Coronavirus Information for our Members

NJPA Central Office 
We will be working remotely until we are notified that the Governor's state executive order is lifted.

The best way to contact us is via the general NJPA email. In the alternative, call 973-243-9800 and leave a detailed message with your name, contact information, and the reason for your call. Central Office staff will be checking voice messages between 8:30 am – 4:00 pm. Your call is important to us and will be return in the order received and as promptly as possible, given the increase in the volume of calls we are receiving.  

Please know that our staff is working very hard to stay on top of the crisis and fulfill the NJPA mission.  

Keira Boertzel-Smith
NJPA Executive Director

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 Telehealth

Please access the latest NJPA updates here (log in required) for HIPAA compliant telehealth platforms and information about the new law. Learn about the NJPA and NJPA/APA joint efforts reach out to New Jersey legislators, the NJ Department of Banking and Insurance, and the NJ Governor's office to address access to care during this Coronavirus crisis. Review the New Jersey bills drafted to address the Coronavirus crisis.


Sunday, March 22, 2020 Urgent News! Our Advocacy Efforts Help Expand Access to Telehealth and Tele-Mental Health Services! 

Governor Murphy Announces Departmental Actions to Expand Access to Telehealth and Tele-Mental Health Services in Response to COVID-19
NJPA is proud to announce that our advocacy efforts with Governor Murphy's Office contributed to this new development!  

NJPA leaders have been working non-stop around the clock with our Government Affairs Agent, Jon Bombardieri, to advocate for the needs of patients and of psychologists during this crisis. We have crafted and sent multiple letters this week to the Governor's Office, Commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI), Legislators, and to the Board of Psychological Examiners (BoPE).  

We have been advocating relentlessly for coverage of: 
*telemedicine and telehealth for out-of-network providers, 
*for coverage of telephone sessions, 
*for the release of registration required by certain insurance companies, 
*for the release of insurance companies requirement to use their own platform, 
*for the allowance for NJ licensed psychologists to continue to provide services for clients who are now out of state (e.g. college students), among others.

Today, Sunday, March 22, Governor Murphy Announces Departmental Actions to Expand Access to Telehealth and Tele-Mental Health Services in Response to COVID-19. We are proud to announce that NJPA’s efforts shaped the Governor’s response. See the governor's press release here

Note that coverage of telemedicine for out of network providers, seems to still be unclear. The DOBI stated, "if network telehealth providers are not available." Additionally, Horizon is still requiring the use of their on-line platform, at no cost, Horizon CareOnline (see under the Department of Treasury link). The NJPA’s Government Affairs Agent, on behalf of NJPA, is checking this issue specifically with the governor's office, because it is not explicit in this order. We will follow up on it if/when we hear back from our Government Affairs Agent. All the information will also be published on our website.


 Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS):  Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet

HHS Office for Civil Rights  Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During The COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency


 New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs/ Board of Psychological Affairs (BoPE) Update

On March 17, 2020, Keira Boertzel-Smith, NJPA Executive Director, spoke to Indira Nunez, BoPE Executive Director, about telehealth in New Jersey to help address some of our members' questions. The Division of Consumer Affairs has an internal group working on the New Jersey telehealth regulations. As of March 18, 2020, they have not yet issued a public statement. NJPA will notify our members once we learn of new information. Please check the BoPE website for updates and review the New Jersey telehealth law


Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) - Inter-jurisdictional Telepsychology Update 

ASPPB has been contacted by numerous individuals, universities, organizations, etc. about issues surrounding licensure during this pandemic. Click here to read more.

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):  Latest Coronavirus News 

HHS Office for Civil Rights  Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During The COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency 

American Psychological Association Updates: 

Latest Developments for Practicing Psychologists in Response to COVID-19

Addressing issues affecting graduate students, postdocs, interns and faculty with supervision and training responsibilities

3-19-20 APA Practice Update 

3-18-20 APA Washington Update - Ensuring Medicare Patients Have Access to Telehealth During COVID-19 Emergency 

3-17-20 APA Message - As the world grapples with the evolving impact of COVID-19 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Healthcare Professionals: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers