Updated: Jun 17
The American Psychological Association (APA) has issued guidance on reopening of mental health care practices.
Their overarching recommendation is: “If feasible, APA recommends that practitioners providing routine outpatient care continue to use telehealth as much as possible to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.” Additionally, the APA has offered the recommendations:
First and foremost, check state and local orders for resumption of in-person services. These are evolving quickly.
Consider your own health, as well as the health of your patients, when deciding on in-person care delivery.
When appropriate, offer in-person services to only patients in crisis or to those that telehealth visits have not sufficed.
Implement new office policies to protect physical safety (e.g., wear mask, no shaking hand, check patient temperature).
Re-arrange your office to prevent virus spread (e.g., rearrange waiting room chairs to allow physical distancing, open windows).
Remember to protect the health of your employees (e.g., provide masks, flexible work schedules, stay-at-home if sick).