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Telemental Health Practice Over State Lines? Legal & Ethical Strategies

10-31-2016 10:56 AM CET | Health & Medicine

Press release from: TeleMental Health Institute Inc.

Telemental Health Practice Over State Lines? Legal & Ethical Strategies

31 October 2016, San Diego, CA - Many mental health professionals have one or more misconceptions about licensure when providing telemental health services across state lines. Internationally recognized telehealth expert, Marlene Maheu, Ph.D., is scheduled to present a 1-hour webinar titled “Telemental Health Practice Over State Lines? Legal & Ethical Strategies” to help telehealth professionals understand licensure portability. The webinar will broadcast Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 2 PM Eastern/11 AM Pacific.

Starting an online mental health practice may seem as easy as attaching a webcam, turning on one’s computer, and initiating a video chat, but most professionals are confused about the basic legal and ethical requirements, including licensure. They have questions about how to practice over state lines, exceptions to the rule and where to go for help in extenuating circumstances.

Understanding the basics of licensure portability and other interjurisdictional issues are essential to risk management when protecting one’s license to practice. This month, Dr. Marlene Maheu will present another free, 1-hour telemental health webinar entitled, “Telemental Health Practice Over State Lines? Legal & Ethical Strategies” to help you understand licensing laws and licensure portability.

Maheu explained, “You can most certainly practice over state lines if you know the research, understand the rules, and follow them closely. None of this is rocket science.” She further detailed, “Since 1959, behavioral professionals have been practicing over state lines both legally and ethically with telehealth.” In this convenient webinar, she will outline the essential functions of licensure, and where to get up-to-date facts about state-specific laws relevant to telepractice. Dr. Maheu will also identify the states that are leaders in the licensure portability movement (i.e. licensing over state lines) and which states make it difficult. Finally, she will discuss malpractice insurance, how it is dependent on following state and/or provincial law and describe the mechanisms by which malpractice coverage can automatically be nullified, despite a carrier's public claims. She then will share the one essential question to ask malpractice carriers about coverage for telepractice across state lines.

Event Details
Where: 100% Online
When: November 15, 2016 (Also fully recorded and available 24/7 after the event for your convenience.
What: Live & recorded event includes event access, presentation slides, and handout
Cost: FREE (upgrade to 1-CE Hour for $35 if desired)
Register: http://telehealth.org/webinar/telemental-health-practice-over-state-lines/

The TeleMental Health Institute’s faculty have been pioneering telemental health training for over twenty years. Dr. Marlene Maheu, its founder, has written four textbooks in telemental health and is recognized as one of the leading experts in U.S. and Canadian licensure for telepractice. She is the originator of the Online Clinical Practice Model (OCPM) for ethical telemental health, telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling and online therapy (telepractice). As a world-class leader in the field, she offers practical strategies, straightforward solutions and the hands-on wisdom that only develops through time and focus. When you attend this webinar, you’ll sense her passion, wisdom and good humor about how you can immediately start leveraging the power of the Internet to access new clients/patients, specialize in serving your preferred populations, and yes, reduce your overhead.

This is relevant to you if you are a…
behavior analyst
drug and alcohol counselor
EAP professional
social worker or counselor
nurse practitioner, or physician assistant
psychologist or psychiatrist
any other U.S.-based, licensed mental health practitioner (or educator)

The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. (TMHI) specializes in behavioral telehealth startup consultation, professional training and staffing. TMHI is dedicated to providing support for planning, launching and thriving with telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, and behavioral telehealth and mhealth. TMHI’s team of experienced consultants can help with planning, reimbursement, technology choices, legal and ethical risk management and staff development/placement. Job opportunities are also being developed for enterprising trainees who want to work with known employers using legal, ethical and evidence-based models. TMHI also consults with start-up technology companies seeking to develop new verticals in the behavioral health space. Contact: http://telehealth.org/contact

The TeleMental Health Institute, Inc. (TMHI) specializes in behavioral telehealth startup consultation, professional training and staffing. TMHI is dedicated to providing support for planning, launching and thriving with telepsychiatry, telepsychology, distance counseling, online therapy, and behavioral telehealth and mhealth. TMHI’s team of experienced consultants can help with planning, reimbursement, technology choices, legal and ethical risk management and staff development/placement. Job opportunities are also being developed for enterprising trainees who want to work with known employers using legal, ethical and evidence-based models. TMHI also consults with start-up technology companies seeking to develop new verticals in the behavioral health space. Contact: http://telehealth.org/contact

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