Policies, resources, and practices to support care of people with substance use disorders (SUDs) during the current COVID pandemic are changing rapidly.
Below are some links that may be helpful to keep up with the issues as they evolve and some resources to share with others. We will make every effort to update as new information and resources become available.
COVID-SUD state and federal policies
Prescribing and telehealth regulatory changes relevant to treatment of SUD including MAT
- Guidance for adjusting drug protocols due to COVID-19
- NH Governor’s statement on temporary expansion of telehealth, 3-18-20 (PDF)
- Guidance on Telehealth during COVID from the NH Office of Professional Licensing, 3-20-20 (PDF)
- Federal and State Regulations and Practice Guidance for COVID-19 and Substance Use Disorders (PDF)
- DEA statement on controlled substance prescribing exceptions engendered by formal declaration of COVID 19 pandemic
- DEA exemptions for delivery of medications from licensed OTPs (PDF)
Privacy and confidentiality changes relevant to telehealth and treatment of SUD
More information/resources on policies related to COVID, SUD and telehealth
- The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) statement on COVID impact on persons with SUD
- SAMHSA’s COVID 19 guidance for opioid treatment programs and providers:
- American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Coronavirus page with diverse links and resources
Clinical and patient support materials for care during COVID
General COVID and SUD related information
- SAMHSA Tips for social distancing, quarantining and isolation during an infectious disease epidemic: Taking care of your behavioral health (PDF)
- NH DHHS Behavioral Health during COVID-19: Community Support Resources (PDF)
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Guidance for Patients with SUD during COVID pandemic (PDF) and New Hampshire Professionals Health Program
- Drug Use Harm Reduction during COVID pandemic (PDF)
Online mutual support group platforms and resources to support care while social distancing
- Many of New Hampshire’s extensive network of Recovery Community Organizations (RCOs) are now doing online groups and providing other virtual support services
- In The Rooms, offers a robust schedule and selection of online groups – for instance, you can view today’s schedule
- Multiple 12-step program resources online
- AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Online Intergroup: both groups and discussion forums
- NAWS (Narcotics Anonymous World Services): Find a meeting and Never Alone Club
- SMART Recovery
Recorded webinars on COVID-19 and the needs of the SUD community
Webinars on COVID-19 and the needs of the SUD community that we serve are hosted by David de Gijsel, MD, MSc, MPH, Infectious Disease Specialist at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Assistant Professor at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine, and Medical Director of Better Life Partners.
Downloadable recovery support apps to support care while social distancing
- Connections App: A comprehensive, evidence-based recovery support app developed by Yale and University of Wisconsin addiction medicine researchers.
- Sober Grid App: A world side recovery support community.
- I Am Sober
- Sober Tool