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Mental Health Practice

Welcome to the Board of Mental Health Practice.

For information regarding the Covid-19 State of Emergency, please go to the OPLC main page and follow the Covid-19 Licensee Resources Tab in the Quick Links section, or go click on the Coronavirus COVID-19 State of NH Link at the top of the OPLC Main Page.

Governor's Emergency Order

  • Emergency Order #29 Exhibit H pdf file
    Modifications Applicable to all OPLC Licensed Professionals
    1. Certain Continuing Education Requirements for Licensed Professionals Waived
    2. Continuing Education of Licensed Professionals Through Remote Instruction
    3. Waiver of Notarization Requirements
    4. Electronic Signatures Accepted

Board of Mental Health Practice Emergency Rule

Mhp 501.02 pdf file Stating that during the pendency of the State of Emergency, licensees will not be disciplined for providing inter-state services through tele-health services as set forth in the Governor’s Emergency Order #8 and #15.

The New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice has been established to identify for the public, quality healthcare professionals through a system of licensure standards of practice, continuing competency and regulatory oversight.

The Board's mission is to assure that the services provided by mental health professionals are effective and of a quality consistent with the standard of care within the mental health profession, and to safeguard the mental health consumer against harm which may be caused by unqualified, impaired or unlicensed practitioners. We are charged with maintaining the integrity of the following disciplines:

  • Pastoral psychotherapists
  • Clinical social workers
  • Clinical mental health counselors
  • Marriage and family therapists

Rulemaking

The Board has approved four initial proposals: (1) a proposal to amend Mhp 100 pdf file; (2) a proposal to amend Mhp 300 pdf file; (3) a proposal to amend Mhp 400 pdf file; and (4) a proposal to amend Mhp 500 pdf file.

The Board has scheduled a public hearing on all four of these rule changes for September 18, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. The hearing will be held remotely via Zoom. Login and Dial-in details will be posted to the Board’s website in advance of the public hearing.

Persons interested in providing oral testimony on this proposal may do so in person at the public hearing. Written testimony on this proposal will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. on September 18, 2020, and may be submitted through mail at the address listed below or via email to Thomas.Broderick@oplc.nh.gov.

Out-of-State Practice

NH Board of Mental Health Practice
Statement of Interpretation of Statutory Authority
Approved by the Board on February 17, 2012

In light of the recent queries posed to the Board concerning out-of-state-practice, practice via the internet, practice through the use of videoconference, and via other technologies, the Board clarifies as follows:

Out-of-State Practice

Pursuant to NH RSA chapter 330-A

If you are located in New Hampshire and are providing mental health services to a consumer located in another jurisdiction, you are considered to be practicing in New Hampshire and need to be licensed in this State.

If you are located in another state and are providing mental health services to a consumer located in New Hampshire, you are considered to be practicing in New Hampshire and need to be licensed in this State.

In either case, you might also be considered to be practicing in another jurisdiction. This statement is not intended to interpret the laws of any other jurisdiction.

If you are about to engage in therapy with a mental health provider in New Hampshire you would be advised to contact the Board of Mental Health Practice to check if the provider is licensed in New Hampshire (603-271-2152) or check online.

Board Member Openings

The Board of Mental Health has two openings on the Board; these members shall be a public member, and from a community health center. Prospective members may be recommended by a Board member, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the council. Please contact the Board office at (603) 271-2702 or Ashley.Czechowicz@oplc.nh.gov for further information if interested.

Contact

Ashley Czechowicz
7 Eagle Square
Concord NH 03301
(603) 271-2152 Main Line
(603) 271-6702 (fax)

Ashley.Czechowicz@oplc.nh.gov

Mental Health Board
7 Eagle Square

Concord NH 03301
(603) 271-2152
OPLC.BDMHP@oplc.nh.gov


Office of Professional Licensure and Certification
7 Eagle Square |  Concord, NH 03301
Main Telephone: (603) 271-2152