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.
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- Read our letter to Vice President Pence urging the federal government to provide personal protection equipment (PPE) to all behavioral health care professionals
- Watch a recording of Chuck’s March 31 town hall session, or download a Q&A summary for details.
- Attend a CoE-PHI webinar, “Understanding the New SAMHSA/OCR Guidance for Telehealth SUD and MH Services,” on Monday, April 6, at 11 a.m. ET.
- Grant opportunity: SAMHSA announces emergency grants to address mental and substance use disorders during COVID-19; apply by April 10, 2020
- Important information for CARES Act loan program applicants – tips from the Nonprofit Finance Fund
- Participate in our National Council Office Hours: “Substance Use Disorder (SUD),” on Thursday, April 2, from 3-4 p.m. ET
- Calling all medical directors – register for the next peer-driven call in our “Medical Director COVID-19 Discussion Series” on Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET
- Attend a free Relias webinar: “Actions Home Health Clinicians Can Take To Prevent The Spread of COVID-19” – Tuesday, April 7 (2 p.m. ET)
- Learn how to manage your workforce through this new normal during DATISfest, a virtual mini-conference from 2-3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, April 7, and Wednesday, April 8
- Attend a free Relias webinar: “COVID-19 and Long-Term Care Providers: Where Are We Now?” – Thursday, April 9 (2 p.m. ET)
- Are you a substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider or peer support specialist transitioning to telehealth? Participate in a weekly, national online discussion.
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:
- Small Business Administration COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan Application
- Paycheck Protection Program application – further assistance for small businesses
- National Council’s COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Residential Facilities
- The APA has recently put out guidance on the use of Long Acting Injectable (LAIs) during the coronavirus – learn more.
- Access a pre-recorded webinar from the Managed Care Technical Assistance Center of New York: “Essential Tips for Tele-behavioral Health Engagement”
- Download SAMHSA’s “FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency” for insights and guidance
- “COVID-19: Office Hours – Self-Care and Stress Management” – View our recording and download our slides
- Download an FAQ on unemployment, insurance benefits, paid leave laws, closures and more per state
- Access a COVID-19 Resource Document for reference
- Explore supportive practices for mental health professionals during pandemic-related social distancing
- Discover how to sustain the wellbeing of health care personnel during COVID-19 and other infectious disease outbreaks
- SAMHSA’s Guidance for OTPs
- Best Practices for Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
- Discover Best Practices in Telehealth and Telemedicine
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Toolkit
- Telehealth Toolkit for General Practitioners
- NIDA: COVID-19 Potential Implications for Individuals with SUDs
- COVID-19 and Harm Reduction Fact Sheets
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:
- Eager to engage Congress? Make sure your voice is heard – write to your legislators today!
- Learn how to #BeTheDifference during COVID-19 with these Mental Health First Aid resources
- What are the best materials for making DIY masks? Learn more and review the data.
- Read the latest blog post in our “Coping in a Crisis” series: “On the Frontlines with the Mental Health Association of Essex and Morris, Inc.”
- Read the latest blog post from our president and CEO, Chuck Ingoglia: “Unprecedented Times Bring Rapid Change, and Signs of Hope”
- View a recording of our webinar with the Joint Commission: “Preparing Behavioral Health Organizations for Coronavirus”
- Read our latest blog post about COVID-19 and behavioral health care: “Coping in a Crisis: Overcoming Anxiety“
- Read our recent content, “Navigating the Behavioral Health Impacts of the Coronavirus”
- Download a free toolkit and resource center from Relias, a strategic partner.
- Listen to a recording of the webinar, “Chuck Ingoglia’s Town Hall Series – March 2020” that focused on COVID-19
- Read a few of our practical recommendations for overcoming COVID-19, courtesy of Dr. Joe Parks and Joan King (RN/MSN)
- Learn how to take care of your behavioral health with tips for social distancing, quarantining and isolating from SAMHSA
- Learn how to talk to your children about COVID-19 with this helpful resource from CareOregon
- Learn how to nurture understanding through a trauma lens: “Building organizational resilience in the face of COVID-19”
- 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.
- COVID-19 Stress & Trauma Series – Dr. Bruce Perry discusses how the pattern of stress can determine risk or resilience.
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:
We Can Help.
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.