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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 – The 2022 legislative session passed SHB 1286 which allowed Washington 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. More information is available on PSYPACT website.
- Information for providers whose credentials have been affected by a drug conviction.
- 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.
- Take the Washington Health Workforce Survey.
- Telepsychology guidelines
- Education in suicide assessment, treatment and management
- Suicide prevention training for health professionals