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Updated 3.23.20

WAFCA COVID-19 Resources (may require member login to access)


Governor’s Executive Orders

Governor’s Press Releases

Wisconsin Department of Health Services HS COVID 19 Updates

Email questions to: [email protected]  
The best resource for up to date information on COVID-19 developments in Wisconsin continues to be the DHS Coronavirus Disease 2019 webpage.


DCF COVID 19 Guidance and Resources
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Federal Legislation 

Pending: Stimulus Package - Still under debate as of March 24, this $2 trillion economic stimulus package currently includes direct payments to taxpayers among hundreds of billions of dollars in other stimulus measures. Advocates are still pursuing parity in support for nonprofit agencies. WAFCA communicated with our US Senators today. See more about the advocacy needed here

Enacted: Families First Coronavirus Response Act Summary (Kaiser Family Foundation) - includes paid sick leave, insurance coverage of coronavirus testing, nutrition assistance, and unemployment benefits. NOTE: WAFCA is still seeking clarification on the status of the child welfare workforce as "health care providers or emergency responders" which are excluded from the leave provisions under the FFCRA. (See M3 FFCRA summary; Information on FFCRA tax credit from M3)

EnactedCoronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act Summary (Kaiser Family Foundation) - provides $8.3 billion in emergency funding including $500 million for expanded Medicare telehealth services.

Child Care Survey for Essential Services Staff

The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and the Wisconsin Department of Health Services are working together to determine the emerging and urgent child care needs of medical professionals and essential staff due to COVID-19. They are also seeking individuals/agencies who are willing to provide child care services. Go to the DCF website (https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/childcare) to complete a survey to help support emergency child care needs or if you are in need of child care assistance (note that as of 3.23.20, DCF has not yet posted a survey for essential services staff to seek child care access)

Sign up for the COVID-19 Health Alert Network

In case you have not already done so, sign up for the DHS Health Alert Network which is the primary method for sharing time-sensitive public health information with clinical partners during the COVID-19 response. Health care providers and other officials can subscribe and unsubscribe using their preferred email address at the DHS COVID-19 website. 

Supportive Practices for MH Professionals During Pandemic-Related Social Distancing

Social distancing is the deliberate increasing of physical space between people to stop or slow down the spread of a highly contagious illness. For mental health professionals, the challenges that accompany social distancing can place significant roadblocks to daily work. This resource produced by the Mental Health Technology Transfer Center provides tips for the mental health workforce on supporting behavioral health during social distancing.

Greater Good Guide to Well Being During Coronavirus

he Greater Good Science Center's mission is to share scientific research that can help promote a happier, more compassionate society. With the recent COVID-19 outbreak, they are committed to bringing you stories, tips, and tools for these uncertain times in the global community.

MHTTC COVID-19 Resources for Behavioral Health Providers

Public health emergencies such as COVID-19 have a significant impact on people with mental illness, their families, and caregivers; the mental health workforce; and the mental health treatment system. They also cause stress and anxiety across the population. This MHTTC COVID-19 Resource page highlights products and resources that can be useful when coping with the effects of widespread public health crises.

Telehealth for Beginners - MHTTC Tuesday Consultation Series Begins March 31

The MHTTS invites practitioners to join in Telehealth Learning and Consultation (TLC) Tuesdays, an online series for providers who are new to or unfamiliar with telehealth. These will occur from 10-11 a.m. Central Time every Tuesday through April. During each hour-long session, TTC Network specialists will spend 20 minutes addressing a specific topic, then answer questions submitted by TLC Tuesday registrants. Recordings of the 20-minute presentations as well as additional resources will be posted on the web page as they become available.
You must register separately for each TLC Tuesdays session. 



WAFCA COVID-19 E-Mail Updates/Conference Call Notes
(some resources will require member login. Contact [email protected] with questions on accessing content)

WAFCA is hosting weekly COVID-19 resources sharing calls on Wednesday morning from 8:30-9:30 AM
for the next few weeks.
Click here for Zoom information.(Requires login)

Essential Worker Travel Letter Template (3.24.20)

Possible Procedures for Managing Individuals Coming Going from Congregate Care

March 25 Update

March 24 Update

March 23 Update

March 20 Update

March 19 Update

March 19 - WAFCA Member Call Notes

March 18, 2020 Update

March 16, 2020 Update