IDPH: Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccination Operational Planning Guide
The below linked guidance from IDPH has been adapted from CDC jurisdictional planning guidance to assist COVID-19 providers as they prepare for the initial rollout of the pediatric Pfizer vaccine. Pfizer-BioNTech has submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to issue an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) to allow the administration of COVID-19 vaccine to children between the ages of 5 and 11. FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) is scheduled to meet on October 26th and CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is scheduled to meet on November 2nd and 3rd to make recommendations regarding the administration of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to this pediatric population.
Illinois Department of Public Health Adopts CDC Recommendations for School Outbreak Definition
IDPH is following recommendations from the CDC to adopt the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists’ (CSTE) guidance for PreK-12 school-associated outbreaks. Previously, CDC recommended that two cases associated with a school would constitute an outbreak. The new national recommendation that Illinois is adopting defines a school outbreak as either (1) multiple cases comprising at least 10% of students, teachers, or staff within a core group or (2) at least three cases within a specified core group. A core group means only those individuals who were together during an exposure period. For example, this could be limited to a classroom, a sports team, before/after school care, performing arts, or other groups and likely does not apply to the entire school population. Full Notice
Gov. Pritzker Announces $327 Million for Low-income Families to Help with Rent, Utility Expenses
On Monday, Governor JB Pritzker announced low-income families will be able to tap into a $327 million pool of funds to help with rent and utility expenses in an effort to connect Illinoisans in need to “vital safety net programs” during the COVID-19 pandemic, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.
City of Chicago Launches New Mental Health Resource, Support Website
On August 31, City of Chicago announced the launch of a new website with mental health resources and support. As demand for mental health supports continues to increase amid the ongoing stresses of the pandemic, see this new resource.
State to Require Masks in Schools and Daycares; Vaccines in State-Run Congregate Living Facilities
Governor Pritzker recently announced that Illinois will require masks for students, faculty, and staff in pre-K-12 schools and daycares across the state. “Additionally, vaccination will be mandatory for staff at state-operated long-term care and congregate living facilities.” The State is working with labor unions and intends to have the latter requirement in place by October 4. See full statement here.
Illinois Adopts CDC Interim Public Health Masking and Testing Recommendations
Delta variant is spreading twice as easily from person to person as previous strains making vaccinations even more important. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced it is fully adopting updated CDC masking recommendations to protect against COVID-19 and the Delta variant. CDC recommends that everyone, including fully vaccinated individuals, wear a mask in public indoor setting in areas with substantial and high transmission. CDC is also recommending universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status.
This applies to Phase 5 in all Illinois businesses, venues, and public spaces. IDPH recommends the following based on the CDC Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People:
- Fully vaccinated people should wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission.
- Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask regardless of the level of transmission, particularly if they are immunocompromised or at increased risk for severe disease from COVID-19, or if they have someone in their household who is immunocompromised, at increased risk of severe disease or not fully vaccinated.
- Fully vaccinated people who have a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 should be tested 3-5 days after exposure, and should wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.
- Updated CDC Guidance
Read the full report here.
COVID-19 Youth Vaccination FAQs
IDPH released updated FAQs to help providers educate on COVID-19 Youth Vaccinations. You can find the full FAQs here.
CCDPH Homebound COVID-19 Vaccination Program
Individuals or caregivers/family/friends can sign up by calling the hotline (833) 308-1988 or filling out the survey link in the flyers below or on the website: https://vaccine.cookcountyil.gov/
Enroll to Become a COVID-19 Vaccine Provider
HRSA and IDPH is encouraging all VFC providers to enroll in the COVID-19 Vaccination Program. To avoid long enrollment delays, please take the time to enroll as a COVID-19 vaccine provider TODAY. Full Notice & Steps to Enroll as COVID-19 Vaccine Provider
Booster Shots Update
Food and Drug Administration scientists said September 15 that COVID-19 vaccines provide sufficient protection against severe disease and death without boosters, reports the Wall Street Journal. But, ahead of a key advisory committee meeting Friday, Pfizer told the FDA Wednesday that data from its clinical trials suggests a third shot of its COVID vaccine may be necessary six months after the second dose due to waning efficacy, reports Axios.
On September 17, the VRBPAC FDA advisory committee endorsed a booster dose of the Pfizer vaccine for people age 65+, or who are at high risk of severe COVID-19 illness, at least 6 months after completing their primary COVID-19 vaccine series. No recommendations were made on boosters for J&J or Moderna. The next step is an authorization action by the FDA and ACIP approval and recommendations. CDC states that giving booster shots ahead of ACIP approval is considered off-label and a violation of the CDC provider agreement. The only people currently eligible for an additional dose of a Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are those who are moderately to severely immunocompromised under EUA. An ACIP meeting about booster shots is tentatively scheduled for September 22 (9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.) and September 23 (11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.) No vote is currently scheduled; a final agenda is awaiting an authorization action by FDA.
During the September 21, Today with Macrae BPHC call, it was shared that booster shots will be made available to CHCs through HRSA. Additional information to come.”
Vaccination Trials for Children Under 5 Years of Age
Pfizer said Monday that a clinical trial showed its COVID-19 vaccine was safe for children ages 5 to 11 and generated a “robust” antibody response, reports CNN. Pfizer’s CEO said September 14 that the company expects to release clinical trial data on how well its COVID-19 vaccine works in 6-month to 5-year-old children as early as the end of October, reports CNBC.
NACHC Vaccine Mandate FAQ
This spreadsheet is considered a living document and intended to be a resource to CHCs. It will be continuously updated as additional information on the federal vaccine mandate for healthcare workers becomes available. Please check back for new information.
Addressing Misinformation Around Treatments of COVID-19
From DHS 9/3 COVID-19 Ambassador Update: “As COVID-19 cases continue to be high throughout the country, many people are seeking different treatment options to reduce COVID-related symptoms. In some instances, people are taking medication that is not approved or received emergency use authorization for the treatment of COVID-19. People should avoid using Ivermectin, hydroxychloroquine, interferons, and lopinavir-ritonavir to prevent severe illness caused by the virus. There is no scientific evidence on the efficacy of these medications, and they can be harmful if ingested. Everyone with a recent COVID-19 diagnosis should seek their provider for guidance in selecting the best treatment option for them. To see the list of FDA-approved or Emergency Use Authorization for COVID-19 therapeutic medication, visit FDA Know Your Treatment Options for COVID-19. Vaccines continue to be the best prevention tool for COVID-19.”
IDPH: FAQ on Face Covering and Vaccination Requirements
On September 3, 2021, the Governor signed Executive Order 21-22, which requires all individuals over the age of 2 and who can medically tolerate a face covering to wear a face covering when in indoor public places. The Executive Order also requires health care workers, school personnel, higher education personnel and students, and employees and contractors of state-owned or operated congregate facilities to be fully vaccinated, as described in the Order. Read the Full Notice
New CDC Study: Vaccination Offers Higher Protection than Previous COVID-19 Infection
MMWR, a study of COVID-19 infections in Kentucky among people who were previously infected with SAR-CoV-2 shows that unvaccinated individuals are more than twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated after initially contracting the virus. These data further indicate that COVID-19 vaccines offer better protection than natural immunity alone and that vaccines, even after prior infection, help prevent reinfections. Full Report
IDPH: COVID-19 Vax Program Summary – August 9. 2021 & COVID-19 State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report
The Vax Program Summary includes important reminders, updates, vaccine-specific information, equity, communications, and resources. IDPH also released COVID-19 State of Vaccine Confidence Insights Report stating consumer concerns about the safety of COVID-19 vaccines were amplified by multiple, overlapping and widely circulating misinformation narratives. As a result, some consumers questioned the transparency of the government in reporting and addressing adverse events following COVID-19 vaccination. The Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 continues to drive concerns about vaccine effectiveness, especially among those who are already vaccinated. However, those who remain unvaccinated are generally less likely to perceive the Delta variant as a threat, and vaccine intentions do not appear to be affected.
IDPH Launches Online ‘Vax Verify’ System
IDPH is launching a new immunization portal, Vax Verify, that will allow Illinois residents 18 years and older to check their COVID-19 vaccination record and more easily present proof of vaccination at businesses, events and organizations that require it, said IDPH Director, Dr. Ngozi Ezike. Read the press release.
Updated CDC Guidance: Vaccination to Prevent COVID-19 Outbreaks with Current and Emergent Variants — United States, 2021
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this Health Alert Network Health Advisory to notify public health practitioners and clinicians about the urgent need to increase COVID-19 vaccination coverage (i.e., the percentage of the population fully vaccinated) across the United States to prevent surges in new infections that could increase COVID-19 related morbidity and mortality, overwhelm healthcare capacity, and widen existing COVID-19-related health disparities. Increasing vaccination coverage is especially urgent in areas where current coverage is low. Unvaccinated persons account for the majority of new COVID-19 infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. Currently circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, especially the highly infectious Delta variant (B.1.617.2), are accelerating spread of infection. Unvaccinated and partially vaccinated people need to practice all recommended prevention measures until fully vaccinated. In areas with substantial and high transmission, CDC recommends that fully vaccinated individuals wear a mask in public indoor settings to help prevent the spread of Delta and protect others. Read the full report.
CDC Launches New COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool
On June 14, 2021, CDC launched the new COVID-19 Viral Testing Tool. This interactive web-based tool is designed to help both healthcare providers and individuals understand COVID-19 testing options. The tool complements the recently updated Interim Guidance for SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Testing and other CDC testing guidance.
For healthcare providers, the tool will provide clinical decision support to help determine what type of COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2) testing they should perform. Healthcare providers can use this tool to quickly access the most relevant, actionable CDC testing-related content and use that information to make decisions about next steps such as:
- Whether or not to order testing and what kind of test to order
- The interpretation of the test result
- What to do with conflicting test results
- Whether or not confirmatory (follow-up) testing is necessary
- How vaccination impacts decisions for testing
IDPH COVID-19 Testing Guidance (updated 10/20/2020)
IDPH COVID-19 Testing Site Locations How-To Guide
IDPH Online Supply Ordering and Updated Testing Information
Provider Relief Fund Reporting Portal Now Open
From HRSA: “The Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Portal is now open for providers who need to report on the use of funds in Reporting Period 1. HRSA is committed to supporting the providers who have received PRF payments in completing their reporting requirements successfully.
In addition, there are resources specifically for providers:
HRSA will host a recorded webcast on July 8, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. (Eastern) to provide technical assistance on reporting requirements for PRF recipients and interested stakeholders. Interested parties can register to attend here.”
HRSA COVID-19 Reimbursements for Treating the Uninsured
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced they’ve reached payment of more than 10 million claims from providers for administering vaccines. Testing, treatment, and vaccinations are free to everyone, no matter their insurance or immigration status, with reimbursements paid through the HRSA COVID-19 Uninsured Program. Read more
NACHC Telehealth Guide
NACHC published a Telehealth Implementation Quick Guide. The guide includes workflow, operational, and reimbursement resources. A NACHC telehealth resource webinar featuring Jonathan Neufeld provided complimentary discussion and Q&A that will be posted here.
Sample Telehealth Consent Form and Guidance Available from AHRQ
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released guidance and sample forms for obtaining patient consent during telehealth visits. Healthcare providers can now access a sample telehealth consent form along with guidance on how to obtain consent for telehealth and why consent forms should be easy to understand. AHRQ notes that easy-to-understand consent forms should be used even when providers are obtaining consent from the patient verbally.
Teledentistry Billing for HFS
HFS released a provider notice clarifying the COVID-19 dental services eligible for reimbursement and the billing processes. During the COVID response reimbursement is allowed for dental evaluations that occur virtually through a combination of audio and video means. To be eligible for reimbursement of teledentistry services:
- A communication system where information exchanged between the dental provider and the patient during the course of the synchronous telehealth service is of an amount and nature that would be sufficient to meet the key components and requirements of the same service when rendered via face-to-face interaction.
Payment made by HFS for allowable encounter services will be made at the all-inclusive rate established by HFS for each encounter. HFS will allow billing an encounter rate with new or existing patients as long as the encounter is of a nature that would be sufficient to meet the key components of a face-to-face encounter. A face-to-face dental encounter is defined as face-to-face visit with a dentist or dental hygienist.
The encounter clinic must add D0999 to the first line of the claim with Place of Service of 02. See the provider notice for additional details.
HFS Virtual Billing Code Updates
HFS updated the virtual billing code listing May 21, 2020, to reflect the clarification provider notice. Please use the new listing in conjunction with the Clarification Provider notice, Dental Billing, and March 30 Provider Notice detailing the encounter billing for Medical and Behavioral services.
DOI Released Memo Concerning Telehealth and State-Regulated Commercial Insurance
As a follow up to the Governor’s Executive Order 9, on March 25 DOI released a memo with telehealth guidance. Memo primarily provides clarification on the coverage of telehealth under various types of commercial insurance plans.
General guidance from DOI Memo on EO9: “The order requires issuers to pay costs of services that are already covered when they happen to be delivered via telehealth by a certain range of providers, but it does not require issuers to add qualitatively new benefits to their policies.”
Biden-Harris Administration Announces Availability of Up To $500 Million in Emergency Rural Health Care Funds under the American Rescue Plan
The Biden-Harris Administration today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is making up to $500 million available in grants to help rural health care facilities, tribes, and communities expand access to COVID-19 vaccines, health care services, and nutrition assistance. Beginning today, applicants may apply for two types of assistance: Recovery Grants and Impact Grants.
Funds may be used to increase COVID-19 vaccine distribution and telehealth capabilities; purchase medical supplies; replace revenue lost during the pandemic; build and rehabilitate temporary or permanent structures for health care services; support staffing needs for vaccine administration and testing; and support facility and operations expenses associated with food banks and food distribution facilities. A program fact sheet is here and the landing page for the program is here.
Track One: Recovery applications will be accepted on a continual basis until funds are exhausted. Each Rural Development state office will conduct an initial review and rating, with selection of complete applications received by 4:00 p.m. local time on October 12, 2021. Rural Development will conduct subsequent reviews as long as funding remains available.
Track Two: Impact applications must be received by the applicable Rural Development office by 4:00 p.m. local time on October 12, 2021. Track Two: Impact applications received after October 12, 2021 will not be considered.
American Rescue Plan Act Funding to Health Centers Announced
Last week, the White House announced plans for HHS, through HRSA, to invest more than $6 billion from the American Rescue Plan Act into HRSA-funded health centers nationwide. Read last week’s bulletin for more information about this historic investment. Visit the H8F technical assistance (TA) page for the award submission guidance, information about upcoming question and answer sessions for recipients, and more.
White House Announces Community Health Center American Rescue Plan Awards
The White House announced updates on the $7.6 billion in flexible COVID-19 relief awarded to Community Health Centers (CHCs) included as part of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). According to the release, Illinois CHCs will receive nearly $270 million. A list of awards by health center can be found here. CHCs will receive these funds starting in April.
While Look-Alikes (LALs) will receive similar levels of ARPA funding, their funding amounts are not included in this announcement. However, on Tuesday, Jim Macrae at the Bureau of Primary Care stated that LALs will be the next priority for receiving ARPA funds. The total amount awarded to CHC grantees is just over $6 billion. This would suggest that there is around $1.6 billion of the $7.6 billion in ARPA funds to be distributed to LALs, PCAs, HCCNs, NTTAPs, and for the “large construction” project competition.
Health centers will have 60 days following the upcoming fiscal year 2021 American Rescue Plan Act (H8F) Funding for Health Centers award release to submit information about planned activities and costs to be supported by the funding. Visit the H8F technical assistance page for the award submission guidance, information about upcoming question and answer sessions for recipients, and more.
For detailed information on how this funding is being distributed to health centers, including an interactive map of health centers that will receive funding, please visit the H8F awards page.
Governor Announces Mobile Testing Expansion
Earlier this month, Governor Pritzker announced expanded COVID-19 mobile testing. “We now have 12 mobile teams that can be moved anywhere on any given day to mitigate and suppress emerging outbreaks, including places like meatpacking plants, nursing homes, migrant worker housing and other communities less able to access traditional testing clinics. That puts us on the cutting edge nationally in flexible testing to meet the demands of a more open economy – and I’m thrilled that Illinois is leading the way,” said Governor JB Pritzker.
These mobile teams are in addition to Illinois’ 11 free, state-run drive-thru and walk-up testing sites across the state. Illinois has built one of the largest testing programs in the nation, performing nearly 30,000 tests per day. The mobile testing sites offer drive-through and walk-up tests free of charge to any Illinois resident who wants to be tested. Governor Pritzker also announced more than 500 Illinois National Guard (ILNG) members will conclude their missions at the eleven state-run testing sites this month, with contract staffers supporting those sites going forward.
Chicago COVID-19 Resource Page for FQHCs
The City of Chicago has compiled COVID-19 resources for FQHCs on a single webpage here. While these resources and information are not new, they are now more conveniently located in one place.
HFS Issues FAQ on Protections Against Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
Following the Trump Administration’s recent repeal of anti-discrimination health care protections, Governor Pritzker’s Administration is re-iterating protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity codified in state law. The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) has issued this notice as a reminder that per the Illinois Human Rights Act medical providers are required to provide health care services and supplies to individuals regardless of sexual orientation, actual or perceived, or gender identity.
FUNDING – HOUSING, FOOD, & SOCIAL SUPPORTS
IPHCA Partners with City of Chicago to Provide Free Resources to Health Care Workers and First Responders:
IPHCA is partnering with the City of Chicago to provide free resources to health care workers and first responders amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
These free resources and supports are intended to mitigate the level of stress and anxiety that Chicago health care workers, first responders, and their families may be experiencing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the website to learn more.
Governor Issues Executive Order 20, Relaxing Requirements for Applications for Public Assistance
EO20 eases signature and attestation requirements for the submission of applications for public assistance during the crisis.
Emergency Child Care for Essential Workers
Information on offering and accessing emergency child care is being housed on the Governor’s Office for Early Childhood Development (GOECD) website. Resources include provider directory and information on licensing and other regulatory issues.
LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
Illinois Department of Labor (IDOL):
Illinois WARN Act:
The Illinois WARN Act requires employers with 75 or more full-time employees to give workers and state and local government officials 60 days advance notice of a site closing or mass layoff.
Exemptions can be requested through the Department of Labor and will be granted on a case by case basis:
HFS Announces Advance Payments to CHCs:
HFS issued a provider notice announcing the option of short-term advance Medicaid payments for CHCs struggling with cash flow.
Medicaid Disenrollment Suspended:
As a part of the conditions of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act allowing states to receive increased FMAP, states must suspend disenrollment from Medicaid during the duration of the crisis. More details are available here.
Illinois applied for federal approval of an 1115 Medicaid Waiver (proposal, fact sheet) aimed at mitigating the impact and spread of COVID-10, streamlining Medicaid application process, and preserve access to coverage and thus care. Proposal was still pending as of April 17, 2020.
Illinois’ partially approved 1135 Medicaid waiver suspends prior authorization requirements, relaxes provider enrollment requirements, and permits additional flexibility for service delivery alternative site among other provisions.
HFS Issues Provider Notice Expanding Prior Authorization Suspension:
HFS’ notice informs providers of temporary changes in prior authorization requirements
HFS Pharmacy COVID-19 Updates:
HFS released a Provider Notice detailing the pharmacy measures in place due to the COVID-19 waiver including relaxation of refill too soon, allowing 90 day insulin refills, relaxing the three brand limit and OPR Medicaid provider editing. See the Provider Notice for details.
Reporting Emerging Hotspots
HRSA is asking health centers to notify the Illinois PCA if you observe an increase in positive COVID-19 test results by county or other local public health jurisdiction. Please submit your information regarding increases in positive COVID-19 test results to Paula Campbell, IPHCA Associate Director of Health Equity + EP Response, email@example.com.
HRSA also encourages health centers to include this information in your response to question 16 of the weekly survey: Please identify (by county or other local public health jurisdictions) and discuss emerging hot spots (i.e., significant increases in positive COVID‐19 tests).
If you need help completing the survey, check out HRSA’s COVID-19 Data Collection Survey Tool User Guide.
NACHC and Capital Link Advocate for Expanded Access to Low-Interest COVID Loans
The Federal Reserve issued a proposal to offer low-interest, federally-supported loans to nonprofit organizations for COVID-19 relief. Unfortunately, the proposed eligibility requirements – such as having at least 90 days cash on hand at the time of application – signify that almost no FQHCs would be eligible for these “Main Street Loans.” Our national affiliate, the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC), worked with Capital Link to submit comments to the Federal Reserve to expand the eligibility criteria so that the majority of FQHCs would qualify.
Considerations for Health Center Scope of Project and COVID-19
HRSA has consolidated existing information about scope of project as it relates to the COVID-19 public health emergency onto a single webpage. It does not include any new guidance. Instead, it provides a single place for resources about scope of project and COVID-19.
As a reminder, they continually update our COVID-19 FAQ webpage and our page for coronavirus-related funding FAQs. Our COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage now includes links to Provider Relief Fund FAQs/resources.
Visit their Technical Assistance Calendar for upcoming sessions related to COVID-19 and other important topics.
HRSA Updates Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
HRSA recently updated some questions on our COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) webpage, including:
Will HRSA continue to review and approve new look-alike initial designation (LAL ID) applications during the COVID-19 public health emergency?
Will future Service Area Competition funding be tied to achievement of patient targets?
There are more FAQs on their coronavirus-related funding FAQ webpage, and resources and links on our COVID-19 Information for Health Centers and Partners webpage.
Resources for Supporting Immigrant Communities During COVID-19
Quick Reference Guide – general overview of federal public programs to support individuals and families during COVID-19 crisis, including public charge clarifications.
National Immigration Law Center (NILC) Policy Brief – info on COVID-19 relief package’s impact on low-income immigrants and recommendations for strengthening future relief bills.
Sick Leave & Family Leave
US DOL Emergency Leave Programs – FAQ
US Department of Labor (US DOL) issued an FAQ for the Emergency Sick Leave and Emergency Family Leave programs established by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers:
How to Talk about COVID-19 Vaccines with Friends and Family
For tips on how to talk to vaccine hesitant loved ones, check out this CDC webpage.
Latest Illinois COVID-19 Ambassador Program Resources
All in Illinois: Vaccine social media toolkit with content in both English and Spanish available here.
Facts About COVID-19 Vaccines: Vaccines are one of the tools we have to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines work with your body’s natural defenses so your body will be ready to fight the virus. A printable 2-page document is available here in English and other languages including Arabic, Spanish, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Tagalog, Traditional Chinese, and Vietnamese.
The Nation’s Doctor to America: #COVIDStopsWithMe
In this PSA, Surgeon General VADM Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., reminds everyone to do their part to stay healthy by following a few simple instructions that will in turn, help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
- Follow federal, state and local guidelines;
- Take extra precautions if you are at higher risk for severe illness;
- Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly; and
- Stay six feet away from others when you can, and wear a face covering in public when you cannot social distance.
These steps are critical for everyone to take, because although everyone is not at equal risk for a severe case of COVID-19, everyone risks being infected with the virus that causes the disease and then spreading it to others.
CDC Patient Education Updates
For the latest CDC updates regarding Patient Education, click here.
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
IDPH Releases Guidance on the Use of Masks by the General Public
Shriver Center COVID-19 Resources for Individuals and Families
IDPH COVID-19 Social Distancing graphic
Legislative Announcement for Dentists to Help with Vaccination Efforts!
Dentists will now be able to take a (1) hour course in order to participate in mass vaccination efforts throughout the state. The Governor has issued a new proclamation detailing how dentists can participate as a volunteer. Please click here for details!
SAMHSA Updated Training and TA Guide
Updated June 4, 2021 Learn More
COVID-19 Impact on Behavioral Health
Presented by the National Council in Partnership with McKinsey & Company
McKinsey recently presented results of a study on COVID-19 and Behavioral Health. We are pleased to share with you the full slide deck from McKinsey. We present you these results to help you anticipate employee and patient need, as well as inform budget projections going forward.
SAMHSA COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Response and 42 CFR Part 2 Guidance
COVID-19 IDHS SUPR OTPs FAQ