An individual who provides counseling, social work, marriage, and family therapy, or substance abuse counseling via telepractice shall:
- In addition to complying with the requirements in R4-6-1101, document the limitations and risks associated with telepractice, including but not limited to the following;
- Inherent confidentiality risks of electronic communication,
- Potential for technology failure,
- Emergency procedures when the licensee is unavailable, and
- Manner of identifying the client when using electronic communication that does not involve video;
- In addition to complying with the requirements in R4-6-1103, include the following in the progress note required under R4-6-1103(H):
- Mode of the session, whether interactive audio, video, or electronic communication; and
- The physical location of the client during the session.
(a) Means the interactive use of audio, video, or other electronic media for the purpose of diagnosis, consultation, or treatment.
(b) Does not include the sole use of an audio-only telephone, a video-only system, a facsimile machine, instant messages, or electronic mail.
This definition will change effective January 1, 2021, per AZ Senate Bill 1089
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).