Important Board COVID-19 Information

Alert

Telehealth Website ALERT Update – Replace with Federal Amendment:

The South Carolina Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psycho-Educational Specialists has previously provided guidance allowing counselors not licensed in this State to provide telehealth services to their existing clients in South Carolina during the state of emergency. A federal rule has been adopted pursuant to the CARES Act that extends this ability to provide telehealth services nationwide.

Per the Rule, the practitioner only has to follow licensing requirements in their home state. Therefore, the Counselor's Board is revising its prior guidance in compliance with this Rule, and relies upon the provisions in the Rule regarding counselor tele-practice. A link to the Rule is here.

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/12/09/2020-26977/fourth-amendment-to-thedeclaration-under-the-public-readiness-and-emergency-preparedness-act-for

Note that the amendment refers specifically to behavioral health providers, and also addresses the confidentiality of the delivery method, indicating that penalties for using non-HIPAA compliant means of communication will not be imposed.