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Board of Examiners of Psychologists

Important notice regarding Behavior Health Voucher Program

The South Dakota Board of Examiners of Psychologists recently passed administrative rules, updating to cite the most recent code of ethics of the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), and adding a chapter that sets a minimum continuing education requirement, defines a continuing education unit, provides guidance on courses eligible for continuing education credit, provides guidance on documentation needed for continuing education, and provides for an exception to the requirements where applicable.  The administrative rules on continuing education are effective for the current licensure period ending June 30, 2021.  Communication regarding the continuing education requirements along with a copy of the administrative rules was mailed to all licensees on October 13, 2020.  A copy of the letter can be found here.  A link to the rules can be found here.

COVID-19 Updates

EPPP Examination Updates:
Important information from ASPPB on the EPPP Examination and COVID-19 update can be found here: https://www.asppb.net/page/pearsonCOVID19updates

Telehealth:

Pursuant to Executive Order 2020-34 of the Governor of South Dakota, the psychologist licenses of all member states of the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) are recognized in South Dakota for the duration of the Order, through June 30, 2021, unless sooner terminated or extended. At the time of this posting, members of EMAC include all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Individuals holding a psychologist license in any of those states or territories can practice in South Dakota by virtue of the Order. Anyone practicing in South Dakota is subject to all rules and regulations surrounding the practice of psychology in South Dakota.

Telehealth/telepsychology are not currently addressed in Statues and Rules for the South Dakota Board of Examiners of Psychologists. However, Psychologists could reasonably be considered a “Health Care Professional” pursuant to 34-52-1(1) as defined in 58-17F-1. Therefore, we are directing Psychologists to the following chapter that addresses telehealth for health care professionals.  Please see this link: http://sdlegislature.gov/Statutes/Codified_Laws/DisplayStatute.aspx?Type=StatuteChapter&Statute=34-52

Beyond this information, the Board cannot provide any further advice or guidance on providing teletherapy or telehealth services.

All Psychologists are entrusted to practice within their areas of competence in compliance with the AASPB Code of Conduct, as specified in Administrative Rules Section 20:60:07:01

Resources: 

In an effort to keep informed about the changing circumstances of COVID-19, below are resources that are routinely updated:

The Board is working to assist you during this unprecedented time.  Please email or call if you have any questions

Board of Examiners of Psychologists
Carol Tellinghuisen

Executive Director
810 N. Main St. Suite 298 
Spearfish, SD  57783
Phone: 605.642.1600
Fax: 605.722.1006
Email: proflic@rushmore.com

The mission of the South Dakota Board of Examiners of Psychologists is to protect the health and safety of the consumer public by licensure of qualified persons, enforcement of the statutes, rules and regulations governing the practice of psychology, including the appropriate resolution of complaints.

Board Members
Thomas Stanage, Ph.D. - President - Yankton
Matthew Christiansen, Ph.D. - Vice President - Mitchell
Trisha Miller, Ph.D. - Secretary - Rapid City
Jeffrey Ellison, Psy.D. - Board Member - Sioux Falls
Rosalie Ball, Ph.D. - Board Member - Bath
Robert Overturf, Lay Member - Rapid City
Brian Roegiers, Lay Member - Sioux Falls

Additional Information
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View archived meeting minutes prior to 2015.