Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19)
For more than 50 years, we have been working to promote health and wellness among our staff, stakeholders, members and the communities they support. With recent news of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) inviting a heightened sense of uncertainty and apprehension, that commitment has never been stronger. In this time of confusion, there is hope. And there is help.
You are not alone. There are 3,325 member organizations that, like you, are working to keep their doors open, their staff safe and their communities healthy. To help you navigate this rapidly evolving situation, we are building a coronavirus resource directory and sharing tools and information to inform you every step of the way. For example:
- Read our recent content, “Navigating the Behavioral Health Impacts of the Coronavirus”
- People living with untreated mental illness and addictions are some of our most vulnerable citizens, putting them at high risk when it comes to COVID-19 – learn how CCBHCs can help.
- Download a free toolkit and resource center from Relias, a strategic partner.
- For those interested in the status of our conference, NatCon20, stay up to date on any announcements here.
Understanding the implications of the coronavirus can be challenging, especially as conflicting updates abound. Use these resources to learn about the current state and scope of the pandemic:
- Rolling updates from the World Health Organization (WHO)
- CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary
- CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies
- WHO’s “Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 outbreak”
Resources for Behavioral Health Organizations
Keeping your doors open is essential during this time of need. To help limit disruption of services, while protecting your patients and staff from infection risk, consider the following guidelines:
- CDHS Guidance for Behavioral Health Providers
- CDC Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take
- SAMHSA’s Guidance for OTPs
- Discover best practices in telehealth and telemedicine
- NIH guidance on travel and meetings
- NIDA: COVID-19 potential implications for individuals with SUDs
- COVID-19 and Harm Reduction Fact Sheets
- Tips for strengthening partnerships with your patients and their families
- Resources from the National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers
In addition to the potential risk to physical health, the threat of COVID-19 also affects us emotionally. Here are some behavioral health care resources that can help:
- Watch an interview with a WHO expert on mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Here are five simple ways you can reduce your coronavirus anxiety.
- Discover how to talk to your children about the coronavirus and its impacts.
- Learn how to manage your mental health and help loved ones do the same.
- Understand how to manage associated anxiety from Mental Health America.
- Learn how to help your loved ones with anxiety with Mental Health First Aid.
As leaders on the frontlines of mental illness and addiction treatment, managing the needs of your patients, community and staff can be difficult during this time – we can help. We will keep you apprised of the latest news, updates and resources as they arrive. In the meantime, please follow us on social media to stay informed, or contact us should you have any questions, comments or concerns.
Together, we will thrive.