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Telepsychiatry in the Era of COVID-19

Activity Type:

  • On Demand

Release Date: 3/20/2020

Expiration Date: 12/31/2020

  • Participation: 1



This presentation offers learners an overview of how to use telemental health and video visits in the changing landscape surrounding the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. As clinicians seek to quickly offer remote and video visits, it is important that they be aware of the legal, clinical, cultural, and practical aspects in using technology to deliver care. This presentation covers topics including assessing which telemental health platform to use, licensure, issues around consent, online prescribing, billing and payments, and special situations.

Note: This presentation was recorded on March 20, 2020. Regulations and rules may have changed. It is recommended that you check with your State's Medical Board to get the most up-to-date information. A good resource to use is 


FREE - $0

Funding for this initiative was made possible (in part) by Grant No. 1H79SM080818-01 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. 

Learning Objectives

  • List at least one legal, regulatory, and/or financial rule governing telehealth that has changed in the last month. 
  • Relate how these changes impact your ability to offer video visits.
  • Utilize the APA Telepsychiatry Toolkit to identify three sections to support your use of video visits.
  • Identify at least four relevant references for up to date telemental health information around regulation, safety, and best practices.

Target Audience

Psychiatrists, Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners

Estimated Duration

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour 
Program Start Date: March 20, 2020 
Program End Date: December 31, 2020

Continuing Education Credit

This activity has NOT been designated for continuing education credit. Only a non-credit certificate of completion will be awarded. 

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Peter Yellowlees, MBBS, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, UC Davis Health; Alan Stoudemire Endowed Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, UC Davis


  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association
  • John Torous, MD, MBI, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center 

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.

Hardware/Software Requirements

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Optimal System Configuration

  • Browser: Firefox (latest version), Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 7.0+, Microsoft Edge (latest version) or Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.3+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

  • Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Macromedia Flash Player 10.3 or higher; Sound Card at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh:Mac OS X 10.4+ or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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