Important Links for Treatment Providers from Federal Agencies

Important Links for Treatment Providers from Federal Agencies.

Discussed Monday, March 23rd 2020 at 4 PM RCA Coronavirus and Recovery Update on Facebook Live

Special thanks to Sara Wattenberg at NABH

NIDA Links
NIDA Director, Nora Volkow on COVID-19 and Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders
NIDA Emerging Trends and Alerts: COVID-19 is an Emerging, Rapidly Evolving Situation

Samhsa General Resources Page
SAMHSA: Coronavirus and 42 CFR P2 Regs on Getting Patient Consent During Telehealth Service Delivery
SAMHSA Considerations for Care of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder Patients
SAMHSA Alcohol and Benzodiazepine Withdrawal during COVID-19
SAMHSA Facts for Opioid Use Disorder Prescribing and Dispensing
SAMHSA Opioid Treatment Programs Guidance – Take-Home Doses
SAMHSA Opioid Treatment Program (OTP) Guidelines March 19th 2020
SAMHSA OTP Guidance for Patients Quarantined at Home with the Coronavirus
SAMHSA Tips for Social Distancing
SAMHSA TAP 34: Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment Programs
SAMHSA Medicare coverage and payment of virtual services
SAMHSA Opioid Treatment Programs Guidance – Take-Home Doses

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
CDC Resources for Clinics and Healthcare Facilities
CDC on Infection Control for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Coronavirus

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
CMS: Current Emergencies – Coronavirus
CMS Coronavirus Updates
CMS Medicaid State Plan Fee-for-Service Paymentsfor Services Delivered Via Telehealth
CMS on Essential Health Benefits (EHB) and Coronavirus
CMS expands telehealth benefits for Medicare & Medicaid patients 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expands telehealth benefits for Medicare and Medicaid patients.

View CMS’ FAQs on billing add-on codes for take-home medication and the threshold for billing the weekly bundled payment codes for additional assistance applying these flexibilities to Medicare claims.

Many companies are currently offering free access to their wellbeing apps and content during the COVID-19 outbreak. 
Grokker – Grokker is known for their high-end video content and wellbeing programs.  This includes fitness classes, yoga classes, nutrition and cooking classes for your physical wellbeing.  The app also includes stress reduction, meditation and sleep programs that can support you with your mental health.  Access your free trial here.
Peloton App – Peloton has extended its free trial membership to 90 days.  As a Peloton rider myself, I can tell you this app is amazing!  Best part? You don’t have to own a Peloton bike. You can enjoy resources on cycling, outdoor running, treadmill runs, strength training, HIIT classes, yoga classes, boot camp, meditation, strength training and stretching.
Headspace – Headspace is known for its app for mindfulness and meditation.  During the COVID-19 outbreak, they are offering a limited subset of content completely free to all.  This content can be accessed online or on the app.  Click here for details.
Down Dog – So that anyone who wants to practice at home can do so, we are making all of our apps – Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout – completely free until April 1st.
In response to the many school closures taking place, we are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). To access the free school membership, please register your school’s domain by visiting
We are also extending free access until July 1 for all healthcare professionals so we can help those who are helping us. Please visit to register your work healthcare domain.

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