COVID-19 Guidance and Best Practices
For the most up to date information on the District's response to COVID-19, including information on best practices, licensure waivers, and recommended guidelines, please go to coronavirus.dc.gov.
Closure of Walk In Services
Due to ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, effective immediately, the Health Regulation and Licensing Administration (HRLA) is implementing a 100% telework policy and will be available for mail services only. No walk-ins or appointments are allowed. Please submit all applications and supplemental documents via mail to HRLA 1, PO Box 37801, Washington, DC 20013. If you are already in contact with a Health Licensing Specialist (HLS), please forward any documents to said HLS via email.
If you require assistance from the Board of Professional Counseling, please contact [email protected].
In response to COVID-19, DC Health has waived all licensure requirements for practitioners who are licensed in good standing in another jurisdiction. You can read more about the waiver process HERE.
Virtual Board Meetings
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all board meetings will be held virtually during the declared public health emergency. Information on how to access the public portion of the meeting is listed on the Open Session Agenda.
The Board of Professional Counseling ("the Board") regulates the practice of professional counseling in DC. The Board administers and enforces the law. The Board also evaluates applicants' qualifications, recommends standards and procedures, and issues licenses. Moreover, the Board receives and reviews complaints, requests investigations, and conducts hearings. The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor: four professional counselors licensed in the District of Columbia and one consumer member. All licenses expire on December 31 of even years.
The Board meets monthly on the second Friday. Please note that meeting dates can change. In 2020, the Board plans to meet on the following dates:
- January 10
- February 14
- March 13
- April 10 (Cancelled)
- May 8
- June 12
- July 10 (Cancelled)
- September 11
- October 9
- November 13
- December 11
- DC Municipal Regulations for Licensed Graduate Professional Counselors
- DC Municipal Regulations for Professional Counseling
- Guidance on Remote Supervision During the COVID-19 Health Emergency
- Policy Statement on Identifying Public Health Issues for Continuing Education
Announcements and Newsletters
- Newsletters (Coming Soon)