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COVID-19 Resources

As the public mental health system copes with the COVID19 pandemic, nearly every day brings additional information and announcements. To assist CMHA members in making sense of and locating this flurry of information, CMHA has developed a curated set of COVID19-related resources and announcements from the state and national sources. That curated set of resources, which will be regularly updated, is available here.

Guidance from MDHHS & Other State Departments

State of Michigan COVID-19 Website

LARA Communication Re Temporary Limited Licenses Extension

LARA FAQ Updated 3.31.20

Questions about Michigan’s COVID-19 Response can be Directed to


Michigan COVID19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 to answer health-related questions about the virus. It’ll be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week

Michigan COVID19 e-mail site: (emails will be answered from 8 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week

Click here to receive periodic COVID-19 updates from MDHHS

BHDDA Guidance for Specific Clinically Essential Face to Face Encounters in Behavioral Health Clinics, Substance Use Services and Residential Settings in the COVID-19 Context

BHDDA Infection Control Issues during Patient Close Contact Face to Face Assessment in Behavioral Health Clinic Settings in the COVID-19

BHDDA Communication Essential Services Stay Home Stay Safe signed

MDHHS Notice on Service and Settings during COVID19

Guidance in Caring for Older Adults During the COVID19 Pandemic

On March 19, 2020, the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (BHDDA), within Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced, in response to the social distancing and quarantining of many Michiganders, the approval of the use of telehealth approaches to providing all mental health services and supports that are clinically appropriate for the use of telehealth approaches. This announcement from BHDDA, the Medical Services Administration (MSA) memo underscoring the purpose of the telehealth codes, and the approved telehealth code list are provided below:

Governor’s COVID19-Related Executive Orders of Greatest Relevance to CMHA Members

CMHA Members’ Exceptional, Selfless, Service Response To COVID-19

Financial Support for CMHA Member Organizations as Employers Impacted by COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking action to protect the health and safety of our nation’s patients and providers in the wake of the 2019 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  In an effort to be transparent and share this information broadly, CMS will be posting several of our stakeholder calls. CMS held a National Stakeholder Call on March 13, 2020, to update the healthcare community on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation which was declared a national emergency by President Trump on March 13th.   This bold move empowered CMS to waive certain federal requirements in Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP to rapidly expand the Administration’s aggressive efforts against COVID-19 led by the White House Coronavirus Taskforce. The transcript and audio recording from that call is now available to download. CMS will hold future calls and post those transcripts and audio recordings as they become available. To access Coronavirus COVID-19 Stakeholder calls visit:

COVID-19 Prevention and Mitigation Strategies

Guidance for Healthcare Workers & Provider Organizations

Ensuring Social Connection and Mental Health During COVID19


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