National Policy Considerations
- State Licensure & Collaborative Agreements
- Case Management
While national policies and guidelines are in place to facilitate telemental health delivery, some aspects vary state-by-state. Telemental health practitioners should review the below information to find out about licensing, prescribing, and reimbursement as it pertains to their state and scope of practice as well as other helpful best practice guidance.
Depending on your state’s prescribing guidelines, the DEA, and the Ryan Haight Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act of 2009, APRNs are able to prescribe medications, including controlled substances.
APRNs must have a DEA number in the state where their patients are located in order to prescribe controlled substances in that state.
Case management for chronic mental health issues such as substance use disorder by RNs is facilitated by telehealth. Guidelines and reimbursement for the delivery of this services are provided by institutions and funding agencies.