COVID-19 Resource Center

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Guiding Through Disruption

In order to improve care and support in the wake of this health crisis, NJPN has created this Resource Center as a guide to assist you with helpful resources for individuals, communities, statewide assistance and national policy changes.

 

This is a time of uncertainty and disruption, which will continue to evolve and change daily therefore; we will be adding new information and resources to this page to help you continue safe and effective practices. Please check back often.

Peer Resources

Finding a supportive community is essential to recovery. Resources on this page are comprised of virtual and on-line local, statewide and national meetings that support all forms of recovery.

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NJ Medication-Assisted Treatment Centers of Excellence


MAT Provider Hotline: 866-221-2611 (Monday to Friday - 8am to 8pm) Northern COE: coe@njms.rutgers.edu Southern COE: southernnjcoe@rowan.edu The New Jersey Medication-Assisted Treatment Centers of Excellence recmmends that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) providers follow these best practices during the COVID-pandemic to maintain patient safety and continuity of care.




Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


WEBSITE CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19.




US Department Health & Human Services / Health Information Privacy


WEBSITE Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.




Telehealth Learning Series


WEBSITE Telehealth Learning & Discussion Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers from the ATTC Network & partners.




National Council for Behavioral Health


WEBSITE

Calling all medical directors – we are hosting a series of COVID-19 discussion calls to foster peer engagement, resource sharing and conversation around navigating the pandemic.

During this time of uncertainty, patients may be experiencing heightened emotional distress due to the effects of COVID-19 on their families and communities. How can you maximize your impact?

Designed with you in mind, our calls will connect you with like-minded peers and facilitate the exchange of tools, resources and information to help you, your organization and your patients navigate this challenging time.

Join us for our next call on Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET, to receive the latest updates on a variety of COVID-19 issues, while engaging colleagues in an interactive setting.

Our calls are presented by the National Council Medical Director Institute (MDI) and facilitated by Joe Parks, M.D., an MDI co-chair and the National Council’s vice president of practice improvement and medical director.




DEA and SAMHSA Buprenorphine and Telemedicine COVID-19 Guidance


PDF DOCUMENT In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has partnered with SAMHSA to ensure authorized practitioners may admit and treat new patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) during the public health emergency.





 

Prevention Resources

Prevention resources are essential for agencies and professionals to continue providing services to their communities during COVID-19. Below are resources regarding hosting digital meetings, running digital campaigns, and toolkits. There are also resources about identifying and working with risk factors that will become more frequent in the following months.

Looking For Local Resources?

Across New Jersey, 17 substance abuse prevention coalitions have formed to address local community needs related to 4 key statewide priorities: Underage drinking, Illegal drug use/misuse, Prescription drug abuse, and New and emerging drugs. Learn more about your local coalition by clicking the link below.

Centers for Medicare & Medicade Emergency Services


WEBSITE This is an announcement from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesThe U.S. Government is working tirelessly to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has noted that people with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) may be particularly vulnerable. We want to make sure providers, including Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs), who treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) are aware of the options to use telehealth to prescribe medication for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and other support services during the COVID-19 national health emergency.




Certificate of Waiver: Medical Director Qualification for SUD Facilities


PDF DOCUMENT Marcela Ospina Maziarz, MPA, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health (DOH), provided the following waiver and attestation forms, which you can link to below and will soon be posted on the DOH website.




H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary


PDF DOCUMENT The legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects public health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families.




The CARES Act


ACT TEXT




US Department of Labor: Employer Paid Leave Requirements


WEBSITE The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.[1] The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.




NJ Department of Human Services – COVID-19 Full Updates and Resource List


WEBSITE COVID-19 Telehealth Guidance Policy PDF Novel Coronavirus Information — Policies and Resources Links




NJ Evictions and Foreclosures COVID19 Related Information


Website Executive Order 106 was signed on March 19, placing a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through May 19, 2020.




NJ Motor Vechile Commission's COVID19 Response and Frequently Asked Questions


Website




DEA — Lifts 3 Requirements for Hospitals and Clinics


One exception: https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MCHF/attach/2020/April/0413/Hospital_Clinic_Registration_Exception.pdf

Second exception: https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MCHF/attach/2020/April/0413/DEA_Dist_MNF_Narcotics_Shipments.pdf

Temporary exception: https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MCHF/attach/2020/April/0413/DEA_5_percent_practitioner_exception.pdf

DEA lifts three requirements for hospitals/clinics during pandemic. To facilitate continuous patient care during quickly changing scenarios during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration has issued three exceptions to regulations for DEA-registered hospitals and clinics effective from April 10 until the public health emergency ends. One exception allows DEA-registered hospitals and clinics, under their existing DEA registration, to handle controlled substances at their satellite hospital/clinic locations as long as certain conditions are met. DEA is also providing flexibility to allow distributors to ship controlled substances directly to these satellite hospitals/clinics under certain conditions. A second exception allows narcotic treatment programs to accept deliveries of narcotics without providing an authorized signature at the time of delivery in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Finally, DEA today issued another temporary exception to allow DEA-registered dispensers, such as hospitals, pharmacies, and physicians, to distribute controlled substances beyond 5% of the total number of dosage units of controlled substances distributed and dispensed during the same calendar year without being required to register as a distributor.




IC&RC Updates to Certifications — COVID19


WEBSITE

  • Motion Passed: Immediately delay the requirement for the IC&RC Peer Recovery written exam until at least January 2021 for all CPRS applicants.
  • Should the regulations change prior to January 2021, the Board will make announcements on our home page.
  • This means that all CPRS applicants from October 1, 2019 on will not be required to take the IC&RC Peer Recovery exam. Completed applications, lacking the exam, will be sent late this week or next week when we expect the delayed (COVID Related) delivery of certificates to our office to be printed.




Certificate of Waiver: Medication Assisted Treatment


PDF DOCUMENT Marcela Ospina Maziarz, MPA, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health (DOH), provided the following waiver and attestation forms, which you can link to below and will soon be posted on the DOH website.




Certificate of Waiver: Medication Monitoring in Mental Health Facilities


PDF DOCUMENT Marcela Ospina Maziarz, MPA, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health (DOH), provided the following waiver and attestation forms, which you can link to below and will soon be posted on the DOH website.




NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development — Division of Unemployment Insurance


WEBSITE COVID19- related unemployment insurance claims information




Office of National Drug Control Policy — SUD and PPE Letter


PDF DOCUMENT Read the letter from the Executive Offic of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy regarding Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) and personal protective equipment (PPE).





 
 

Clinical Resources

Clinical resources found on this page provide public information for safe and clinical practice guidelines during COVID-19.

NJ Medication-Assisted Treatment Centers of Excellence


MAT Provider Hotline: 866-221-2611 (Monday to Friday - 8am to 8pm) Northern COE: coe@njms.rutgers.edu Southern COE: southernnjcoe@rowan.edu The New Jersey Medication-Assisted Treatment Centers of Excellence recmmends that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) providers follow these best practices during the COVID-pandemic to maintain patient safety and continuity of care.




Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


WEBSITE CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19.




US Department Health & Human Services / Health Information Privacy


WEBSITE Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.




Telehealth Learning Series


WEBSITE Telehealth Learning & Discussion Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers from the ATTC Network & partners.




National Council for Behavioral Health


WEBSITE

Calling all medical directors – we are hosting a series of COVID-19 discussion calls to foster peer engagement, resource sharing and conversation around navigating the pandemic.

During this time of uncertainty, patients may be experiencing heightened emotional distress due to the effects of COVID-19 on their families and communities. How can you maximize your impact?

Designed with you in mind, our calls will connect you with like-minded peers and facilitate the exchange of tools, resources and information to help you, your organization and your patients navigate this challenging time.

Join us for our next call on Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET, to receive the latest updates on a variety of COVID-19 issues, while engaging colleagues in an interactive setting.

Our calls are presented by the National Council Medical Director Institute (MDI) and facilitated by Joe Parks, M.D., an MDI co-chair and the National Council’s vice president of practice improvement and medical director.




DEA and SAMHSA Buprenorphine and Telemedicine COVID-19 Guidance


PDF DOCUMENT In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has partnered with SAMHSA to ensure authorized practitioners may admit and treat new patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) during the public health emergency.





NJ Community Resources

Community resources are essential during a time of need.  Following are resources that individuals can seek assistance with housing, utility support, domestic violence, financial aid, food pantries, toolkits, fact sheets and other resources covering a variety of topics that will provide support during COVID-19.

NJ’s Drug Monitoring Initiative (DMI) COVID-19 Resource Guide

In response to the pandemic, NJ's DMI is providing a downloadable "New Jersey Resource Guide" including a comprehensive directory and information to relevant resources for a variety of topics. The Guide is available to download in two different file formats in English and Spanish.

ENGLISH

ESPAÑOL

NJ Department of Health — COVID-19 Updates & Resources


WEBSITE Resource pages includes guidance for travelers, resources for healthcare providers, and informational materials in multiple languages fro COVID-19 including New Jersey's COVID-19 Informational Hub.




211 Get Connected / Get Help — Assistance with Essential Services


WEBSITE If assistance is needed finding food, paying housing bills or other essentila services, dial 211 to speak to someone who can help.




The NJ Poison Control Center and 211- Provides information on COVID-19


Call: 2-1-1 Call (24/7): 1-800-962-1253 Text: NJCOVID to 898-211 Visit nj.gov/health for additional information
Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.




NJ Resources For Narcan


Call or text 877-4Narcan (877-462-7226) NJ Harm Reduction Coalition Please call or text 877-4Narcan (877-462-7226) to have free Naloxone mailed anywhere in New Jersey! Access to Narcan through The Robert Wood Johnson's Medical School and The RWJBarnabas Health Institute for Prevention and Recovery For more information, call 732-235-4341, email PreventOverdose@rwjms.rutgers.edu, or visit their website.




Screenings for NJ Residences


WEBSITE NJHelps can screen you for programs that provide eligible residents help with food and nutrition, finances, health, child care, housing, utility costs, tax relief, and career guidance. This free and easy-to-use, web-based service is designed to walk you through basic eligibility criteria online and enable you to anonymously answer simple questions about your family, your income, and your situation.




Legal Assistance — Community Law Project


WEBSITE




NJ Foodbanks — View List of All NJ Food Banks Near You


WEBSITE Food banks in NJ are amazing organizations that are mostly run by volunteers with big hearts with one goal only, to help those in need.




NJ Hope Line For Suicide Prevention


1-855-654-6735 NJ Hope Line for Suicide Prevention Our specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 day per week. You’re not alone … we are only a phone call away.




Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care Call Center


WEBSITE 1-800-969-5300 A center that connects callers to the appropriate division of statewide behavioral health services system.




Reach NJ — New Jersey Department on Human Services


1-844-732-2465 Webiste ReachNJ connects individuals who need counseling to live, trained addiction experts who answer the 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week hotline and get callers help, regardless of their insurance status.




County Specific Directory of All Local NJ Health Departments


PDF DIRECTORY




NJ Department of Education COVID-19 Updates


WEBSITE The New Jersey Department of Education is deeply committed to supporting its students, families, and educators as we work together to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The guidance and resources provided below come from national educational leaders, researchers, and teachers with content area expertise. The Department recognizes that “schooling” cannot continue as usual and that schools and educators will be addressing the diverse needs of their students in different ways.




NJ Department of Military and Veterans Affairs- Call Center & Hotline Information


WEBSITE




The State of New Jersey Department of Law and Public Saftey Office of the Attorney General — NJ CARES


WEBSITE NJ CARES wants to make sure we’re doing everything we can to provide you with up-to-date information on treatment and recovery services that remain accessible to those who need them. With help from our partners, we’ve compiled these lists of available resources. Please share them with those who may feel alone during this crisis and help them stay connected.




NJ Department of Human Services — COVID-19 Full Updates & Resource List


WEBSITE Novel Coronavirus Information — Policies and Resources Links




AmmonLabs COVID-19 Testing


PDF Get tested for COVID-19 antibody today. Schedule an appointment at AmmonTesting.com or call 908-862-4404. Appointments available MON–FRI 8AM – 4PM Ammon participates with most major insurance plans. Physician prescription required. Locations:

  • 1622 South Wood Ave. Linden, NJ 07036
  • 9 Hospital Drive, Suite C28, Toms River, NJ 08755




The State of New Jersey Department of Children and Families


WEBSITE This information provides links and resources on publications regarding services being provided during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic which are available for downloading as either PDF (ideal for print) or JPG (ideal for social media). Resources pertain to families, adolescents, women, providers, stakeholders and advocacy.





 

National Resources

The national resource directory provides information and links to many nationally vetted resources pertaining to addiction, recovery, mental health, and healthcare such as Medicare and Medicaid services.

NJ Medication-Assisted Treatment Centers of Excellence


MAT Provider Hotline: 866-221-2611 (Monday to Friday - 8am to 8pm) Northern COE: coe@njms.rutgers.edu Southern COE: southernnjcoe@rowan.edu The New Jersey Medication-Assisted Treatment Centers of Excellence recmmends that medication-assisted treatment (MAT) providers follow these best practices during the COVID-pandemic to maintain patient safety and continuity of care.




Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


WEBSITE CMS Announces Relief for Clinicians, Providers, Hospitals and Facilities Participating in Quality Reporting Programs in Response to COVID-19.




US Department Health & Human Services / Health Information Privacy


WEBSITE Notification of Enforcement Discretion for telehealth remote communications during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.




Telehealth Learning Series


WEBSITE Telehealth Learning & Discussion Series for SUD Tx and Recovery Support Providers from the ATTC Network & partners.




National Council for Behavioral Health


WEBSITE

Calling all medical directors – we are hosting a series of COVID-19 discussion calls to foster peer engagement, resource sharing and conversation around navigating the pandemic.

During this time of uncertainty, patients may be experiencing heightened emotional distress due to the effects of COVID-19 on their families and communities. How can you maximize your impact?

Designed with you in mind, our calls will connect you with like-minded peers and facilitate the exchange of tools, resources and information to help you, your organization and your patients navigate this challenging time.

Join us for our next call on Thursday, April 2, at 11 a.m. ET, to receive the latest updates on a variety of COVID-19 issues, while engaging colleagues in an interactive setting.

Our calls are presented by the National Council Medical Director Institute (MDI) and facilitated by Joe Parks, M.D., an MDI co-chair and the National Council’s vice president of practice improvement and medical director.




DEA and SAMHSA Buprenorphine and Telemedicine COVID-19 Guidance


PDF DOCUMENT In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has partnered with SAMHSA to ensure authorized practitioners may admit and treat new patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) during the public health emergency.





 

Policies

Learn about the most up to date strategies and specific policies in addition to the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization recommendations to preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Centers for Medicare & Medicade Emergency Services


WEBSITE This is an announcement from the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesThe U.S. Government is working tirelessly to minimize the spread of the coronavirus disease. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has noted that people with Substance Use Disorders (SUDs) may be particularly vulnerable. We want to make sure providers, including Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs), who treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD) are aware of the options to use telehealth to prescribe medication for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and other support services during the COVID-19 national health emergency.




Certificate of Waiver: Medical Director Qualification for SUD Facilities


PDF DOCUMENT Marcela Ospina Maziarz, MPA, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health (DOH), provided the following waiver and attestation forms, which you can link to below and will soon be posted on the DOH website.




H.R. 6201, Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary


PDF DOCUMENT The legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects public health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families.




The CARES Act


ACT TEXT




US Department of Labor: Employer Paid Leave Requirements


WEBSITE The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA or Act) requires certain employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave for specified reasons related to COVID-19.[1] The Department of Labor’s (Department) Wage and Hour Division (WHD) administers and enforces the new law’s paid leave requirements. These provisions will apply from the effective date through December 31, 2020.




NJ Department of Human Services – COVID-19 Full Updates and Resource List


WEBSITE COVID-19 Telehealth Guidance Policy PDF Novel Coronavirus Information — Policies and Resources Links




NJ Evictions and Foreclosures COVID19 Related Information


Website Executive Order 106 was signed on March 19, placing a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through May 19, 2020.




NJ Motor Vechile Commission's COVID19 Response and Frequently Asked Questions


Website




DEA — Lifts 3 Requirements for Hospitals and Clinics


One exception: https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MCHF/attach/2020/April/0413/Hospital_Clinic_Registration_Exception.pdf

Second exception: https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MCHF/attach/2020/April/0413/DEA_Dist_MNF_Narcotics_Shipments.pdf

Temporary exception: https://images.magnetmail.net/images/clients/AHA_MCHF/attach/2020/April/0413/DEA_5_percent_practitioner_exception.pdf

DEA lifts three requirements for hospitals/clinics during pandemic. To facilitate continuous patient care during quickly changing scenarios during the pandemic, the Drug Enforcement Administration has issued three exceptions to regulations for DEA-registered hospitals and clinics effective from April 10 until the public health emergency ends. One exception allows DEA-registered hospitals and clinics, under their existing DEA registration, to handle controlled substances at their satellite hospital/clinic locations as long as certain conditions are met. DEA is also providing flexibility to allow distributors to ship controlled substances directly to these satellite hospitals/clinics under certain conditions. A second exception allows narcotic treatment programs to accept deliveries of narcotics without providing an authorized signature at the time of delivery in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Finally, DEA today issued another temporary exception to allow DEA-registered dispensers, such as hospitals, pharmacies, and physicians, to distribute controlled substances beyond 5% of the total number of dosage units of controlled substances distributed and dispensed during the same calendar year without being required to register as a distributor.




IC&RC Updates to Certifications — COVID19


WEBSITE

  • Motion Passed: Immediately delay the requirement for the IC&RC Peer Recovery written exam until at least January 2021 for all CPRS applicants.
  • Should the regulations change prior to January 2021, the Board will make announcements on our home page.
  • This means that all CPRS applicants from October 1, 2019 on will not be required to take the IC&RC Peer Recovery exam. Completed applications, lacking the exam, will be sent late this week or next week when we expect the delayed (COVID Related) delivery of certificates to our office to be printed.




Certificate of Waiver: Medication Assisted Treatment


PDF DOCUMENT Marcela Ospina Maziarz, MPA, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health (DOH), provided the following waiver and attestation forms, which you can link to below and will soon be posted on the DOH website.




Certificate of Waiver: Medication Monitoring in Mental Health Facilities


PDF DOCUMENT Marcela Ospina Maziarz, MPA, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Health (DOH), provided the following waiver and attestation forms, which you can link to below and will soon be posted on the DOH website.




NJ Department of Labor and Workforce Development — Division of Unemployment Insurance


WEBSITE COVID19- related unemployment insurance claims information




Office of National Drug Control Policy — SUD and PPE Letter


PDF DOCUMENT Read the letter from the Executive Offic of the President, Office of National Drug Control Policy regarding Substance Abuse Disorder (SUD) and personal protective equipment (PPE).





 

Training Updates

Staying current and informed on best practices during COVID is essential to the quality of care. Following are links to nationally recognized organizations that will provide you with the most up to date information and education through webinars, virtual and online trainings. Many of these trainings are at no cost.

Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)


WEBSITE




CCAR Cocoon Webinar Series


WEBINAR SERVICES LINK We invite you to join us for a Special Webinar. This series is free to attend, however there will be a charge for those who would like CEUs for attendance. Series with Art Woodard. Wednesday Afternoons
April 1, 8 and 15, 2020 at 4:00 pm (EST)




NAADAC Free Webinar Series


WEBSITE
NAADAC is happy to offer free addiction-specific education through its Free Webinar Series. The 2020 Free Webinar Series releases two live webinars per month, which are then captured and made available for future viewing in NAADAC's Free On-Demand Webinar Library.

NAADAC members can get free continuing education hours (CEs) for this webinar series. While viewing the education is free, non-members must pay to receive CEs. Click to learn which organizations and boards accept NAADAC CEs.




Update on CPRS Application


WEBSITE

  • Motion Passed: Immediately delay the requirement for the IC&RC Peer Recovery written exam until at least January 2021 for all CPRS applicants.
  • Should the regulations change prior to January 2021, the Board will make announcements on our home page.
  • This means that all CPRS applicants from October 1, 2019 on will not be required to take the IC&RC Peer Recovery exam. Completed applications, lacking the exam, will be sent late this week or next week when we expect the delayed (COVID Related) delivery of certificates to our office to be printed.





Check back soon for updates and more resources.

 
 
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