Public Comments Sought for Proposed Guidelines for Online Mental Health Services

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ATA is soliciting comments related to its proposed Practice Guidelines for Video-Based Online Mental Health Services. All interested parties are encouraged to submit their feedback during the 30 day comment period, ending April 21.

American Telemedicine Association

American Telemedicine Association

The American Telemedicine Association is seeking public comment related to its draft practice guidelines for Internet-based videoconferencing for mental health services. The proposed guidelines, developed by ATA and key stakeholders in the field, detail best-practices for online mental health providers delivering video-based services through personal computers and mobile devices. The comment period is open for 30 days, ending April 21, 2013.The draft document and comment form are available at

ATA’s “Practice Guidelines For Video-based Online Mental Health Services,” is the first multi-disciplinary guidelines document developed by a work group that included members from the American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, National Association for Social Workers, current providers, engineers and administrators of online telemental health services, payers, academia, government and industry. It is a consensus document based on clinical and empirical experience, designed to help practitioners provide effective and safe medical care, grounded in current research, available resources, and patient needs. The draft guidelines is a companion document to the broader “Practice Guidelines for Videoconferencing-based Telemental Health,” developed and adopted by ATA in 2009.

ATA’s practice guidelines for telemedicine are the critical foundation for the deployment of telemedicine services. Standards form the basis for uniform, quality patient care and safety, grounded in empirical research and clinical experience. The establishment of such standards also accelerates the adoption of telemedicine by payers, administrators and providers who are full partners with ATA in their development along with industry, government agencies, medical societies and other stakeholders. To date, ATA has published 10 standards documents, covering an array of best practices in telemedicine. All ATA standards documents are available to download, free of charge, at

The American Telemedicine Association is the leading international resource and advocate promoting the use of advanced remote medical technologies. ATA and its diverse membership work to fully integrate telemedicine into healthcare systems to improve quality, equity and affordability of healthcare throughout the world. Established in 1993, ATA is headquartered in Washington, DC. For more information visit

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