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New Reference Guide Available: "COVID-19 Resources for Psychiatrists & Other Health Care Professionals"

To say this has been a stressful, whirlwind week would be an understatement. We know that news and information have been thrown at you from all angles, and it can seem overwhelming to sort through the countless emails and websites. You've probably asked yourself a dozen times, "Where do I begin?"

To help you save time and get back to doing what you do best - caring for patients - NCPA has created a new reference guide, "COVID-19 Resources for Psychiatrists and Other Health Care Professionals." The purpose of this Google Doc is to serve as a "living," comprehensive information source. Spanning a wide range of topics and issues relevant across many practice settings, this guide will be continually updated as more changes are announced day by day, and sometimes minute by minute. 

Disclaimer: Because this is such a rapidly evolving situation, please keep in mind that some information may be outdated by the time you read it. We are doing our best to update the document as quickly as possible.

For those unfamiliar with Google Docs, think of it as a web-based Word document. NCPA can make updates in real time, so you do not need to worry about whether you are viewing the most current version. There is no need to download the guide to your device, unless you want to. Instead, we suggest bookmarking the link in your browser and checking back every day or so for the latest news. NCPA will highlight the most pertinent updates at the beginning of the document so you know where to look. See below for tips on navigating this resource.

We encourage you to share this reference guide with your colleagues. Most of the information is specific to North Carolina, but certain sections may be also helpful to those in different states. Please share your questions, comments, and concerns about COVID-19 with us using this Google form. You may also continue to email or call the NCPA office (919-859-3370), but the Google form may enable faster response, especially on weekends and after regular business hours. Please also use this form if you have specific questions for NCDHHS. Their office has been inundated with calls and emails, so they have asked the medical professional associations to help serve as liaisons. We are collecting questions to send them in an organized fashion, and we will post all answers we receive.

Click Here to View the Reference Guide

Quick Navigation Tips

  1. Bookmark the link in your browser for easy reference.
  2. Use the Table of Contents on the first page to jump to the section you want to read, or pin the outline to the left sidebar (see screenshot below).
  3. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+F to search the document using keywords, such as "Medicaid" or "Telepsychiatry."