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COVID-19 Advisories, Temporary Requirements Waivers & Telepractice

Because COVID-19 states of emergency and/or disaster were declared at the local, state and federal levels, many general state statutes and rules governing telehealth/telepractice/telemedicine, remote supervision, and licensing exemptions may be superseded by other state and federal laws governing these topics during such declarations. These are extraordinary times and given rapidly changing facts, circumstances, and the various declarations, Board staff are unable to answer many questions as information provided today may not be correct tomorrow. 

 

PSYPACT; Licensure & Supervision Waivers; Telepractice Registry

PSYPACT:  For more information and to apply for the Authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT) and/or Temporary Authorization to Practice (TAP), please visit PSYPACT

LICENSURE & APPLICATION WAIVERS: This Document presents the current compilation of decisions the Board adopted in compliance with directives issued by the Arizona Department of Health Services, and with Arizona Governor Doug Ducey's Executive Orders. Many waivers terminated with the lifting of Arizona's state of emergency on March 30, 2022 while other waivers terminate at a future date specified in the document.

RESIDENCY WAIVER FOR PSYCHOLOGIST LICENSURE APPLICANTS: Laws 2021, Chapter 210 temporarily waives the licensure requirements established at A.R.S. § 32-2071(A)(5) and (K) for psychology program graduates with degree completion dates between February 1, 2021 through September 1, 2023

TELEPRACTICE REGISTRY: Pursuant to A.R.S. § 36-3606, in late 2022 the Board will begin accepting registry applications from out-of-state psychologists and behavior analysts. Until this time, the Board continues to accept applications for emergency temporary licensure described below.

 

Emergency Temporary License for Independent Practice

The Board is accepting applications for emergency temporary licensure to practice in Arizona pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-3124 at no cost. Only Psychologists licensed and physically present in another state and Behavior Analysts licensed and physically present in another state (or if physically present in a state that does not require licensure, the Behavior Analyst possesses a current and active BCBA certification) are eligible. If granted, the emergency temporary license is valid until January 1, 2023. If providing services to a client located in Arizona via telepractice, you must be aware of and comply with Arizona's telepractice-related statutes and rules.

Application for Emergency Temporary License - submit with a copy of a Government-issued identification document with a photograph. Applications are being accepted through October 1, 2022. 

Verification of Emergency Temporary Licenses (Updated 08/10/2022) Temporary License Directory for independent temporary licenses)

 

EPPP Candidates - Extensions

Applicants who have been approved by the Board to sit for the EPPP and who are unable to schedule an exam due to the state of emergency may request a 6-month extension by emailing Kathy Fowkes, Licensing Specialist. For more details about requesting extensions, please see our FAQ

 

Call for COVID-19 Volunteers

Are you a healthcare professional interested in volunteering for the COVID-19 Response or other public health emergencies? The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) needs emergency response volunteers to call upon during a time of need. The knowledge and skills you have can help make a difference during a disaster. The first step in volunteering is to register with the Arizona Emergency System for the Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals (AZ-ESAR-VHP). Once registered, request membership into the COVID-19 Response or other categories of interest. You can also get involved with opportunities by connecting with your local medical reserve corps. 

 

Other Sites of Interest

Other sources of information on COVID-19 are provided as a courtesy below. It is not an exhaustive list of all available information, and Board staff is unable to provide advisories on any of this material.

Office of Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

Arizona Department of Health Services

United States Department of Health and Human Services

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention