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HPA COVID-19 Resources

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, psychologists will be called upon to play an important role in serving the public. To help in preparing, we have compiled a list of resources that may be of assistance. For many of us, shifting into telehealth as a service modality may be novel, and so, we have collected the following resources to aid in navigating that process. We will update this list on an ongoing basis in order to provide the latest information available. Please feel free to check back frequently.


Accurate Sources of Information

State of Hawai’i Information & Resources for Managing COVID-19

APA COVID-19 Updates for Professionals and the Public

CMS COVID website

The Pew Resource Center has published an interactive map detailing emergency declarations and status of the outbreak by state

The World Health Organization’s rolling updates on coronavirus

CDC’s Coronavirus Situation Summary

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Health Care Providers Fact Sheet


Hawai'i- Specific Provider Guidance

Governor Ige's Stay-at-Home Order: https://hawaiicovid19.com/statewide-stay-at-home-order-effective-march-25-2020-through-april-30-2020/

Mayor Caldwell's Stay-at-Home, Work-at-Home Order (please note specific guidance for mental health providers are embedded in the article text)https://www.civilbeat.org/2020/03/honolulu-mayor-orders-stay-at-home-work-from-home-for-all-oahu/


Hawai'i Insurance/Telepsychology Billing & Reimbursement Guidance

Hawai'i Psychological Association Insurance-Specific Telehealth FAQ's

HMSA's COVID19 Provider-Facing Guidance Page (please note that the FAQs are particularly helpful):  https://prc.hmsa.com/s/article/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19

HMSA's FAQ re: Telehealth During COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

CMS announced on 3/17/2020 that all restrictions concerning Medicare and Medicaid billing for telehealth services have been suspended.  Psychologists providing such services since 6 March 2020 may bill CMS using standard billing codes. Please find the press release here: https://www.cms.gov/newsroom/press-releases/president-trump-expands-telehealth-benefits-medicare-beneficiaries-during-covid-19-outbreak


Professional Organizations

The Trust has developed a comprehensive resource center: https://parma.trustinsurance.com/Resource-Center/COVID-19-Resources

ABPP is offering updates and resources as well: https://abpp.org/News-Events/In-the-News/COVID-19-Updates-Resources.aspx

The National Register of Health Service Psychologists has also been providing beneficial resources: https://www.nationalregister.org/coronavirus-resources/

SAMHSA's Guidance Regarding Provision of Substance Abuse Services During the Coronavirus Crisis: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/covid-19-42-cfr-part-2-guidance-03192020.pdf

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards has Collected Resources Pertaining to Activities that State Boards of Psychology are Taking: https://www.asppb.net/page/covid19

The Committee of State Governments is updating their resource pages regarding coronavirus on an ongoing basis: https://web.csg.org/covid19/schedule-of-legislative-sessions-by-state/


Telehealth Guidance

Hawai'i Psychological Association's Telehealth Quick Start Guide

APA’s Practice Guidelines for Telepsychology

HHS HIPAA Privacy Act 

HHS HIPAA Security Rule

Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Bulletin on HIPAA Privacy and Novel Coronavirus

Evidence for Telehealth as provided by The National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers

The Pennsylvania Psychological Association's Resources for Providing Telehealth

OCR Announcement of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During the COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency


Telepsychology Training

APAPO’s Telepsychology series with Marlene Maheu

Template Informed Consent Form (Word document) for Teletherapy - Developed by The Trust

APA’s Checklist for Telepsychological Services

Providing Telepsychology Services & Telepsychology Dos and Don’ts for Clinicians podcasts

A Telepsychology Primer

Pragmatics of Telepsychology Practice in the Age of COVID-19

A Practitioner's Guide to Telemental Health: How to Conduct Legal, Ethical and Evidence-Based Telepractice

Providing Psychological Services in the Face of Uncertainty: A Q&A series

TeleMental Health Training Certificate


Additional Guides, Tips, Lists, & Resources

CDC Managing Stress and Coping

VA Resources for Managing Stress During COVID-19 Outbreak

The Lancet‘s COVID-19 Resource Centre

The JAMA Network’s COVID-19 resource collection

The New England Journal of Medicine‘s collection of articles and resources on the coronavirus outbreak

The Health Affairs Blog for Coronavirus

Defending Against COVID-19 Cyber Scams 

Dr. Bryan Kim of UH Hilo's Guide to Distancing and Coping with COVID-19 Crisis

Ten Percent Happier’s Coronavirus Sanity Guide

Peak Resilience’s Mental Health Resource Guide

ZynnyMe’s COVID-19 Plan for Therapists: Questions, Answers, and Guidelines

Headspace is offering Headspace Plus free for all Health Professionals

Sanvello is Offering Free Premium Access during COVID-19 Crisis


Financial/Food Resources

Aloha United Waycall 211 for information on the coronavirus, now available daily, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Hawaii DOE Grab and Go meal sitesGrab-and-go breakfast and lunch are being served to students at these select schools.

Hawaii Foodbank: emergency food distribution Oahu sites and Kauai sites. See the site list and call ahead.

Hawaii (Island) Food BasketEast Hawaii Island soup kitchen/free meal schedule. West Hawaii Island soup kitchen/free meal schedule.

Maui Food Bank: partners with community and faith-based groups to distribute food. 

Hawaii Meals On Wheels: delivers meals for seniors and the disabled on Oahu. Check eligibility or call (808) 988-6747. 

Malama Meals: delivers meals to at-risk Oahu seniors and disabled. Request meals online or call (808) 952-9796.

YMCA of Honolulu: offers grab-and-go meals for children in need during the Hawaii public school’s extended spring break, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 pm, Monday, March 23, through Friday, March 27, with the possibility of extending through April 6. Locations are outside these sites - Kipapa Elementary (95-076 Kipapa Drive) in Mililani, Puohala Elementary (45-233 Kulauli St.) in Kaneohe, Kalihi Valley International Bike Program (1638 Kamehameha IV Road), Palolo Valley Homes (2170 Ahe St.), and Nu’uanu YMCA (1441 Pali Highway).

Honoka'a Hongwanji Buddhist Temple: will prepare take-out for seniors and children at its weekly Friday meals, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 45-5016 Lehua St., Honoka‘a. Call (808) 775-7232.

The U.S. Small Business Administration: disaster loan information and online application, factsheet for small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Or call SBA Customer Service at (800) 659-2955.


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