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Reporting

The recent memo on ACF Grant Flexibilities has extended the semi-annual reporting deadline for 90 days (PDF icon IM-ACF-OA-2020-01 ACF COVID Flexibilities (FINAL March 30 2020) (002)-signed).  The next semi-annual Performance Progress Report (PPR) and Federal Financial Report (FFR) is now due by July 30, 2020.  Please refer to the ORR SOT semi-annual report guidance for more information (PDF icon ORR SOT Semi-Annual PPR and PDP Guidance FY2020v.2).  The memo also allows grantees to submit abbreviated non-competing continuation (NCC) requests.  The deadline for submitting the NCC request/application remains the same May 14 (Thursday), 2020. 

Information on Tele-Therapy Regulations

Below is some tele-health software shared with us by a variety of different organizations through various channels including NCB's Advisory Group and our listserv. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any tele-health platform. If you would like to share information with us to post, please email Ann Lundberg, NCB Logistics and Communications Coordinator, at alundberg@cvt.org.

COVID 19 changes to telemedicine, this Medscape article has been shared by Eugene Augusterfer of HPRT. (Free registration is required to view the article.)

A note from Cynthia Grguric at International Psychology and Healing: APA has called on states to lift interstate laws for telemental health during COVID, read more on this at https://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2020/03/mental-health-care-covid-19.

Security Concerns with Technology during COVID-19

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding COVID-19

Learn more about Coronavirus scams from the Federal Trade Commission. Tips for avoiding these scams:

  • Hang up on robocalls.  
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations and home test kits. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails asking for personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. 
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails that claim a positive COVID-19 test within your workplace. 
  • Don’t click on or respond to emails claiming to be from the Centers for

COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index by The Surgo Fundation

The Surgo Foundation has created a COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index that identifies which communities may need the most support as coronavirus takes hold. As our clients fit vulnerability indicators, we thought you might find this useful. From the website:

How this index can be used

  • By identifying highly vulnerable areas, this index can help inform policies and resource allocation. For example:
  • Local social services and non-profit organizations: Guide allocation of limited resources such as food banks or meal delivery services to the areas that need them most.
  • Policymakers at county and

COVID-19 Resources

On this page you will find links to resources on a number of subjects to help you, your staff, and your clients. The National Capacity Building Project (NCB) is planning to organize technical support activities and resources to SOT programs, as you continue to adapt your services within your respective programs and locations.  Subject matter may include telehealth, mind-body/stress management, self-care, among others. We will be updating these pages with informaion on a daily basis.

Ways SOT Programs are Helping Their Clients

Moving to Tele-Health PlatformsSix hands in a different colors raised in the air reaching towards each other. Image by Natalia Ovcharenko from Pixaby.

Many programs have now transitioned to tele-health platforms to ensure the least disruption in their services to their clients. Click here for Tele-Health Software or here for Tele-Health Regulations.

  • Programs report they have contacted all their clients for initial remote check-in and some screening, over the past weeks. Check-in sessions of 10 minutes are allowable coding for case management.
  • Programs are working on needs assessment for clients during this time and beginning to screen and intake new clients via tele-health.

Information on Tele-Therapy Software

Below are some tele-health software shared with us by a variety of different organizations through various channels including NCB's Advisory Group and our listserv. Please check your state and local regulations and verify any information before moving forward with any platform. If you would like to share information with us to post, please email Ann Lundberg, NCB Logistics and Communications Coordinator, at alundberg@cvt.org.

Tips on Talking to Kids about COVID-19

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19, a resource page on talking to children about COVID-19, from The National Association of School Psychologists, including the following resources:

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019 from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Messages for parents,

Mental Health Resources during COVID-19

Wellness and Resilience During COVID-19

Methods for Building Wellness and Resilience

Thank you to Andrea Northwood, PhD, LP, CVT’s Director of Client Services at Center for Victims of Torture for this overview and  introduction to wellness and resilience resources.

We recognize that this time of uncertainty can be very anxiety-provoking and challenging. Together, we are facing a truly unprecedented global health pandemic, and it is affecting all aspects of our lives, including our families and friends, work, communities, and cultures. Our hearts go out to anyone who has been impacted by COVID-19 either directly or indirectly; our thoughts and heartfelt wishes for safety and recovery are with you and your loved ones. Amidst all these changes, we want to draw on the lived experience & wisdom of CVT’s clinical family to start ongoing conversations about ways you can take care of yourself, your friends and family to cope with the new stresses we are all facing. Things you can do take care of yourself and others around you:

More Multilingual COVID-19 Resources

General Resources

Self-Care during COVID-19

It is important to remember to take time to care for yourself in stressful situations like the one we are dealing with currently. Self care can be different for everyone. Here are some ways that you can help to care for yourself during this time, which will help build your resilience and ability to care for others.

Create healthy boundaries when you are working from home. This will give you time required to care for yourself.

Multilingual COVID-19 Resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Below are a list of fact sheets and resources from the CDC on COVID-19 on information about the virus, facts, sypmptoms, ways to slow the spread, and what to do if you or someone you care for is sick:

What To Do if You are Sick 

This fact sheet lets you know how to help prevent spreading the coronavirus disease 2019 if you are sick with the virus or think you are. Follow the steps in this fact sheet to help prevent spreading it to people in your home and community. Available in EnglishSpanishFrenchSimplified ChineseArabicDariFarsi

Tips on Working from Home

Working from home has advantages and disadvantages in the best of times. With the current social distancing that is being required of us to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 working from home can be isolating and challenging. Below are some tips on working from home that were recieved from our listserv and other resources. Feel free to add your tips for working from home in the comment section. We would love to here from you!

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