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Opportunity for Public Comment - Rule 4757-5-13 (Teletherapy)

On June 19, 2020 the Board approved changes to Rule 4757-5-13.  Licensees and stakeholders were notified of the opportunity to comment on this rule on May 9, 2020. A summary of the proposed changes is below.  As part of the rulemaking process, the CSWMFT Board is submitting rules for review by the Governor’s Common Sense Initiative.  The Common Sense Initiative is responsible for reviewing proposed rules in accordance with four goals:
•    Regulations should facilitate economic growth
•    Regulations should be transparent and responsive
•    Compliance should be easy and inexpensive
•    Regulations should be fair and consistent

Licensees and stakeholders are welcome to comment on the proposed rule changes to me by e-mail at brian.carnahan@cswb.ohio.gov. Commenters are also encouraged to copy the Common Sense Initiative at CSIPublicComments@governor.ohio.gov. Comments must be submitted by Monday, June 29, 2020.

4757-5-13 Standards of Practice and Conduct: electronic service delivery (internet, email, teleconference, etc. )

Defines how licensees can use teletherapy, including training/competence expectations, appropriateness for the client, informed consent, and other related topics.  This rule is critical to practice because it defines expectations for a growing means of providing services, but also one where privacy can be compromised. 

  • Changes references of electronic service delivery to teletherapy, the more common term for services provided online or via phone; 
  • Clarifies that training is recommended, but not required;
  • Adds a section waiving face to face requirements and signed informed consent during the COVID-19 emergency declared  by the Governor. Allows licensees to follow guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to HIPAA.