WRCAC Telemental Health Resource Center

Resources for Transitioning to TeleMH During COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, many CACs and clinicians are transitioning to telemental health to maintain essential services. Below are vital resources and information for CACs considering telemental health options during COVID-19.

Last Updated 5/6/2020

Getting Started

Telehealth: What You Need to Know to Get Started The Medical University of South Carolina developed a mini-webinar along with a tip sheet for CACs and clinicians transitioning to telemental health delivery services in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 10 minute mini-webinar provides a snapshot of everything to consider when starting telemental health. These resources are available in both English and Spanish on WRCAC’s “Webinars & Videos” page.

Telehealth Delivery Of TF-CBT: What You Need To Know To Get Started This 3 hour training from NCA, also in partnership with the Medical University of South Carolina, provides those using or looking to use telehealth technology for Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) with some critical considerations and safeguards to keep in mind. Topics include: specific tailoring of TF-CBT components for a telehealth delivery format; a demonstration of how to utilize electronic resources to deliver TF-CBT components; and procedures and workflow considerations for telehealth delivery of TF-CBT. The training recording is available now on NCA Engage.

Healing Through Telehealth During COVID-19 CACs recognize the importance of continuing to provide mental health services to their clients, and are quickly working to implement telehealth. On March 23rd, NCA brought together a panel of experts to share key information on putting telemental health guidelines into practice. The webinar recording is available now on NCA Engage.

25 Tips for MDTs: Responding to Child Abuse During a Pandemic This article written by the Zero Abuse Project includes 25 recommendations for MDTs responding to child abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Clinical

UCLA Brief COVID-19 Screen for Child/Adolescent PTSD A newly developed tool for facilitating PTSD risk screening and triage to address the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on children, adolescents and their families. This tool is designed for use by professionals across a range of child-serving systems including behavioral health, primary care, pediatrics, schools, child welfare, juvenile justice and residential care. This resource is available at no cost in both English and Spanish.

Telehealth Tips: Managing Suicidal Clients During the COVID-19 Pandemic This 3 page resource includes tips and a template safety plan for evaluating and treating suicidal individuals remotely via telehealth.

 

Technology

HIPPA-Compliant Technology During COVID-19 A list of virtual meeting platforms that are frequently used by behavioral health organizations that either are HIPAA compliant, or can be shifted to meet these requirements. This list is provided by The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work

 

Legal/Regulatory

COVID-19 Telehealth Medicaid Expansions: A State-by-State Guide States are relaxing Medicaid regulations around telehealth during COVID-19. Get the most recent information on your state with this guide from the The Institute for Innovation and Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.

Emergency State Actions Addressing Telehealth/Licensure Waivers – A document created by the American Psychological Association that provides a breakdown of emergency actions taken by each state regarding telehealth coverage and licensure

 

Self-Care Resources

COVID Coach Mobile App This app developed by the VA’s National Center for PTSD is designed for everyone, including Veterans and Service members, to support self-care and overall mental health during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Free Access to Headspace Plus Headspace, a mindfulness and meditation app, is currently offering all US healthcare professionals who work in public health settings free access to the premium version of the app – Headspace Plus.  Headspace Plus includes a full library with themed courses, a new meditation every day, sleep sounds, bedtime exercises, and more.

 

Questions?

gpTRAC Telehealth Office Hours (Zoom Link) With the significant uptick of interest in utilizing telehealth in the delivery of care (specifically at home), gpTRAC has initiated “telehealth office hours” via Zoom. Office hours for Mental Health Clinics/Providers are Thursdays at 12pm CST. These sessions will continue for several weeks in order to provide an opportunity for organizations and providers to get timely information and to ask specific questions as they initiate telehealth within their clinic structure. Join the on-going office hours for Mental Health Clinics/Providers via this link on Thursdays at 12pm CST (Password: gptrac)

wrcac@rchsd.org We’re here to help! Reach out to the WRCAC team by email at wrcac@rchsd.org.

 


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