We are not aware of any specific rules and regulations of the practice of telemental health services by licensed SWs, LMHCs, or MFTs in Vermont.
Taken from https://www.sec.state.vt.us/professional-regulation/list-of-professions/psychological-examiners/telepractice.aspx
A Word on Telepractice
Supervision and New Rules
Professionals who provide service via the Internet or other electronic means should provide as much information as possible to individuals who access their services. At a minimum, the psychologist should prominently disclose:
- Name and location of the psychologist
- Type of license and jurisdiction where licensed
- What the psychologist is licensed and trained to do
- To whom the client may make a complaint and how
- The limits and limitations of Internet practice/service delivery
This is not unlike the disclosure we require of psychologists and other mental health providers in face-to-face settings, and it is just as important.
Administrative Rules of the Board of Psychological Examiners
Effective: January 15, 2015
(a) Telepractice is governed by statute, 26 V.S.A. § 3018. Professionals who provide service via the Internet or other electronic means should provide as much information as possible to individuals who access their services.
(b) Psychologists from other jurisdictions providing telepractice services to persons in Vermont are deemed to be practicing in Vermont. They must be licensed by the Board and must comply with the disclosure requirements of Rule 6.8.
(c) Vermont licensed psychologists who provide telepractice services to clients outside of Vermont remain under the jurisdiction of the Board. They shall comply with the disclosure requirements of Rule 6.8 and shall specifically disclose:
(1) Name, location, and telephone number of the psychologist; (2) What the psychologist is licensed and trained to do; and (3) The limits and limitations of Internet practice and service delivery.
Greater opportunities for telemental health services in Vermont.
In 2013, Vermont was awarded a State Innovation Model (SIM) testing grant in order to implement a statewide plan for health reform. Read about Vermont’s plan for health reform at: http://healthcareinnovation.vermont.gov/sites/hcinnovation/files/HIE/Telehealth_Strategy_Report_Final_9-16-15.pdf
One challenge in the implementation of telehealth services in Vermont has been insurance reimbursement. However, Vermont has had a telehealth parity law since 2012 (Act 107), and S 139 – removes the facility restrictions from Medicaid primary care services via telemedicine, and S 243 – established a telemedicine pilot program for substance abuse treatment. Also, bill H 543 may require insurance coverage for telemedicine services when they are delivered in or outside a health care facility. Telepsychiatry has been one of the most utilized telehealth services provided in Vermont, and I expect it to greatly increase do to Vermont’s health reform efforts. One of my desires is the ALL licensed mental health professionals are included in the list of providers covered by the telehealth laws.