Because students, families, and our colleagues need support during this time, and because we cannot be physically present with them to provide such supports, we are obligated to figure out how to best provide support within the limitations imposed by the COVID-19 crisis. It may be more important to discuss current coping strategies, celebrate small successes, and plan for return to school, rather than focus on past difficulties. The Telehealth Guidelines are available for sites that are part of a telehealth consultation (at both ends), to provide a Work with colleagues to develop strategies for connecting with students and families that are not participating in remote learning activities. 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The federal government and state governments have provided guidance on the implementation of the Individuals Disability Act and where flexibility is appropriate, and this guidance is addressed in the COVID-19 “ Ask the Experts” webinar called. The NASP COVID-19 “Ask the Experts” webinar entitled “. Telehealth includes telemedicine (diagnosis and treatment School psychologists should carefully consider whether there is sufficient evidence to support the continued need for special education services without further 1:1 testing for individual students. Generally, a state-issued credential to provide school psychological services does not limit the ability to provide telehealth services. Find out what they think they are doing well and celebrate those steps. Note that telehealth service delivery includes technology-based services (e.g., using Zoom or other video platforms, email) as well as more traditional methods (e.g., phone calls, notes or resources sent via standard mail). ... Proposal Submission Guidelines for NASP Publications; Professional Development. the use of Information and communications I Adherence to standards and guidelines technology; I facilitates realization of full potential of this 'T' 1 di.. About School Psychology. Telehealth encompasses a broad definition of technology-enabled health care services. Be kind to yourself and others as we progress through this crisis. Telepsychology is defined, for the purpose of these guidelines, as the provision of psychological services using telecommunication technologies as expounded in the “Definition of Telepsychology.”. Some schools are providing hardware (e.g., Chromebooks), mobile hotspots, or alternatives to electronic communications (e.g., delivering materials to students at home). 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Student Mental Health During COVID: Telehealth, Licensure, and Responding to Students in Need Virtual Live Briefings Health, Safety, and Well-being Student Success AVP or "Number Two" Mid-Level Senior Level VP for Student Affairs Telehealth in the schools has been rapidly expanding in a range of professions, including school psychology. hޜS]��0�+�^�d)�l8�W[��C.��t�H�l]����ʎ�)=J�ޝUF���8H�P���Tb�Tr�UŠ�5��@ĥ��6u�17�r�r>��w;ac�`Oeu09[}-���ץ7޲���1� ��DVol�!�e�vk��{�M��u��-6� l "���� ������� I��xf�x �'s�,����2�.V��n��}�&w����8{�f�H���p�5[z{xFZ�h"T��/+���)�^�N���QGJ B��[g�9'TRq��XCE�q'�nv�&8�X%$��i�{�� ӏąrZ�QL����B�X�OPN��r�J�0����eVlJ�{�vEVԮ��������΂_n>���hZH$��#�|�� Be persistent in trying to develop supportive connections with these families. Telehealth may provide opportunities to make health care more efficient, better coordinated and closer to home. PAR is here to help you navigate this challenging time. Access your network of community supports, while remaining aware that the availability of these supports may also be impacted by the virus. h�b```��� Ā B�@���q��a5����=|AL�m�����4(v;wß�?/^�������Vu%^p0h4�u0D��f��� р� f`��Ҭ@�`;E��c^���(��@��@��մH330���d`~ ��X��\� ��1 Telehealth is the use of digital technologies to deliver medical care, health education, and public health services by connecting multiple users in separate locations. Consider whether the counseling goals that were in place prior to school closure remain relevant in the current situation. %%EOF Any such adaptions should be documented in the evaluation report. Confidentiality agreements should be renegotiated as needed. If the evaluation or reevaluation cannot be completed safely, ethically, and/or legally, school personnel should communicate with parents about this and request extensions to timelines until a date when the comprehensive evaluation can be completed with integrity. The guidelines have been developed through a collaborative, consultative process amongst the BC Health Authorities. If adaptations are made for remote administration, there must be high-quality evidence that such adaptations produce results that are similarly reliable and valid to the face-to-face administration. Be sensitive to the multiple demands on students and parents/caregivers during school closures, and keep expectations reasonable for availability and communication. Let them know you care and that they aren’t expected to know how to do this perfectly or even well. ... NASP accepts 30 CPD credits of sequenced self-study per each three year renewal. Page 2 of 18 Northeast Telehealth Resource Center • 11 Parkwood Drive • Augusta, ME 04330 1-800-379-2021 • netrc@mcdph.org • www.netrc.org Center for Connected Health Policy. Telehealth is the delivery of healthcare at a distance using information communications technology (ICT). The development of guidelines and standards for telemedicine is an important and valuable process to help insure effective and safe delivery of quality healthcare. Although rating scales, interviews, and possibly home-based observations could be conducted remotely, it is important to remember that students’ behavior during the time of school closure may not be typical for that student, which may reduce the utility of those assessments, particularly when planning interventions that may eventually be delivered when school resumes. Telehealth is an emerging area of practice for many health care professionals. h�bbd```b``:"��� ɜ&+�$S����������q3H���?�� �7� The motivation for this technical brief emanates from U.S. What follows are some recommendations for navigating the COVID-19 crisis. When making decisions about practice, follow a detailed, ethical decision-making process as reviewed in. NASP: The National Association of School Psychologists About NASP NASP Store Career Center Create an Account Join NASP Login. 309 0 obj <>stream The participant will have practical, defensible guidelines for ethical and legal telehealth practice. Telehealth policy barriers. This travel warning arises from a board regulation related to the delivery of health care services through telehealth. Telehealth is simply the modality used to connect and provide care – it connects clinicians or any other person(s) responsible for providing care to patient/s and carer/s. As many situations will not have perfect solutions, utilize collaborative problem-solving, ongoing evaluation (and documentation) of the chosen solution, and adjustment of solutions as needed. However, most school psychologists are unaware of how telehealth can be practiced and what issues are raised when services become virtual. The participant will be linked to an extensive, categorized, annotated list of resources that is maintained by the author. Exhibitors Opportunities; Live Sessions; If there ever was a time to get up to speed on the necessities and opportunities of online counseling, this is it. Document everything you do. We recognize that standard assessment practices may not be possible, and we want to provide guidance on how you can use PAR products via telehealth technology while still retaining the integrity and security of the measures. Access to mental health treatment is critically important during the COVID-19 crisis. The Notorious RBG, a Pandemic, and an Election. ORIGINATING SITES An originating site is the location where a Medicare beneficiary gets physician or practitioner medical services through a telecommunications system. Ask them how those strategies might work now. Advocate for equitable access to whatever instruction is being provided. 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Additionally, many high school students may be in the role of caregiver for younger siblings if their parents are away from the home working and classroom demands might need to be adjusted for them. Selecting a Technology Platform. These guidelines are designed to address the developing area of psychological service provision commonly known as telepsychology. Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.. Some reevaluation decisions can be made based on data available prior to the school’s closure. The use of telehealth services is expected to grow from 250,000 persons in 2013 to 3.2 million persons in 2018 (National Conference of State Legislators Partnership Project on Telehealth, 2015). 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Finally, it is important to use a preventive lens; we are trying to mitigate long-term effects from the crisis and be well-positioned to serve when schools reopen. Introduction of health care and medical education through Telemedicine is here to stay and grow. Even when appropriate supports are available, school psychologists should still identify and report any validity issues given the student’s level of anxiety, disruptions during the testing session, etc. For COVID-19 treatment, insurers must do this without requiring cost-sharing of any kind, such as co-pays and coinsurance. 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