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COVID-19 Actions

Waiver of One Year Window for Examination: The Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board, is temporarily waiving the application of 839 IAC 1-3-5, 839 IAC 1-4-3.3, 839 IAC 1-5-2, and 839 IAC 1-5.5-5 insofar as they require applicants for licensure by examination to sit for the examination within one (1) year from the date of the initial board approval. This waiver is only effective during the public health emergency and will initially be limited to 90 days. Upon the end of the public health emergency, the rule will no longer be waived and becomes reinstated effective immediately. A copy of the order may be found HERE.

Mental Health Professionals & Telehealth: Pursuant to Executive Order 20-05, all licensed mental health professionals in the State of Indiana are permitted to conduct their work via telehealh. All statutes and rules that are applicable during remote practice must still be observed; however the requirement that the patient be physically present with the professional is suspended until the end of the public health crisis.

Critical Fingerprinting: The following license types have been deemed critial by the Indiana Department of Administration and will be given priority for the purposes of getting fingerprinting completed.
License Types: Marriage and Family Therapists and Associates, Mental Health Counselors and Associates, Social Workers (LSW)

PLA Remote Work: In response to COVID-19 and the impact it is having on the State of Indiana, the Professional Licensing Agency will have the majority of our staff working remotely in the coming weeks. While routine operations of the agency will continue, please note that there may be disruptions or delays in the processing of your requests. Please prioritize the usage of email to communicate with our staff whenever possible and scan any documents that need to be processed. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work best to protect our staff and serve Hoosiers in these ever-changing times.

Important notice regarding changes to the law affecting the licensure of social workers in the state:

Effective July 1st, 2019, pursuant to Senate Enrolled Act 527, the Behavioral Health and Human Services licensing board may begin to issue a temporary permit to practice as a bachelor's degree social worker to an individual who meets certain requirements.

For more information and a copy of Senate Enrolled Act 527, please visit the Indiana General Assembly website at iga.in.gov.

Important notice regarding changes to the law affecting the licensure of marriage and family therapists in the state:

Effective July 1st, 2019, pursuant to House Enrolled Act 1199, the requirements for an applicant seeking licensure as a marriage and family therapist has been updated to include specific requirements for relational hours as part of the supervision requirement for licensure.

For more information and a copy of House Enrolled Act 1199, please visit the Indiana General Assembly website at iga.in.gov.

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Cindy Vaught, Board Director
Dana Brooks, Assistant Director
Rejina Henderson-Stigger, Customer Service Representative
Emma Vise, Customer Service Representative
Amanda Phillips, Customer Service Representative

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 W. Washington St., Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Staff Phone Number: (317) 234-2054
Staff E-mail: pla8@pla.IN.gov
Agency Fax: (317) 233-4236