Telehealth Across State Lines
Some you have asked about rule changes that would allow GA psychologists to practice in other states. It is important to remember that state boards can vote on waivers or variances of their own rules and regulations, but they cannot waive other states’ rules and regulations. Therefore, the Georgia board does not have the authority to authorize Georgia psychologists’ practice in another state. If you need to provide services to clients who are in other states, please check their Board of Psychology website or the ASPPB website for
Temporary Interjurisdictional Telepsychological Practice & COVID19
for information about temporary licensure. Some states may permit temporary licensure but for a limited time; there may be an associated fee.
Resources to Support Telehealth Practice
1. APA has developed new resources that psychologists can use for telehealth. These documents have been reviewed by several practicing psychologists and APA attorneys. These files are linked below for your immediate use:
3. APA also provides information on HIPAA-conforming telehealth platforms in “
Comparing the Latest Telehealth Solutions
.” This article is like a Consumer Reports review of 3 popular telehealth platforms: Doxy.me, thera-link, and Zoom. Ratings are based on privacy/security, features, ease of use, functionality, and customer support.
Information for Students, Training Programs, and Internship Programs
APPIC has provided some
Question and Answer Guidance
for interns, training programs, and university training directors related to COVID-19 and handling internship requirements.
The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) has also provided
to academic and training programs.
Additional GPA and APA COVID-19 Resources
have dedicated COVID-19 resource pages. In particular, I call your attention to the
APA Pandemic Resource Page
which contains many excellent resources.
Support of Our Members
We know that taking care of ourselves is critical during this period. To that end, Rabia Subhani-Siddique, has graciously offered to hold a couple of free, online mindfulness sessions for GPA members. We will be getting more information to you about this in the near future.
There are many people working behind the scenes to help support all of you. I would like to specifically thank the GPA staff - Gayle Spears, Staci Bratcher, Hannah Steinberg, and Anita Brown - for their tireless support. Susan Litton, Becky Beaton, Tina Caudill, Kyle Raque, and Sean Hirt have also been putting in many hours to address concerns about telehealth and insurance issues. In addition, I am personally thankful to Rachel Kieran (Presdient Elect) and Dora Soublis (Past President) for their counsel. Many members of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee have also put in extra effort and will assist in important decision making. We will surely be calling on many more of you in the coming weeks – this takes all of us.
We plan to keep in touch with you and will share information as it becomes available to us in this ever changing world.
Laura Dilly, PhD
President, Georgia Psychological Association