As of August 12, 2020
The Arizona Board of Psychologist Examiners ("Board") continues to serve the public during the state of emergency declared by Governor Doug Ducey on March 11, 2020 and the declaration of disaster on April 4, 2020 due to emergence of the COVID-19 virus.
The most up to date information for Arizona regarding COVID-19 can be found on the Arizona Department of Health Services website and the Office of the Arizona Governor's website. The Governor has issued multiple Executive Orders related to COVID-19.
On March 30, 2020 Governor Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-18 directing "essential functions conducted by governmental entities shall remain open. Government leaders may adjust operations to promote physical distancing, including but limited to offering on-line services, limiting the number of persons in a physical space or limiting access to specific facilities or areas to protect from the spread of COVID-19". To this end, the Board strongly encourages the public to participate in its meetings by telephone. Call-in instructions for meetings are posted on the NEWS AND MEETINGS page to facilitate attendance and participation. If attending meetings in person, the public is urged to comply with posted signage advising physical distancing.
COVID-19 antibody testing for health care providers
June 23, 2020: The State of Arizona has partnered with the University of Arizona to provide COVID-19 antibody testing to health care providers and first responders across the state. Last week the testing was expanded to include all hospital employees, as well as health care professionals licensed by the boards of naturopathy, homeopathy, podiatry, chiropractic examiners, optometry, dispensing opticians, psychologists, and behavioral health examiners. The University of Arizona has 31 testing locations across the state.
Registration and information for the test is available at covid19antibodytesting.arizona.edu. The website also includes FAQs about the test and a comprehensive list of eligible participants.
CONTACTING THE BOARD
Board staff is maximizing opportunities to telework in accordance with issued advisories, and plans are in place to ensure services are not disrupted. We ask for your patience, however, as our typical response times may be slightly impacted. The most reliable and efficient way to make an inquiry with the Board office is to email us. Please visit the ABOUT ►BOARD AND STAFF page to find the email addresses. Most of Board staff has limited access to voicemail so we strongly encourage email communications. Thank you for your understanding.
April 27, 2020: If you have a question regarding new applications, you may reach Kathy Fowkes, Licensing Specialist by phone at 602-542-8161 or email at [email protected].
For renewals, verifications of your Arizona license, questions about inactive licenses, and CE questions, please email Krishna Poe, Projects Specialist at [email protected].
For claims, complaints and investigations, please email Jennifer Michaelsen, M.P.A., Deputy Director at [email protected]
Mar 25, 2020: Please note that the walk-up lobby window at 1740 W. Adams St. is closed until further notice.
LICENSURE & SUPERVISION WAIVERS; Telepractice notice
Board staff is currently receiving many inquiries concerning telepractice/telemedicine, remote supervision, temporary licensure, licensing exemptions and waivers to practice under declared emergency situations.
July 20, 2020: Telepractice: You may wish to consider practicing under PSYPACT. As of July 20, 2020, PSYPACT is waiving its fee for the e.passport. If you're in a participating state, this may be of interest. Current PSYPACT participating states include Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, North Carolina (effective 3/01/2021) and Virginia (effective 1/01/2021). For more information and to apply for an e.passport or authority to Practice Interjurisdictional Telepsychology (APIT), please visit PSYPACT.
June 30, 2020: This Document presents the current compilation of decisions the Board has adopted in compliance with DHS directives and Governor Ducey's executive orders, including various waivers related to licensing.
April 17, 2020: Consistent with the Department of Health Services Administrative Order 2020-01, the Board has waived the licensure requirements established at A.R.S. § 32-2071(A)(5) and (K) for psychology program graduates with degree completion dates between March 1, 2019 through March 31, 2021 (please see the minutes and the minutes extending the qualifying dates). Doctoral program students impacted by events such as school closures may elect to submit a Psychologist Application for Exam and/or Licensure during the state of emergency while this waiver is in effect. This is a temporary waiver which expires at midnight on the date the Governor of Arizona lifts the state of emergency.
Mar 25, 2020: This Document provides a compilation of telepractice statutes and rules. While staff would like to supply answers to questions, we cannot provide interpretations of statute or legal advice, state of emergency or not.
inactive license reinstatement - waiver of ce and fees
For the duration of the state of emergency, the Board is waiving the CE requirements and reactivation fees for Arizona psychologists with an inactive license. If you are a psychologist with an Arizona inactive status initiated in the last 10 years, and your license was in good standing, you may reactivate your license during the declared state of emergency/disaster. To do so, please complete the below application and email it to Krishna Poe, Projects Specialist, at [email protected]. The fees and CE requirements will be waived. Your license will be prorated. Contact Ms. Poe for specific dates for your license.
Application to Reactivate Arizona Inactive License
BA and PSY temporary license for independent practice
For the duration of the state of emergency, the Board is offering a temporary license to practice in Arizona pursuant to A.R.S. § 32-3124 at no cost. This temporary license is for Psychologists licensed in another state and Behavior Analysts licensed in another state (or if in a state that does not offer licensure, the BA has a current, active BCBA certification). This temporary license will be valid through the declared state of emergency and/or disaster. This temporary license will expire at midnight on the date the state of emergency is declared over by the Governor of Arizona. Please complete this application with Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader and email this application along with a picture of your current government issued photo ID (driver's license, US Passport, etc.) to Judy Chepeus at [email protected].
Application for Temporary License
August 12, 2020: Verification of Temporary License (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 at [email protected].
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 or https://esar-vhp.health.azdhs.gov/). 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 by visiting https://mrc.hhs.gov/volunteerfldr/AboutVolunteering.
Because states of emergency and/or disaster have been 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 our “typical” answers to questions may not be correct, and answers provided today may not be correct tomorrow.
Please check back here frequently as updated guidance and direction on these topics may be issued and posted to this page. Thank you for your understanding.
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