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Illinois

Counselors

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services for Counselors.

Social Workers

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services for Social Workers.

Marriage and Family Therapists

We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services for MFTs.

Psychologists

Source

Psychologists: Illinois is a member of Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (takes effect Jan. 1, 2020)”

“ To practice telepsychology under the authority of PSYPACT, you will need to apply for and obtain an E.Passport from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and apply for and obtain an Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) from the PSYPACT Commission.“

Source

Sec. 11.5. Temporary authorization of practice by persons licensed in other jurisdictions.

   “ (a) The Department, in its discretion, may issue a temporary permit authorizing the rendering of clinical psychological services, as defined in Section 2 of this Act, in this State for up to 10 calendar days per year, consecutively or in aggregate. This temporary permit may be issued to an individual who is licensed in good standing to practice psychology independently and at the doctoral level in another state, province, or territory. Any portion of a calendar day in which the psychologist provides services in this State is considered one working day. In no case shall a person practicing pursuant to this subsection (a) establish a permanent office location in Illinois, nor prepare or publish letterhead, business cards, or similar publicity materials listing an Illinois address or Illinois-based phone number. Time devoted to providing testimony in court or in deposition shall not be counted as part of the 10 calendar days allowed under this subsection (a).”

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Psychiatrists

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Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:

 “  "Health care professional" includes physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical psychologists licensed in Illinois, prescribing psychologists licensed in Illinois, dentists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, clinical social workers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, hearing instrument dispensers, and mental health professionals and clinicians authorized by Illinois law to provide mental health services.

    "Telehealth" means the evaluation, diagnosis, or interpretation of electronically transmitted patient-specific data between a remote location and a licensed health care professional that generates interaction or treatment recommendations. "Telehealth" includes telemedicine and the delivery of health care services provided by way of an interactive telecommunications system, as defined in subsection (a) of Section 356z.22 of the Illinois Insurance Code.

(Source: P.A. 100-317, eff. 1-1-18; 100-644, eff. 1-1-19; 100-930, eff. 1-1-19; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-84, eff. 7-19-19.)”

 

    (225 ILCS 150/10)

   “ Sec. 10. Practice authority. A health care professional treating a patient located in this State through telehealth must be licensed or authorized to practice in Illinois.”

(Source: P.A. 100-317, eff. 1-1-18.)

 

    (225 ILCS 150/15)

   “ Sec. 15. Use of telehealth. A health care professional may engage in the practice of telehealth in Illinois to the extent of his or her scope of practice as established in his or her respective licensing Act consistent with the standards of care for in-person services. This Act shall not be construed to alter the scope of practice of any health care professional or authorize the delivery of health care services in a setting or in a manner not otherwise authorized by the laws of this State.”

(Source: P.A. 100-317, eff. 1-1-18.)

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Illinois Professional Regulation/Health & Safety Online Prescribing

No reference found.

Nurses

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225 ILCS 150/5

Sec. 5. Definitions. As used in this Act:

 “  "Health care professional" includes physicians, physician assistants, optometrists, advanced practice registered nurses, clinical psychologists licensed in Illinois, prescribing psychologists licensed in Illinois, dentists, occupational therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, clinical social workers, speech-language pathologists, audiologists, hearing instrument dispensers, and mental health professionals and clinicians authorized by Illinois law to provide mental health services.

    "Telehealth" means the evaluation, diagnosis, or interpretation of electronically transmitted patient-specific data between a remote location and a licensed health care professional that generates interaction or treatment recommendations. "Telehealth" includes telemedicine and the delivery of health care services provided by way of an interactive telecommunications system, as defined in subsection (a) of Section 356z.22 of the Illinois Insurance Code.

(Source: P.A. 100-317, eff. 1-1-18; 100-644, eff. 1-1-19; 100-930, eff. 1-1-19; 101-81, eff. 7-12-19; 101-84, eff. 7-19-19.)”

    (225 ILCS 150/10)

   “ Sec. 10. Practice authority. A health care professional treating a patient located in this State through telehealth must be licensed or authorized to practice in Illinois.”

(Source: P.A. 100-317, eff. 1-1-18.)

    (225 ILCS 150/15)

   “ Sec. 15. Use of telehealth. A health care professional may engage in the practice of telehealth in Illinois to the extent of his or her scope of practice as established in his or her respective licensing Act consistent with the standards of care for in-person services. This Act shall not be construed to alter the scope of practice of any health care professional or authorize the delivery of health care services in a setting or in a manner not otherwise authorized by the laws of this State.”

(Source: P.A. 100-317, eff. 1-1-18.)

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Illinois Professional Regulation/Health & Safety Online Prescribing

No reference found.

Medicaid Telehealth Parity Law

We are not aware of any.

Originating Site Reimbursement: the practice of telepsychiatry requires the presence of a licensed clinician, mental health professional, or qualified mental health professional present at all times with the patient at the originating site. Other expectations of telehealth services provided in the following link:

ftp://www.ilga.gov/JCAR/AdminCode/089/089001400D04030R.html

Private Pay Telehealth Parity Law

Source: IL Insurance Code. Sec. 356z.22

“356z. 22. Coverage for telehealth services. ... applicable to services provided through telehealth shall not exceed the deductibles, copayments, or coinsurance required by the individual or group policy of accident or health insurance for the same services provided through in-person consultation.”

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Payment Parity

There is no payment parity

Permission for the Temporary Practice of Clinicians Licensed Outside the State

We are not aware of any permission that allows for services delivered by Counselors, Social Workers, or MFT's.  

Psychologists: Illinois is a member of Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (takes effect Jan. 1, 2020) https://www.asppb.net/mpage/legislative

Refer to the source provided for all requirements and limitations.

Note: As this is a free resource and Rules and Regulations regarding Telehealth are always changing, we appreciate any updates or corrections. They can be emailed to us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a link to the source or a citation of the rule or regulation.

THTC Program Button

Telemental health is not a separate service from mental health services. All state licensing boards require that licensed clinicians follow all the regulations for practicing under their license no matter what medium of communication is used. All licensing boards also require that clinicians only practice within the boundaries of their competence. This usually requires education, continuing education, and/or supervision in telemental health. Complete our telehealth training program to cover all the essential competencies of providing telemental health services and earn the THTC (Telemental Health Training Certificate).

11 comments

  • Comment Link John Smith Wednesday, 22 July 2020 02:28 posted by John Smith

    Telemedicine is making a very positive contribution to healthcare during the pandemic and is being used in a variety of ways. Thanks for sharing this informative article.

  • Comment Link Telehealth Support Tuesday, 23 June 2020 11:00 posted by Telehealth Support

    @Donna Stiller, this is usually not the case and we are not aware of any such regulation in Illinois, but it is important to check with your LCSW board in IL to verify.

  • Comment Link Donna Siller Tuesday, 16 June 2020 21:29 posted by Donna Siller

    I am licensed as a LCSW in Illinois and in VA. Does Illinois require me to be physically in Illinois to provide behavioral health treatment to Illinois resident?

  • Comment Link Telehealth Support Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:09 posted by Telehealth Support

    @Janelle DiMichele, You would need to check with the board in Illinois that governs your license to see if you need to be present in-state to provide services to your IL clients.

  • Comment Link Telehealth Support Wednesday, 27 May 2020 17:08 posted by Telehealth Support

    @Rich Mayer, no need to be fully licensed to earn the TeleMental Health Training Certificate.

  • Comment Link Rich Mayer Monday, 25 May 2020 12:06 posted by Rich Mayer

    I am a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Illinois. Do I need to possess full licensure to pursue this certificate program? Due to the virus pandemic IDFPR has greatly reduced their customer service staff so contacting them directly has been futile.

  • Comment Link Janelle DiMichele Tuesday, 24 March 2020 20:51 posted by Janelle DiMichele

    I am an LCSW in Illinois. If I am in Florida myself, can I provide telehealth therapy to my Illinois clients?

  • Comment Link RDC Wednesday, 22 January 2020 09:30 posted by RDC

    Becky-
    There's additional options for clinicians to provide TelementalHealth services in Florida.

    First, there is an exception that enables fully licensed providers to offer services so long as they do not exceed 15 calendar days in a year (see below):
    Exemption (491.014.4.d.1) -No person shall be required to be licensed, provisionally licensed, registered, or certified under this chapter who:
    (d) Is not a resident of this state but offers services in this state, provided:
    Such services are performed for no more than 15 days in any calendar year;

    Secondly, Florida had a new law specifically pertaining to the provision of telemental health services go into effect this July, which allows for out-of-state providers to perform telemental health services. They require interested clinicians to complete a 5 page application to be registered (found here: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/). They also require two other forms to be filled out:
    Financial Responsibility Form: http://www.flhealthsource.gov/telehealth/files/telehealth-financial-responsibility-form.pdf
    License Verification from the State of Illinois

    Hope that helps.

  • Comment Link Aryn Rose Wednesday, 04 September 2019 19:19 posted by Aryn Rose

    I’m licensed to provide counseling in Illinois. I’ve been seeing a client who is a resident of Illinois but will be spending several months in Florida. Can I legally provide counseling by phone or another secure method while my client is in Florida?

  • Comment Link becky calvert Thursday, 15 August 2019 19:44 posted by becky calvert

    I am a licensed mental health counselor in Washington State and I was wondering if I can do therapy work with a client in Illinois?

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