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Staying Connected: Using Telehealth to Advance Addiction Treatment During COVID-19

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The introduction of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has had a profound impact on health and behavioral health care delivery due to social distancing requirements. In response to the pandemic, many addiction treatment providers have been quick to embrace telehealth for their clients. While there is a growing body of evidence for telehealth in many disciplines, the evidence for addiction treatment is limited. The need to accelerate provision of addiction treatment services through telehealth presents unique challenges to policy makers and providers, including operational issues such as access and reimbursement and therapeutic issues such as confidentiality and psychological safety.

In this webinar, we review telehealth policy changes due to COVID-19 and the implications for provision of addiction treatment. We will review challenges specific to addiction telehealth treatment and offer specific recommendations for policy makers, providers and individuals to support their journey in recovery.

Upon completion of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand recent telehealth policy changes due to COVID-19
  • Recognize specific challenges of using telehealth in addiction treatment
  • Consider how telehealth can best be integrated into addiction treatment based on the latest policy changes and implement recommendations to support recovery
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