Update to Mental Health Professionals on Coronavirus

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Update to Mental Health Professionals on Coronavirus

Mental Health Professionals:

Colorado’s Mental Health Boards are alerting the public that it is at the discretion of mental health providers to account for current circumstances and use their best judgment in choosing telehealth as a modality. This information is in light of the continuing spread of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and addresses safety concerns of professionals due to the close proximity to clients inherent in face-to-face communications.

Professionals licensed, registered or certified in the state and treating clients within Colorado may conduct teletherapy sessions. Policy 30-1 recommends that the initial consultation be face to face. However, it is at the discretion of the mental health professional as to the type of modality of treatment format that is appropriate for the client - especially in light of recent guidance given by the CDC and other public health organizations.

Pursuant to Section 12-245-217(2)(e), a person who resides in another state and who is currently licensed or certified as a psychologist, marriage and family therapist, clinical social worker, addiction counselor, or professional counselor performing mental-health activities in Colorado, may perform within the scope of the person’s license or certification for 20 days per year in the state as long as the professional isn’t in violation of the Mental Health Practice Act and discloses that their license or certification in good standing is not issued in Colorado. These professionals would still need to adhere to their issuing state’s rules, regulations and laws regarding telehealth.

The Division of Professions and Occupations may issue additional guidance in this area in the coming days to ensure ongoing business continuity in the delivery of healthcare services. The Division is looking for additional ways to reduce the barriers for healthcare providers during this time, so licensees can expect more communications as circumstances unfold. Please continue to monitor your emails and/or check for updates to licensees on the Department of Regulatory Agencies website.

More general information on COVID-19 is available from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, including Guidelines for Healthcare Providers. Further information can be located on the Centers for Disease Control website.


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