Coronavirus  Resources  

Updated: 3/22/2020

Dear Colleagues,

 

I hope you are all keeping safe with family.  These are difficult times for us, our families, our patients, and for humanity at large.  Please let us know how we can best assist you at this time of unique crisis.

    The California Psychiatric Association is hard at work on your behalf to help support all psychiatrists and mental health patients in California.  We are doing the following:

1.  Advocacy

  • We are advocating for timely regulatory and legislative changes needed to provide safer medical / psychiatric care for Californians.

 

  • The California Psychiatric Association now has a CPA COVID-19 Communication Assistance Center for individual concerns or questions by psychiatrists about regulatory changes related to psychiatric care delivery and reimbursement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Please email or text to COVID19@calpsych.org.

 

  • Randall Hagar, California Psychiatric Association Legislative Advocate, will continue with weekly and more frequent, as needed, updates to psychiatrists.

 

  • CPA will provide up-to-date, accurate information regarding COVID-19 and related mental health issues for the public.  Up-to-date information and resources can be found at www.calpsych.org

2  Personal Care and Information Sharing

This is a stressful time, particularly for those of us on the front lines of healthcare delivery.

   In addition to the CPA Facebook site , we will be arranging noontime and early evening virtual, supportive sessions for California-based psychiatrists who may benefit from discussing the unique challenges associated with COVID-19 (e.g. abrupt change in technological and billing practice patterns, balancing work and family demands, frequently changing COVID-19 information).  If interested in these sessions, please email Lila Schmall at lila-schmall@calpsych.org.

3 COVID 19 CPA Statewide Task Force: 

Initial mission of the COVID 19 CPA Task Force, Mindy Young, MD, Chair, include:

  • Close coordination with local and state mental health organizations, the physician community (California Medical Association, medical specialty societies, and local medical societies), and American Psychiatric Association District Branches to provide statewide mental health resources.

 

  • Assess ongoing and frequently changing needs and develop state-specific interventions.

 

  • Communicate and address national and unique statewide and local developments

 

  • Monitor and quickly address any legislative or regulatory issues, both nationally and state-specific, related to access, quality of psychiatric care, and physician reimbursement.

 

  • Coordinate with all CPA committees to address specific needs of varied psychiatric practices and patient populations in both public and private sectors.
     

   We will be coordinating with all 5 APA District Branches to develop this Task Force to benefit all psychiatrists in California.

   For those interested in participating or in need of these services, please notify Lila Schmall, CPA Executive Director.

 

Be well, stay safe.

Robert M. McCarron, D.O.
CPA, President
Mary Ann Schaepper, M.D.
CPA, President-elect

 

Mindy Young, M.D.

Chair, CPA COVID-19 Task Force 

Shannon Suo, M.D.

Vice Chair, CPA COVID-19 Task Force

Lila Schmall, CPA Executive Director

COVID-19 General Information
Including information for healthcare personnel

Come "Home" to this new CPA page to find the latest, updated information to help you best manage the challenges to your practice of medicine and your life. 

Information for Psychiatrists

American Psychiatric Association

 This includes:

  • Resources for Psychiatrists

 

Telepsychiatry in the Era of COVID-19 Webinar (3/20/20)

Managing the Mental health Effects of COVID-19 Webinar (3/24/20)

APA’s Practice Management Helpline

CDC Information

COVID-19 and Mental Health

New Telehealth rules

 

  • Emergency Resources

Disaster distress Helpline

National suicide Prevention Lifeline

Crisis Textline

  • Resources for families

  • Resources for Health Care and Community Leaders

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

(CMS)

CMS General Telemedicine Toolkit

Telepsychiatry in the Era of COVID-19 Webinar conducted 3/20/2020 through SMI Adviser (joint APA/SAMHSA initiative), free recording to be released week of 3/27 HERE

American Medical Association Physician’s Guide to COVID-19

California Medical Association update on telehealth reimbursement in CA

SAMHSA Medication Assisted Treatment

California Psychiatric Association, 921 11th St., Suite 502, Sacramento CA 95814 ~ P-916.442.5196 / F- 916.442.6515

 

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