Somerset, KY asked in Gov & Administrative Law for Kentucky

Q: Can I offer My services as a certified APSS in KY as my own entity/business w/o the supervision of a DR. via zoom?

I am a certified ADULT PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST offering peer counseling primarily to recovering addicts and their family members and friends. I am wanting to start my own business through teleheath via zoom, and/or visiting clients at their homes/church/parks/ or other specified locations. These services are billable through medicaid as its own stand alone service under the code H0038. My question is, do I have to supervised by a physician in order to offer my services?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Kentucky, if you are certified and plan to offer your services as an Adult Peer Support Specialist, it's important to note that you do need to work under supervision. This means that your services, when provided, must be overseen by a qualified professional. The range of professionals under whom you can work is broad and includes physicians, psychiatrists, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, licensed psychologists, and various types of licensed therapists and counselors, among others.

This supervision is structured to ensure that services are provided effectively and safely. It involves regular face-to-face meetings, which should occur at least twice per month. One of these meetings must be one-on-one, and each session should last a minimum of thirty minutes. The supervising professional is responsible for maintaining detailed records of these supervisory sessions, documenting the discussions and any plans for further training or action.

While it may seem like an additional step, this supervision requirement is in place to support the quality and effectiveness of the services provided to clients, ensuring they receive the best possible care. This also provides a framework within which you can grow professionally and continue to offer valuable support to your clients, whether it's through telehealth platforms like Zoom, or in various community settings such as homes, churches, or parks.

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