Electronic Service Delivery is defined as mental health therapy in any form offered or rendered primarily by electronic or technology assisted approaches when the mental health therapist and the client are not located in the same place during delivery of services. While working with your therapist you will always have the opportunity to ask any questions that you have about the therapy, electronic communications in general, and other issues involving your therapy. Your therapist will also assess your ability to handle computers and the internet, so that you and he or she may work in this way.
As a client receiving mental health services through electronic service delivery methods, you should understand:
1) This service is provided by technology (including but not limited to video, phone, text, and email) and may or may not involve direct, face to face, communication. There are benefits and limitations to these types of services. You will need access to, and familiarity with, the appropriate technology to participate in the service provided. Exchange of information may not be direct, and any paperwork exchanged will likely be exchanged through electronic means or through postal delivery. Your therapist will assess whether or not therapy through means of electronic service delivery is appropriate for addressing your issues and whether or not you have the knowledge and skills to use the technology involved.
2) As a therapist licensed in Ohio, your therapist may only deliver services to people located in Ohio, unless he or she obtains a license or is allowed to practice in the state where the person is located. If you plan on leaving Ohio for any length of time in the future, please let your therapist know as soon as possible so that you and he or she can make proper arrangements for future work or referrals, as appropriate.If you are going to be out of state during therapy, then your therapist will have to comply with the licensing laws of the state where you will be located. You agree to provide the street address where you will be receiving services and agree to update it if it changes.