The Community Technical Assistance Center of NY is offering a free webinar: Wellness Self-Management for the COVID-19 Crisis

This webinar will be held on Thursday May 7th @ 11am PT


Many practitioners and recipients are familiar with Wellness Self-Management (WSM), a curriculum-based clinical practice designed to assist adults to effectively manage serious mental health problems. WSM lessons focus on recovery, mental health wellness, relapse prevention and more.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, six new WSM lessons have been developed which can be used remotely (or face-to-face) in individual and group meetings.

The topics are:
• Understanding the Coronavirus and COVID-19
• Why Is It Important to Understand Our Stress During the COVID-19 Crisis?
• Identifying Your Personal Signs of Stress During the COVID-19 Crisis
• Coping with COVID-19: What works? What doesn’t?
• Being Connected with Other People is More Important Now than Ever
• Staying Physically Healthy During the COVID-19 Crisis
Please join us for this hour-long webinar focusing on these new WSM-COVID-19 lessons!

Changes to Oregon Medicaid Plan During COVID-19 Emergency

Please review the Approval Package to see the changes that were approved in the state 1915(i) plan as part of Medicaid Disaster relief. These changes are retroactive to 3/1/20 and will sunset at the end of the public health emergency.

The following are now approved to be provided by telehealth:
• Needs-based eligibility criteria evaluations and re-evaluations
• Person-centered service plan development and completion and monitoring
• Home-Based Habilitation; HCBS Behavioral Habilitation and Psychosocial rehabilitation to individuals who are being served in an inpatient setting to promote supports not otherwise provided by the acute care hospital and are designed to ensure smooth transitions between acute care and community based settings

OHA COVID-19 Webinar: Adapting MH Services for Children and Families

Monday April 27th from 1:30p-3:00p
Children’s Behavioral Health Outpatient and Community Based Provider COVID-19 Webinar: Adapting Mental Health Services for Children and Families:

Please register here:

They plan to include:
Welcome and Introductions
COVID-19 High level update – Dr. Jetmalani
Behavioral Health COVID-19 Response update – Steve Allen
Adapting Behavioral Health Services during COVID-19 – Chelsea Holcomb, Nat Jacobs, Fran Pearson and Laurie Theodorou
Resources – Chelsea Holcomb
Q&A and sharing/discussion

New OHA sponsored webinars for professional healthcare networks! – CEU certificate of completion for each course!

Registration is now open for free, online disaster behavioral health training, offered to health care professionals and first responders by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA). Please note that completing the training does not qualify as a full PFA certification. All participants receive a CEU certificate of completion for each course.
These free webinars are limited to health care professionals, first responders and SERV-OR volunteers in Oregon. Please share widely with your professional healthcare networks.

1. Just In Time Behavioral Health in Times of Community Crisis (2-hours)
Principles of behavioral health action, and the initiation of behavioral health action using the criteria of Psychological First Aid (PFA) during the COVID.19 pandemic. This course provides the fundamentals for delivering initial behavioral health response assistance during the Coronavirus. This abbreviated training provides best practices when working with any individual during the current situation of the pandemic. This curriculum is based on the SAMHSA 8-hour provider certification under the supervision of Dr. Ronald Glaus.

2. Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care (2-hours)
Responding in a compassionate and caring manner, in any profession, can impact mental and emotional strength. Assess your own level of compassion fatigue and compassion satisfaction, and acquire new tools to strengthen your resilience to burnout. Participants will also put together their own self-care plan after learning about strategies for self-care.

Click here to register and for the current schedule of offerings:

Additional offerings will be posted through the months of April and May.

Free Phone Resource for Low Income Families & CHOICE Funds Approved for Phone/Minutes Purchase

As of March 30th, OHA has confirmed that Choice funds can be used to purchase phones/minutes for clients in need. Please also check with your CCO’s to see how they can support/fund the purchase of phone for ACT participants.

Additionally, Assurance Wireless is a source for free phones for clients that don’t have one. For more information regarding Assurance Wireless, follow the link below. OCEACT has heard some ACT teams that Assurance is also experiencing staff shortages during this COVID-19 emergency, so wait times may be longer than usual.