Resources for Massachusetts substance addiction services providers related to the COVID-19 emergency are provided below.
This list will be updated at least weekly.
To submit a resource, contact us. Put “COVID-19 resource” in the subject line.
- BSAS Guidances for Substance Addiction Service Providers
- Boston Medical Center
- Helplinema.org (The Massachusetts Substance Use Helpline)
- Addiction Technology Transfer Centers' Pandemic Response Resources
- American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) COVID-19 Resources
- How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Center for Connected Health Policy Telehealth Coverage Policies in the Time of COVID-19
- Prevention Technology Transfer Centers' Pandemic Response Resources
- SAMHSA COVID-19
- Providing Telehealth Services Now and Beyond
- William James College Resource Hub (includes COVID-19 and other Resources)
- BRSS-TACS general TA page
- COVID-19 Informational and Safety Posters
- Handwashing (English, PDF)
- Handwashing (Spanish, PDF)
- Stop the Spread of Germs (English, PDF)
- Stop the Spread of Germs (Spanish, PDF)
- Hazelden's Tips for Staying Connected and Safeguiarding Your Addiction Recovery
- Health Resources in Action "Social Distancing and Recovery from Substance Use" guidance page
- William James College COVID-19 page
Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (BSAS)
Contact Ian Bain with questions
- Executive Order Extending Professional Licenses
- Order to Rescind and Replace 3/29/20 Order Regarding Licensed Health Care Providers
- Education Hours: 100% online/remote education hours for initial licensure continue to be accepted by BSAS.
- CEUs: BSAS has suspended the requirement for face-to-face CEUs during the COVID-19 emergency.
- The requirements will need to be completed in full
- If a program has moved to telehealth, and appropriate supervisors sign off on hours, they will be accepted.
Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (MBSACC)
- Testing has resumed.
- DPH Guidance for Substance Addiction Service Providers - this links to the anchor for addiction services on the general DPH Guidances page. There are additional useful guidances in other sections of the page as well.
- Personal Protective Equipment FAQ
- Resource Request Form
- MA COVID-19 PPE Request Process Chart
- National Center for PTSD: Managing Healthcare Workers' Stress Associated with the COVID-19 Virus Outbreak
Key issues identified by providers include:
- delivering services online (technology and adapting to varying availability, considerations for treatment, billing, records/EHR connectivity, home monitoring)
- keeping safe those who provide and receive services in person
- prescriber guidance (e.g. Buprenorphine)
- legal changes affecting privacy (42 CFR, HIPAA)