Protecting the Workforce, Stabilizing Families and Keeping Children Safe

General Information 

What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus – Centers for Disease Control provides guidance on how to keep homes, schools, and workplaces safe.  

Responding to COVID-19 – The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network has a wide variety of webinars with discipline-specific topic areas related to telehealth, as well as a weekly series that progressively builds from a basic telehealth introduction to more complex administrative and policy considerations in the implementation and use of telehealth. 

Supporting Families During COVID-19 – Child Mind Institute has a resource list including how to support young children through young adults, managing anxiety, and talking with kids about challenging subjects.


Considerations for Child Welfare, Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Treatment, and Court Partners  

Coronavirus: What Child Welfare Systems Need to Think About – The Chronicle of Social Change shares key considerations for the Child Welfare system. 

COVID-19: Potential Implications for Individuals with Substance Use Disorders – National Institute on Drug Abuse’s article discusses special considerations for additional focus needed for those with SUDs as we work to understand this emerging health threat. 

A Joint Statement on Child Welfare Courts during a Public Health Crisis: Access to Justice and Advocacy are Critical Anchors During Uncertain Times – Several legal organizations provide ways the court system can support families involved with child welfare during the current public health crisis, including ensuring access to due process and counsel, promoting family time, case review, and the role of court leadership. 

Technical Note: Protection of Children during the Coronavirus Pandemic (v.1) – The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action created this brief to support child protection practitioners to better respond to the child protection risks during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Tools for Educators during a Public Health Crisis – Mental Health Technology Transfer Center provides an infographic for educators with steps of how to take care of yourself and staying informed without stressing out.  

State Strategies to Maintain Opioid Use Disorder Treatment during the Coronavirus Pandemic – National Academy for State Health Policy provides state examples of how some treatment providers are making services available.  

A Message on COVID-19 – The Children’s Bureau has provided information and resources to communities about the current public health crisis through the webpage.   

COVID-19 Resources for Child Welfare and Justice Agencies– The National Council on Crime and Delinquency provides resources including addressing Family Team Meetings and Clinical Supervision during physical distancing.

Guidance for Children and Families Involved with the Child Welfare System During the COVID-19 Pandemic – American Academy of Pediatrics guidance is designed to support the continuation and improvement of critical child welfare work as impacted, both short and long-term, by the current public health crisis. The guidance provides considerations and strategies for family serving professionals related to maintenance of safety, permanency, and well-being including preparation for the aftermath of the current crisis.

Continuity of Dependency and Family Treatment Court Services

Preparing for a Pandemic: An Emergency Response Benchbook and Operational Guidebook for State Court Judges and Administrators – National Center for State Courts guides state and local court leaders on crisis benchbook creation and development. 

Treatment Courts and COVID-19: What to Consider During a Pandemic Presentation – National Association of Drug Court Professionals provides short term and long term considerations for treatment courts during COVID-19 including program intake, staffing, court, drug testing, probation contacts, treatment sessions, complementary services, community service, employment, program exit and participant communication. 

Emergency Preparedness in Dependency Courts 10 Questions That Courts Serving Abused and Neglected Children Must Address – The Children’s Bureau of the United States Department of Health and Human Services supported a collaborative effort among the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the National Center for State Courts to examine how lessons learned from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita could be applied to dependency courts and to recommend a strategic approach to ensure that the essential functions of dependency courts are sustained during an emergency or disaster.  

In Practice: Drug Courts in the Time of COVID-19 Center for Court Innovation – Center for Court Innovation’s podcast addresses challenges and solutions treatment court practitioners are facing during COVID-19. 

 COVID-19 and the Justice System – National Council on Crime and Delinquency is monitoring how COVID-19 is affecting the nation’s juvenile and criminal justice systems including guidance on community supervision, tracking rapid shifts in justice system priorities, exploring how “Shelter in Place” orders effect system involvement, and more. 

COVID-19 Resource Hub – National Association of Children’s Counsel is collecting and sharing resources to keep people informed and prepared to safeguard the rights and well-being of young people. 

Coronavirus and the Courts – National Center for State Courts is refreshing resources daily including news, court orders, and more.   

Pandemic Resources for Tribal Courts – National American Indiana Court Judges Association provides a resource page so tribal courts can share resources with each other and support each other.

Considerations for the Use of Telehealth

Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency – Notification that the Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will use enforcement discretion related to HIPPA Rules in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the nationwide public health emergency.

Drug Enforcement Administration Information on Telemedicine – Drug Enforcement Administration provides information clarifying telehealth use as outlined in Title 21, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 802(54)(D).

Rural Health Care and Medicaid Telehealth Flexibilities, and Guidance Regarding Section 1009 of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act (Pub. L. 115-271), entitled Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth – Center for Medicaid Services released guidance regarding provision of Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Treatment via Telehealth which identifies opportunities for the utilization of telehealth delivery methods to increase access to Medicaid services and to comply with federal requirements.

COVID-19 Telehealth Coverage Policies – The Center for Connected Health Policy is tracking information as it is released, including a list of State Related Actions to Telehealth Utilization.

Responding to COVID-19 – The Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network has a wide variety of webinars with discipline-specific topic areas related to telehealth, as well as a weekly series that progressively builds from a basic telehealth introduction to more complex administrative and policy considerations in the use/implementation of telehealth.

Virtual Case Management Considerations and Resources for Human Services Programs – The Office on the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation document lays out key considerations for implementing virtual case management.

Covid-19 Online and Remote Resources for Addiction Support – Center on Addiction provides resources for addiction support for families and individuals.

Telehealth and Infant Mental Health Home Visiting – Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health provides tips for navigating challenges for Infant Mental Health Home Visiting.

Covid-19 Online and Remote Resources for Addiction Support – Center on Addiction provides resources for addiction support for families and individuals.

Telehealth and Infant Mental Health Home Visiting – Michigan Association for Infant Mental Health provides tips for navigating challenges for Infant Mental Health Home Visiting.

Trauma-Informed COVID-19 Considerations in Virtual Human Services – Trauma-Informed COVID-19 Considerations in Virtual Human Services- The Manhattan Strategy Group developed this brief that discusses factors potentially intensifying the traumatic impact of the current public health crisis and offers suggestions how to adapt trauma-informed approaches to be sensitive to the new realities of the COVID-19 landscape.


Ensuring Safe and Adequate Family Time (Visitation)

Considerations for Successful Video Visits with Young Children – National Council on Crime and Delinquency article provides solutions to challenges for video visits.

Virtual Parent Time – Association for Family and Conciliatory Courts 2012 Conference handout provides information on virtual parent time.

Unique Abilities and Needs of Recovery Support Specialists & Peers

Recovery LIVE! Changing the Conversation: Shared Decision-Making in Treatment and Recovery Support Service Settings – Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center invites attendees to join Thursday May, 28 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT an interactive discussion about how treatment and service providers and practitioners can use shared decision-making (SDM) practices and tools to support the engagement, recovery, and resilience of people with mental illness and substance use disorder.

Modifications to Safety Assessment and Drug Testing

Child Welfare Safety Assessment and Planning During COVID-19 and Social Distancing – National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s document describes how to conduct safety assessment and planning under current conditions.

Adjusting Drug Testing Protocols – The American Society of Addiction Medicine has provided recommendations for adjusting drug testing protocols in response to the current public health crisis.

Considerations for Residential SUD Treatment Providers

Guidance for Behavioral Health Residential Facilities – National Council for Behavioral Health’s overview of restrictions, exceptions, and general considerations.

Resources to Support Parents with SUD & in Recovery Sheltering in Place

Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – National Child Traumatic Stress Network provides a factsheet to help parents and caregivers think about how an infectious disease outbreak might affect their family— both physically and emotionally—and what they can do to help their family cope. Note: this factsheet is available in Spanish and Chinese as well.

Sesame Street Parental Addiction Video Series – This Sesame Street video series includes 6-year-old Karli, talking to her friends about her parents struggle with substance use disorder. Viewers may specify their role as a parent or a provider to get the most relevant content.

Caring for Each Other: How to Use Sesame Street in Communities Resources for Health Emergencies with Families Now – Brazelton Touchpoints Center utilizes a webinar featuring Sesame Street characters in identifying the primary challenges that are most important to address with children, parents, and families in an emergency health crisis.

Free A Smartphone App to Help with Recovery – Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with CHESS Health to launch Connections, a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.

Unity Recovery + WEconnect + SOS Recovery + Alano Club are now offering free digital recovery meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sheltering in Place: ACEs-Informed Tips for Self-Care During a Pandemic – Center for Youth Wellness provides information on seven healthy evidence-based practices to help regulate an overactive stress response common to individuals who have experienced trauma.

Your Recovery is Important: Virtual Recovery Resources – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration describes resources that can be used to virtually support recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. It also provides resources to help local recovery programs create virtual meetings.

Covid-19 Online and Remote Resources for Addiction Support – Center on Addiction provides resources for addiction support for families and individuals.