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TIP 60: Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioral Health Services
A resource from SAMHSA

This manual assists clinicians with implementing technology-assisted care. It highlights the importance of using technology-based assessments and interventions in behavioral health treatment services. The manual also discusses how technology reduces barriers to accessing care. Access the literature review.
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-60-Using-Technology-Based-Therapeutic-Tools-in-Behavioral-Health-Services/SMA15-4924

 

Disaster Distress Helpline
A resource from SAMHSA

The Disaster Distress Helpline, 1-800-985-5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services.
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Disaster Distress Helpline Referral Guidelines and FAQ - PDF

 

COVID-19 Workforce Virtual Toolkit: Resources for Healthcare Decision-Makers Responding to COVID-19 Workforce Concerns
A resource from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR)

This collection provides a curated set of resources and tools for decision-makers managing healthcare workforce challenges in response to the COVID-19 emergency.
https://asprtracie.hhs.gov/Workforce-Virtual-Toolkit

 

Suspension of Statutes, Rules and Orders, Made Necessary by COVID-19
Emergency Order from the Department of Health, DOH No. 20-004

The order addresses services provided by licensed practitioners via audio-only telephone calls under certain circumstances, renewal of prescriptions for a controlled substance listed as Schedule II, Schedule III, or Schedule IV and physical examination.
https://www.fadaa.org/resource/resmgr/files/resource_center/fdoh_eo_20_004.pdf

 

Letter to Licensed Methadone Providers
Resource from the Florida Department Of Children and Families (DCF)
This letter from the State Opioid Treatment Authority includes recommendations for mitigation strategies for OTPs regarding patient management and take homes in Florida in light of COVID-19 pandemic.
http://www.aatod.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/State-take-home-exemption-1.pdf

 

TIP 60: Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioral Health Services
A resource from SAMHSA
This manual assists clinicians with implementing technology-assisted care. It highlights the importance of using technology-based assessments and interventions in behavioral health treatment services. The manual also discusses how technology reduces barriers to accessing care. Access the literature review.
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TIP-60-Using-Technology-Based-Therapeutic-Tools-in-Behavioral-Health-Services/SMA15-4924

 

OTP Guidance for Patients Quarantined at Home with the Coronavirus
A resource from SAMHSA (Updated 03/30/2020)
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/otp-covid-implementation-guidance.pdf

 

Telehealth Learning and Discussion Series for SUD Treatment and Recovery Support Providers
The Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) Network, the Center for Excellence on Protected Health Information (CoE-PHI), the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers, and the Center for the Application of Substance Abuse Technologies (CASAT) at the University of Nevada - Reno (UNR) are facilitating a FREE, national online discussion and resource sharing opportunity for substance use disorder (SUD) treatment providers and peer support specialists faced with transitioning their services to the use of telephone and videoconferencing methods in response to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.
https://telehealthlearning.org/telehealth/
This group also provides a brief list of helpful resources related to telehealth to get you started or to support you efforts at:
https://telehealthlearning.org/telehealth/resources.aspx

 

COVID-19 and Suicide Prevention
Loneliness and isolation increase health risks and puts some people at risk for suicide. In an effort to help Florida manage the isolation required during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department has created a webpage that hosts resources and information on suicide prevention.
https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/samh/prevention/suicide-prevention/covid-19-and-suicide-prevention.shtml

 

UPDATED: FAQs for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing in the COVID-19 Emergency
A resource from SAMHSA
In response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SAMHSA is providing updates to Frequently Asked Questions regarding the provision of methadone and buprenorphine for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder for new and existing patients.
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/faqs-for-oud-prescribing-and-dispensing.pdf

 

DEA and SAMHSA Buprenorphine and Telemedicine COVID-19 Guidance
A resource from SAMHSA
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has partnered with SAMHSA to ensure authorized practitioners may admit and treat new patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) during the public health emergency.
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/dea-samhsa-buprenorphine-telemedicine.pdf

 

Addressing the Needs of Medicaid Populations During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Vulnerable populations — including individuals with low-incomes, older adults, people of color, and those with complex medical, behavioral health, and social needs — are likely to be disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, either directly through illness or indirectly due to pressures on health, community, and economic systems. CHCS has compiled a compendium of resources aimed at lessening the impact of COVID-19 on Medicaid populations, particularly those at the highest risk. This library of key guidance, reference materials, and tools will grow and evolve over time.
https://www.chcs.org/resource/addressing-the-needs-of-medicaid-populations-during-the-covid-19-pandemic

 

Caring for Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic
A webinar from the American Society of Addiction Medicine
This webinar recording provides an overview of the resources available to help you adjust your practices during this challenging time. This webinar covers: guidance and resources that ASAM has available, describes steps treatment programs can take to protect patients and staff from coronavirus, explains the national and state challenges providers are dealing with, and patient-centered best practices for improving addiction treatment during the COVID-19 emergency.
Note: You must register to access webinar. Free registration is available.
https://elearning.asam.org/p/covid19#tab-product_tab_overview

 

COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Residential Facilities
A resource from the National Council on Behavioral Health
This additional guidance to behavioral health residential facilities will help them improve infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. The document includes guidance on accepting new clients, how t respond if a client develops symptoms, handling clients returning from the hospital, and guidance for visitation. The guidance also covers healthcare personnel returning to work and mitigating staffing shortages.
https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/NCBH_COVID19_Guidance_for_BH_Facilities.pdf?daf=375ateTbd56

 

Best Practices for Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
A resource from the National Council on Behavioral Health
This document is intended to provide you with the background and resources necessary to help you begin or expand your use of telehealth. This list is not exhaustive and guidance from the Trump Administration or future legislation may change the current situation at any time. Please reach out to use if we can be of help during this period.
https://www.thenationalcouncil.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Telehealth_Best_Practices.pdf?daf=375ateTbd56

 

Five Tips for Working from Home
Five tips for working from home. Brought to you by Meridian.
https://www.fadaa.org/resource/resmgr/files/resource_center/home_office_tips.mp4

 

ASAM COVID-19 Resources
A resource from the American Society of Addiction Medicine
ASMA has convened a Task Force that includes a national panel of experts recognized in the field of addiction medicine. They are rapidly producing comprehensive resources tailored to addiction medicine treatment within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. This page host an array of resources that are being developed and made available in real time.
https://www.asam.org/Quality-Science/covid-19-coronavirus

 

COVID-19 Guidance for Opioid Treatment Programs
A resource from SAMHSA
The COVID19 guidance includes approaches for providing pharmacotherapy for opioids use disorder patients exposed to infections and COVID-19, disaster planning, potential flexibility for take-home medication, OTP guidance for patients quarantined at home with the coronavirus, and Frequently Asked Questions.
Link to SAMHSA Page
https://www.samhsa.gov/medication-assisted-treatment/statutes-regulations-guidelines/covid-19-guidance-otp
Link to Sample FAQ
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/sample-otp-covid-19-faqs.pdf

 

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
A resource from the NIDA
Because it attacks the lungs, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 could be an especially serious threat to those who smoke tobacco or marijuana or who vape. This page discusses the implication of the Coronavirus on individuals with substance use disorders.
https://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/noras-blog/2020/03/covid-19-potential-implications-individuals-substance-use-disorders

 

Florida’s COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard
A resource from the Florida Department of Health
The dashboard graphically represents information about the COVID-19 cases in Florida.
https://fdoh.maps.arcgis.com/apps/opsdashboard/index.html#/8d0de33f260d444c852a615dc7837c86

 

Use of Telemedicine While Providing MAT
A resource from the US Dept. of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/medication_assisted/telemedicine-dea-guidance.pdf

 

TAP 34: Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment Programs
A resource from SAMHSA
This handbook offers guidance in creating a disaster preparedness and recovery plan for programs that provide treatment for mental illness and substance use disorders. It describes the planning process, preparing for a disaster, roles and responsibilities, training, and testing.
https://store.samhsa.gov/product/TAP-34-Disaster-Planning-Handbook-for-Behavioral-Health-Treatment-Programs/SMA13-4779

 

Office of the Governor COVID-19 Resources
This page hosts links to all the Governor’s Executive Orders, Department of Emergency Management Orders as well as links to the webpages developed by each state agency addressing the impact of COVID-19 on their operations.
https://www.flgov.com/covid-19/

 

Coronavirus (COVID-19). What you need to know.
A resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

 

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency
A resource from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
On March 17, 2020, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced, effective immediately, that it will exercise its enforcement discretion and will waive potential penalties for HIPAA violations against health care providers that serve patients through everyday communications technologies during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.
https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html

 

HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus
A resource from the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is providing this bulletin to ensure that HIPAA covered entities and their business associates are aware of the ways that patient information may be shared under the HIPAA Privacy Rule in an outbreak of infectious disease or other emergency situation, and to serve as a reminder that the protections of the Privacy Rule are not set aside during an emergency.
https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/february-2020-hipaa-and-novel-coronavirus.pdf

 

Manage Anxiety & Stress
A resource from the CDC
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html

 

Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
A resource from the CDC
It is natural to feel stress, anxiety, grief, and worry during and after a disaster. Everyone reacts differently, and your own feelings will change over time. Notice and accept how you feel. Taking care of your emotional health during an emergency will help you think clearly and react to the urgent needs to protect yourself and your family. Self-care during an emergency will help your long-term healing.
https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/selfcare.asp

 

Taking Care of your Behavioral Health
A resource from SAMHSA
This tip sheet describes feelings and thoughts you may have during and after social distancing, quarantine, and isolation. It also suggests ways to care for your behavioral health during these experiences and provides resources for more help.
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf

 

COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance
A resource from SAMHSA
In response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SAMHSA is providing COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 guidance to ensure that substance use disorder treatment services are uninterrupted during this public health emergency.
https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/covid-19-42-cfr-part-2-guidance-03192020.pdf

 

What You Should Know About the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act, and COVID-19
A resource from the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
This publication takes a Q&A format and tackles some common areas of concern for employers.
https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/newsroom/wysk/wysk_ada_rehabilitaion_act_coronavirus.cfm

 

AATOD Guidance to OTPs in Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
A Resource from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, Inc.
http://www.aatod.org/advocacy/policy-statements/covid-19-aatods-guidance-for-otps/

 

How to #BeTheDifference For People With Mental Health Concerns During COVID-19
A Resource from USA Mental Health First Aid
If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world. These tips were compiled from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved ones’ mental health.
https://www.mentalhealthfirstaid.org/2020/03/how-to-bethedifference-for-people-with-mental-health-concerns-during-covid-19/

 

What you need to know now about COVID-19 in Florida
A resource from the Florida Department of Health
This page serves as a portal for COVID-19 information for individuals, Health Care providers, County Health Departments, Schools & childcare centers, Nursing Homes, Business, and communities.
https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/