Federal Guidance and Resources
- Information on COVID-19 for Health Care Providers (CDC)
- COVID-19 Resources and Guidance (Medicaid)
- Telemedicine Provider Fact Sheet (Medicaid)
- SAMHSA Resources and Guidelines for Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT)
- Use of Telemedicine While Providing MAT (DEA)
- Diversion Control Division COVID-19 Information (DEA)
- The US Department of Health and Human Services is using discretion in enforcement of HIPAA requirements related to telehealth. While we continue to advise the use of HIPAA compliant platforms, this guidance is helpful to understand in this emerging situation.
State Guidance and Resources
- Maryland Department of Health COVID-19 Website
- The Behavioral Health Administration will be will be putting out COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) twice a week on their COVID-19 webpage. If you have a question for BHA, please submit it HERE.
- Steps for Residential Providers to Respond to Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 Cases
- Directive and Order Regarding the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists (April 6)
- Guidance for Supported Employment Services (April 1)
- Guidance for Therapeutic Group Homes and Residential Treatment Centers (March 30, 2020)
- Guidance for Small Groups Home or Congregate Facility settings (March 27, 2020)
- Memorandum on Telehealth for Somatic Services (March 21, 2020)– Document 4a
- Memorandum on Telehealth for Specialty Behavioral Health Services (March 21,2020)–Document 4b
- Memorandum on Telehealth for Psychiatric Rehabilitation Program (PRP) Services (March 21,2020)–Document 4c
- Memorandum from the Deputy Secretary (March 17, 2020): Guidance for Recovery Residences and Residential Rehabilitation Programs
- MDH Letter to Clinicians (March 13, 2020)
- Memorandum from the Deputy Secretary (March 12, 2020): Guidance regarding Telehealth Expansion Regulations
- Memorandum from the Secretary (March 11, 2020): Temporary Expansion of Medicaid Regulations to Permit Delivery of Telehealth Services
Report COVID Cases
- To report COVID 19 cases among staff or patients, please fill out this form online. According to BHA’s COVID 19 Reporting Protocol, all licensed OTPs, Residential Crisis Beds, ASAM SUD Residential Programs, Group Homes, Recovery Residences, Residential Rehabilitation Programs (RRPs), and other Congregate Living Facilities should report positive cases. Please email BHSB at firstname.lastname@example.org to report COVID cases to your LBHA in Baltimore City.
- Ethics for Telehealth Services for Behavioral Health Providers Recorded Webinar
- Best Practices for Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (National Council on Behavioral Health)
- The American Psychological Association has a free office and technology checklist for telepsychological services and has also made their Telepsychology Best Practice 101 Series freely available.
- PESI is offering a 12 hour Teletherapy training for free with the code: TELEFREE
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- The Department of Health and Human Services is offering a limited number of free face masks. Click here to learn more.
- If you are a provider running low on critical personal protective equipment, fill out this form to request supplies with the Baltimore City Health Department.
- Suggestions for alternative strategies for managing care with a limited supply of PPE
- The National Council for Behavioral Health has partnered with Panacea Life to offer discounted PPE to behavioral health providers. Le.
Other Resources for Providers
- COVID Symptom Screening and Isolation Referral – Recovery Housing
- COVID-19 Recovery and Readiness Checklist branded
- Guidelines for Homeless Service Providers (Mayor’s Office of Human Services)
- Vicarious Trauma: Help for the Helper (Recorded Webinar)
- BCARS provides crisis services to youth and families in Baltimore City. If you would like to access these services for your consumers, call the city’s 24/7 crisis hotline, 410-433-5175.
- Recorded Webinar: Behavioral Health Providers Self Care During COVID 19
Provider Check-In Calls
BHSB hosts regular meetings with behavioral health providers in Baltimore City to inform and support the behavioral health provider network with continuity of operations during COVID-19 (coronavirus) prevention and response. The meetings are on Tuesdays at 2 pm. Click here to join the virtual meeting.
Meetings will be recorded and archived: