Information Resources for COVID-19 Response

COVID-19 FAQ: Resource for Addiction Treatment and Recovery Support Specialists

Provides answers to frequently asked questions from a wide range of providers and organizations regarding COVID-19 and its impacts on substance use treatment and recovery efforts. Offers practical guidance and resources to help users take immediate action to address issues arising from the effects of COVID-19. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
First Responders Can Safely Administer Naloxone During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Shares how law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services (EMS), and other first responders can take universal safety precautions to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and safely administer naloxone for overdose reversal during the pandemic.

Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Guidance for Law Enforcement and First Responders Administering Naloxone

Provides guidance to law enforcement and first responders on the safe use of naloxone to reverse opioid overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses risks of coronavirus transmission while administering naloxone for both intranasal and intramuscular forms of delivery and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) during overdose intervention. Offers information to assist first responders with making safe decisions on the use of naloxone with the goal of reducing their risk of COVID-19 infection while continuing to provide effective response to opioid overdose emergencies.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
HUD Exchange Rural Gateway

Serves as an information clearinghouse on the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs, services, resources, tools, and training to support housing and economic development in rural and underserved areas, including tribal populations and veterans. Offers individual technical assistance and peer learning opportunities. Includes detailed case studies of successful programs and information on rural programs HUD previously funded. Provides links to HUD resources and information in support of community responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsor: Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development
Indian Health Service (IHS) Opioids and the COVID-19 Pandemic: Addressing the Opioid Crisis during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Outlines the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the opioid crisis in Native American and Alaskan Native families and communities across the U.S. Provides information, federal resources, programs, and services to address opioid misuse and opioid use disorder (OUD) for Native American and Alaskan Native populations during the COVID-19 crisis. Focuses on key issues and challenges, including treatment options for OUD; telehealth and remote services; prescribing requirements for buprenorphine; provider training and support; and the prevention of coronavirus transmission in high-risk environments.

Sponsor: Indian Health Service (IHS)
Inspire and Think Big: Recovery Communities' Role in Challenging Times, Part 1

Interview with Colin Cash from the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota discussing his experience founding and leading the Sober Squad Recovery Movement program. Highlights ways that this program can serve as a model for advancing and sustaining recovery communities during periods of change and disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Inspire and Think Big: Recovery Communities' Role in Challenging Times, Part 2

Interview with Ruby Takushi, Director of Programs for the Recovery Café in Seattle, Washington. Discusses aspects of the recovery cafe model and how it may be used to advance and sustain recovery communities during periods of change and disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Inspire and Think Big: Recovery Communities' Role in Challenging Times, Part 3

Interview with Andre Johnson, President and CEO of the Detroit Recovery Project. Discusses how a peer-led, peer-run, peer-delivered recovery model can be used to advance recovery communities and help individuals maintain recovery during periods of change and disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Inspire and Think Big: Recovery Communities' Role in Challenging Times, Part 4

Interview with Callan Howton, Director of the National Peer-Run Training and TA Center for Addiction Recovery Peer Support. Highlights how this model of providing recovery housing can be used to advance recovery communities and help individuals maintain recovery from substance use during periods of change and disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Inspire and Think Big: Recovery Communities' Role in Challenging Times, Part 5

Interview with Precia Stuby, Executive Director of the Hancock County Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services in Ohio. Discusses how embedding a Recovery-Oriented System of Care (ROSC) model in local health agencies may be employed as a strategy to advance and sustain recovery communities during periods of change and disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Inspire and Think Big: Recovery Communities' Role in Challenging Times, Part 6

Panel discussion featuring five representatives from recovery communities in different regions of the country. Draws on the speakers' experiences working to build successful community-based recovery programs and explores how their various approaches and strategies may serve as models to advance and sustain recovery communities during periods of change and disruption, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Listening Session and Strategic Discussion Series: COVID-19 and Substance Use Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Workforces

Provides access to a 6-part national online discussion series and resource sharing opportunity focused on the social determinants of health, COVID-19, and their impact on substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery workforces. Aims to identify emerging best practices and resources to address health disparities related to substance use in underserved communities and/or communities of color, including Black, Latinx, American Indian and Alaska Native, Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander populations. Includes a recording of each session along with presentation slides, facilitator bios, and a session report presenting notes, core themes, strategies, and resources discussed in the related session. Product of the Prevention Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Office-Based Opioid Treatment Management and COVID-19

Presentation on opioid use disorder (OUD) management during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses challenges, best practices, and alternative methods of providing OUD and substance use disorder (SUD) treatment while adhering to COVID-19 restrictions, including safety strategies for patients, providers, and communities. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Rural Healthcare Surge Readiness

Provides up-to-date resources, tools, and training to help rural healthcare systems prepare for and respond to a COVID-19 surge. Addresses unique issues and challenges in emergency medical services (EMS), inpatient and hospital, ambulatory, and long-term healthcare settings, covering a wide range of related topics, including healthcare operations, telehealth, behavioral health, and more. Product of the Rural Health Information Hub funded by a cooperative agreement through HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

Sponsor: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP)
Substance Use Disorder and the Pandemic in Rural Communities Rural Faith Leaders Workshop

Shares discussion on the intersection of substance use disorder (SUD) and the COVID-19 pandemic to help rural faith leaders learn and share information and resources to help individual and families struggling with addiction. Covers opioid misuse/abuse and COVID-19 in rural areas; the economic impacts of SUD on small communities before and during the pandemic; finding and using data to understand the problem in individual communities; helping faith-based and community leaders bring hope and healing to communities; and congregation readiness. First workshop in the Rural Faith Leaders Workshop series.

Sponsor: Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Supporting Behavioral Health Programs and Personnel During COVID-19

Presentation on current efforts to provide various kinds support for behavioral health programs experiencing increased operational challenges during the COVID-19 crisis. Details strategies employed by several programs in response to COVID-19 and highlights measures taken to promote safety, wellness, productivity, and a positive work environment for behavioral health staff during the pandemic. Product of the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network funded by a cooperative agreement through Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

Sponsor: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
VA Substance Use Resources

Provides an overview of alcohol and drug misuse, screening, treatment options, and programs and services for veterans. Covers evidence-based psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for substance use disorders (SUDs), medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD) and other SUDs, motivational interviewing and enhancement therapy, and more. Includes additional resources to help veterans and family members access SUD treatment and recovery support services, as well as resources to manage SUD during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sponsor: Veterans Health Administration (VHA)