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COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resources
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July 10, 2020

Topic Collection: COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resources

The federal government is taking steps to protect American’s physical and behavioral health in response to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic. The resources in this collection were created by federal agencies and their partners to help healthcare providers, caregivers, and the general population prepare for and manage the negative behavioral effects that can accompany a public health emergency.

Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage for the most up-to-date clinical guidance on COVID-19 outbreak management.

Please note: If you are experiencing negative behavioral effects and need more immediate assistance, please reach out to SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline (1-800-985-5990) or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK). Both are available 24/7, 365 days a year.

If you have COVID-19 promising practices, plans, tools, or templates to share with your peers, please visit the ASPR TRACIE Information Exchange COVID-19 Information Sharing Page (registration required) and place your resources under the relevant topic area. Resources specific to Behavioral Health can be placed under the COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resource Sharing Topic.

The resources in this collection were current as of their publication date.

Each resource in this collection is placed into one or more of the following categories (click on the category name to be taken directly to that set of resources). Resources marked with an asterisk (*) appear in more than one category.

General Behavioral Health Resources


This website links to an online course developed in partnership with Columbia University Department of Psychiatry that helps individuals developing coping skills to manage stress associated with the COVID-19 response.
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This website links to an online course developed in partnership with Columbia University Department of Psychiatry that helps individuals manage feelings of anxiety associated with COVID-19.
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* American Psychological Association. (2020). APA Homepage.
The American Psychological Association (APA) made a resource page available devoted to pandemic information. Click on “view resource page” to access APA resources on a variety of topics (e.g., stigma, managing the psychological effects of a pandemic, and using telehealth to maintain a practice).
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This tip sheet can help people understand the concept of sheltering in place and lists typical reactions and coping strategies for shelter-in-place emergencies.
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This resource lists steps people can take when feeling overwhelmed by stress related to the COVID-19 outbreak (and in general).
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Brooks, S., Webster, R., Smith, L., et al. (2020). The Psychological Impact of Quarantine and How to Reduce it: Rapid Review of the Evidence. The Lancet. 395(10227): 912-920.
The authors conducted a literature review to synthesize lessons learned from SARS, Ebola, the 2009 and 2010 H1N1 influenza pandemic, MERS, and equine influenza pandemics. They summarize stressors during quarantine (e.g., fear of infection, frustration and boredom) and after quarantine (e.g., financial hardship and stigma) and list strategies for mitigating negative mental health effects.
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This fact sheet lists steps that can be taken to minimize stress during several phases of a pandemic (preparedness, early pandemic response, mental health intervention planning, and later response and recovery).
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). When a Loved One Dies From COVID-19.
This tip sheet describes considerations for families when a loved one dies due to COVID-19.
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). When Family Members are Hospitalized Due to COVID-19.
This tip sheet describes considerations for families when a loved one has been hospitalized due to COVID-19.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (n.d.). Coping with a Disaster or Traumatic Event. (Accessed 3/25/2020.)
This short fact sheet includes stress management tips for individuals and those with children and a list of common signs of distress.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Funeral Guidance for Individuals and Families.
This webpage provides recommendations for managing the distress associated with the loss of a loved one and how to plan a funeral given the social distancing requirements associated with COVID-19.
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Table 2 in this fact sheet includes potential mitigation activities according to level of disease transmission by “factor.” Factors include individuals and families at home, schools/childcare, assisted living facilities, the workplace, community- and faith-based organizations, and healthcare settings.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Reducing Stigma.
This webpage defines stigma and lists steps communicators and public health officials can take to minimize it during the COVID-19 response.
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* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Stress and Coping for COVID-19.
This webpage can help users (including parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine) understand and manage their stress reactions to the pandemic.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Taking Care of your Emotional Health.
This webpage includes stress management tips for individuals and links to related resources.
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The author lists 19 specific steps people can take to “show kindness, perspective, and insight” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This brief YouTube video describes methods for managing stress and anxiety associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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IFRC, Unicef, and the World Health Organization. (2020). Social Stigma Associated with COVID-19.
This guide defines stigma, explains why COVID-19 has led to so much stigma, and give sample messaging “do’s and don’ts” to minimize stigma.
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A United Nations committee devoted to humanitarian coordination created this document to summarize considerations for mental health and psychosocial support in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Kaiser Family Foundation, Panchal, N., et al. (2020). The Implications of COVID-19 for Mental Health and Substance Use.
The brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation summarizes implications of social distancing and financial crisis on mental health and substance use, including challenges to accessing related services.
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Los Angeles County Departments of Public Health and Mental Health. (2020). Coping with the Loss of a Loved One.
This tip sheet can help people who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 understand and manage their emotions. It also includes tips for helping children cope with loss and strategies for supporing others affected by loss.
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The steps listed on this webpage are designed to help people experiencing an outbreak: increase a sense of safety, stay connected, cultivate ways to be calmer, improve the sense of control and ability to endure, and remain hopeful.
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The guidance in this document can help child-serving professionals design disaster behavioral health messaging suitable for children and families.
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National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). 5 Things You Should Know About Stress. (Accessed 3/25/2020.)
This brief fact sheet explains stress, the effect it can have on the body, and how to manage it.
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Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). Working from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
These tips can help people new to teleworking during an infectious disease outbreak.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This tip sheet lists signs of stress people may experience during an outbreak and suggests strategies for managing the stress. It is also available in Spanish: https://www.store.samhsa.gov/product/Coping-with-Stress-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks-Spanish-/SMA14-4885SPANISH
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Taking Care of your Behavioral Health: Tips for Social Distancing, Quarantine, and Isolation During an Infectious Disease Outbreak. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This tip sheet defines social distancing, quarantine, and isolation; explains how they may be used during an infectious disease outbreak; and provides suggestions for coping when these measures are implemented.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2020). COVID Coach for Self-Care During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This app can be used by veterans, servicemembers, and the general public for managing stress responses to COVID-19.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Administration (VA) provides suggestions for reducing stress and connects veterans with mental health services through mobile apps and telehealth appointments.
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This tip sheet provides helpful strategies for the general public and healthcare workers on understanding stress and self-care.
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Compilation Sites and Documents


American Psychiatric Association. (2020). APA Coronavirus Resources.
This webpage from the American Psychiatry Association contains COVID-19 related resources for psychiatrists and other healthcare providers. Resources address the physical impact of the coronavirus, as well as the potential mental health and psychosocial issues and responses. A section on tele-psychiatry, to prepare for the possibility of isolation and/or quarantine, is also included.
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* American Psychological Association. (2020). APA Homepage.
The American Psychological Association (APA) made a resource page available devoted to pandemic information. Click on “view resource page” to access APA resources on a variety of topics (e.g., stigma, managing the psychological effects of a pandemic, and using telehealth to maintain a practice).
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Anxiety and Depression Association of America. (2020). Coronavirus Anxiety-Helpful Expert Tips and Resources.
This webpage provides resources, including videos and handouts, for community members and behavioral health providers regarding how to manage behavioral health concerns related to COVID-19.
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Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. (2020). Information on Symptoms and Treatment. (Accessed 4/1/2020.)
This webpage offers a range of fact sheets on a broad range of behavioral health concerns and conditions.
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Association for Psychological Science. (2020). APS Homepage.
The Association for Psychological Science (APS) website provides information for behavioral health scientists, including links to relevant articles and information related to psychological science and epidemics.
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Center for Deployment Psychology. (2020). COVID-19 Behavioral Health Resources.
This website provides a collection of resources to help providers support military-connected patients, including resources for providing telehealth services.
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This website provides links to stories and resources related to social isolation and loneliness during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This site provides links to safety plans and self-care resources for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence (SA/DV), as well as information to help SA/DV organizations and communities continue to support survivors.
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This webpage provides links to a range of behavioral health resources (e.g., webinars, information and coping resources, published research) related to COVID-19.
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This compilation of resources in the domains of general mental health and coping, specific mental health conditions, families and children, health care providers, and mindfulness can be used by providers and consumers affected by COVID-19.
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Mental Health America shares links to resources on the following: mental health information for disease outbreaks; financial support; tools and information on anxiety; tools to connect with others; resources for immediate response; resources for mental health providers; resources for parents, caregivers, and older adults; and how-to articles.
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National Alliance on Mental Illness. (2020). COVID-19 Resource and Information Guide.
This document contains a broad range of guidance and resources for managing behavioral health concerns during COVID-19.
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National Association of Social Workers. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) provides a range of resources that can be used to support clients, individuals in special populations, and self-care for behavioral health providers on this coronavirus-specific webpage.
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Pfefferbaum, B., Shaw, J., and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Committee on Quality Issues. (2013). Practice Parameter on Disaster Preparedness. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. 52(11): 1224-1238.
This "Practice Parameter" includes links to approaches that can be used to assess and manage the behavioral health needs of children and adolescents throughout all disaster phases.
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This website includes a video library and resources related to coping with COVID-19, as well as links to other behavioral health organizations and healthcare agencies providing mental health resources.
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Sanderson, W. (2020). Coping with Fear and Sadness During a Pandemic. Hofstra University.
This extensive guide contains practical guidance and resources for managing emotional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Compassionate Friends. (2020). Related Organizations.
The Compassionate Friends provides links to resources for families who have had a child die from any cause at any age.
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University of Illinois, Department of Psychology. (2020). COVID-19 Mental Health Resources.
This webpage contains links to resources on a range of behavioral health topics related to COVID-19 (e.g., self-care, connecting with others, and sexual and domestic violence and abuse).
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This resource offers healthcare providers with examples of how to have difficult conversations related to COVID-19 during conventional, contingency, and crisis standards of care settings.
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Managing Conflict or Violence


Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Managing Family Conflict While Home During COVID-19: Intimate Partners.
This tip sheet describes considerations for how to manage conflicts between couples and within families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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This article offers guidance on how to promote safety while living with an abuser during forced confinement as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
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StrongHearts Native Helpline. (n.d.). StrongHearts Native Helpline. (Accessed 4/20/2020.)
This website provides resources and contact information for Native people experiencing domestic or dating violence. Individuals with concerns can use the website or call the helpline at 1−844-762-8483.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This factsheet provides information and resources for those who are at risk of intimate partner violence or child abuse.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2020). Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Program (IPVAP).
This U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs webpage provides resources for those who are impacted by intimate partner violence.
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Resources for Caregivers: Children


* Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. (2016). Helping Families Deal with the Stress of Relocation After a Disaster.
This document provides information and tips for healthcare professionals about helping families deal with relocation after a disaster. It provides basic information about stress; signs of and ways to help family members deal with relocation stress; signs of stress in young people of different age groups, from preschool to high school age; ways to help young people deal with stress, from preschool to high school age; how to help the elderly deal with relocation stress; and where to find further information on these topics.
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American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. (2020). Talking to Children About COVID-19.
This tip sheet includes 14 steps caregivers can take when communicating with children about an infectious disease outbreak such as COVID-19.
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* ASPR TRACIE. (2015). Pediatric/Children. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
The resources in this Topic Collection can help healthcare facilities, healthcare coalitions, and other health and medical providers to consider the specialized care and resources needed for children prior to, during, and after an incident.
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Camelford, K., Vaughn, K., and Dugan, E. (2020). Caroline Conquers her Corona Fears.
This story, activity, and coloring book related to COVID-19 includes coping methods for children. It is also available in Spanish: https://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/clinics/docs/CarolineConquersHerCoronaFearsspanish.pdf
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Discussing Coronavirus with Your Children.
This tip sheet discusses practical ways parents and caregivers can discuss COVID-19 with children.
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Finding the Right Words to Talk with Children and Teens.
This tip sheet discusses practical methods for talking with children and adolescents about COVID-19.
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This two-page tip sheet can help parents and other caregivers stay informed, stay calm, and involve children in family healthcare.
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Talking with Children about Coronavirus.
This infographic highlights considerations when talking to children about COVID-19.
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This webpage provides COVID-19-related resources for mental health consultants, researchers, program managers, and policy makers related to caring for infants and children.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2019). Helping Children Cope.
This webpage includes tips for helping children cope before, during, and after a disaster. It lists common reactions by age group and concludes with links to helpful resources.
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* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Stress and Coping for COVID-19.
This webpage can help users (including parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine) understand and manage their stress reactions to the pandemic.
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* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Talking with Children About COVID-19.
The information on this webpage can help parents, school staff, and others who care for children communicate with children during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Child Mind Institute. (2020). Supporting Families During COVID-19.
This webpage provides resources for parents and caregivers working to manage children diagnosed with a range of behavioral concerns including anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism spectrum disorders, and mood disorders, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Child trauma experts provide links to recommendations for supporting children’s emotional well-being, as well as resources for parents and caregivers, educators, childcare providers, and communities on this webpage.
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ChildCare Aware of America. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This webpage provides webinars, maps (that illustrate closures and childcare needs for essential employees), and other COVID-19-related resources for childcare professionals and families.
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Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation & Improvement Center. (2020). Family & Caregiver Preparedness.
This webpage includes links to a variety of tipsheets caregivers can use to support children of all ages during the COVID-19 pandemic. Topics include ideas for energy maintenance for teenagers, strategies for caregivers of children with neurodevelopmental disorders, and sleeping tips.
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Federal Emergency Management Agency and The American Red Cross. (2004). Helping Children Cope with Disaster.
This document includes tips for parents, caregivers, and other adults regarding helping children cope with the effects of disaster. It also includes information on preparedness.
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This webpage provides guidance and resources for staff, children, and families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Mental Health America shares links to resources on the following: mental health information for disease outbreaks; financial support; tools and information on anxiety; tools to connect with others; resources for immediate response; resources for mental health providers; resources for parents, caregivers, and older adults; and how-to articles.
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The National Association of School Psychologists offers recommendations to help parents and caregivers respond to COVID-19 related stigma and racism and support children’s sense of safety.
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National Association of School Psychologists. (2020). Talking to Children about COVID-19: A Parent Resource.
These suggestions can help parents and other caretakers work with children on their hand and cough hygiene and mental health (including stress reactions). This webpage also includes lists of COVID-19 symptoms and communication tips.
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* National Child Traumatic Stress Network. (2020). Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event.
This tip sheet lists potential reactions to trauma by age and provides related suggestions for parents and caregivers.
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This resource lists tips for preparing family members for COVID-19 during the readiness, response and phases. Tips for helping children cope are included by age group.
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Common responses to trauma by age group, strategies for helping children cope with trauma, and links to helpful resources are provided on this National Institute of Mental Health webpage.
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This webpage includes a story for young children and a caregiver guide that can help steer conversations with young children about COVID-19 and coping methods.
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This guide can help parents and caregivers provide provide psychological first aid to their children during and following a disaster.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). Talking With Children: Tips for Caregivers, Parents, and Teachers During Infectious Disease Outbreaks. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This tip sheet can help adults communicate with children during outbreaks. It is also available in Spanish: https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Talking-With-Children-Tips-for-Caregivers-Parents-and-Teachers-During-Infectious-Disease-Outbreaks-Spanish-/SMA14-4886SPANISH
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This website includes links to a fact sheet and poster that can help adults communicate about COVID-19 with children living in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
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Wang, G., Zhang, Y., Zhao, J., et al. (2020). Mitigate the Effects of Home Confinement on Children During the COVID-19 Outbreak. The Lancet. 395(10228): 945-947.
This article describes the psychological effects of quarantine on children and encourages governments to support families by, for example, providing guidelines and principles specific to online learning.
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World Health Organization. (2020). Helping Children Cope with Stress During COVID-19.
This one-page tip sheet lists coping strategies caretakers can teach and use with children.
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Resources for Caregivers: Older Adults


* Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. (2016). Helping Families Deal with the Stress of Relocation After a Disaster.
This document provides information and tips for healthcare professionals about helping families deal with relocation after a disaster. It provides basic information about stress; signs of and ways to help family members deal with relocation stress; signs of stress in young people of different age groups, from preschool to high school age; ways to help young people deal with stress, from preschool to high school age; how to help the elderly deal with relocation stress; and where to find further information on these topics.
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This fact sheet responds to common questions about COVID-19 and at-risk populations. It includes a list of symptoms, tips for self-protection, preparing a home in case of quarantine, and other helpful information.
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American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (2020). We Must Care for Older Adults’ Mental Health.
This webpage describes tips for helping to support older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Psychological Association. (n.d.). Older Adults and Disasters: How to be Prepared and Assist Others. (Accessed 4/20/2020.)
This tip sheet provides information for older adults regarding how to prepare for disasters.
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). COVID-19 Guidance for Older Adults.
This webpage provides COVID-19 resources geared towards older adults.
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COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Task Force. (2020). Managing the Effects of Social Distancing in Older Adults During COVID-19.
This document provides guidance and resources to address the behavioral health implications of social distancing and isolation for older adults due to current social distancing guidance in place for senior living facilities.
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HealthinAging.org. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19).
This webpage provides information for older adults and their caregivers about COVID-19 and how to ease isolation while practicing social distancing
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This article provides recommendations for caregivers on keeping older adults safe and socially connected.
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Mental Health America shares links to resources on the following: mental health information for disease outbreaks; financial support; tools and information on anxiety; tools to connect with others; resources for immediate response; resources for mental health providers; resources for parents, caregivers, and older adults; and how-to articles.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (n.d.). Helping Older Adults after Disasters: A Guide to Providing Support. (Accessed 3/25/2020.) U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This information can help those who work with older adults understand common disaster reactions and tips for coping.
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Resources for Community Leaders


ASPR TRACIE has worked closely with ASPR At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC) interagency/ external partner working groups in every disaster recovery operation for the last four years. One continuous knowledge gap identified during this time has been the need for information for front-line healthcare and social services workers to use prior to a disaster to recognize and reduce their stress levels and maintain resilience during recovery. These modules are designed for healthcare workers in all settings, but primarily hospital-based providers.
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Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives (Partnership Center). (2020). COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives recommends preventive practices and answers frequently asked questions about the impact of COVID-19 on faith communities on this webpage.
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This one-page fact sheet provides nine considerations for workplace pandemic planning and continuity.
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Grief Leadership During COVID-19.
This tip sheet can help leaders understand grief and tailor messages during and after a public health emergency such as COVID-19.
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This one-page fact sheet provides tips for leaders to use when developing messaging during public health emergencies.
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This two-page tip sheet highlights issues relevant to public health leaders specific to managing the psychological effects related to residents placed under quarantine.
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This tip sheet describes stress management techniques for leaders and supervisors of mortuary and death care workers during COVID-19.
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Table 2 in this fact sheet includes potential mitigation activities according to level of disease transmission by “factor.” Factors include individuals and families at home, schools/childcare, assisted living facilities, the workplace, community- and faith-based organizations, and healthcare settings.
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In this webinar, experts provide recommendations for faith leaders and others for managing anxiety and stress in response to COVID-19.
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National Association of County and City Health Officials. (n.d.). Building Workforce Resilience Through the Practice of PFA- L: A Course for Supervisors and Leaders*. (Accessed 4/20/2020.)
This self-paced 90-minute course was developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Association of County and City Health Officials to introduce the concept of Psychological First Aid (PFA) as a leadership tool to build workforce resilience. The course uses scenario-based exercises to teach participants about the core components of Psychological First Aid for Leaders.
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This resource outlines steps providers and community leaders can take to spot and manage stress reactions in clients and residents.
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National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster. (2017). Light Our Way: A Guide for Spiritual Care in Times of Disaster.
This resource highlights recommendations for providing emotional and spiritual care following a disaster.
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This manual provides information for chaplains and ministers that can help increase awareness, preparation, and ability to implement their responsibilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It also includes links to other related resources.
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This short guide outlines a psychological first aid approach to help community members manage behavioral health responses following a disaster.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2011). Promising Practices in Disaster Behavioral Health Planning (DBH): Assessing Services and Information. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This presentation, part of a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) series, identifies methods for assessing behavioral health services capacity, conducting needs assessments for special populations, and coordinating care.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2016). Stronger Together: An In-Depth Look at Selected Community-Level Approaches to Disaster Behavioral Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights strategies to support the behavioral health of whole communities during and after disasters, including the Crisis Counseling Assistance and Training Program (CCP).
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The Partnership Center, Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. (2020). COVID-19: Recommended Preventative Practices and FAQs for Faith-based and Community Leaders. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This document can help faith-based and community leaders continue to safely serve and educate their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The World Health Organization provides this toolkit to help those designing and conducting an assessment of mental health and psychosocial needs and disseminating resources in major humanitarian crises.
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Resources for Educators


* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Talking with Children About COVID-19.
The information on this webpage can help parents, school staff, and others who care for children communicate with children during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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These recordings and handouts by early childhood educators, schools, and companies funded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences and the National Science Foundation highlight responses and services made available for supporting remote instruction.
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National Association of School Psychologists. (2020). Health Crisis Resources.
This site contains resources designed to help schools and districts support their students and communities in the event of a public health crisis.
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National Center for School Crisis and Bereavement. (2020). COVID-19 Pandemic Resources.
This webpage has links to presentations for parents, teachers, and healthcare providers regarding talking to and supporting children during the pandemic.
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* National Child Traumatic Stress Network. (2020). Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event.
This tip sheet lists potential reactions to trauma by age and provides related suggestions for parents and caregivers.
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Common responses to trauma by age group, strategies for helping children cope with trauma, and links to helpful resources are provided on this National Institute of Mental Health webpage.
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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools. (n.d.). 10 Tips for Teaching the Psychological First Aid Model for K-12 Education Agencies. (Accessed 4/1/2020.) U.S. Department of Education.
This brief handout provides educators with tips on implementing the “Listen, Connect, and Protect” form of Psychological First Aid.
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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools. (n.d.). School EOPS In-Depth: Planning for Infectious Diseases (30-45min). (Accessed 3/25/2020.) U.S. Department of Education.
This course can help participants incorporate infectious disease planning into a school emergency operations plan. It is comprised of four modules and can take up to 45 minutes.
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Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools. (n.d.). Topic-Specific Resources to Support Your Emergency Management Planning: Public Health, Medical and Mental Health Resources. (Accessed 3/25/2020.) U.S. Department of Education.
This webpage includes links to a variety of resources “on the topic of public health, medical, and mental health within K-12 schools and [institutes of higher education].”
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Resources for Responders and Behavioral Healthcare Providers


The steps listed on this webpage can help behavioral health providers prepare their practice and continue serving patients during a public health emergency.
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ASPR Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience. (2014). Planning for Psychiatric Patient Movement During Emergencies and Disasters. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
This tip sheet highlights basic considerations that can help public health and medical planners prepare for the movement of patients of psychiatric facilities in the event of a disaster.
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ASPR Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC). (2019). Steps for Assisting and Directing People in Crisis. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
This resource can help responders gain trust and minimize anxiety during a disaster. Helpful strategies are listed (e.g., show empathy, use positive language) followed by general messaging approaches.
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* ASPR TRACIE. (2015). Pediatric/Children. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
The resources in this Topic Collection can help healthcare facilities, healthcare coalitions, and other health and medical providers to consider the specialized care and resources needed for children prior to, during, and after an incident.
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* ASPR TRACIE. (2018). Disaster Behavioral Health.
Disaster behavioral health (DBH) includes the provision of mental health, substance abuse, and stress management services to disaster survivors and responders (ASPR ABC, 2012). Incorporating DBH into all phases of emergency management can ensure resident and responder preparedness, an effective, compassionate response effort, and a more resilient community moving forward. The resources on this page can help our stakeholders accomplish these goals.
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ASPR TRACIE. (2020). Crisis Standards of Care. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
The provision of medical care under catastrophic disaster conditions requires considerable pre-event planning, along with the recognition that the delivery of healthcare services will likely change due to the potential scarcity of required resources. The resources in this Topic Collection can help healthcare providers create and update effective crisis standards of care plans.
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* ASPR TRACIE. (2020). Mental/Behavioral Health (non-responders). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
This Topic Collection addresses the impact of post-disaster mental and behavioral health-related challenges on the healthcare system. It includes links to plans, tools, and templates and resources geared towards healthcare providers and responders and survivors.
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This two-page tip sheet lists six considerations for clinicians to take into account when working with patients during an infectious disease outbreak.
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On this webpage, individuals have access to training for developing and intervention materials for providing psychological first aid skills and guidance for how to adapt these skills for working with death care workers.
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Notifying Families After a COVID-19 Death.
This tip sheet describes considerations for healthcare workers when notifying family members about the death of a loved one.
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This two-page fact sheet describes the psychological effects of quarantine and how providers can promote psychological wellbeing and practice self-care.
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This tip sheet describes stress management techniques for mortuary and death care workers during COVID-19.
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This two-page tip sheet lists steps psychiatrists can take to support patients during an infectious disease outbreak.
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This guidance is specific to intermediate care facilities, including Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities, and can help them improve their infection control and prevention practices to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, including revised guidance for visitation.
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* COVID-19 Health Care Resilience Taskforce. (2020). Managing Patient and Family Distress Associated with COVID-19.
These strategies can help healthcare providers in hospitals and alternate care settings ease stress and anxiety experienced by patients during infectious disease outbreaks.
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The resilience of our Nation’s healthcare system depends on our healthcare workforce’s ability to report for duty. The actions listed in this document can help healthcare facility leaders protect workers’ psychological health and well-being.
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This document lists COVID-19-specific guidance and resources for in-patient and out-patient programs and facilities providing Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD).
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Because the medical status of individuals with COVID-19 can quickly change to the point that they may need advanced life support (e.g., a ventilator), it is important for patients to have advance directives. This resource can help practitioners talk to patients about these documents using the "REMAP" framework (Reframe, Expect emotion and empathize, Map out the patient's values and goals, Align with the patient’s values and goals, and Propose a plan).
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Division for At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health, and Community Resilience (ABC). (2012). Disaster Response for Homeless Individuals and Families: A Trauma-Informed Approach. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
This factsheet includes tips for responders when disaster planning for homeless people and families. Responders are encouraged to incorporate a trauma-informed approach (i.e., recognize that many members of the population have high rates of past trauma) when planning and responding. Links to additional resources are provided.
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Behavioral health providers can use the information in this document to understand mental health and psychosocial support considerations related to COVID-19. It includes information on helping older adults, supporting people with access and functional needs, helping children deal with stress, and supporting people working on the outbreak.
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Mental Health America shares links to resources on the following: mental health information for disease outbreaks; financial support; tools and information on anxiety; tools to connect with others; resources for immediate response; resources for mental health providers; resources for parents, caregivers, and older adults; and how-to articles.
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Moukaddam, N. and Shah, A. (2020). Psychiatrists Beware! The Impact of COVID-19 and Pandemics on Mental Health. Psychiatric Times. 37(3).
The authors describe the link between stigma, xenophobia, panic, and stress and infectious disease outbreaks. They list symptoms for providers to monitor in order to “spare patients much suffering.”
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This resource outlines steps providers and community leaders can take to spot and manage stress reactions in clients and residents.
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National Council for Behavioral Health. (2020). COVID-19 Guidance for Behavioral Health Residential Facilities.
This document provides guidance for behavioral health residential facilities for practices to improve infection control during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Common responses to trauma by age group, strategies for helping children cope with trauma, and links to helpful resources are provided on this National Institute of Mental Health webpage.
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National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). COVID-19 Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders. National Institutes of Health.
This article explains that people with substance use disorders—particularly those who smoke tobacco, marijuana, or vape and those with opioid use disorder—may be more vulnerable to COVID-19 because of pre-existing lung damage. It encourages providers to monitor patients and ensure they are not discriminated against during the pandemic.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2013). Disaster Planning Handbook for Behavioral Health Treatment Programs: Technical Assistance Publication (TAP) Series 34. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The information in this handbook can help behavioral health treatment program staff plan (or enhance existing plans) for all types of disasters. The guide includes informative chapters and templates that can be customized or used as is by program staff.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Coronavirus (COVID-19). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This webpage includes links to general information and guidance for opioid treatment programs (e.g., telehealth strategies and provision of methadone and buprenorphine) specific to COVID-19. Training from SAMHSA-funded training and technical assistance centers can be accessed at this link: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/training-and-technical-assistance-covid19.pdf
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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. (2019). Childhood Traumatic Grief: Information for Pediatric Providers.
This guide can help pediatric providers discuss grief with children. It explains childhood traumatic grief and how it effects physical and mental health.
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The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. (2020). Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) Online*.
Skills for Psychological Recovery (SPR) is a 5-hour interactive course designed for providers to help survivors gain skills to manage distress and cope with post-disaster stress and adversity. This course is for individuals who want to learn about using SPR, learning the goals and rationale of each core skill, delivering SPR, and supporting survivors in the aftermath of a disaster or traumatic event.
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This fact sheet defines the terms "person with limited English proficiency" and "person with a disability" and lists specific recommendations, action steps, and effective practices for working with interpreters during an emergency. Links to related resources are provided at the end of the fact sheet.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau. (n.d.). FIRST RESPONDERS: Support for Pregnant Survivors of Abuse or Rape during Disasters. (Accessed 4/1/2020.)
This three-page tip sheet includes information that can help first responders provide support to pregnant women who have been abused or raped following a disaster. It provides links to resources for referrals to additional supportive resources and is also available in Spanish: https://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/planning/abc/Documents/1st-responder-factsheet-spanish.pdf.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2012). Behavioral Health Tips for Responders: Maintaining Calm at a POD.
This fact sheet provides recommendations for responders working at points of dispensing (PODs) during an emergency or disaster. It is broken up into three sections: Assumptions; What to do; What to say.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. (2020). Managing the Human Side of Reopening Your Behavioral Health Facility or Practice during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
This resource lists responses to frequently asked questions about reopening behavioral health practices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each question is hyperlinked and takes the user to a separate page where additional information is provided.
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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. (2020). PTSD Consultation Program: Lecture Series.
This webpage provides links to multiple lectures (PowerPoint slides and audio recordings) for behavioral health providers about providing care during the COVID-19 pandemic and engaging in self-care.
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Telehealth Resources


This white paper commentary contextualizes findings from two evidence reviews on telehealth.
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This website is regularly updated and details state-by-state expansion of telehealth and licensing waivers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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American Psychiatric Association. (2020). Child & Adolescent Telepsychiatry. (Accessed 4/17/2020.)
This webpage provide links to information and trainings for providing telepsychiatry services for children and adolescents.
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American Psychiatric Association. (2020). Telepsychiatry Toolkit. (Accessed 4/17/2020.)
This webpage provide links to information and trainings for providing telepsychiatry services.
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American Psychiatric Association. (2020). Telepsychiatry Toolkit.
This webpage provides resources supporting clinical, training, and policy considerations for telepsychiatry.
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American Psychological Association. (2020). Telementalhealth/Telepsychology.
This webpage provides a broad range of resources related to the delivery of behavioral health services through telehealth.
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Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers. (2020). Guidelines for Telehealth/Telepsychology.
On this page, the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) provides consent forms, checklists, guidelines and other resources for providing telehealth/telepsychology services.
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Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards. (2020). Temporary Interjurisdictional Telepsychology Practice & COVID-19.
This webpage provides updates regarding how changes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) affect teletherapy and resources for social workers.
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Attachment Biobehavioral Catch-Up (ABC) Program. (2020). ABC and COVID-19.
This webpage provides information about obtaining interventions through telehealth.
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Birdsall, J., Lind, L., and Lane, J. (2020). How to Provide Telehealth in Nursing Homes. American Psychological Association.
This article describes practical tips about how to provide psychological services to older adults living in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Center for Connected Health Policy. (2020). COVID-19 Related State Actions.
This website provides regular updates regarding telehealth-related state policy changes.
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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (2018). List of Telehealth Services.
This resource discusses the list of services payable under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule when furnished via telehealth for coverage years 2018 and 2019.
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In the event that a patient presents with a life-safety risk of harm to self or others—or has a medical or other type of emergency—the behavioral healthcare provider may need to call 911 to get immediate assistance for the patient. Providers can follow the steps listed in this one-page tip sheet to effectively use 911 emergency services during telehealth appointments.
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This document identifies key telehealth resources behavioral health clinicians can use to serve patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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National Association of Social Workers. (2020). Telehealth Medicare Flexibilities for LCSWs *.
This webpage provides updates regarding how changes at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) affect teletherapy and resources for social workers.
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National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers. (2020). NCTRC Homepage.
This webpage provides links to state Telehealth Resource Centers and helpful resources (e.g., a telehealth program developer kit and a remote patient monitoring toolkit).
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This webpage provides links to videos and resources for the virtual delivery of Parent- Child Interaction Therapy.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). TIP 60: Using Technology-Based Therapeutic Tools in Behavioral Health Services. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This manual can help healthcare providers use technology-based care in the delivery of behavioral health treatment services.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). PowerPoint: SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions: Telebehavioral Health in Primary Care. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This PowerPoint presentation provides a general overview of telebehavioral health and how it is used in primary care.
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2020). Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19.
This document provides links to COVID-19 related webinars and resources, with a particular focus on telehealth resources.
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Self-Care and Resilience Resources for Responders and Healthcare Workers


* ASPR TRACIE. (2018). Disaster Behavioral Health.
Disaster behavioral health (DBH) includes the provision of mental health, substance abuse, and stress management services to disaster survivors and responders (ASPR ABC, 2012). Incorporating DBH into all phases of emergency management can ensure resident and responder preparedness, an effective, compassionate response effort, and a more resilient community moving forward. The resources on this page can help our stakeholders accomplish these goals.
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ASPR TRACIE has worked closely with ASPR At-Risk Individuals, Behavioral Health & Community Resilience (ABC) interagency/ external partner working groups in every disaster recovery operation for the last four years. One continuous knowledge gap identified during this time has been the need for information for front-line healthcare and social services workers to use prior to a disaster to recognize and reduce their stress levels and maintain resilience during recovery. These modules are designed for healthcare workers in all settings, but primarily hospital-based providers.
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These mini-modules are designed for healthcare workers in all settings, but primarily hospital-based providers, staff, and leaders dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.
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* ASPR TRACIE. (2020). Mental/Behavioral Health (non-responders). U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
This Topic Collection addresses the impact of post-disaster mental and behavioral health-related challenges on the healthcare system. It includes links to plans, tools, and templates and resources geared towards healthcare providers and responders and survivors.
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ASPR TRACIE. (2020). Responder Safety and Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response.
The resources in this Topic Collection focus on safety strategies (e.g., preventing fatigue, ensuring the availability and correct use of personal protective equipment) and maintaining behavioral health (e.g., working through stress and preventing/addressing compassion fatigue).
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This tip sheet describes military life and what makes it unique and explains how to support personnel and their family members.
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Fight COVID-19 with Better Sleep Health: A Guide for Hospital Workers.
This tip sheet describes methods that healthcare workers can use to improve their sleep to maintain their health.
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This tip sheet describes recommendations for responders and healthcare workers regarding how to manage stress associated with the prolonged use of personal protective equipment.
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This tip sheet describes stress management techniques for leaders and supervisors of mortuary and death care workers during COVID-19.
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Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress. (2020). Supporting Families of Healthcare Workers Exposed to COVID-19*.
This tip sheet describes considerations for the families of healthcare workers when that healthcare worker has been or is at risk of being exposed to COVID-19.
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This one-page tip sheet lists the challenges healthcare personnel face during infectious disease outbreaks followed by “strategies for sustaining healthcare personnel well-being.”
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* Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2020). Stress and Coping for COVID-19.
This webpage can help users (including parents, responders, and people who have been released from quarantine) understand and manage their stress reactions to the pandemic.
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* COVID-19 Health Care Resilience Taskforce. (2020). Managing Patient and Family Distress Associated with COVID-19.
These strategies can help healthcare providers in hospitals and alternate care settings ease stress and anxiety experienced by patients during infectious disease outbreaks.
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COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Task Force. (2020). Health Promotion to Enhance Healthcare Worker Performance.
This document provides information on policies and best practices to use in the workplace to promote the health of the workforce and subsequently enhance and improve worker performance.
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The resilience of our Nation’s healthcare system depends on our healthcare workforce’s ability to report for duty. The actions listed in this document can help healthcare facility leaders protect workers’ psychological health and well-being.
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Moral injury (sometimes known as moral distress) refers to the psychological, behavioral, social, and/or spiritual distress experienced by individuals who are performing or exposed to actions that contradict their moral values. This document is intended to support healthcare workers in identifying and preventing moral injury and providing support for those affected.
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Fire Hero Learning Network. (2016). Stress First Aid for Fire and EMS Personnel.
This training program teaches first responders how to assist each other in reducing the negative impact of stress.
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This website offers resources for first responders and healthcare workers, including a hotline that is answered by certified, licensed mental health clinicians.
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This website provides links to behavioral health resources for healthcare workers.
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Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network. (2020). Mental Health Systems' Response to Public Health Emergencies.
This webinar provides guidance on how mental health facilities can prepare for a public health crisis, develop continuity of operations plans, make needed service modifications, and address staffing concerns.
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This peer-reviewed article summarizes guidance for hospital leaders and healthcare specific to improving their well-being and optimizing functioning.
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Healthcare workers and responders can use the information on this webpage to recognize and manage their stress during and in the aftermath of an infectious disease outbreak.
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This manual for firefighters and emergency medical services personnel highlights the tools of stress first aid.
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (2014). Caring for Yourself in the Face of Difficult Work.
This factsheet provides recommendations for self-care related to sleep, eating, exercise and interacting with others.
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (2014). Connecting with Others.
This factsheet provides recommendations for providing and receiving social support following traumatic events.
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (2014). Information for Families.
This factsheet provides recommendations for family members when someone (e.g., a responder or healthcare worker) is exposed to a traumatic event.
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National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. (2014). When Terrible Things Happen.
This factsheet provides information for responders and others about common reactions to traumatic events and recommendations for effective coping strategies.
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Physician Support Line. (2020). Physician Support Line 1 (888) 409-0141.
This national, free, and confidential support line is answered by volunteer psychiatrists and provides peer support to physician colleagues.
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This tip sheet provides helpful strategies for the general public and healthcare workers on understanding stress and self-care.
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