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Behavioral Health Providers

*proposed update* Minnesota has several pending pieces of legislation that address overlapping portions of telehealth regulations in statute. See HF2128, SF1160, SF2360, HF1412, SF2049, SF481 & HF1040. Proposed changes include:

  • The exam required prior to prescribing for medication-assisted therapy or substance use disorders can be conducted via telehealth.
  • If a client is receiving SUD treatment services via telehealth, verbal approval for treatment plan can be used in lieu of signature.
  • Chemical dependency services can be provided via telehealth (including audio-only).
  • A psychiatric care provider offering assertive community treatment (ACT) may offer services via telehealth.
  • Intensive nonresidential rehabilitative mental health services delivered by a psychiatric provider can be provided via telehealth when necessary.
  • MAT can be delivered via telehealth and into a patient’s residence.

*proposed update* Mental health targeted case management services can be conducted via telehealth (which includes audio-only services, per language in the same bill—HF1412). The commissioner maintains the right to limit telehealth for targeted case management services to audio-visual only. (Medical Assistance only)

*proposed update* Consent for treatment plans for substance use disorders can be obtained via telehealth.

LICENSED PROVIDERS FROM THE MN TELEMEDICINE ACT: Licensed under chapter 147, 147A, 148 (psychologists), 148B (marriage and family therapists, licensed professional counselors), 148E, 148F (alcohol and drug counselors), 150A, or 153; a mental health professional as defined under section 245.462, subdivision 18, or 245.4871, subdivision 27

  • INELIGIBLE PROVIDERS: Pharmacists, Respiratory Therapists, and Genetic Counselors
  • Service parity: Health carriers cannot exclude a service from coverage solely because it is provided via telemedicine and not through in-person consultation or contact between a licensed health care provider and a patient
  • Payment parity: Health carriers must reimburse distant site licensed providers for telehealth services on the same basis and at the same rate as they would for the same services delivered in-person

Psychologists must demonstrate competency in order to practice, including via telehealth

Minnesota Mental Health Professional Licensure Compacts

Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact - legislation pending

Temporary COVID-19 Policies (MN Mental Health Providers)

Out-of-state mental health practitioners can provide telehealth services in MN. This applies only only to providers who would otherwise be required to obtain a license from one or more of the following Minnesota health-related licensing boards: Psychology, Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Behavioral Health and Therapy.

During a peacetime emergency, the definition of “licensed health care provider” from 62A.671 (Minnesota Telemedicine Act) is expanded to include mental health practitioners & respiratory therapists