Changes to Behavioral Health Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic [Updated November 17, 2020] [open pdf - 625KB]
From the Document: "Physical distancing measures and temporary stay-at-home orders associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic have required changes in service delivery for mental health and substance use (collectively known as 'behavioral health') treatment. Changes have surrounded relaxing privacy requirements required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Rules and increasing use of telehealth to deliver behavioral health treatment and services. Some states have also employed other methods of service delivery--such as mobile units--for treatments that cannot be administered via telehealth, such as medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorder (OUD)."
CRS Insight, IN11450
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/