New Rules and Regulations as of October 11, 2019, in effect November 20, 2019
12 AAC 62.400. Distance professional service
b) Before providing distance professional services, a licensee must:
- be licensed in good standing under AS 08.29;
- have completed a minimum of six continuing education hours from a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) approved continuing education provider pertaining to distance professional services….
- determine that the client is intellectually, emotionally, and physically capable of using distance professional services, and that the delivery method for providing distance professional services is appropriate for the client's needs.
(e) Before providing distance professional services, a licensee must develop a safety plan with the client to identify local resources in the client’s community should emergency care become necessary...
The Alaska Board of Professional Counselors provides the following guidelines as resources:
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).