NOTICE OF DISCONTINUATION OF TEMPORARY EMERGENCY RECIPROCITY LICENSURE PROGRAMS

SUPERSEDING ALL PRIOR NOTICES

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 15, 2022

This notice is to advise that the Division of Consumer Affairs (the “Division”) will be discontinuing the Temporary Emergency Reciprocity Licensure Program on August 1, 2022, for all classes of Group 2 health care practitioners, with the sole exception of respiratory care therapists.   This notice supersedes all prior notices that have been posted to the Division’s website or communicated to you in prior emails.          

INFORMATION FOR THE FOLLOWING GROUP 2 HEALTH CARE PRACTITIONERS

GROUP 2 LICENSES:

  • Advanced Practice Nurse
  • Certified Social Worker
  • Doctor of Osteopathy
  • Homemaker Home Health Aid
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Licensed Social Worker
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Professional Counselor
  • Psychoanalyst
  • Psychologist
  • Registered Professional Nurse

With the exception of respiratory care therapists, new applications for the TERL program for Group 2 health care practitioners will be accepted only through July 31, 2022. Effective August 1, 2022, no new applications will be accepted.

All practitioners holding a TERL on August 1, 2022 will remain eligible to continue practicing under the TERL through August 31, 2022.   Effective September 1, 2022, TERL holders (except for respiratory care therapists) must refrain from engaging in any further practice in the State of New Jersey, unless participating in the “bridge program” described below.  Any continued practice on or after September 1, 2022 by any TERL holder who has not filed an application for plenary licensure pursuant to the “bridge program” will constitute the unlicensed practice of your profession in the State of New Jersey and may result in civil or criminal penalties.

The Division continues to urge all TERL holders who wish to continue providing health care in the State of New Jersey after August 31, 2022 to apply for a plenary license in the State of New Jersey.  To that end, the Division is authorizing a “bridge program” to plenary licensure available to all TERL holders.  Any TERL holder who files a complete application for a plenary license in New Jersey (using the electronic application process available on the board websites) by 11:59 p.m. on August 31, 2022 will qualify for the “bridge program,” and will be authorized to continue practicing in New Jersey under the TERL until the earliest of:

-          The date of issuance of a New Jersey license;

-          The date of notification of denial of an application for a plenary license in New Jersey; or

-          The end of the day on March 31, 2023.

You will be considered to have filed a complete application for licensure in New Jersey provided that you submit a complete application and pay the required application fee on or before August 31, 2022. 

Your TERL will automatically expire if you receive a plenary license, if your application for a plenary license is denied, or on April 1, 2023—whichever comes first.

INFORMATION FOR RESPIRATORY CARE THERAPISTS

SUPERSEDING ALL PRIOR NOTICES

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 15, 2022

The TERL program for respiratory care therapists will remain in place, without change, through March 31, 2023. 

Respiratory care therapists currently holding a TERL will remain authorized to practice in New Jersey under the TERL through March 31, 2023.

The Division will continue to accept applications for TERLs from respiratory care therapists through March 31, 2023.

All respiratory care therapists practicing under a TERL will be required to refrain from engaging in any further practice in the State of New Jersey effective April 1, 2023.  The Division urges respiratory care therapists who wish to continue providing respiratory care services in New Jersey after March 31, 2023 to file an application for a plenary license in New Jersey as soon as possible to avoid any gap between the expiration of the TERL on March 31, 2023 and the State Board of Respiratory Care’s decision regarding their application for a plenary license.

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