COVID-19 Mental Health Impacts:
Resources for Psychiatrists, Patients & Families, and Health Care/Community Leaders
With COVID-19 evolving rapidly across the world, APA’s Committee on Psychiatric Dimensions of Disasters and the APA’s Council on International Psychiatry compiled a comprehensive list of resources for psychiatrists. The resources cover not only the physical impact of the coronavirus, but on its potential mental health and psychosocial issues and responses. The page also has resources for patients, families, and healthcare and community leaders who are impacted by the virus and self-quarantine procedures.
You can access the full list of resources at APA’s Coronavirus Information Hub.
Telepsychiatry and COVID-19
On March 6, 2020, the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act was signed into law. This statute gives the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) the authority to waive geographic and originating site Medicare telehealth reimbursement restrictions for mental health services overall, during certain emergency periods.
CMS released guidance on March 17, 2020, that now allows patients to be seen via live videoconferencing in their homes, without having to travel to a qualifying “originating site” for Medicare telehealth encounters, regardless of geographic location.
You can find more information on using telehealth during the COVID-19 outbreak, including a free webinar on Telepsychiatry in the Era of COVID-19, at APA’s Resources on Telepsychiatry and COVID-19 page.
APA – What is Telepsychiatry
Telepsychiatry and COVID-19
Best Practices in Videoconferencing-Based Telemental Health
Whitepaper (PDF download)
DHHS – Reducing restrictions on telehealth platforms
Resources for Pediatric Telepsychiatry
Coronavirus and Telepsychiatry Webinar
We would like to invite you to a Healing Circle for Physicians during this pandemic.
A Healing Circle has the goals of being kinder and more respectful of each other and ourselves. The Circle becomes healing with the power of community and coming together. Reaching out and sharing joys and struggles make us more human. We will be coming in community, to deeply listening to others and practice complete acceptance and learning from one another.
The Circle with be Hosted by Dr Nesrin Abu Ata, an Iowa psychiatrist, and Dr Suzanna Freerksen, a San Jose psychiatrist.
Currently, the cap is set at 15 members per Circle. Pre-registration is required. There will be no cost associated with these Healing Circles.
You can sign up here https://calendly.com/drnesrinabuata/healing-circle-for-physicians
If you have any questions about Healing Circles, please feel free to confidentially call Nesrin’s private practice office line at (712)454-8981 or the voicemail of Suzanna’s private practice office at (669)242-5151. Email is good too, either at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
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