Federal Government Resources
Use the tabs below to navigate through COVID-19 resources from the federal government.
Inside you'll find:
- Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): Recovery and treatment resources, behavioral health guidance, information for SAMHSA grant recipients, and more
- Department of Justice (DOJ): Guidance for BJA and OJJDP grant recipients, recommendations for incarcerated populations, and more
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA): Resources for veterans in recovery
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has released the following COVID-19 resources:
- Available COVID-19 technical assistance for substance use treatment professionals.
- Opioid Treatment Program Sample Set of Frequently Asked Questions and Further Guidance
- Guidance for Grant Recipients
- Considerations for the Care and Treatment of Mental and Substance Use Disorders in the COVID-19 Epidemic
- Considerations for Outpatient Mental and Substance Use Disorder Treatment Settings
- Virtual Recovery Services
- Opioid Treatment Program Guidance
- Use of Telemedicine While Providing Medication-Assisted Treatment
- Medication-Assisted Treatment
- COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance
- Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
- Parent and caregiver guide to helping families cope with COVID-19 provided by SAMHSA’s National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: tips for social distancing, quarantine, and isolation during an infectious disease outbreak
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a COVID-19 webpage.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse has alerted the research community that populations with substance use disorders (SUDs) may be impacted particularly hard.
Office of Justice Programs (Bureau of Justice Assistance and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention):
- BJA and OJJDP released guidance to grant recipients on March 21, 2020.
- The Office of Management and Budget released a memorandum on March 19, 2020 that gives federal agencies flexibility for using grant dollars to respond to COVID-19.
- Direct any questions to your OJP grant manager, or to OJP’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer by calling the customer service center at 1-800-458-0786 (TTY: 202-616-3867), or via email at email@example.com.
National Institute of Corrections offers information about current management and response to COVID-19. Read NIC’s guidance.
US Department of Veterans Affairs has developed a website detailing the VA's response and guidance for veterans.
The American Jail Association has developed resources including strategies for sheriffs and jails to respond to the crisis.
The Center for Court Innovation provides this guidance for medication-assisted treatment providers and prescribers. It also details important changes concerning the confidentiality of substance use treatment records under 42 CFR Part II and HIPAA and the expanded use of telehealth *from August 2020*
The International Association of Chiefs of Police has developed a webpage specifically for law enforcement.
NAADAC has resources specifically for addiction counselors.
The National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers has a resources webpage.
The National Association of Counties county response efforts and priorities.
The National Association of Social Workers has provided resources for social workers, clinical case managers, and other helpers as it relates to the pandemic.
The National Center for State Courts an pandemic response bench book for judges and court administrators available for download.
The National District Attorney's Association has a resources webpage for district attorneys.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine has a COVID-19 resource page and has updated its National Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder for 2020.
Virtual Recovery Resources
WEconnect and Unity Recovery are partnering to offer four daily all-recovery meetings worldwide. Meetings will follow an open format and are available to anyone in or seeking recovery. Meetings are offered seven times daily - learn more and join at UnityRecovery.org/digital-recovery-meetings.
Additional online/phone recovery meetings are available at:
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