During the rapidly evolving COVID-19 crisis, the Division of Consumer Affairs has taken extraordinary measures to ensure New Jersey is prepared to meet the increased demand for healthcare services. Through our Healthcare Emergency Licensure Program (HELP), we have created pathways for thousands of retired, out-of-state, foreign-licensed, and newly graduated healthcare professionals to quickly become licensed in New Jersey and expand our available healthcare workforce to safely provide quality care to patients during the coronavirus outbreak.
We have also guided NJ healthcare licensees on how to safely practice during the pandemic, and taken steps to prevent drug shortages caused by the inappropriate prescribing and hoarding of drugs being used to fight COVID-19. DCA’s COVID-19 healthcare initiatives include:
Waiver of On-Site Supervision Requirement
The Division has temporarily waived on-site supervision requirements for audiology and speech-language pathology temporary licensees, certain licensed occupational therapy assistants, and licensed physical therapy assistants. To learn more,
Temporary Certification of Alcohol and Drug Counselor - Interns
To meet the increased demand for alcohol and drug counselor services, and to allow alcohol and drug counselor interns to provide services via telehealth and telemedicine, the State of New Jersey is granting temporary certifications to interns who meet certain qualifications. For additional information,
Emergency Graduate Licensure Program for Mental Health Professionals
To meet the increased demand for certain mental health care professionals during the current state of emergency and public health emergency, the State of New Jersey is licensing those who have graduated within the last six months, with an extra 90-day grace period for those who graduated on or after December 1, 2019, from masters and doctoral-level social work and counseling programs located in any state who have not yet taken their licensing exams. For additional information,
Tests for COVID-19 antibodies have been developed, but data is lacking on what exactly these tests mean. There is still much that is unknown about COVID-19 infection and antibody testing,
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The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs has issued an
Administrative Order which establishes practices and precautions for licensed veterinarians to protect patients, clients, veterinarians, and office staff from the continued risks posed by COVID-19.
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Healthcare Services in Office Practices
Requirement to Co-prescribe an Opioid Antidote (Naloxone)
Pharmacists Authorization to Provide COVID-19 Testing
Rules, Guidance, and Resources
Out-of-State Reciprocity Licensees
Recent Graduate Licensure Program
Reactivated Retiree Licensees
Waivers of Certain Rules to Expand Access to Care