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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 CDC for Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine 

Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Webinars

Michigan COVID-19 Vaccine Prioritization Guide

Pfizer Screening Checklist: Pre-Vaccination Form for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

What to Expect After COVID-19 Vaccine Handout

Michigan’s COVID19 Stay Well Program

1. Stay Well website: At this site, you will find:

2. MDHHS’s Stay Well Outreach Workers  can provide a broad range of Stay Well resources tailored to your organization and community. Those resources include:

  • Webinars/live dialogues with and for your organization’s staff
  • Webinars/live dialogues with your local community

If you are interested in these locally-tailored resources, please contact Jody Lewis at

Guidance from MDHHS & Other State Departments

MDHHS Issues Emergency Order to Reconstitute Policies Around Gatherings and Face Coverings

Attention Home Health, Private Duty Nursing and Hospice Providers: Reopening Case Management and HCBS Guidance

Michigan National Guard: No-Cost COVID19 Testing at Four New Sites 06/18/20

Michigan National Guard: No-cost COVID-19 Testing at Eight New Sites

COVID-19 Test Prioritization Guidelines From DHHS Memo 05.26.20

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding COVID-19 for Licensed Psychiatric Hospitals

State of Michigan COVID-19 Website

COVID-19 Response: Premium Pay (L20-27)

Guidance Document 20-07 ABA COVID19 Guidance & Resources

Letter from Michigan Department of Civil Rights: cultural awareness and face masks during pandemic

Telemedicine Case Management Monitoring DHHS Memo 4.27.20

LARA Communication Re Temporary Limited Licenses Extension

LARA FAQ for Residential Providers Updated 3.31.20

Rounding Rules for Behavioral Health Services DHHS Memo 4.7.20

Rounding Rules for Behavioral Health Services DHHS Memo 4.3.20

Plan of Service and Due Process Concerns DHHS Memo 4.8.20

Opioid Treatment Program Essential Services Dosing Guidance

Opioid Treatment Program Infection Control

The following resources are from Autism Alliance of Michigan (AAoM), a longtime partner of CMHA, and a trusted source of sound clinical and policy guidance:

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


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:

Michigan and National Mental Health Crisis Lines

MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline and Email Response
Call Michigan COVID19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 to answer health-related questions about the virus. It is open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. seven days a week, or e-mail: (emails will be answered from 8 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week).

COVID-19 Line – Senior Citizens
Michigan Senior Citizens needing emotional support. Call: 1-888-535-6136

National Disaster Distress Helpline
Offers 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress. Call: 1-800-985-5950 or Text: 66746

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides free and confidential support 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call: 1-800-273-8255 or visit:

Crisis Text Line
Persons needing crisis counseling via text. Text RESTORE to 741741

HeadSpace Web Service
A collection of meditation, sleep and movement exercises designed to help keep a strong and healthy mind. Free to Michiganders (normally a paid service). Visit:

Michigan PEER Warmline
Staffed by peer support specialists, the warmline is for those living with serious mental health and/or substance use challenges. Provides resource referral and shared experience of recovery and hope. Call: 1-888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753)

Healthcare Provider Support Hotline
Michigan healthcare personnel needing support. Staffed by volunteer nurses, social workers psychologists at Wayne State University. Call: 1-888-910-1636

SAMHSA CCP 2-Month Crisis Counseling
Michigan residents needing crisis counseling and support for emotional distress related to COVID-19 in the Detroit area. Call: 1-888-535-6136

Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MCAL)
Michigan residents needing behavioral health supports and services, including crisis support: In development

Link to all Executive Orders and Directives related to response to COVID19:

Guidance and Financial Resources to CMHA Member Organizations as Employers Impacted by COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information

SAMHSA, CMS, and other Federal Offices

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


National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals issues COVID-19 resources: With the coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic, there is a constant barrage of information being shared. Things are changing almost hourly across the country. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) is committed to sharing resources for Direct Support Professionals. We understand that given this global crisis, Direct Support Professionals are still working to provide supports. As Direct Support Professionals are on the front lines, we have created this tool kit with self care information and additional resources for individuals. This tool kit is available at:

The webinars in this tool kit include:

  • Self Care for Direct Support Professionals in Crisis
  • Meditation for DSPs in Times in Stress
  • The Role of the DSP and the Coronavirus: Part One
  • The Role of the DSP and Coronavirus: Part Two
  • The Role of the DSP and Coronavirus: Part Three
  • Frontline Initiative: Self Care for DSPs
  • Grief and Loss for Direct Support Professionals
  • Let’s Talk with Dave: When Death Happens at Work
  • Free COVID-19 Handouts NADSP COVID-19 Fact Sheet

DSPs are on the front lines of supporting people with confirmed or possible infection with coronavirus (COVID-19) and therefore have an increased risk of exposure to this virus. DSPs can minimize their risk of exposure when supporting possible COVID-19 patients by following CDC infection prevention and control guidelines. CORONAVIRUS 101 Info for DSPs

Ensuring Social Connection and Mental Health During COVID19

Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 on Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities 

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health Administration and Office of Equity and Minority Health uploaded links to the 4/2/20 Town Hall: Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 on Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities.  Additional resources on COVID-19 and Racial and Ethnic Minorities are included on the Office of Equity and Minority Health’s website:

The Recommendations for Diverse Communities (Race and Ethnicity) resource document, with the link provided below, was created in response to the rising needs for culturally and linguistically appropriate responses to the disparate living conditions faced by racial and ethnic groups, including: lack of access to water and hand sanitizer in local community, lack of spacious housing that allows for correct isolation, disproportionate exposure to COVID-19 due to higher utilization of public transportation and higher percentages of People of Color working in essential jobs. These recommendations are grounded in cultural and linguistic competence. A cultural and linguistic competent framework allows us to 1.) attend to literacy and health literacy needs by rendering complicated concepts like cleaning vs. disinfecting into accessible plain language for the intended audience, 2.) include culturally-defined meanings of the intended audience, 3.) present materials in the language/s of the intended audience, 4.) identify and address societal cultural contexts impacting the intended audience, 5.) determine how to develop, bridge and disseminate the message with the intended communities in culturally relevant ways for a more effective reach, and more. This is only the beginning of many possibilities. We hope this document begins to provide clarity in direction and alternatives for racial and ethnic minority groups to protect themselves, family and larger community. More on this to come.

The Culturally and Linguistically Competent (CLC) Recommendations for Organizations/Entities resource document (with the link provided below) was created to assist organizations, leaders and personnel in thinking about adopting, creating and executing culturally and linguistically appropriate responses to COVID-19. The MDHHS’ Office of Equity and Minority Health conducted a light environmental scan of CLC efforts taking place in the country in response to the COVID-19. This document includes a compilation of national, state and local efforts currently underway.

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