If you need a group, a meeting, or simply to connect with another person to help in these times when we can’t interact as we normally would, here is a list of free online meetings and virtual platforms you can use.
Alliance Executive Director Mary Windecker was interviewed by Edward O’Brien with Montana Public Radio this week about the effects the Coronavirus has had on Montana communities. While Montana’s overall cases remains lower than other parts of the country at the moment, the costs to the mental and behavioral healthcare community are already being felt in a huge way.
“There’s no convenient time for a global pandemic. The novel coronavirus outbreak is hurting everyone. But for Montana’s mental and behavioral health care providers, “This couldn’t have hit at a worse time,” says Mary Windecker.
To listen to the full interview, and read the associated article on MTPR’s website, click here.
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First off, all of us here at The Behavioral Health Alliance of Montana hope that each and every one of you are staying safe as the Coronavirus pandemic sweeps the globe, and are heeding the warnings that have been sent by officials from the local to national levels.
As the world continues to wrestle with the effects of the virus, we understand the ripple effects will be felt far and wide for some time to come. As such, we are happy to share a list of resources provided by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
Resources from CDC on COVID-19 related to Individuals with Disabilities (added June 1, 2020)
Guidance for Direct Service Providers [cdc.gov]
Guidance for Group Homes for Individuals with Disabilities [cdc.gov]
Guidance for Direct Service Providers, Caregivers, Parents, and People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders [cdc.gov]
People with Developmental and Behavioral Disorders [cdc.gov]
Information on Financial Assistance can be found here:
SAMSHA Grants https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/fg-20-006
Montana Nonprofit Association and SBA Loans https://www.mtnonprofit.org/covid19nonprofit/
Assessing and Accessing Emergency Declaration for Cost Recovery and Federal Legislation for Behavioral Health (click here to link)
Federal Funding opportunities via MHCF webinar – (click here for link)
Information on Telehealth can be found here:
Coronavirus Response Act
Message from SAMHSA
National Council Telehealth Best Practices
Essential Businesses Letter
DPHHS Telehealth Policy Notification
Using Peer Supporters Effectively During COVID-19
Montana Healthcare Programs Notice
If any of you have further resources that could potentially help our communities, please share ideas and links in the comments below.