Dear DVOMB Approved Providers:
The Division of Criminal Justice, Office of Domestic Violence and Sex Offender Management (ODVSOM) has been monitoring the COVID-19 virus and assessing the situation along with its impact over the last year. The ODVSOM has reviewed literature and gathered data from stakeholders about the continued use of Teletherapy or E-Therapy in the era following the COVID-19 pandemic. There are numerous practical, clinical, and safety-related considerations regarding Teletherapy or E-Therapy with domestic violence offenders.
On March 12th, 2021, the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) approved an indefinite extension of the Teletherapy or E-Therapy Variance approvals until the DVOMB adopts Standards and Guidelines regarding its use. This means that Approved Providers who were approved to use Teletherapy or E-Therapy Variance may continue doing so until further notice by the DVOMB. As part of this decision, the DVOMB also directed the Application Review Committee (ARC) to draft Standards and Guidelines around the appropriate and safe use of Teletherapy.
Approved Providers are required to sign the following agreement (click here) in order for their Teletherapy or E-therapy variance to be extended indefinitely. Approved Providers who do not sign this agreement will not be allowed to provide Teletherapy or E-therapy under the DVOMB Standards after April 1st, 2021. Additionally, Approved Providers must have signed agreements by any client receiving Teletherapy or E-therapy. Approved Providers may use this form (click here) or may include these provisions as part of existing disclosure forms.
Please note the indefinite extension is not a general endorsement for the use of Teletherapy or E-Therapy with domestic violence offenders. While vaccination rates offer optimism, the DVOMB understands it may not be possible for all providers or clients to transition back to face-to-face services. The DVOMB will consider the drafted recommendations of the ARC in the interim. All stakeholders will be provided notice of these proposed revisions to the Standards and Guidelines with the opportunity to provide comment and feedback.