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Updated 5.26.20

Governor’s Executive Orders

Governor’s Press Releases

Wisconsin Department of Health Services COVID 19 Updates
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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


DCF COVID 19 Guidance and Resources
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NEW 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.


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.

Real Leaders are Forged in Crisis (HBR, 4.3.20)
This is a bit of a long read, but it's a good boost for a Monday - at a time when the days are running together. Remember to: 1) Acknowledge people's fears, then encourage resolve. 2) Give people a role and purpose. 3) Emphasize experimentation and learning. 4) Tend to energy and emotion - yours and others. And remember to "model the behavior you want to see. This means using your body language, words, and actions to signal we are moving forward with conviction and courage. It means regularly taking the (figurative) temperature of your team — How are they doing? How are they feeling? What do they need?" Full article

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.

FFCRA Model Policy & Forms from WAFCA Affiliate MRA
MRA is distributing model forms for requesting emergency paid sick leave (EPSL) and emergency family and medical leave (EFMLA). As a reminder, the leave provisions of the FFCRA apply to all employers with 500 or fewer employees. Employers with fewer than 50 employees may qualify for a hardship exemption subject to DOL criteria (which have not yet been established). The leave is eligible for two new refundable payroll tax credits that are designed to immediately and fully reimburse for the paid leave mandate.
Download resources.

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. 

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)

DCF Emergency Child Care Services Toolkit
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) is supporting the growing demand for child care for essential workforce families by assisting in the launch of emergency child care centers. Their online toolkit includes information for essential workforce businesses and child care providers who want to connect to provide emergency care.

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. https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/greater_good_guide_to_well_being_during_coronavirus

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 MHTTC 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.

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 8:30-9:30 AM
for the next few weeks. Click here for Zoom information.(Requires login)

May 19 2020

May 12, 2020

May 5, 2020

April 28 Update

April 21 Update

April 14 Update

April 6 Update

April 1 Update

March 30 Update

March 26 Update

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