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ECPG LIVE! The Pros and Cons of Telemental Health

While the full impacts of COVID-19 on our communities are yet to be realized, the need for accessible care during the age of social distancing has helped motivate Behavioral Health providers to add telemental/behavioral health to their toolkit. Join us as we explore the pros and cons of virtual counseling. Bring your experiences to share and help others excel while avoiding common pitfalls.

Hosted by
Tana Russell, ECPG Assistant Director

With Special Guest

William Castillo Jr. MA, LMHC, SUDP, WSCGC-II, ICGC-I

3PM PT on Thursday May 14, 2020


Washington Health Care Authority Resources:

HCA ZOOM License Request: Application for free Zoom licenses for providers

Application for laptop loans for providers

Webinar on telehealth (previously recorded)

DHHS HIPAA limited waiver during COVID-19 (PDF)

Apple Health (Medicaid) clinical policy and billing for COVID-19 FAQ

Apple Health telemedicine brief for COVID-19

Behavioral health institute training and technical assistance for telehealth

Weekly DBHR COVID-19 webinar with BH providers with Q&A session (also recorded each week)

Weekly DBHR COVID-19 email updates via gov.delivery (can sign up online)

Info on Waivers for Behavioral Health Agencies Licensing & Certification (DOH)

Fact Sheets and FAQs (Apple Health & integrated managed care for example)

We Are Peer for You daily webinars (for clients and families)

Spread the Facts public awareness campaign (DOH, HCA and DSHS)—started 4/3/2020

The Spread the Facts campaign urges people in Washington to stay home, stay healthy and stay informed to help themselves, their families and their communities slow the spread of COVID-19.

Adding a crisis counseling helpline soon –not yet live

Helpful websites:

Doxyme.com The simple, free, and secure telemedicine solution.®: Doxy.me

Telebehavioral Health Institute: https://telehealth.org/

NAADAC COVID-19 Resource page: https://www.naadac.org/covid-19-resources

HHS.gov, Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency: https://www.hhs.gov/hipaa/for-professionals/special-topics/emergency-preparedness/notification-enforcement-discretion-telehealth/index.html

Health Information Technology, Evaluation, and Quality Center (HITEQ): https://hiteqcenter.org/Resources/Privacy-Security/42-CFR-Part-2

Training programs:

Person Centered Tech: https://personcenteredtech.com/

SAMHSA Telebehavioral Health Training: https://www.integration.samhsa.gov/operations-administration/telebehavioral-health

Telemental Health Training Certificate program: https://telementalhealthtraining.com/


CAMH, Telemental Health Tips: Don’ts and Do’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4unpA1Se5I

AAMFT, An Introduction to Telebehavioral Health Practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dj4DJWVXXTM

SimplePractice, 20+ Telehealth tips from a certified TeleMental Health therapist – advice for private practice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Eotw2mbHkk


DEA, Use of Telemedicine While Providig Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT): https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/programs_campaigns/medication_assisted/telemedicine-dea-guidance.pdf

Journal Article: Telemental Health in the Context of a Pandemic: The COVID-19 Experience: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7114953/

CMS.gov, Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/fact-sheets/medicare-telemedicine-health-care-provider-fact-sheet

ECPG is not affiliated with, sponsored by, or responsible for any of the content provided by any of the resources listed in this blog.