Coronavirus: AAMFT Status

Message from Tracy Todd:

updated Monday, March 16

The challenges presented by the COVID-19 are significant and posing tests to all systems. Recommendations are for everyone to engage in aggressive and preventive steps to protect individual and societal health. These challenges require everyone to adapt to new situations and practices.

To that end, AAMFT will be acting with an abundance of caution as it temporarily moves all office operations to remote work locations. All staff have experience with working remotely and our Membership Department had already tested its systems in order to move entirely to remote work conditions under extremely challenging conditions. Therefore, we are prepared to serve members and conduct business on a remote basis until further notice.

Thank you,
Tracy Todd, PhD
CEO, AAMFT

Resources for Telehealth

updated Tuesday, March 17
AAMFT works closely with the Mental Health Liaison Group (MHLG), a coalition of 60 mental health associations, and other allies to advocate for policies that advance and support treatment and strengthen access to behavioral health care for clients, such as increased funding and recognition for behavioral health care and mental health parity. AAMFT and the mental health community support coverage and recognition for teletherapy services on par with therapy provided in a traditional office setting, and will continue advocating for such recognition. Since teletherapy laws are state specific, AAMFT will monitor and strategically advocate for teletherapy and reimbursement. Please consult your state licensing board and forward any information to the Family TEAM at familyteam@aamft.org.

Providing Services During the Coronavirus Pandemic

The global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has MFTs questioning whether they can provide their services through the use of telehealth technology, especially given the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization to practice social distancing. While telehealth seems like the easiest solution to best protect yourself as the mental health provider, as well as your clients, it’s important to understand the complexities of providing telehealth services before making the decision to offer teletherapy to your clients. Click this link for more information: 

Top Items to Consider Before Offering Teletherapy During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Coronavirus and State/Provincial Guidelines for Telehealth
This guideline contains information pertaining to teletherapy laws at the state and provincial level, including any waivers to certain teletherapy requirements and policies regarding insurance reimbursement for teletherapy. Not all states have regulations; updates will be made to this page as new information is received. This information can change rapidly. added March 23, 2020.

An Introduction to Setting up a Telebehavioral Heath Practice: Competencies and Considerations

updated Monday, March 16
Katherine Hertlein, PhD, LMFT

Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy

Download a free copy of the Best Practices in the Online Practice of Couple and Family Therapy.

AAMFT Affiliate Partner Motivo is offering all AAAMFT members a free, HIPAA-compliant platform for virtual supervision during COVID-19.

Read their announcement, Supporting Our Supervisors During COVID-19, for more information.

AAMFT Affiliate Partner SimplePractice Telehealth Resources 

As more communities practice social distancing, it may disrupt the ability to attend in-person services. Telehealth is an important alternative to have available at times like these, so SimplePractice has shared a list of resources:

AAMFT Affiliate Partner CPH & Associates: Coverage for Telehealth

CPH's policy does cover telehealth, as long as services are being provided legally within the scope of their state license. Members should always confirm with their licensing board, and any licensing board/state they may be providing services into, to confirm it is allowed. See this blog post, Coronavirus and Telehealth: Am I Covered? for those insured for more information.

AAMFT Affiliate Partner Brighter Vision Telehealth Resources 

Additional Resources for Telehealth

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Tool Kit

Cancelled and Rescheduled Events

updated Monday, March 19, 2020
For a full list of cancelled and rescheduled events, and AAMFT's plans for all 2020 events, please click here.

Resources for Parenting and Children