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City of Sacramento
State Links:Latest information for California
Governor Newsom’s Executive Order enhances CA’s ability to respond to COVID-19 Pandemic, canceling gatherings over 250 people, removing wait times for unemployment and disability, and readying hotels and medical facilities.
California Department of Public Health has issued updated Social Distancing guidelines to protect public health and slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19.
US Department of Health and Human Services
Information about HIPPA - OCR Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – COVID-19 Coronavirus Updates
Red Cross Safety and Readiness Guide
For Mental Health Professionals:
From BBS Website:
BBS Statement on COVID–19 and Telehealth
BBS statement for licensees
BBS statement on HHS Telehealth Announcement
Due to recommendations and guidance from local and state health officials to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), our building is closed to the public, effective Friday, March 20, 2020 at 5pm, until further notice. However, our office remains open for employees during this pandemic. During this time you may experience some delays in reaching staff and we appreciate your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need to renew your existing license, would like to apply for a new license, or make changes to your information, we strongly encourage you to log onto your BreEZe account at www.breeze.ca.gov. If you would like to file a complaint, we strongly encourage you to do so by visiting https://www.dca.ca.gov/consumers/complaints/consumer.shtml
BBS statement about registrant renewals
During this COVID-19 Pandemic, if you have a registration that expires on or before June 30, 2020 and have not yet passed or attempted the CA Law & Ethics exam, your registration will be renewed after paying the required fees and answering the required questions. If you have previously submitted the required fee, your registration will be renewed soon.
If you wish to help during this pandemic and need to reactivate your license, please click here.
From a recent email from the BBS
"I wanted to send out a quick email to let you all know we have posted some new information on our website (https://bbs.ca.gov/) pertaining to the COVID 19 situation. Please take the time to review the following,
FAQ related to Executive Order N-39-20
Important information on Law Waivers
And the Healthcorps website to sign up to assist
BBS statement on telehealth
BBS statement on HHS telehealth announcement
Please check the website frequently for updates as information may change.
And please, if you can follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
Thanks stay safe everyone,
From CAMFT Website:
KEEPING YOURSELF, YOUR STAFF, AND CLIENTS SAFE – WHAT ABOUT TELEHEALTH?
If you work in a hospital or clinic setting, be sure to follow your organization’s protocols for safety and readiness, including their protocols for Telehealth.
If you work in private practice, look into HIPAA Compliant Telehealth options to see clients remotely if you feel that Telehealth is within your scope and appropriate for your clients. If you take insurance, it will be important to check on reimbursement policies regarding Telehealth platforms. CAMFT has joined with other California provider groups asking Governor Newsom and the Department of Managed Health Care to remove all barrios to providing mental health services through Telehealth.
The Board of Behavioral Sciences recently released this COVID-19 Telehealth Statement
, in response to therapists’ questions regarding the use of Telehealth at this time. CAMFT has also requested additional guidance on some scenarios not covered in the BBS statement above.
Information on insurance and billing for telehealth
Free HIPPA Compliant Telehealth option
Zynnyme: Plans for Therapists during COVID-19
Setting up your Telehealth Practice Quickly
Headspace is now free to mental health professionals (a mindfulness and guided meditation app)
WHO - World Health Organization
WHO Briefing on March 18, 2020