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UPDATED 06/11/2021 (ORIGINALLY POSTED: 05/17/2021) - BPOA has received many questions from licensed professionals about what happens to licensing waivers if the COVID-19 emergency disaster declaration is ended. With the Governor's signing of HB 854 (now Act 21 of 2021), licensing waivers will remain active until September 30, 2021, unless ended sooner. We will provide additional updates as more information becomes available.

POSTED: 05/14/2021 - On 5/13/21, the CDC provided guidance that fully vaccinated individuals can resume activities that they did prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or physically distancing except where required by law, rule, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Masking requirement will still be in place for unvaccinated individuals until 70 percent of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated.

For more information please read the CDC guidance and the DOH press release.

The Department's offices in the North Office Building remain closed to the public. The Department of State continues to serve the public during the COVID-19 disaster declaration.

The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.

For more details visit:

If you are a member of the immigrant, refugee, or asylee community and you:

  • have worked in a licensed profession or applied for a professional license in PA; OR
  • moved to PA in the last 5 years.

Please help us improve the licensure process for new Pennsylvanians by taking our survey, which is available in: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Korean, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese.


Targeted Distribution of PPE

On April 8, 2020, Governor Wolf Signed an order to provide targeted distribution of COVID-19 PPE and supplies to hospitals. The order requires private, public and quasi-public health care providers and facilities submit current inventory quantities of PPE, pharmaceuticals and other medical resources to PEMA by April 16, 2020. The survey link can be accessed hereOpens In A New Window.

Additionally, a FAQ regarding this topic can be found here

Coronavirus Information

Pearson VUE Information
Visit our COVID Webpage: https://home.pearsonvue.com/coronavirus-update Click on the FAQ Hyperlink for questions and answers regarding scheduling and rescheduling.

Learn more about the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Some Continuing-Education Restrictions Suspended for Licensed Professionals (PDF)

Information for telemedicine during the coronavirus emergency 

 Telehealth behavioral health services to Medical Assistance beneficiaries:

OMHSAS-COVID-19-Telehealth-Expansion.pdf

State Board of Psychology 

The Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) received reports that a person pretending to be from the State Board of Psychology (Board) is calling licensees about the status of their license.  The scammer asks for credit card information.  Persons who give their credit card information may not only lose their money, but also can become a victim of identity theft.

Licensees are urged to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud or identity theft:

  • BPOA and/or Board will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone.

  • If you get a text message or call asking for your credit card information, hang up.

  • Do NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.

  • If you feel that you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately notify your local or state police.

 

The State Board of Psychology regulates the practice and licensure of psychologists in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Board passes upon the qualifications and fitness of applicants for licensure and determines whether to issue, deny, suspend, revoke, restrict or renew licenses for psychologists.  In addition, the Board promulgates a code of ethics for psychologists in the Commonwealth.

 
 
Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide legal advice or advisory opinions, including interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario.  You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.