COVID-19 Updates

  • Friday, March 25, 2022 9:44 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Order waiving face-to-face training and supervision requirements has been extended and now terminates June 30, 2022, unless further extended.

    See BBS release

  • Tuesday, January 11, 2022 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The BBS has confirmed that Face-To-Face Training and Supervision Waiver has been extended to March 31, 2022. The order waiving "face-to-face" training and supervision requirements for APCC's, AMFT's, and ASW's: 

    1. Order Waiving Face-to-Face Training and Supervision Requirements: The Director hereby further extends the Order Waiving Face-to-Face Training and Supervision Requirements for Marriage Family Therapists, Professional Clinical Counselors, and Clinical Social Workers. The order now terminates March 31, 2022, unless further extended. This order is effective immediately but may be amended as circumstances require. A link to the text of the waiver can be found here.

    Thank you for your ongoing support. We monitor updates for the license across the state. Please reach out if you have any questions by emailing us at info@calpcc.org.

    BBS FAQ's

    List of all DCA Waivers


  • Wednesday, July 28, 2021 2:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We want to provide our members with the most recent updates. Pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-39-20, during the State of Emergency, the Director of the California Department of Consumer Affairs (Director) may waive any statutory or regulatory requirements with respect to a professional license issued pursuant to Division 2 of the Business and Professions Code. This includes professional licenses issued by the Board of Behavioral Sciences (Board). The Director has issued waivers related to required exam attempts and continuing education.

    • Order Extending Eligibility Periods to Take or Retake Examinations for Marriage Family Therapist, Educational Psychologist, Clinical Social Worker, and Professional Clinical Counselor Applicants. The Director has granted the Board’s request to extend examination eligibility for marriage and family therapist (LMFT), educational psychologist (LEP), clinical social worker (LCSW) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC) applicants that failed to take or retake a required examination, and whose one-year eligibility to take or re-take the examination expired between March 31, 2020 and September 30, 2021.  A link to the text of the waiver can be found here.
    • Order Waiving License Renewal Requirements: For individuals whose active licenses expire between March 31, 2020, and September 30, 2021, the Director temporarily waives: 1. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that individuals renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Code take and pass an examination in order to renew a license; and,  2. Any statutory or regulatory requirement that an individual renewing a license pursuant to Division 2 of the Code complete, or demonstrate compliance with, any continuing education requirements in order to renew a license. A link to the text of the waiver can be found here. 

    List of all DCA Waivers

    Click here to access BBS FAQs

    Thank you for your ongoing support. We monitor updates for the license across the state. Please read each waiver to access the full waiver extension update. These waivers are effective immediately but may be amended as circumstances require.

  • Tuesday, April 07, 2020 3:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A message from CALPCC's Executive Director, Kenneth Edwards:

    Dear Colleagues,

    As we are continuing the march through this unprecedented time, it is important to realize the importance of self-care, tending to the needs of those around us, and then tending to the needs of the communities we serve.

    As an association, we have heard many great stories from across the State of California as our LPCCs, APCCs, Students, Educators, Retired counselors, and our supporters have rallies across the state at a moment's notice to help those in need. As essential workers during this time of crisis, LPCCs are at the front lines of responding to the mental health needs of our communities.

    With all of the almost daily updates and changes at the national level regarding the pandemic, there have been many positive changes at the state level and from the Board of Behavioral Sciences. As we continue to learn more about the virus, Governor Newsom has worked to ensure that Californians continue to have access to mental health resources. This includes opening up and loosening some of the rules and regulations around licensing to guarantees of tele-therapy and creating paid spaces for LPCCs to gain employment.

    CALPCC is working very diligently on a few items:

    - We are applying for additional waivers from the Board of Behavioral Sciences and Department of Consumer Affairs on behalf of our licensees including:

    • Those associates that work in private practice that need to      bsupervised by tele-means so that they can continue to earn much needed hours
    • Those potential licensees that are moving from outside of the state and are mostly through the licensing process
    • Those students that need to earn hours to complete their degree programs
    • Those who are not yet licensed fully as LPCCs, but that fit in a limbo space between having earned their hours and need to take the NCMHCE

    - We are working with the other sibling professions on making sure each of our “levels” of licensure are taken care of appropriately and addressed in any BBS guidance.

    We are ensuring that you are connected to resources provided by the local, state, and federal governments (see resources below).

    • We are pulling together resources regarding Ethics, Tele-therapy, and your practice.
    • We are pulling together resources for Volunteer and Work programs across the state.

      While we work to try to cover all of the bases, we may miss some things as directives and guidance are being handed down from multiple sources. If you come across something that we may have missed or that you would like to share with your other colleagues across the state, please let us know at info@calpcc.org. We also thank you for your patience in responding to any questions or concerns. We are a small, but mighty team and will get back to you as soon as we have an answer.

      Make sure you follow us @calpcc on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn for more up to minute updates. 

      Thank you for your continued support of CALPCC. If you are not a member with us or would like to renew your membership and would like to help support our efforts, please check out our membership page.

      Be well,
      The CALPCC Team

      Below are a list of links, articles, updates, and other resources that are available for you during this time:

      Board of Behavioral Sciences Updates



      This explains the waivers enacted by the Governor: https://www.dca.ca.gov/licensees/dca_waivers.shtml

      This link will go through any FAQs. CALPCC is currently applying for waivers for the groups listed above in the email. Please email us if we missed a group of special situation. The waivers are NOT guaranteed to be approved and are simply being applied for at this time.  https://www.bbs.ca.gov/pdf/bbs_wavier_faqs.pdf 


      State of California News


      Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Expand Telehealth Services 

      Order allows health care providers to use video chats and applications to provide health services without risk of penaltyOrder aligns with federal Health and Human Services guidelines and waivers issued in response to COVID-19. 

      SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today signed an executive order to expand protections to medical providers as they amplify the use of video chats and similar applications to provide routine and non-emergency medical appointments in an effort to minimize patient exposure to COVID-19. 

      The order relaxes certain state privacy and security laws for medical providers, so they can provide telehealth services without the risk of being penalized. This action is similar to the federal HHS Office for Civil Rights waiver issued on March 17, 2020 regarding federal privacy and security laws. 

      “This order provides flexibility to our medical and health providers so that they are able to provide continuity of health services to people across the state, and will allow providers to assess a greater number of patients while limiting the risk of exposure and infection of other persons from in-person consultations,” said Governor Newsom. 

      Governor Newsom continues to encourage people to practice safe physical distancing and to comply with stay-at-home orders to bend the COVID-19 curve.

      A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here, and the text of the order can be found here.

      Governor Newsom Announces California Health Corps, a Major Initiative to Expand Health Care Workforce to Fight COVID-19 

      Governor signs executive order to expand health care workforce and staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds needed for the COVID-19 surgeMedical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, certified nursing assistants all needed

      Governor Newsom: “If you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at healthcorps.ca.gov

      SACRAMENTO – Governor Gavin Newsom today launched a major new initiative to expand California’s health care workforce and recruit health care professionals to address the COVID-19 surge. Health care professionals with an active license, public health professionals, medical retirees, medical and nursing students, or members of medical disaster response teams in California are all encouraged to join the new California Health Corps.

      Interested medical and health care professionals are encouraged to visit healthcorps.ca.gov for more information and to register for the California Health Corps. Medical doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, behavioral health scientists, pharmacists, EMTs, medical and administrative assistants, as well as certified nursing assistants are encouraged to step up and meet this moment to help California respond to the outbreak.

      The Governor also signed an executive order that will temporarily expand the health care workforce and allow health care facilities to staff at least an additional 50,000 hospital beds the state needs to treat COVID-19 patients. A copy of the Governor’s executive order can be found here, and the text of the order can be found here.

      “California’s health care workers are the heroes of this moment, serving on the front lines in the fight against this disease. To treat the rising number of patients with COVID-19, our state needs more workers in the health care field to join the fight. If you have a background in health care, we need your help. Sign up at healthcorps.ca.gov,” said Governor Newsom.

      "Outreach to unemployed health care workers and under-employed foreign medical graduates will help build the workforce needed to fight the pandemic — and also create new opportunities and jobs for Californians struggling with unemployment," said California Labor Secretary Julie A. Su.

      “California must continue to prepare our health care delivery system and make sure it has every resource to respond to a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. California’s most valuable resource is its people and I join the Governor in calling on all medical professionals to join the fight against COVID-19,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly.

      More ways for Californians to support their communities and request assistance are outlined on the California Volunteers website serve.ca.gov. For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19, visit covid19.ca.gov.

      Learn more about the state’s ongoing COVID-19 response efforts here. Visit covid19.ca.gov for critical steps Californians can take to stay healthy, and resources available to those impacted by the outbreak.

      From the Office of Senator Kamala Harris

      Information on direct cash payments, CARES Act, an other unemployment/underemployment resources: https://www.harris.senate.gov/coronavirus 

      General California COVID 19 Updates

      https://www.gov.ca.gov/california-takes-action-to-combat-covid-19/ 


      Federal Government Resources

      United States Department of Treasury - CARES Act

      Look here to find resources on supporting your private practice or agency during this time. Be sure to apply as soon as possible: https://home.treasury.gov/policy-issues/top-priorities/cares-act/assistance-for-small-businesses


      Small Business Administration – Read more about CARES Act Resources:
      https://www.sba.gov/page/coronavirus-covid-19-small-business-guidance-loan-resources



      Local Response Opportunities

      The City and County of San Francisco Emergency Volunteer Center

      The City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) expects a significant uptick in the number of COVID-19 patients. In response, DPH is planning a variety of non-hospital response efforts that will require the assistance of volunteer licensed medical professionals.

      Read here to learn more: https://sfdhr.org/city-and-county-san-francisco-emergency-volunteer-center 


    • Sunday, March 22, 2020 3:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      Virtual webinar:  COVID-19 and your Clinical Practice 

      with Executive Director, Kenneth Edwards

      Friday, March 27th, 12-1pm


    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      At CALPCC we are working to keep up with the fast changes that are happening in the State when it comes to the Coronavirus Pandemic. From time to time in the coming days, you will receive some communications from us that are updates from the agencies that we partner with.

      There have been many questions about what the associations (LPCC,LMFT, and NASW) are doing about tele-therapy. CALPCC has signed on to several letters that are asking Governor Newsom to ensure that tele-therapy can be completed in most cases with the appropriate reimbursement. We will keep you updated as we know more. Please scroll below to see a variety of updates. 

      News from Kim Madsen at the BBS regarding testing:

      Our testing vendor, Pearson Vue, announced that effective March 17th, 2020 and continuing until April 16, 2020, all Pearson Vue owned examination sites will be closed due the concerns related to the COVID-19. The Pearson Vue owned sites are the only sites we use for BBS examinations. Pearson Vue will contact the scheduled candidates to provide them notification and instructions regarding scheduling appointments after April 16.

      BBS will work with all examination candidates to ensure that they remain eligibility to test and are able to continue to work. Please click here for more information.

      News from our Lobbyist, GV Ayers:

      Yesterday, the Governor issued an advisory urging those over the age of 65 and anyone with a chronic disease to isolate themselves until further notice.  The Governor’s directive also asked for the closure of all bars, brewpubs and wineries and directed restaurants to reduce their capacity by 50% (Although the Governor now says no restaurant service inside the restaurant) and offer take-out and curbside ordering.  While these directives are not enforceable by law, the Governor could use executive authority to mandate them if the directives are not followed.   This afternoon, six SF Bay Area counties have imposed a 3-week “shelter in place” policy for all residents, regardless of age.  Only essential businesses will remain open in those counties during this time. 

      Late this afternoon, the Governor asked the Legislature to allow for emergency legislation (budget bills) to be considered in order to respond to the pandemic.  The bill (SB 89) will increase hospital capacity, bed capacity, childcare facilities, will purchase hotels and motels to deal with those affected, including individuals, non-profits, small businesses – appropriating $500M and up to $1B in general funds to achieve those goals.  SB 115 will focus on supporting public and charter schools, childcare services, and sanitizing school sites.  Both houses approved these measures and they will be sent to the Governor’s desk tonight.  The Senate passed Resolution 86, allowing for Senate administrative procedure changes during emergencies, and allow for standing committees to convene remotely, if necessary. 

      Just moments ago, the Senate & Assembly adjourned for an extended recess and will reconvene after Easter on Monday, April 13th.  This recess could be extended if necessary.  Of course, the recess will delay bill hearings that were scheduled in the next 30 days and perhaps this action will require adjusting legislative deadlines to account for the many bills that will need to be heard in committee this spring.  Legislators, staff and the Administration will still engage in legislative and district business but that work will likely be conducted remotely or outside of the Capitol building.  Understanding everyone is affected by COVID-19 in a variety of ways, if there’s anything I can do to help or an important issue needs to be raised, please let me know at info@calpcc.org

      Click here to view the State’s Directive/Guidance to Fight COVID-19 that might be useful for your family and for members.

      Click here to hear from the Centers for Disease Control

      Click here to hear the latest update from the Board of Behavioral Sciences regarding Telehealth

      From the Office of Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services:

      OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

      Today, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.

      This exercise of discretion applies to widely available communications apps, such as FaceTime or Skype, when used in good faith for any telehealth treatment or diagnostic purpose, regardless of whether the telehealth service is directly related to COVID-19.

      In support of this action, OCR will be providing further guidance explaining how covered health care providers can use remote video communication products and offer telehealth to patients responsibly.

      "We are empowering medical providers to serve patients wherever they are during this national public health emergency," said Roger Severino, OCR Director. "We are especially concerned about reaching those most at risk, including older persons and persons with disabilities," Severino added.

      The Notification of Enforcement Discretion on Telehealth remote communications may be found here

      For more information on HIPAA and COVID-19, see OCR's February 2020 Bulletin may be found here

      Health IT Security Article can be found here


    • Sunday, March 15, 2020 3:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

      CALPCC operates with the view that the individual, family and larger society are all important in the development and resolution of problems, including the Coronavirus Pandemic. We are deeply concerned about all of our members and the communities we serve during this pandemic and we are dedicated to doing all that we can to help. Our mission as an organization and our service-orientation address the individual, family and society using culturally responsive methods that promote well-being and reflect our commitment to high standards of service, training, and supervision. We are committed to supporting our members in providing service with integrity that promotes the well-being of all of our diverse community members. We also have a strong belief in a feedback-informed culture, which is why we would greatly appreciate any feedback that our members have related to the pandemic.

      CALPCC also does not condone any harassment or violence against the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community. This virus impacts communities of all races and ethnicities. We hope that our membership joins us in combating any disparaging messages and actions against the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community as we move forward together to keep each other healthy and safe.

      Here are some precautions we can take to keep the transmission of the virus to a minimum:

      • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. It is also ok to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
      • Avoid touching your face. This means not touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
      • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
      • Stay home if you are sick. Keep sick children home from daycare or school.
      • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or into a tissue. If you use a tissue, wash your hands afterward.
      • Clean and disinfect commonly used surfaces in your home and office. This means doorknobs, light switches, door handles, drawer pulls, office chairs, water machines, desks, lamps, etc.
      • Manage your stress, sleep well, eat healthy foods, and drink plenty of liquids.
      • Consider staying away from large public gatherings and crowded spaces.

      For those in practice:

      • Consider teletherapy through any number of HIPAA Compliant software programs.
      • Avoid hugging or shaking hands with clients in the office. Consider an elbow bump or verbal greeting.
      • If possible, sit 3-6 ft away during a session.
      • Regularly sanitize your office setting and wash hands.
      • If your clients are sick or appear to be sick, send them home and encourage them to utilize tele-therapy.
      • Encourage clients to take similar precautions when out in public.

      Also, remember the high-risk populations:

      • Those over 60 years of age,
      • Those that are immuno-compromised,
      • Those that are pregnant,
      • Those that have traveled outside of the country in the last two weeks.

      Please see the communication from the BBS about COVID-19 and rules regarding telehealth.

      At this time, CALPCC will be canceling all public regional events until further notice. This includes regional networking activities, Continuing Education seminars or events, and other social activities. Please stay tuned to CALPCC Social Media, your email, and our website for updates.

      For more information, please visit these sites below to learn the latest about COVID-19:

      We also recognize that this time may lead to additional emotional and financial stress for families. Below are resources that may be of assistance:

      At CALPCC we are committed to your safety and understand the pressures that this may cause in terms of interruptions in practice, interruptions to your clients, and a general sense of anxiety that this may bring.

      Be kind to one another during this time, reach out and check on your colleagues, friends, and family, and follow the appropriate steps in staying healthy.

      Be well,
      The CALPCC Team and the CALPCC Board of Directors


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