Behavioral Health Coronavirus Resources


National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare COVID-19 Resource Webpage

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service COVID-19 Resource Page

National Alliance for Behavioral Health Resources & Tools



DHCS: Guidance for behavioral health programs regarding ensuring access to health and safety during the COVID-19 public emergency

DHCS: Request for Section 1135 Waiver Flexibilities Related to Novel Coronavirus National Emergency/ Public Health Emergency

CMS approves a portion of California’s 1135 Waiver Request (March 23, 2020)

DHCS: COVID-19 Response- Resources Page

DHCS: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions, Behavioral Health

DHCS: COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions, Narcotic Treatment Programs (NTPs)

DHCS COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions: Mental Health Rehabilitation Centers (MHRCs) and  Psychiatric Health Facilities 


DMHC: COVID-19 Resource Portal

FAQs: Billing for Telehealth Services, Telehealth for the Delivery of Service (April 7, 2020)

FAQs: Delivery of Services via Telehealth During the COVID-19 State of Emergency (April 7, 2020)

All Plan Letter: Reimbursement for Telehealth Services (March 18, 2020)


Official Statement on COVID-19 

Director of Department of Consumer Affairs Waives Licensing Requirements to Help During COVID-19 Pandemic (March 31, 2020)


California Alliance & California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies Joint Letter of Advocacy to DHCS: Urgent Action to Stabilize Safety Net Services (Issued March 16, 2020)

California Alliance, County Behavioral Health Directors Association, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies Joint Letter of Advocacy: Funding Request Proposal

California Alliance, County Behavioral Health Directors Association, California Council of Community Behavioral Health Agencies Joint Letter of Advocacy: County and Community Based Organizations Request COVID-19 Relief Funding to Ensure Critical Behavioral Health Safety Net Infrastructure 

California Alliance, California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies, California Pan-Ethnic Health Network, Mental Health America of California, Steinberg Institute: Request that the Administration Waive Existing Physician-Supervision Requirement of NPS to increase Medical Workforce

California Alliance & CCCBHA: Request for Executive Order to Temporarily Waive Licensure Requirements for Non-Licensed Essential Behavioral Healthcare Workforce

Coalition Letter Mental Health Services Act (MHSA)

DCA Nurse Practitioners Waiver Request Joint Request: Read the full letter


Behavioral Health Action Tracker (Updated April 7, 2020)

Alameda County: Urgent Action to Stabilize Safety Net Behavioral Health Services (Issued March 17, 2020)

Alameda County: Advance Payment for Services in March and April (Issued March 25, 2020)

City & County of San Francisco: Continuity of Payment for Nonprofit Suppliers in the Event of COVID-19 Related Disruptions (Issued March 11, 2020)

Contra Costa County: Process for Provider Payments (March 31, 2020)

Los Angeles County: Letter to Providers Ensuring the County Will Continue to Provide Mental Services (Issued on March 19, 2020)

Monterey County: Board of Supervisors Statement (March 31, 2020)

Nevada County Guidance: COVID-19 Provider Payments (March 27, 2020)

Orange County: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communication (March 25, 2020)  

Riverside County: COVID-19 Guidance for Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Providers

Sacramento County: COVID-19 Provider Payments (March 25, 2020)

San Bernardino County: COVID-19 Resource Hub

San Joaquin County: Children’s Home of Stockton Contract Amendment (April 7, 2020)

Ventura County/ Casa Pacifica: Letter to Ventura County Behavioral Health Department Urging Contract Flexibility(Issued on March 17, 2020)