State Issues Hundreds Of Professional Licenses During Coronavirus Pandemic | New Hampshire Public Radio

State Issues Hundreds Of Professional Licenses During Coronavirus Pandemic

Apr 12, 2020

Credit PEXELS

New Hampshire has issued more than 300 emergency professional licenses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About half of the new emergency licenses have gone to behavioral and mental health practitioners, including licensed social workers and psychologists.

This comes as Governor Chris Sununu has loosened New Hampshire's licensing rules in an effort to bolster the state's medical workforce during the ongoing public health emergency.

One of the changes, according to the governor, allows providers to more easily work at multiple institutions.

“If you’re creditialed with one facility you can work with another facility, depending on where the need might be within New Hampshire,” he says. 

The emergency licensing rules also allow out-of-state practitioners to practice in New Hampshire, either in person or through telehealth during the COVID-19 emergency.