Mental Health Initiative

Participating Programs – Continuing Education Credit Waiver for Volunteer Mental Health Services

On February 22, 2021, the Acting Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs issued Administrative Order 2021-09, Waiver-2021-05, which permits licensed or certified mental health professionals to satisfy continuing education credits by providing services free of charge through an organization that provides mental health services, including crisis intervention and referrals, to low-income, uninsured individuals or to individuals in crisis. 

Those who provide volunteer services will satisfy one continuing education credit for every two hours of qualifying services they provide, up to a certain cap that will vary by their license type, as noted in the Order and the Division’s FAQ. The licensed or certified mental health professionals who can satisfy continuing education credits through this program are: marriage and family therapists; associate marriage and family therapists; professional counselors; associate professional counselors; rehabilitation counselors; clinical alcohol and drug counselors; certified alcohol and drug counselors; art therapists; physicians; advanced practice nurses; psychologists; State-certified psychoanalysts; and clinical social workers.

The following entities have informed the Division that they qualify under the Order and are interested in accepting volunteers.

Any organization wishing to be added to this list should email the Division at:

Organization Name
Address Contact Name/Info
Organization  Website/Email/Phone Qualifications/Qualifying Licensees Notes
Give An Hour
P.O. Box 5918
Bethesda, MD 20284-5918
Jessica Grove, Senior Director of Finance and Provider Relations
LCSW's; LPC's; Psychologists with a doctorate and license; MFT's, Psychiatrists with M.D. or D.O.; Psychiatric nurses; drug and alcohol counselors, and other mental health professionals licensed by their state.Website states you generally need the highest license the state requires to practice independently.
NYC COVID Care NetworkSheetal Shah, MPH, Volunteer Network Organizer (on Board of Directors)
Email: info@nyccovidcare.orgLicensed therapist; licensed counselor
Contact of Burlington CountyDori Audette, Operations Manager
Phone: (856) 234-5484
Website: www.contactburlco.orgHelplines and Confidential Sexual Violence Advocacy Programs in need of volunteers
Emotional PPE ProjectKate Hicks
Email: (for practitioner sign up)
Licensed mental health professionals with a current license in good standingNo set number of sessions. Up to volunteer to determine number of pro bono counseling sessions they will provide.
Physician Support LineSmita Gautam, Co-Founder
Website: www.physiciansupportline.comLimited to psychiatrists; requires M.D./D.O./M.B.B.S. degree and having finished psychiatry residency Effort is peer support for physicians by physicians
Zufall Health Canter
18 W. Blackwell St.
Dover, NJ 07801
Sarah Aleman
Phone: (973) 328-9100, Ext. 322

Bilingual (Spanish preferred; six month commitment of four hours a week; participation in 2 day new staff orientation; ability to work remotely and on-site.)

Last Modified: 2/22/2021 12:31 PM