December 3, 2020
Important info from OASAS below. You already know about the extension of the Executive Order on tele health but there is new information re: timeline for getting your application for permanent tele health approval in to OASAS.
Subject: FYI: Executive Order 202.79- Extension of Provisions related to Telehealth and Background Checks
On December 2, 2020, Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order 202.79, which extends telehealth regulatory flexibility for OASAS certified or authorized programs with a telepractice designation until January 1, 2021. This Executive Order allows for the continuation of telephonic only service delivery as well as the ability for Certified Recovery Peer Advocates to deliver services by telepractice and by telephone, for certified or authorized programs.
OASAS certified or authorized treatment programs operating with the emergency OASAS telepractice approval have until January 1st to submit a permanent telepractice application. Providers are encouraged to submit applications now if this has not already been done. Please note that one application per provider is required, with all relevant PRUs (program reporting units) included.
Executive Order 202.79 also extends modifications to the background check process for OASAS programs until January 1st, 2021.
Additional COVID related guidance can be found on the OASAS website.