April 27, 2020                                                COVID-19 SPECIAL EDITION
Recommendations Made to House Select Committee on COVID-19 
The NC General Assembly returns for the short session on Tuesday, April 28th.  The  House Select Committee on COVID-19, Health Care Work Group has used the interim since the pandemic has impacted the world to gather input.  Health Care and each of the other work groups will develop legislative recommendations-both policy and funding-that will be filed as bills when the session begins.  While the Senate did not hold public meetings prior to the short session, presumably they will also have legislative recommendations to address the pandemic.  The Governor has also submitted a proposed budget spending plan related to State's COVID-19 response. 

Governor Releases His Proposed COVID-19 Spending Plan   
Governor Roy Cooper released his $1.4 billion spending proposal for North Carolina to address COVID-19  through July 30, 2020.  In the proposal, the Governor recommends using every federal dollar available, starting with the CARES Act funding, before using State dollars.  There are similarities in the categories the Governor identifies and the work group recommendations of the House Select Committee on COVID-19.  The Governor's proposal is more expansive with notable additions.    

Governor's Executive Orders Used to Waive Requirements in Health Care, Social Services and Long-Term Care      
Governor Cooper has been using his Executive Order authority to direct citizens in non-essential positions to stay-at-home and to direct specific government agencies to waive certain requirements and develop policies during the pandemic.  Governor s have the authority to make such proclamations , particularly in emergencies such as the COVID-19 pandemic.  Some would say that the greatest benefit of this authority is to allow state and local governments to remove regulatory constraints and act quickly in an emergency.  

Some key recent Executive Orders include:  

i2i Index of North Carolina Online COVID-19 Crisis Resources 
The State , and particularly the NC Department of Health and Human Services , continues to add to its pool of resources for individuals and organizations to use during the COVID-19 pandemic.    

To find community resource s , including housing, food, health care, mental health and substance use disorder services :  

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NCCARE 360  Expedites Network Availability Across the State  
NC DHHS is expediting the ramp up of NCCARE360 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting increased and urgent needs of North Carolinians .   NCCARE360 is a statewide network of health care and human service organizations.   It was initiated by NC DHHS as one strategy to address those Social Determinants of Health that can play a critical role in the successful outcomes of an individual's health care and human services.  Although it is often attached to the Healthy Opportunities Pilot within Medicaid Transformation, NCCARE360 is a stand-alone referral platform that can operate in the current and future health care and human service system in North Carolina.  

i2i Spring Conference Cancelled Due to COVID-19 Crisis 
As you know, i2i has been assessing the situation with the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to our ability to host our 2020 Spring Conference scheduled for June 15-16 in Raleigh. The i2i Board and staff recently made the decision to cancel the 2020 Spring Conference. This decision was based on two factors. First, we believe social distancing will remain an important factor in preventing the spread of COVID-19 for several months, thus a conference or large gathering is not feasible. In addition, all of you are working in one way or another to provide services and address the needs of people in your communities at this crucial time, and i2i understands that your available resources (time, staff, finances) must be directed towards consumers, service delivery, and maintaining the integrity of your own organizations and staffing.

innovaTel Offering 30 Days Free Psychiatric Teleheatlh Services for NC Providers

innovaTel , i2i's partners in the recent webinar series on Innovations in Telehealth for Behavioral Healthcare would like to offer NC providers  free telehealth psychiatric coverage at no cost for the first month " We know that due to the stresses of COVID, that behavioral health services are going to increase, and there was already a shortage of providers .  This is a really significant savings that we hope will be helpful to many companies " said Lauren Lashbrook , Director of Strategic Partnerships at innovaTel  

To take advantage of this offer, contact Lauren Lashbrook, atlauren.lashbrook@innovatel.comor by calling  407.607.9242 

COVID-19 Information & Resources
To stay on top of the information you need to serve Medicaid consumers, i 2i has created a COVID-19 webpage that we are updating daily with news and information as we receive it.  

If you have an important resource you would like to share, please email jean@i2icenter.org 

Links of Interest

PsycHub -  new FREE
Learning Hub on Telemental Health
for mental health providers offering pertinent info to take your practice online. It also includes one-year free access to a series of companion videos to send to clients helping them transition to online sessions.

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