COVID-19 and System of Care Practice Guidance | FOR Mental Health and Recovery Frontline Providers
Update Memo From Director Crisis Regarding Telehealth Services (March 18, 2020)
At this time, there is no guidance specific to behavioral healthcare. Use the guidance found through coronavirus.ohio.gov which links to the CDC and the most up to date information on protecting healthcare workers.•We expect that the ODM and OhioMHASrules and the accompanying Executive Order will be issued imminently. •We urge you to begin using telehealth to reach out to the adults and families in your care. •Document the decisions you are making with your own policies and protocol, and we will continue to work together to implement the practice and emergency rules once filed.•It is vital that you communicate to your community partners and the general public which programs and services remain open in your behavioral healthcare organization. Publish your phone numbers and other contact information.•Reach out to current clients through email or by phone. People need to know that behavioral health is open for business. – Courtesy of Project ECHO, a program with the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED)
ALSO: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, CIP is postponing our regular training series and learning communities effective March 13, 2020. CIP will proceed with small meetings/smaller booster trainings/ fidelity reviews that allow for appropriate social distancing, and when collaboratively agreed upon between the participants and CIP. When possible, we will provide our services by web-based/conference call alternatives. Given that this is a fluid situation, it is difficult to project when we will be able to return to our regular in-person trainings and events. We will base these decisions on recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health and the CDC.
Switching Gears & Changing Minds | Adapting Mental Health & Behavioral Health Services for COVID-19
The Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) offers a timely webinar on how mental health and behavioral health specialists and clinicians can meet the evolving needs of young clients and their families during the Covid-19 crisis and the necessary distancing involved. The session explores strategies, tools, and lessons learned in ways to offer connection and continuity those in recovery. – Hosted by the CIP’s Senior Research Associate, Bobbi Beale, PsyD as part of the CIP’s continuing mission to help clinicians, their organizations, their clients, families and communities adjust to new ways of connecting in recovery, especially with high fidelity intensive home-base treatment and Wraparound Systems of Care approaches to youth mental health and substance use recovery. View Session in Bigger Frame
Resources: Suggested Resources for Clinicians to Pass Along to Young Clients | Click on an Image Below to Download PDFs
Shifting Gears & Changing Our Minds – Adjusting BH services during COVID-19 HO2 (PDF) Here | Shifting Gears & Changing Our Minds – Adjusting BH services during COVID-19 HO2 (Word Document) Here | Individualized Resilience Plan – Sample (PDF) Here | Individualized Resilience Plan – Sample (Word Document) Here
For Teens In Crisis Seeking Support, “Hey, I’m Here” Is a Place to Turn
Youth dealing with challenges to their mental wellness, especially during current times of crisis and concern, can find like-minded young people via, “Hey, I’m Here.” As the video says, “When you need support, every second matters and it’s important to know that you are not alone.”
“Hey, I’m Here” is part of Ohio’s Mobile Response and Stabilization Services (MRSS), helping children, youth, and their families who are experiencing an emotional or behavioral stressor by interrupting immediate crisis and ensuring youth and their families are safe. MRSS provides the support and skills necessary to return youth and families to typical functioning.
Right: Parent Advocacy Connection Ohio Map | Click on Image to Expand
Below: Suggested Resources for Clinicians to Pass Along to Young Clients | Click on an Image Below to Download PDFs
DOWNLOAD FREE RESOURCE PDFs: Beam Cards Here | Take a Break Cards (Elementary and Middle School) Here | Break Cards (High School and College) Here | FASD Resource Directory Here | De Stress Cards Here