COVID-19 Guidance and Resource Center

This page will be the central resource center for KDADS' State of Kansas guidance and resources during the COVID-19 declared State of Emergency. We continue to appreciate your hard work and dedication in meeting the needs of Kansans during this emergency and hope that this guidance will aid you in social distancing during service provision. We anticipate that additional guidance will follow as the pandemic continues and you can find those revisions and updates here. We recommend keeping a copy of state or federal guidance you choose to follow on record for audits or reviews. Our goal with state guidance is to allow for as much local decision-making as possible in its implementation.

A detailed agency report can be found here: KDADS Update Report 6.15.2020

Video Message

Secretary Laura Howard to Healthcare Workers

Secretary Laura Howard and Governor Laura Kelly extend their appreciation and a sincere thank you to healthcare workers in nursing and long-term care facilities for the compassionate around-the-clock care they provide to our most high-risk Kansans, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

KDADS Reopening Guidance and State Testing Strategy

  • Nursing Facilities

  • Adult Care Homes

  • State Testing Strategy in Congregate Settings

Kansas COVID-19 Response: SAMHSA Emergency Grant to Address Mental / Substance Use Disorders

The newly launched Kansas COVID-19 Response initiative proposes to meet the needs of people with serious mental illness, serious mental illness/substance use disorder co-occurring issues, and people with less severe mental health issues including healthcare practitioners resulting from the current COVID-19 crisis through the creation of crisis response infrastructure which includes expansion of telehealth, expanded crisis response services, and enhanced recovery support services. We anticipate serving a total of 10,365 individuals during the grant period.

The intent of the Kansas COVID-19 Response is to create/enhance the crisis response infrastructure in partnership with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs) in Kansas, Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas (Association), and a group of peer support and peer recovery organizations (Collective). The Collective will assist with outreach through peer recovery activities. The COVID-19 Emergency Grant funds from SAMHSA will be utilized as a financial last resort to support services to individuals who are:

• Not covered by public or commercial health insurance programs
• Not able to afford insurance coverage
• Not covered sufficiently by their health insurance plan

Please reference the documents below for full details. If you have questions about the initiative, please contact Project Coordinator Shaun Dierker.

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SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way outreach workers are delivering disaster behavioral health related services to their communities. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC) is continuing to work to meet the changing needs of its partners as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. SAMHSA DTAC developed two informational flyers, a tip sheet, and wallet card to help provide virtual and eventually traditional outreach to communities and families effected by COVID-19.

Assisting individuals in coping with their fear, anxiety, and stress related to the pandemic is a crucial part of the response and in time recovery from the pandemic. These products were designed to help with outreach efforts. 

This flyer provides information and tips for coping during a pandemic as well as resources for additional assistance.

This flyer highlights key Psychological First Aid concepts and resources disaster responders and outreach workers may use when assisting individuals affected by the pandemic. It also provides resources for further assistance.

This tip sheet will cover strategies health care providers can use to reduce their stress regarding COVID-19 and information about coping with compassion fatigue.

The wallet card provides stress reduction tips and techniques as well as lists sources for additional assistance.

Funding and Relief - Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

  • Financial Relief for Behavioral Health Organizations Available In Response to the Pandemic

  • Kansas Department of Commerce

  • Federal Communications Commission - Telehealth Program

  • KDADS Aging Disability and Resource Center Critical Relief Funds

Telemedicine & Telehealth Resources

  • KU Medical Center

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

  • Heartland Telehealth Resource Center

Webinars

Friday, March 13, KDADS leadership presented two COVID-19 webinars outlining Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services guidance about the virus. Follow these links to watch videos.

Nursing Facilities Session: https://vimeo.com/397531644/7a896f247b

Community-Based Session: https://vimeo.com/397531651/913c493305