The Board voted to change the Rules and Regulations regarding Distance Professional Services (Telemental Health) for Counselors requirements. The proposed changes were reviewed and approved on March 19, 2021, by the Occupational Licensing Review Commission (OLRC), made up of the Governor, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General with one minor edit. (Rule 7.5. was amended to remove the one (1) year of experience in Rule 7.5, subsection 3.c.) The Rules and Regulations have been filed as final after the Commission’s approval; however, they will not become final until May 10, 2021. The final submission to the Secretary of State can be found at: Here The Board will post information on compliance requirements on its website once the Rules revisions are final.

On May 10, 2021, the Distance Professional Services Rules became FINAL.

Any person providing counseling or supervision services through the means of Distance
Professional Services (Telemental Health) must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be an Active Status P-LPC, LPC, or LPC-S in Mississippi.
  2. Hold a license in good standing in the location of the recipient receiving services.
  3. Submit to the Board verification of training in TeleMental Health counseling by completing one of the following:
    a. Hold the  Board Certified TeleMental Health (BC-TMH) credential or its equivalent as recognized by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc. (CCE) or the National Board of Certified Counselors
    b. completed professional training according to Rule 7.5. The professional training must be a minimum of nine (9) clock hours and must include the areas listed in Rule 7.5. Professional training can be gained by either: (1) Graduate-Level Academic Training (as documented on the syllabus) or (2) Continuing Education training course (as documented by certificate).HOW TO SUBMIT VERIFICATION of Distance Credential certificate OR certificate of completion of Professional Training to the Board office?
    Upload a copy of the credential certificate OR training certificate to your online profile at the bottom right side of the General Registration tab under Distance Professional Services. (DPS Upload Instructions)