Resources for Social Workers in Addressing COVID-19


Click here for Telehealth/Teletherapy Resources including new summer 2020 legislation

Thanks to Member Dues, NASW is taking action at the federal and state levels to promote sound COVID-19 policy responses, and advocating for social workers and in the best interests of their clients, including for flexibility around telehealth, interstate regulations and reimbursement, as well as for adequate social and economic support services. NASW and allied social work organizations are identifying the implications of this crisis for social workers in aging, schools, mental health, criminal justice and health care settings. We are also working on behalf of social work students affected by school and field placement closures, and for those preparing for licensure, exams and supervision. We will continue providing guidance via web, email, webinars, podcasts and social media, and develop special programming to help you address ethical, legal, practice management and other issues related to COVID-19. 

Colorado-specific resources are listed below and MANY others are posted to our social media (links at bottom of this page); for a full range of NASW resources and protocols, including your rights, in a wide range of practice settings, as well as workforce and social justice advocacy:  https://www.socialworkers.org/Practice/Infectious-Diseases/Coronavirus

Additional Colorado Resources

Note: MANY other resources are posted to our social media (links at bottom of this page). NASW-CO staff, lobbyists and Legislative Committee are advocating regarding COVID-19 priorities for social workers, our clients and communities - advancing social justice priorities wherever possible.


NASW guidance on reopening social work practices: HERECheck back for additional NASW recommendations on reopening, including legal implications on re-opening. MEMBERS: You can consult with other Members about practice issues through our Chapter Committees https://buff.ly/2X8FctM and also via our MYNASWCommunity: https://buff.ly/2Zofwfp

June 12, 2020- DORA Guidance for Mental Health Professionals in Medical, Behavioral, and Limited Healthcare Settings synthesizes infection control information from CDPHE, while also providing information from the Centers for Disease Control, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and other sources to provide a reference for Colorado professionals working in the mental health fields during this stage of the COVID-19 pandemic response. Social workers should also consult with local public health authorities with regard to reopening, 

All of Governor Polis' Executive Orders related to COVID-19 can be found here: https://buff.ly/3eJo5H3

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE)

CDPHE is leading the state response to COVID-19 here https://covid19.colorado.gov/

Hotline for COVID-19, available in many languages: 303.389.1687 or 1.877.462.2911; Email COHELP@RMPDC.org. 

Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)

DORA Notices on COVID-19: See DORA Guidance for MH Professionals above. DORA's other key link is here, and then look under for specific notices to MH professionals and regarding insurance etc,: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/covid-19-updates-licensees-and-consumers

DORA/Division of Insurance - ALL insurance info: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/covid-19-and-insurance

Past bulletin to MH professionals: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/CODORA/bulletins/281b51d

Policy that exempts telehealth from co-pays and deductibles B-4.104 Policy Directives for Commercial Insurance Market Coverage of COVID-19 Claims.pdf     (includes contact information for Colorado health insurers telehealth services)

Colorado Health Care Policy and Finance Dept.

COVID-19 resource center for various audiences, including providers, at colorado.gov/hcpf/covid 

BH Resources & Telemedicine and Expansion Re: COVID-19: https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/covid-19-provider-information  and  Link HERE and HERE (be sure to see systems & billing) and HEREBehavioral Health Services during COVID_19 State of Emergency - 3/24

Health First Colorado and Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+), Click here for one-stop resource page 

Colorado Office of Behavioral Health (OBH) and Telehealth

Resources and information HERE.

Connect for Health Colorado 

Coloradans who are currently uninsured or about to lose coverage due to COVID-19   https://connectforhealthco.com/get-started/covid-19-support/

Additional Colorado Resources 

healthathome.colorado.gov/ -- one-stop-shop for information about telehealth. 

Find Walk In Crisis Centers, including for M-1 holds which per OBH can now be done via telehealth but can be done in-person and preferably not in an ER: https://coloradocrisisservices.org/

Additional resources for serving clients with suicidal thoughts, feelings and behaviors   https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/categories/services-and-information/health/prevention-and-wellness/suicide-prevention and evidence-based treatments including https://cams-care.com/ and https://www.livingworks.net/asist

Resources, benefits, services for low-income Coloradans during COVID-19 outbreakResources for low-income Coloradans during COVID-19 outbreak HERE

Region 8 HHS and FEMA COVID-19 Resource Document to help state and local agencies within Region 8 find resources and information that are available at the federal level to support their clients. https://buff.ly/2VdZrpA

Domestic violence resources: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/domestic-violence

Child abuse services - 844-CO-4-KIDS: https://co4kids.org/community/updated-calls-child-abuse-and-neglect-hotline-system-drop-more-50-during-covid-19

One-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic https://onwardco.org/

Resources for Those Facing Eviction, Foreclosure, or Non-Payment of Utility Bills  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1wj37p5PjuxYs4xqf8TewN1Z6eMAOhw01/view 
CO Tenant's Guide to COVID-19https://buff.ly/2R1nSVt (English) and (Spanish) https://buff.ly/3465ZKa - is designed to help tenants navigate conversations with their landlords, respond to eviction proceedings, and get support.

Colorado Crisis Services Line:  https://coloradocrisisservices.org/Call 844-493-8255 OR Text “TALK” to 38255

ConnectToCareJobs.com helps address health care workforce shortages during the COVID-19 public health emergency and beyond. It connects residential care facilities that need employees with health care professionals who need jobs.

Volunteer opportunities - Help Colorado Now - https://cohealthvol.nationbuilder.com/ includes volunteer opportunities for social workers, as does Spark the Change-  https://www.sparkthechangecolorado.org/