Resources on COVID-19 for the Behavioral Health Workforce
SAMHSA offers a number of resources at samhsa.gov/coronavirus including:
- Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
- Tips For Social Distancing, Quarantine, And Isolation During An Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Virtual Recovery Resources
- Considerations for the Care and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders in the COVID-19 Epidemic: March 20, 2020
In response to the Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) pandemic, SAMHSA is providing updates to its resources regarding medication-assisted treatment (MAT), including opioid treatment programs (OTPs) for substance use disorders.
- Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- FAQs: Provision of Methadone and Buprenorphine for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder in the COVID-19 Emergency
- Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak
- Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.
- COVID-19 Information for SAMHSA Discretionary Grant Recipients
Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network
- Responding to COVID-19. Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 have a significant impact on people with mental illness, their families, and caregivers; the mental health workforce; and the mental health treatment system. They also cause stress and anxiety across the population. This page highlights products and resources that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises.
- Tools for Behavioral Health Professionals During a Public Health Crisis. Collaborating TTC: Northeast & Caribbean MHTTC. A public health crisis can cause distress for all involved, including providers of behavioral health services. Attending to your personal well-being during this time is just as important as supporting the individuals you serve. Providers are encouraged to be aware of the toll that working with others in distress can have on their own mental well-being.
- Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesdays. This weekly online series for providers who are unfamiliar with telehealth launches March 31, 2020, and continues through the end of April 2020. You must register separately for each TLC Tuesdays session. While filling out the registration form, you will prompted to submit any questions you might have. Technology Transfer Center (TTC) Network specialists will devote the first 20 minutes of each hour-long session to a specific topic, then address questions submitted by TTC Tuesday registrants. Recordings of the 20-minute presentations as well as additional resources will be posted on this page as they become available.
Developed by the APA Work Group on Telepsychiatry, this toolkit is an evolving resource for members who want to learn about the various aspects of telepsychiatry, including clinical, training, and policy considerations. As new topics emerge, more resources and information will be added to this toolkit. The toolkit covers topics from history, training, practice/clinical, reimbursement and legal issues from leading psychiatrists.
To provide support in the response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), APA is collecting authoritative and timely resources in this information hub.
Mental Health Innovation Network: Addressing Mental Health and Psychosocial Needs during the COVID-19 Outbreak
This briefing note was developed by the Inter Agency Standing Committee Reference Group for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) in Emergency Settings and summarizes key mental health and psychosocial support considerations in relation to the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Contents:
- Overview of the MHPSS Response to COVID-19
- Overarching principles and guidelines for response
- Globally recommended activities
- Recommended interventions during the COVID-19 outbreak:
- For older adults to cope with stress
- Supporting the needs of people with disabilities
- Messages and activities for helping children deal with stress
- Activities for adults in isolation/quarantine
- Supporting people working in the COVID-19 response
- Messages directed at the community-level
- Links to additional resources
To help support the mental health community during the COVID-19 crisis, SMI Adviser provides timely and authoritative resources, education, consultation, tools and more. Let SMI Adviser help you navigate this evolving situation. This page offers guidance on how to support your patients and practice.
Submit any questions you have about COVID-19 and bipolar disorder, major recurrent depression, and schizophrenia. Within one business day, receive free, confidential evidence-based answers from a team of national experts in SMI.
A free online database containing evidence-based answers and resources on COVID-19 and serious mental illness (SMI), researched and vetted by clinical experts from SMI Adviser.
This free, on-demand webinar is timely and valuable overview on the latest developments, guidelines and best practices in telehealth during the COVID-19 era. This activity does not offer continuing education credit, only a certificate of participation.
National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health: Communities Respond to COVID-19 with Innovative High-impact Strategies Virtual Roundtable
Join the first session in this two-part series to learn about actionable and accessible strategies that diverse communities are initiating to move through these difficult times on April 23 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm PDT. Learn more and register here.
Part 2 is slated for May 21 at 12:00 pm PDT.
COVID-19 brings new health, economic and social crises on a daily basis. These crises especially affect lower-income, ethnic minority communities with job loss, food insecurity, and poorer access to health care. Information overload and cultural and linguistic gaps in information exacerbate anxiety, confusion, and uncertainty. National conversations underscore the growing need for mental health and emotional supports for individuals, families and providers across all populations. National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED) partner organizations across the country have rapidly pulled together—demonstrating collective strength, innovation, and new partnerships—to address the particular needs of their residents. This NNED Virtual Roundtable series will highlight issues associated with COVID-19, including:
- Unique experiences of individuals in underserved communities;
- Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate health information; and
- Specific actions taken by select NNED communities to deliver high-impact and easy to implement approaches that support behavioral health needs.
This blog post from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) provides five suggestions for coping with the uncertainty due to COVID-19.
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) has compiled a selection of web pages and information sheets on mental health and coping with the effects of COVID-19. These resources are a selection from key organizations in the field. This collection will be updated as new resources become available.
Promote Social Connectedness and Support. Social support and connection are key protective factors against suicide. Positive and supportive social relationships and community connections can help buffer the effects of risk factors in people’s lives. Programs and practices that promote social connectedness and support are one element of a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.
Resources focused on Homelessness
Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA): Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers
The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness has compiled a page of resources from federal, local, and non-profit organizations aimed at homeless service providers.
HUD provides a variety of resources, including resources from HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs (SNAPS) and their federal, state, and local partners. SNAPS posts daily updates highlighting new COVID-19 prevention and response resources targeted to homeless providers at this page.
The National Health Care for the Homeless Council has gathered a list of COVID-19 resources and is hosting town halls on April 3, April 10, and April 17. Learn more and register for the town halls specifically here.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing hosts a weekly webinar series and online community, as well as a collection of resources.
Resources focused on Youth
American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress: Helping Children Cope Emotionally with the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Crisis Text Line available 24/7 for young people of color. The Steve Fund works with colleges and universities, non-profits, researchers, mental health experts, families, and young people to promote programs and strategies that build understanding and assistance for the mental and emotional health of the nation’s young people of color.
The Boys Town National Hotline (800-448-3000) is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. This free service is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. The speech- and hearing-impaired can send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
Getting Back to School after Disruptions: Resources for Making your School Year Safer, More Predictable, and More Positive
Six strategies for school teams to ensure a safe, predictable, and positive school year after disruptions. These strategies are beneficial for all students if the school has been closed, as well as for individual students returning from extended time away from school.
National Association of School Psychologists
Specific tips and strategies for how parents can talk to their children about COVID-19.
National Center for School Mental Health
These resource are being accumulated in the topic areas of General Resources, School Support, Mental Health and Stress Management, Students and Families, and Technology to Support School Mental Health.
Hassfield Children's Hospital - Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Suggestions for parents and care-givers based upon rational thinking about child development and children’s reactions to stressful and changing situations.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Readiness and response advice for families and caregivers, including specific strategies for helping children cope by age.
Comprehensive, Integrated, Three-Tiered Models of Prevention (Ci3T)
Resources for Educators, Families, and Administrators.