Provisions for electronic practice

Alabama

  • Defines telehealth
  • Requires any individual treating a client in Alabama to have a license to practice in Alabama
  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Reference: Code of Alabama; 850-X-2-.0l Definitions of Terms. 850-X-2-.04 Telehealth, found in Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners Administrative Code

Alaska

  • Defines telemedicine services
  • Requires businesses performing telemedicine services in Alaska to apply to the telemedicine business registry
  • References
    • Alaska Administrative Code; Occupational Licensing Centralized Regulations; Article 2. Occupational Licensing Fees; Title 12 AAC 02.106. Telemedicine Business Registry; Article 5. Telemedicine Business Registry; Title 12 AAC 02.600. Application for placement on the telemedicine business registry; changes of information, found in Occupational Licensing Centralized Regulations
    • Alaska Statutes; Sec. 44.33.381. Telemedicine business registry, found in Alaska Statutes 2018
    • Telemedicine Business Registry

Alberta

Arizona

Arkansas

  • Proposed regulations are pending.
  • Reference: Proposed Rules of the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board (not yet available)

British Columbia

  • Requires any individual treating a client in the province to be registered in British Columbia
  • Requires compliance with regulations in the client’s jurisdiction
  • Reference: BCCSW Technology Standards of Practice

California

  • Defines telehealth/telemedicine and related terms
  • Requires any individual treating a client in state to have a license to practice in California
  • Requires compliance with regulations in the client’s jurisdiction
  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Makes specific authorizations for hospitals
  • References

Colorado

  • Defines teletherapy and related terms
  • Requires any individual treating a client in state to have a license to practice in Colorado
  • Maintains that teletherapy is practice and reinforces applicable standards and requirements 
  • Includes guidelines  specific to electronic practice
  • Reference: 30-1 Teletherapy Policy – Guidance regarding psychotherapy through electronic means within the state of Colorado, found in Social Work Policies

Connecticut

  • Defines telehealth and related terms
  • Identifies regulated license titles that can provide telehealth
  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Restricts prescription of certain medications
  • Reference: Connecticut Title 19a Public Health and Well-Being Section 19a-906. Telehealth Services, found in Connecticut Telehealth Services Act

Delaware

  • Restricts practice to clients within the state of Delaware
  • Defines telehealth
  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Reference: 24 Delaware Administrative Code 3900 Board of Clinical Social Work Examiners 10, found in Delaware Regulations, Board of Social Work Examiners

District of Columbia

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Florida

Georgia

  • Defines telemental health and related terms
  • Requires compliance with regulations in the client’s jurisdiction
  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Reference: Georgia Administrative Code Department 135. Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists Rule 135-11-.01 Telemental Health, found in Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia 

Guam

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Hawaii

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Idaho

Illinois

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Indiana

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Iowa

Kansas

Kentucky

Louisiana

Maine

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Manitoba

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Maryland

Massachusetts

Michigan

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Minnesota

  • Requires any individual who engages in social work practice with a client in the state to be licensed
  • Refers to statutory provisions for scope of practice
  • Reference: Minnesota Board of Social Work Practice Act 148E.010 Definitions Subd. 11. Practice of social work, 148E.275 Unauthorized Practice, found in 2019 Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 148E, Board of Social Work Practice

Mississippi

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Missouri

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Montana

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Nebraska

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Nevada

  • Defines telehealth and practice by electronic, telephonic, or other means
  • Indicates that electronic practice, regardless of the location of the social worker, constitutes practice and is subject to regulation in Nevada
  • Reference: Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 641B – Social Workers 641B.124 Practice by electronic, telephonic or other means, found in Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 641B – Social Workers

New Brunswick

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

  • States that electronic practice constitutes the practice of social work and is subject to regulation
  • Cites ethical responsibility to clients to obtain informed consent regarding the provision of services via electronic media
  • Reference: New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners Rules and Regulations 16.63.16.8 Social Workers’ Ethical Responsibilities to Clients,  found in New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners Rules and Regulations

New York

  • Defines telepractice and indicates that any individual who engages in social work practice with a client in the state is subject to the laws, rules, and regulations governing social work practice in the state.
  • Requires any individual treating a client in state to have a license to practice in New York
  • Requires compliance with regulations in the client’s jurisdiction
  • States that unlawful practice in another jurisdiction could result in disciplinary action by the Board of Regents in New York
  • Reference: New York Office of the Professions Practice Guidelines 9. Engaging in Telepractice

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Defines electronic social work practice
  • Requires any individual who engages in social work practice with a client in the province to be registered
  • Requires compliance with regulations in client’s jurisdiction
  • Refers to statutory provisions for scope of practice
  • Requires social workers within Canada but not located in NL to submit required documents and be aware of local resources to provide referrals for emergency services
  • Reference: NLASW Policy Statement on Electronic Social Work Practice

North Carolina

North Dakota

Northern Mariana Islands

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Nova Scotia

  • Requires any individual who engages in social work practice with a client in the province to be registered
  • Requires compliance with regulations in client’s jurisdiction
  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Reference: NSCSW Standards of Practice

Ohio

  • Defines electronic service delivery
  • States that any individual who engages in electronic practice is practicing social work and is required to be licensed and adhere to ethical practice and professional conduct rules #4757-5-01 to 4757-5-12
  • Requires any individual treating a client in state to have a license to practice in Ohio
  • Requires compliance with regulations in the client’s jurisdiction
  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Reference: Ohio Counselor, Social Worker & MFT Board Laws and Rules, 4757-3-01 Definitions, 4757-5-13 Standards of practice and professional conduct: electronic service delivery (internet,email, teleconference, etc.), found in OCSWMFTB Laws and Rules

Oklahoma

Ontario

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Oregon

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Pennsylvania

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Prince Edward Island

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Québec

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Rhode Island

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Saskatchewan

South Carolina

  • States that providing social work services through telephonic, electronic, or other means, regardless of the location of the social worker, constitutes practice and is subject to regulation in South Carolina
  • Reference: South Carolina Code of Laws Title 40 Chapter 63 Social Workers Section 40-63-30. License as prerequisite to practice or offer to practice; providing social work services through telephone or electronic means found in South Carolina Code of Laws Title 40 Chapter 63 Social Workers

South Dakota

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Tennessee

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Texas

Utah

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Vermont

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Virgin Islands

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Virginia

Washington

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

West Virginia

  • Includes requirements specific to electronic practice
  • Reference: West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners Code of Ethics 1. Social Workers’ Ethical Responsibilities to Clients, 1.03 Informed Consent, found in West Virginia Board of Social Work Code of Ethics

Wisconsin

Provisions for electronic social work services or telehealth by health care professionals could not be found.

Wyoming

  • Requires compliance with regulations in client’s jurisdiction
  • Refers to regulatory provisions for scope of practice protection
  • Practice may either be face-to-face or via methods of electronic delivery
  • Requires compliance with the same standards as for in-person settings when using electronic delivery means
  • Wyoming Administrative Rules Mental Health Professions Board Chapter 6. Certified Social Worker, Chapter 9 Licensed Clinical Social Worker found in Wyoming Administrative Rules.