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COVID-19 and Telehealth
Any psychologist providing services to a client located in Washington state must have either a temporary practice permit or a full license issued by Washington state (for any reason, any length of time, etc.). No exceptions!
The temporary permit has no fee, allows up to 90 calendar (not consecutive) days of psychological services, including telepsychology. You may apply online for a temporary permit.
Telehealth is allowed under the Washington state psychologist license. Review the telepsychology guidelines for further information.
- PSYPACT – During the 2022 legislative session, Washington passed SHB 1286 to join PSYPACT. PSYPACT is an interstate psychology compact that allows qualified psychologists from participating states to provide telehealth services and temporary in-person services to residents of other participating states.
As of June 9, 2022, PSYPACT will take effect in Washington state. Washington residents will be able to receive services from out-of-state psychologists and Washington psychologists will be able to apply to the PSYPACT Commission for authorization to provide services through the compact.
More information is available on the PSYPACT website.
The Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) Commission has published proposed rules for consideration and comment. The proposed rules are posted online.
These proposed rules are open for a period of 60 days for public comment for those stakeholders interested in providing such comment. The deadline for submission of written comments is September 27, 2022.
Written comments should be submitted via the public comment form found on the PSYPACT website (https://psypact.site-ym.com/page/PublicComment) and submitted to the PSYPACT Commission no later than 5 p.m. EST on September 27, 2022.
A public hearing will be conducted as part of the PSYPACT Commission’s Annual Meeting via Zoom on November 17, 2022, beginning at 11 a.m. EST. Interested parties may participate and notification will be posted to the PSYPACT website 30 days prior to the meeting with call-in information provided.
- Information for providers whose credentials have been affected by a drug conviction.
- The Examining Board of Psychology has issued a policy statement (PDF) regarding virtual supervision for psychology internships and preinternships during the COVID-19 emergency.
- Beginning January 1, 2021, health care professionals (excluding physicians) who are offering telemedicine services to patients, are required to complete telemedicine training. Please see the Department of Health policy statement with additional information related to this requirement (PDF) for more information.
To learn more about the different training options available and access additional resources, please visit the Washington State Telehealth Collaborative Training page. To complete the free and publicly available telemedicine training, please select enroll and create a Canvas account to access the Washington State Medical Professional Telemedicine Training.
- Read the Board of Psychology newsletter.
- Take the Washington Health Workforce Survey.
- Telepsychology guidelines
- Education in suicide assessment, treatment and management
- Suicide prevention training for health professionals