May 21 – Governor Roy Cooper has announced Phase II of the current state restrictions due to COVID-19. Phase II will allow specified businesses to begin operations with restrictions. Below are the details:
Phase 2 Resources
Interim Guidance for:
NC DHHS also unveiled an updated COVID-19 Dashboard. The interactive dashboard provides an overview on the metrics and capacities that the state is following to inform decisions to responsibly ease measures that slow the spread of the virus.
EVERY MONDAY – Joint DMHDDSAS and DHB (NC Medicaid) COVID-19 Update Call For BH/IDD Consumers, Family Members and Community Stakeholders, 2:00 p.m. Call Toll-Free: 844-291-5495, Access Code: 1279313
Civil Rights, HIPAA, and the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)” https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/ocr-bulletin-3-28-20.pdf released in March by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Civil Rights (OCR). The objective by OCR is to ensure that entities covered by civil rights authorities keep in mind their obligations under laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex, and exercise of conscience and religion in HHS-funded programs.
SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #83: Title II Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 Rehabilitation Act (RA) Protections during the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 30th SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #75: Telehealth and Virtual Patient Communications Clinical Policy Modifications – Behavioral Health Service Flexibilities – Innovations and TBI Waivers Appendix K and Developmental Disability State Funded Benefit Plans
A list of affected Medicaid billing codes, direction about managing copays already collected, and other important information is included in SPECIAL BULLETIN COVID-19 #62: Clinical Policy Modifications – Suspending Copays on COVID-19-related Services.
NC Medicaid is directing increased financial assistance to NC Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) and Adult Care Homes (ACH) to support addressing the increased costs of caring for COVID positive (COVID+) residents in a congregate care setting. This targeted assistance is retroactive to April 1, 2020. See SPECIAL BULLETIN # 68
NC DHHS Received $2 million from SAMHSA for behavioral health support during COVID-19 crisis
Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina has received approval from FEMA to provide housing alternatives, such as hotels, motels, and dormitories, for North Carolinians with unstable housing who may need to quarantine in response to or are at high-risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Learn more.
Governor Cooper signed Executive Order 130 to provide more access to health care beds, expands the pool of health care workers and orders essential childcare services for workers responding to COVID-19. Link to the full order here and a summary can be found here.
The NC House Select Committee on COVID-19, Health Care Work Group, discussed the following tentative timeline to develop recommended budget and legislative changes needed to address COVID-19: Tuesday, April 14th, discussions possibly related to MH/IDD/SUD; Thursday, April 16th, working session to develop their recommendations; Thursday, April 23rd, review draft bills; Tuesday, April 28th, session begins
TO GIVE YOUR INPUT, USE THEIR COMMENT PORTAL or contact your House members directly.
Workers in office buildings may be at risk for exposure to the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Office building employers, building owners and managers, and building operations specialists can take steps to create a safe and healthy workplace and protect workers and clients. Create a COVID-19 workplace health and safety plan.
Interim Infection Prevention and Control Recommendations for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Healthcare Settings” released in April, providing U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance regarding allowing visitors who are essential for the patient’s physical or emotional well-being and care.
April 30, 2020 CMS Press Release on Second Round of Sweeping Changes to Support U.S. Healthcare System During COVID-19 Pandemic
Trump Administration Releases COVID-19 Telehealth Toolkit to Accelerate State Use of Telehealth in Medicaid and CHIP
CMS invites you to a Special Open Door Forum: CMS Hospital Without Walls during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. This call will begin promptly at 1:30 PM ET on Thursday, April 9. 1:30 – 2:30 P.M. EST
Dial-in Information – 1-888-455-1397, Participant passcode: 3535324
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is using radio and video messages to reach historically marginalized populations to share important messages about reducing risks for COVID-19.
NC DHHS flyer and video for beneficiaries on benefits of using telehealth during COVID-19
NC DHHS Letter to Medicaid recipients on COVID-19 with information and resources.
Submit behavioral health/I-DD related questions and requests for information to: BHIDD.COVID.Qs@dhhs.nc.gov
NCDHHS has two new mental health resources to support North Carolinians throughout the COVID-19 crisis: Hope4NC Helpline (1-855-587-3463) and the Hope4Healers Helpline (919-226-2002). Learn more about these resources.
NC 2-1-1 by United Way of North Carolina is now available for people to call for assistance related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. NC 211 is a free statewide United Way-funded hotline that gives callers access to resources, such as food, financial assistance, and other basic needs. This confidential service is available in many languages. Dial 2-1-1 or TTY (888) 892-1162 for help. You can also search for information online at www.nc211.org look under need help.
COVID-19 text information and updates are available. To sign up, text COVIDNC to 898211.
NC COVID-19 Non-Emergency Questions – CALL 211 or TEXT COVIDNC to 898211
Promise Resource Network has a Warm-Line for anyone experiencing emotional distress, isolation, sadness or just wants to talk. CALL 833 390-7728 24/7 – We. Hear. You.
Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., has announced the extension of their patient support program to provide “no-cost” access to its branded portfolio of medicines for eligible patients in the U.S. who have lost a job or health insurance coverage due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
FCC COVID-19 Telehealth Program. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved an Order to create a $200 million telehealth program to support healthcare, behavioral and substance abuse providers responding to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, using funds appropriated as part of the CARES Act. The COVID-19 Telehealth Program will help providers purchase telecommunications, broadband connectivity, and devices necessary for providing telehealth services. Applications from will be accepted and processed on a rolling basis as soon as application forms are published in the Federal Register. Details on information that applications must include are on page 14 of the Order. >https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/FCC-20-44A1.pdf<
National Center for State Courts, the American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging, and the National Guardianship Association: Frequently Asked Questions by Guardians about the COVID-19 Pandemic
The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities and Family Support Network of WNC Mission Children’s Hospital is hosting two webinars [r20.rs6.net] on issues that are affecting people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and how the COVID-19 crisis impacts them. The webinars are open to self-advocates, families, caregivers and other stakeholders.
PsycHub has a new FREE Learning Hub on Telemental Health ! that includes an engaging course for mental health providers which gives pertinent info to take your practice online. It also includes one-year free access to a series of companion videos to send to clients helping them transition to online sessions. https://lms.psychhub.com/
Psych Hub has created a COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub – a free digital hub to help individuals and providers address their mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
SAMHSA 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.
Resources for Families During the Extended School Break: