We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services by licensed LPCs, MFTs, or Psychologists in Florida.
However, this is an important time for TeleMental Health policy in Florida.
Florida passed the CS/CS/HB 7087: Health Care bill which created a Telehealth Advisory Council within Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). This new advisory council is tasked with reporting policy recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on how to increase the use and accessibility of telehealth services.
I recommend all Florida mental health clinicians get involved by becoming knowledgeable in telemental health competencies, and filling out the survey on http://floridasmentalhealthprofessions.gov/
Florida social work licensing board states: The use of telehealth technology by Florida licensed healthcare practitioners for the purpose of providing patient care within the state of Florida is not precluded by Florida law. Telehealth technologies may be employed for patient care as long as such technologies are used in a manner that is consistent with the standard of care. Florida also established Telehealth Advisory Council in 2016. They published recommendations to the governor. There is currently no legislation in response.