Webinar: COVID-19 Relief Package and its Impact on Behavioral Health

a laptop with a stack of money and a cell phone with the calculator app up. 'COVID-19 Relief Package and its Impact on Behavioral Health'
  • Date Recorded: April 1, 2020
  • Presenters: Andrew Kessler
  • Length: about 40 minutes
  • Price: free
  • Questions/Concerns: info@bhap.us | 888-958-2282

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The federal government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak has been complicated, as are most federal responses to problems of this size. Congress and the White House are trying to act fast, which can often lead to confusion. The goal is to get money out to those who need it in a timely manner, yet also be clear about how it is to be spent.

The latest legislation produced in response to the emergency — commonly referred to as “Phase 3” — is a $2.2 trillion package that seeks to aid just about everybody imaginable. Our concern is how the COVID 19 outbreak will impact behavioral health providers, and the unique challenges they will face in the coming months. They will be in need of resources and support to deal with a situation that is outside their expertise.

Of course, not everyone will receive the assistance they need, but we seek to break down what opportunities are available for treatment providers, individuals, non-profits, and other actors. There are loans, grants, and many other mechanisms of distribution to examine, so please join us as we do what we can to better explain this very intricate legislation.


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Andrew Kessler

Andrew Kessler

Andrew Kessler, JD, is founder and principal of Slingshot Solutions LLC, a consulting firm that specializes in behavioral health policy. His clients, past and present, include the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), the California Consortium of Addiction Programs & Professionals (CCAPP), and Faces and Voices of Recovery.

With 20 years of policy experience and over a decade in behavioral health, Kessler is a fixture in circles that advocate for substance abuse treatment, prevention, and research. He collaborates frequently with congressional offices, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and other federal actors.

Kessler has written legislation and report language adopted by both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, and has presented orally before such bodies as the Scientific Management Review Board, the National Conference on Addictive Disorders, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence.


Webinar: COVID-19 Relief Package and its Impact on Behavioral Health

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Links of Note

The presentation mentioned Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources. Be sure to also check out our other webinar, Impact of COVID-19 on Behavioral Health Industry: News and Views You Can Use – also free to watch. Finally, be sure to check out our continually updated COVID-19 Resources for Behavioral Health.


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