Pennsylvania Regulatory Suspension

On 9/30/2021 Governor Wolf signed Act 73 of 2021, renewing regulatory suspensions until March 31, 2022.  

On 3/30/2021 Governor Wolf signed Act 14 of 2022, renewing regulatory suspensions until June 30,2022, or until the federal disaster declaration ends.

Act 30 of 2022 extended the regulatory suspensions through October 31, 2022, or until the disaster declaration ends.  Click here for a List of DHS - OMHSAS regulations that remain suspended,

On October 28, 2022, House Bill 1630 was signed into law by Governor Tom Wolf as P. L. Act 98 of 2022 and is effective immediately.  This law repealed three sections of the Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) regulations at 55 Pa. Code §1153.14(1); §1223.14(2); and §5230.55(c) that were previously suspended by the Public Health Emergency.  Behavioral Health (BH) providers now may deliver and bill for BH services through audio-only telehealth for both Outpatient Psychiatric Services and Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Services that is consistent with OMHSAS bulletin OMHSAS-22-02, titled “Revised Guidelines for the Delivery of Behavioral Health Services Through Telehealth” that was issued on July 1, 2022.   Act 98 of 2022 also abrogates (repeals) the requirement for face-to-face supervision in PRS under Chapter 5230.55.