COVID-19 Update

OPA Members and Colleagues,

You have likely been inundated with frequent updates, recommendations and information regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The OPA would like to take this opportunity to state that we stand with our state's efforts to reduce exposure through "flattening the curve" by limiting gatherings and encouraging social distancing. More can be found here on the state office of emergency management page: https://www.oregon.gov/OEM/Pages/default.aspx.
 

The OPA stands with the American Psychological Association in promoting the use of our skills to alleviate fear and anxiety, combat bigotry and provide much needed social support and processing during this distressing time: https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/03/psychologist-covid-19. Helpful link: A guide by APA on protecting your patients and practice through the COVID-19 pandemic: https://www.apaservices.org/practice/news/covid19-psychology-services-protection.pdf. The OPA stands with our partnering state organizations in disseminating information and strongly encouraging methods of de-escalation of panic, reducing fear and its associated risks of bigotry and harm to vulnerable populations: https://www.nyspa.org/news/493366/NYSPAs-Joint-Statement-on-Coronavirus-and-Xenophobia.htm and https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/02/coronavirus-threat

Our Director of Professional Affairs, Dr. Susan Rosenzweig, has been actively tracking practice issues and reimbursement for telehealth, and disseminating information along with our members on the listserv. Roy Huggins of Person Centered Tech is offering quick and free telehealth webinar to aid with helping practices with rapid transition. (Register here: https://personcenteredtech.com/2020/03/14/emergency-telemental-health-implementation-moving-fast-while-maintaining-standard-of-care/)The OPA stands with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), the tireless efforts of our healthcare workers, and all emergency management workers who are treating the tide of this pandemic. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.htmlWe encourage and invite feedback, communication and ongoing collaboration as a community to meet the needs of our patients and our practices, and thank every member and Oregon psychologist for the front line support you are offering as we face this challenging time.

Thank you,
The Board of Directors of the Oregon Psychological Association (OPA)
Additional Resources  (please check frequently for updated information):

 APA Resource Page  
https://www.apa.org/practice/programs/dmhi/research-information/pandemics
National Register Corona Virus Resources
Telehealth mental health billing questions can be directed to  (site is monitored daily):

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