crisis.
- LICENSING – The following provisions have been considered and modified in order to continue processing applications for psychologists, specialists in school psychology, and provisional licensure:
- The Board will waive the in-person requirement for administration of the Oral Examination and will conduct face-to-face examinations via Zoom.
- Criminal Background Check requirements have not been waived. Information on obtaining a background check will be mailed directly to the applicant.
- EXAMINATION FOR PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE IN PSYCHOLOGY (EPPP) –
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. The best point of contact will be via email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
- LA Department of Health – Guidance on the Provision of Health Care Services in a Non-Discriminatory Manner During the COVID19 Event
- LA Department of Health Provider & Plan Resources (advisories and information): http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/page/1734
- APA Resources for use in your practice – https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics
- “Prepare for your Health” U.S. Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/cpr/prepareyourhealth/index.html
- “Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities: U.S. Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/healthcare-facilities/index.html
- “Information specific to Coronavirus” U.S. Center for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/
- Louisiana specific information and links regarding Coronavirus, Office of the Governor of Louisiana: https://gov.louisiana.gov/index.cfm/page/89
- Louisiana Department of Health – http://ldh.la.gov/Coronavirus/
- OTHER HELPFUL RESOURCES –
- La Department of Health Advisory Memo #2020-COVID19-ALL PROVIDERS-001 from Interim Secretary Stephen R. Russo to all health care providers. Contains a summary of recent federal legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the types of funding available to health care providers.
- The Louisiana Department of Health – Office of Behavioral Health (LDH-OBH) is providing free, 24/7 counseling support services for Louisiana citizens. These services can be accessed through: http://ldh.la.gov/index.cfm/newsroom/detail/5492.
NOTICE: The Board Office will be CLOSED on the following dates:
- September 7, 2020 – Labor Day
- November 11, 2020 – Veterans Day
- November 26, 2020 – Thanksgiving Day
- December 25, 2020 – Christmas Day
- January 1, 2021 – New Year’s Day
- April 2, 2021 – Good Friday
- May 31, 2021 – Memorial Day*
- July 5, 2020 – Independence Day (observed)
|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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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; email@example.com; (225)295-8410 •Committee on House & Governmental Affairs, La. House of Representatives:Submit to: H&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 to: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.