LCSW-C Social Workers
My previous update mistakenly said that telephone therapy was covered in HB 448. This was not correct. It was presented in Governor Hogan's Executive Order No. 20-03-20-01. I have attached a copy of Secretary Robert R. Neall's recent memorandum regarding COVID-19 #4b Temporary Authorization of Audio-Only Health Care Services to Mitigate Possible Spread of Novel Coronavirus ("COVID-19") Executive Order No. 20-03-20-01, March 21, 2020. Please note that this is temporary and that the Order remains effective until the state of emergency has been terminated, the proclamation of the catastrophic health emergency has been rescinded, or until rescinded, superseded, amended, or revised by additional orders.
In addition, The US Department of Homeland Security issued Guidance in The Essential and Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Under Healthcare/Public Health includes Community Mental Health. The Governor's Response to COVID-19 and Essential Employees includes Behavioral Health Facilities and Professionals.
CISA Guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers
COVID-19 #4b_Telephonic Services Guidance
Executive Order - Gatherings THIRD AMENDED - 3.23.20