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COVID-19

 

On this page:

  • TPA Updates
  • Information for Practitioners
  • Helpful Mental Health Resources
    • Talking with Your Kids During COVID-19

 

TPA Updates 

3/27: Update from TPA President Megan Mooney, PhD

 

3/25 : TPA Announces The Pro Bono Project: COVID-19

 

3/24: Read our letter to Governor Abbott and Texas DSHS calling for DSHS to re-establish its database of mental health professionals: TPA's Letter to Governor Abbott

 

3/20: Letter from TPA President Megan Mooney, PhD

 

3/16: Read our letter to TDI Commissioner Sullivan calling for immediate access to telehealth: TPA's Letter to TDI

 

3/16: Read Texas mental health professionals’ recent letter to Governor Abbott lauding expanded access to telehealth: Letter to Governor Abbott

 

 

Current Regulations & Guidelines


TSBEP

New: Important License Information

Due to the seemingly overnight need to adopt telehealth practices, TPA and TSBEP would like to remind you that licensed psychologists have specific requirements from TSBEP regarding displays of license information that presumes in-person contact with clients. If you are providing telehealth, TPA strongly urges you to post the following information on your website: 

[Insert Name] is a Licensed Psychologist with the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TX License #[Insert Number]; Expires [Insert Date]).  For information on how to verify a license, please go to www.tsbep.texas.gov.   For information on how to file a complaint, please go to the following page:  https://www.tsbep.texas.gov/how-to-file-a-complaint-enforcement.

TSBEP Guidelines on the Practice of Telepsychology

 

Governor Abbott Waives Certain Regulations for Telehealth & Telemedicine

APA

APA Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology


HIPAA

The Office for Civil Rights at the federal HHS announced it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations. This opens the door for providers to offer FaceTime or Skype, when used in good faith. (TPA recommends these as a last resort.)  Guidelines have been released.

 

Medicare

CMS announced expanded access to Medicare telehealth services. Beginning on March 6, Medicare will temporarily pay providers to provide telehealth services to Medicare beneficiaries across the country. This does not currently include telephone.

Medicaid

Texas HHS is now providing weekly COVID-19 informational updates. Here you can find a link to provider information. For additional questions, please write to Medicaid_COVID_Questions@hhsc.state.tx.us .

Interjurisdictional Practice 

ASPPB has been working with member jurisdictions (states and provinces) to determine interjurisdictional practiceHere you can find a list of states/provinces and their responses to the interjursidictional practice questions. ASPPB will update every afternoon. 

 

Information for Clinical Psychologists

Society of Clinical Psychology Telepsychology Resources

Taylor and Francis Free Content

 

Pearson

 

Information for Forensic Psychologists

Supreme Court Coronavirus Update (3/27)

 

Additional Resources

TPA

A Psychologist's Toolkit to Offering Telepsychology, TPA

 

TPA Member Blog on COVID-19

Ron Palomores, PhD, et al. (2016). Critical Concerns When Incorporating Telepractice in Outpatient Settings and Private PracticeJournal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 26(3), 252-259.

 

APA

Pandemics

This link provides an extensive collection of resources.

 

Self Care Resources

 

American Professional Agency

ALERT: COVID-19 and Telehealth Resources

 

The Trust

COVID-19 Resources for Practitioners

 

Headspace

Headspace is offering a free Headspace Plus membership for healthcare providers in public health settings through the end of 2020.


 

Coping with Anxiety During COVID-19

TPA

Listen to these tips from TPA President Dr. Megan Mooney on CBS News at 5pm-Tyler. Payton Weidman reporting.

TPA Member Blog on COVID-19

APA

These articles from the American Psychological Association may help you, or someone you know, cope with growing fear and anxiety:

 

CDC

Manage Anxiety and Stress

The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.

 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Taking Care of Yourself

Offers a list of self-care strategies that they can use to help determine how they feel, restore balance, and build connections after a difficult event.

 

Talking with Your Kids During COVID-19

CDC

Talking to Your Kids

This is a message for parents, school staff, and others working with children.

Helping Children Cope with Emergencies

What factors influence the emotional impact on children? What can you do to help children cope with a disaster?

 

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Helping Families Cope with COVID-19

This resource will help you think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect your family—both physically and emotionally—and what you can do to help your family cope.

Simple Activities for Children &  Adolescents

Offers activity ideas to parents whose families are sheltering in place, social distancing, and homeschooling due to school closures amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Child Mind Institute

Resources for Parents

Clinical and supportive resources from the Child Mind Institute include:

  • Facebook Live video chats with expert clinicians (10am and 4:30pm)
  • Remote evaluations and telemedicine
  • Flat-fee phone consultations for problem behavior
  • Comprehensive resources for parents on coronavirus topics

 

Attachment, Regulation, and Competency

The Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) Framework

This is a flexible, components-based intervention developed for children and adolescents who have experienced complex trauma, along with their caregiving systems.

 

 
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