The U.S. Health and Human Services Department lists a lot of information relevant to recent changes in federal and state policies since the public health emergency declaration in 2020. Below are links to some of the types of information available at the HHS website.
The federal government has taken steps to make providing and receiving care through telehealth easier. These are temporary measures under the COVID-19 public health emergency declaration and are subject to change. https://www.phe.gov/emergency/news/healthactions/phe/Pages/covid19-07Jan2021.aspx
HIPAA flexibility for telehealth technology https://www.telehealth.hhs.gov/providers/policy-changes-during-the-covid-19-public-health-emergency/hipaa-flexibility-for-telehealth-technology/
Providers have more flexibility to use everyday technology for virtual visits during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
Federal COVID-19 waivers and regulatory changes now make it easier for providers to deliver telehealth services to Medicare and Medicaid patients.
Telehealth licensing requirements and interstate compacts https://www.telehealth.hhs.gov/providers/policy-changes-during-the-covid-19-public-health-emergency/telehealth-licensing-requirements-and-interstate-compacts/
Providers can deliver telehealth services across state lines, depending on rules set by state and federal policies.
First, it describes various types of evidence-based models of care. Each description discusses the various staffing models for both mental health and substance use models of care. The report encompasses many but not all treatment settings and includes the providers necessary for operations. States may also have different staffing requirements from those provided in this report. There may be additional provider types, depending on state regulations, working in these settings that are not included in this report.
Second, the document estimates the number of providers needed for 13 different mental health care models inclusive of three models of care addressing the needs of children and youth with serious emotional disturbance (SED)/serious mental illness (SMI). Included in the discussion of mental health resource needs for children and youth are school-based mental health services.
Third, the report estimates the number of providers needed for three SUD models of care. Fourth, the document enumerates the supply and demand for each behavioral health occupation.
The report can be downloaded from: https://samhsa.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d0780dc94825e65acd61c17dc&id=a48c292127&e=ea27789c3e
* From the report foreword