COVID-19 Resources: Behavioral Health


Because COVID-19 has upended our way of life, it is causing stress and anxiety for many people. It is also exacerbating mental health and substance use disorder conditions for people who are already dealing with these issues, while providers are having to deliver care in new ways. We’ve collected a set of online resources for both consumers and the providers who care for them.

Contact us if you have an online resource to add.

General Behavioral Health Resources

COVID-19 Mental Health Resource Hub
Free resource center for both providers and consumers to help people address their mental health needs during the pandemic. It is offered by a collaboration of numerous national organizations. (Psych Hub)

Consumer Resources

Resources for Emotional Support and Well-Being
A compilation of strategies on managing stress, and hotlines for mental health services. (Office of Governor Newsom and California Department of Public Health)

COVID 19 Response and Resources
Tips on maintaining social connections, a guide for parents with suggestions on how to help support children, and resources in Spanish (PDF). (NAMI California)

COVID-19 Resources for People Who Use Drugs and People Vulnerable to Structural Violence
Guidance for people who use drugs, and resources for people who engage in sex work. (Harm Reduction Coalition)

Provider Resources

COVID-19 Response
Resources from the state aimed at providers. It includes information on telehealth, behavioral health, payment and reimbursement, information for substance use counselors, and more. (Department of Health Care Services)

Resources and Tools for Addressing Coronavirus (COVID-19) Offers not only information for improving patient care during the pandemic (such as telehealth) but also offers business information including disaster loans, tax incentives, and the paycheck protection program. It also has sections on Medicare and Medicaid policy changes. (National Council for Behavioral Health)

Minimizing Disruptions in Care Through the Use of Behavioral Telehealth
This 11-week webinar series ran from April – July 2020 and taught practical skills to support ongoing improvement of behavioral telehealth. It was designed for mental health and substance use providers as well as their supervisors.  All webinars are available for free viewing. (California Institute for Behavioral Health Solutions)