COVID-19 Information & Resources for Psychologists

COVID-19 Information & Resources for Psychologists

  • The link below provides information from reliable sources (APA, CDC, WHO, SAMHSA) related to general resources (i.e. managing anxiety related to COVID-19 and tools to help individuals stay safe, but utilize effective coping strategies), resources for practitioners and healthcare professionals, preparedness and safety resources, as well as resources for parents and caregivers.  

          https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics

Telehealth 3/24/2020

  • As we work to continue to be able to provide mental health resources to individuals in need during this time of uncertainty, I know that there has been much discussion related to telehealth. In Mississippi, psychologists are already included in the Telehealth Statute as covered with parity for provided care. Therefore, many are looking for resources related to telehealth training, HIPAA compliant telehealth resources, assistance with implementation, and information related to reimbursement. APA is working to continue to advocate for telehealth access and reimbursement, and we will send more information as it becomes available. In the meantime, I have compiled some resources below that have been provided on different APA division listservs.
  • The link below is a summary that helps explain “What the COVID-19 telehealth waiver means for psychology practitioners”.

           https://www.apaservices.org/practice/legal/technology/covid-19-telehealth-waiver

Insurers 3/24/2020

  • BCBS on Telemedicine Coverage
  • I received communication from Aetna and Cigna yesterday. Both indicated that based on the President’s proclamation they will reimburse Telehealth via phone for our contracts. – Dr. Emily Thomas Johnson

CE Credits 3/24/2020

  • The board has also released an update on its homepage related to CE credits in the wake of COVID-19. The statement reads:
    •  “With regard to Continuing Education impacts due to COVID-19, the Mississippi Board of Psychology wishes to remind licensees that this is a non-reporting continuing education renewal year. While it is understood that some conferences have been cancelled, we anticipate that there will be options to fulfill the 20 continuing education hours before June 30, 2021. However, we will continue to monitor this concern and make adjustments in the future if necessary.”​
  • For a limited time, APA is offering the Telepsychology Best Practice Series Free of Charge. You can find information at the link below.
    • Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Webinar Series
      • Clinical Evaluation and Care: Cultural Competencies; Documentation (2 CE)
      • About the Tech… Video, Email, Text Messaging & Apps (2 CE)
      • Legal, Regulatory & Ethical Rules of the Road (2 CE)
      • Getting Paid: Reimbursement Strategies & Marketing Your Professional Services Online (2 CE)

           https://apa.content.online/catalog/product.xhtml;jsessionid=2e94c8e034aba70dbd38a1c8f7b5?eid=15132