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Updated 12.28.20

Governor’s Executive Orders

Governor’s Press Releases

Wisconsin Department of Health Services 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 19 webpage.

ForwardHealth COVID 19 Updates

ForwardHealth Telehealth Resources


  • DHS Vaccinator page (see “Vaccine Planning Guidance”). (NOTE: WAFCA Recommendations for members on vaccination access: 
    Raise awareness with your local public health regarding your staff eligibility under Phase 1a guidance – use the Phase 1a final guidance and WAFCA Memo (12.28.20)
    Vaccinators will continue to use risk criteria for prioritizing distribution, but our congregate staff and those providing in-person mental health, foster care and other in-home services should be granted access under Phase 1a criteria.)
  • Talking about the vaccine and messaging recommendation: CDC Communication Toolkit
  • Vaccine info for workforce/consumers: CDC site for consumers

DCF COVID 19 Guidance and Resources
Email questions to: [email protected]



NEW Enacted: Federal COVID Relief - On December 27 the President signed COVID Relief legislation and FY21 appropriations bill. (See Alliance summary; National Council of Nonprofits; House Summary of Appropriations)

  • PPP Round 2 (Wegner CPA webinar 12.29.20) (Second draw loan eligibility = less than 300 employees; demonstrate at least a 25% reduction in gross revenue between comparable quarters in 2019 and 2020)
  • Charitable giving (above-the-line deduction for 2021 set at $300)
  • Extending emergency leave through March 31, 2021- optional for employers; no new allotment of time off (National Law Review, 12.22.20)
  • Employee retention tax credit extended through 7/21(payroll tax credit)
  • Extends until 3.21 the 50% federal coverage of unemployment costs of self-insured “reimbursable” employers
  • Extended deadline for expending relief funds through end of 2021
  • Supporting foster youth  (funding and regulatory flexibility)
  • Continued enhanced SNAP benefits and emergency child care funding
  • Stimulus checks ($600); enhanced unemployment at $300 through 3.21; rental assistance and extended moratorium on evictions; enhanced EITC claiming

ACTION ALERT - JULY 16, 2020 - Next Round Federal COVID Support Package 

Enacted: PPP Flexibility Act - On June 5 the President signed the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act (H.R. 7010) that makes a number of changes to the CARES Act’s $670 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Among other changes, the bill gives nonprofits and businesses 24 weeks to use the funds while still qualifying for forgiveness (an increase from the program’s current eight-week limit); increase to 40 percent (up from 25 percent) the amount of the loan that can be used for non-payroll costs; and allow nonprofits and businesses to defer payroll tax payments if they receive a PPP loan. (Further details here).

Enacted: CARES expansion - Signed on April 24, this infusion of dollars includes an additional $310 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program, with $60 billion of that money reserved for smaller businesses without existing banking relationships. It also provides another $75 billion for healthcare providers and $25 billion for coronavirus testing, $11 billion of which is reserved for states.

Enacted: CARES Act - This $2.2 trillion economic stimulus package includes direct payments to taxpayers among hundreds of billions of dollars in other stimulus measures. The package also includes small business loans, which may be forgivable for employers that are able to meet certain conditions. The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities has an excellent summary of the CARES provisions on their website with links to partner resources. The Alliance will be holding a webinar on Monday, March 30 to review the CARES Act. View Recording and Slides.

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)

Enacted: Coronavirus 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.


View the full calendar of MHTTC upcoming events here!

Mandating vaccine for employees?  EEOC guidance (12.16.20) (National Law Review article 12.22.20)

COVID 19 Recorded Webinars from APHSA and the National Academy of Medicine
This series of COVID-19 Conversations - webinars - covers topics ranging from the science of social distancing to disparities and long-term health impacts. 8 webinars have been conducted thus far; all have been recorded.

Model Policy & Forms from WAFCA Affiliate MRA
MRA is distributing model forms for polices related to COVID-10
. Check out their resources here: https://www.mranet.org/covid-19-updates 
(MRA – Vaccine guidance for employers)

Resilient Wisconsin - Resources from the WI Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board
This Resilient Wisconsin resource page curated by Wisconsin DHS includes five tips to feel stronger and more connected during this pandemic and quick links to state and national helplines.

Mental Wellness During COVID-19 - Office of Children's Mental Health
This biweekly publication of the WI Office of Children's Mental Health shares mental wellness resources and inspiration for professionals and parents. 

Health Care Access and Enrollment Information - Health Watch Wisconsin 
HealthWatch Wisconsin, an organization that promotes improved access to health care coverage and services, has launched a COVID-19 Resource page--with an emphasis on healthcare coverage, unemployment, and utility programs unique to WI. In addition, 211 Wisconsin continues to be a key resource for connecting individuals and families to a range of resources to meet basic needs.

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.

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.

SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19
SAMHSA is regularly updating this resource on technical assistance and training opportunities for behavioral health providers.

COVID-19 Well-Being Toolkit and Resources
From our friends at the Center for Healthy Minds, this toolkit has a list of resources to support well-being during this trying time.

Tips for Staying Connected to Community Youth During the COVID-19 Pandemic
During the COVID-19 pandemic as communities are asked to take precautions including canceling meetings and events, adult mentors can still stay connected to the youth they serve.

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 8:30-9:00 AM
. Click here for Zoom information.(Requires login)

Shared Google Folder Resources: Members have posted a number of resources, policies and protocols to this folder. (Requires login)

WAFCA COVID Calls March-July 2020