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Reopening of Mental Healthcare Practices

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).

Learn more about guidelines and recommendations



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