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Tele-Mental Health for Mental Health Professionals

RECORDED DIGITAL COURSE

TITLE:  Tele-Mental Health: Stay Connected!

INSTRUCTOR: Harry Morgan, LTC USAR (ret.) M.A., M.Div., Th.M., PhD, LMHC

As a service to mental health professionals, NCC is offering a FREE recorded digital course for Mental Health Professionals  interested in  an introduction to Tele-Mental Health.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  1. Brief description of biblical counseling.
  2. Define tele-mental health counseling.
  3. Identify telehealth the benefits, drawbacks, research, history, settings, and locations.
  4. Identify major ethical and legal guidelines for tele-mental health counseling in the US.
  5. Identify HIPPA compliance issues for mental health professionals.
  6. Offer resources for tele-mental health clinicians.

Click Here to access Tele-Mental Health Course Video

Click Here to access Tele-Mental Health Course Handout

COVID-19 Resources for Mental Health Professionals

RECORDED DIGITAL SEMINAR

PESI formally Professional Education Systems Institute

TITLE:  Telehealth for Mental Health Professionals: 2-Day Distance Therapy Training

PRESENTER: Joni Gilbert, MA, NCC, LCPC, BC-TMH

As a service to mental health professionals, PESI is offering a FREE 2-day digital seminar for mental health professionals interested in learning about Telehealth. The use of technology is a common expectation of clients in today’s world (and a requirement for some clients). Providing distance therapy services makes sense for your practice, but understanding all the legal, ethical, business and in-session challenges can seem daunting. What are all the legal and ethical risks? Is distance therapy effective? How do I even get started? Watch this recording and get the answers to your questions!

Providing distance therapy services will allow you to gain access to more clients and provide quality care for your clients wherever they are.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • The key terminology, evidence, benefits and risks.
  • The unique legal and ethical concerns associated, such as privacy, security and crossing state lines.
  • The policies, procedures and best practices you need to know to get started and while protecting your professional liability.
  • How to navigate challenging telehealth business questions involving marketing, payments, billing and insurance.
  • Demonstrations of the technology options and strategies for how to use them effectively.

It is excellent – worth your time.  It normally is $439.00. It does provide a certificate if you are interested for a fee.

To secure a copy of this digital seminar, go online at https://catalog.pesi.com/item/52191/, add this digital seminar to your shopping cart.  Open your account or create an account and proceed to checkout screen and enter the discount code TELEFREE in the discount box (Not the MAIL CODE).  You do not need to enter your credit info to complete this transaction. 

HHS.gov MENTAL HEALTH UPDATES

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications during Covid-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

 We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency. We are especially concerned about reaching those most at risk, including older persons and persons with disabilities. – Roger Severino, Office of Civil Rights – OCT Director.

The Dept of Health and Human Services has allowed some latitude at this time for mental health clinicians.  Read more: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html

Under this Notice, covered health care providers may use popular applications that allow for video chats.  Covered health care providers that seek additional privacy protections for telehealth while using video communication products should provide such services through technology vendors that are HIPAA compliant and will enter into HIPAA business associate agreements (BAAs) in connection with the provision of their video communication products.  To read the list of vendors that represent that they provide HIPAA-compliant video communication products and meet this criteria (scroll to the bottom of the page): https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html

BEST PRACTICE – ONLINE CHOICES OF PLATFORMS

LINKS FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

A Guide to Transitioning Your Clinic to a Remote Work Environment

Medicare Telehealth Healthcare Provider Fact Sheet

Use of Telemedicine While Providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Guidance

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance