Our Research and Analysis During the COVID-19 Pandemic
MMHPI’s policy-related work throughout this crisis is focused on the short- and long-term effects of the pandemic, while facilitating access to appropriate care within this evolving landscape. View our white papers and supplemental materials below to learn more.
COVID-19 Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Impact Series
The Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute continues to examine and project the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health and substance use disorder (MHSUD) needs of Texans (and more broadly whenever possible), rapidly providing policymakers with the most relevant and accurate information available. Our intent is two-fold: to provide sound guidance and also to bring other experts and thought leaders into the discussion to refine the guidance and improve the estimates available to the field. MMHPI will be releasing a series of papers on the anticipated impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as the situation and our understanding evolves. We will also update current documents as new information becomes available, archiving past versions for the record.
Projected COVID-19 MHSUD Impacts, Volume 1: Effects of COVID-Induced Economic Recession (COVID Recession) – April 28, 2020
MMHPI has issued the first in a series of reports analyzing the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This report focuses on how an economic recession increases rates of mental health and substance use disorders (MHSUD), including deaths from suicide and substance overdoses.
Projected COVID-19 MHSUD Impacts, Volume 1: Effects of COVID-Induced Economic Recession (COVID Recession) – Appendix of State-Level Estimates, April 28, 2020
This appendix to the original report updates our original report on the effects of a COVID-19 recession with state-level projections of increases in illicit substance use as well as additional lives lost to suicide and overdose.
MMHPI COVID-19 Response Briefings
Planning Guide for County Officials Seeking to Reduce Jail Demand During Pandemic – Ten Principles to Guide Planning and Decision Making, April 7, 2020
An updated version of our March 24 briefing, which specifies 10 principles to guide local conversations and our technical assistance. This version addresses and is fully aligned with Governor Abbott’s March 29, 2020 executive order (Executive Order No. GA-13).
Personal Protective Equipment and the Behavioral Health Workforce – March 23, 2020
Our briefing that focuses on the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) for the behavioral health and intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) workforce.
MMHPI COVID-19 Guides and Resources
Emotionally Managing COVID-19: A Parent and Caregiver’s Guide
Emocionalmente Manejando COVID-19: Guía de padre y cuidador
MMHPI and The Hackett Center for Mental Health child policy experts compiled emotional management tips for parents and caregivers, available in both English and Spanish.
MMHPI Regulatory and Reimbursement Newsletters
With federal and state health care policies changing rapidly in response to COVID-19, MMHPI is issuing these newsletters to support providers as they navigate this new terrain. In the following weekly updates, we highlight several recent changes to state and federal regulatory and reimbursement rules.
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – May 21, 2020
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – May 15, 2020
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – May 8, 2020
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – May 1, 2020
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – April 24, 2020
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – April 16, 2020
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – April 9, 2020
Letter to Providers: State & Federal Updates – April 3, 2020
Letter to Providers: Telehealth & Telephonic Care – March 26, 2020
In the first in the series, we highlight several recent changes to regulatory and reimbursement rules, particularly regarding telehealth and telephonic services.