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Below is a brief list of helpful resources related to telehealth to get you started. We are not including a comprehensive list because we know you are busy and need targeted materials at this time

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Getting Started/Telehealth Implementation


Where to Begin… The Mountain Plains ATTC Webinar on Essential Tips for Using Videoconferencing to Deliver SUD Treatment and Recovery Services.

NSI Strategies Telehealth Quick Start Toolkit: The toolkit provides a snap shot overview of the items needed to get telehealth up and running immediately.

Webinar Series: Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesday's. Mid-America ATTC, MHTTC, and the Mountain Plains MHTTC offer a one-hour webinar on each Tuesday in April at 10am-11am CT/9am-10am MT.


Telemedicine: Getting Started, Regulations and Privacy Issues: This webinar, hosted by the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine through a Opioid Response Network STR-TA grant, will discuss changes in regulations, present ways to incorporate telemedicine into your current practice of treating OUD in the time of social distancing and stay at home orders, and discuss how to get reimbursed for this service.


Advancing Clinicians' Videoconferencing Skills: An Audio-Consultation Series
The Mountain Plains ATTC introduces a new product based on a series of consultation groups developed to train behavioral health professionals on the use of videoconferencing to deliver clinical services.




Federal Guidance for Practices


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) expanded guidance on flexibilities for take home medication for opioid use disorder.





Protected Health Information


Understanding the New SAMHSA/OCR Guidance for Telehealth SUD and MH Services: This presentation describes how the privacy laws apply to telehealth and reviews the OCR/SAMHSA Guidance related to privacy issues in response to the need to rapidly expand telehealth services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



Office of Civil Rights (OCR) guidance: on enforcement discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.



National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers: HIPAA and Telehealth Infographic, A Stepwise Guide to Compliance: What you and your business associate(s) should do and document.



The University of Maryland School of Social Work Institute for Innovation and Implementation: An infosheet on HIPAA-compliant technology during COVID-19.



  • PHI Tips to Keep Your Telehealth Visit Private - Resource outlines a few steps that you can take to maintain your privacy when receiving mental health or substance use disorder services through telehealth including: Protecting Your Communications; Preparing Your Surroundings; and, Protecting Your Device (phone, tablet, computer)
  • Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center: Understanding the use of telehealth and HIPAA compliance, including an overview of what to consider when acquiring a new virtual platform.



For Patients


How Patients Can Engage Telehealth
: Answers to frequently asked questions for patients new to receiving telehealth services.



  • Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs) Medicare Billing And Payment FACT SHEET: Beginning January 1, 2020, Medicare will pay Medicare-enrolled OTPs to deliver opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services to Medicare beneficiaries. CMS is now accepting and processing OTP enrollment applications. For more information on how to enroll as an OTP provider, review the OTPs Medicare Enrollment Fact Sheet.





Recovery and Telehealth




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DISCLAIMER: Information exchanged and views expressed during these virtual sessions reflect the professionals' conducting the session best understanding of the science or promising practices and should not be seen as directives. We encourage all participants to reflect on the context discussed during the learning series and to take that information to colleagues and/or supervisors for further discussion especially in the context of state rules or regulations. Professionals conducting these sessions will not make recommendations regarding specific video conferencing platforms or other technologies. In addition, content related to Privacy and Security and 42 CFR Part 2 presented during these sessions should not be construed as legal advice and participants are directed to discuss recommendations with their agency’s legal counsel. Finally, participants will be referred to SAMHSA resources that provide additional information regarding delivering services virtually.

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