Great news from LARA on remote supervision for LPCs!

MCL 333.16109 defines “supervision” as: the overseeing of or participation in the work of another individual by a health professional licensed under this article in circumstances where at least all of the following conditions exist:

(a) The continuous availability of direct communication in person or by radio, telephone, or telecommunication between the supervised individual and a licensed health professional.

(b) The availability of a licensed health professional on a regularly scheduled basis to review the practice of the supervised individual, to provide consultation to the supervised individual, to review records, and to further educate the supervised individual in the performance of the individual’s functions.

(c) The provision by the licensed supervising health professional of predetermined procedures and drug protocol. 

As this definition, which is also referenced in the Counseling Rules, defines supervision as direct communication that can be done remotely, and as Executive Order 2020-30 allows temporary suspension of provisions in Article 15 regarding supervision and Executive Order 2020-21 encourages work to be done remotely wherever possible, LARA encourages and prefers that the supervision instead be fulfilled through remote, electronic means while the state of emergency is in effect.

Information confirmed by James Blundo MMHCA Executive Director and our

Acuitas LLC Lobbyist 04/06/2020