Coronavirus and State Reopening Information for the Public
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APA Article - School psychologists adapt to help students during COVID-19. School psychologists look back on how the pandemic upended their work, how they interact with students, and what’s ahead for the fall. Click here to read more

Reopening in New Jersey - Welcome to the "New Normal"  by William F. Walsh, PhD

New Jersey Psychological Association – Proclamation of Appreciation to All Front-Line Health Workers in 2020 

"The mission of the New Jersey Psychological Association is the advancement of psychology as a science, as a profession, and as a means of promoting health and human welfare in an atmosphere that supports the diversity of its members and the society at large."

In light of our mission, the New Jersey Psychological Association wishes to acknowledge our deep appreciation to all front-line health workers in New Jersey who have faced the unprecedented crisis resulting from the coronavirus epidemic.  Under extreme duress and at risk to their own lives as well as to their own physical and emotional well-being, the nurses, medical doctors, aides, and all hospital employees in our state, have been at the forefront in the battle to save lives, comfort patients, provide emotional support to families, and to perform their professional duties with the utmost of care.

As an association, we acknowledge and appreciate the work that these workers have done to address the emotional and mental health needs of both patients and patients’ families.  In addition to  the intense pressures of working long hours under extremely stressful conditions, it has been the front-line hospital personnel, - and, in particular, the nursing staff – who have been the ones who have enabled patients and families to connect with each other via virtual platforms, too often for the final time. They have kept families abreast of their loved ones’ medical status, comforted both patients and family members in times of uncertainty and tragedy, and provided the emotional support to all those facing the ramifications of this serious, and too frequently deadly, illness.

As mental health professionals, we express our deep appreciation to you for the caring and supportive care you have provided to countless patients.  In so doing, you have helped to address the emotional well-being and mental health needs of literally tens of thousands of people in our state in a dire emergency where people have faced intense anxiety and fear.   We, your colleagues in meeting the myriad health care needs of the diverse people in New Jersey, thank you for all your admirable efforts and we applaud the outstanding work you have done.

N.J. coronavirus stay-at-home order lifted by Murphy as state reopening moves forward
Which businesses may reopen and which businesses must be closed?

Compassionate Communities Message:  Psychological Coping during a Pandemic

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NJPA Statement Condemning Acts of Xenophobia and Racism in View of The Coronavirus 
The New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) strongly condemns the multiple instances reported in recent news of xenophobic and racist comments and acts directed against people perceived as of Asian descent. People identified as of Asian background constitute over 9% of the population of New Jersey1, and 58% of people of Asian background in the United States who have immigrated here themselves have become American citizens2. read our full statement here  

In April 2020 the NJPA Executive Board endorsed the Asian Neuropsychological Association's Anti- Asian Sentiment Statement 

In March 2020, the NJPA Executive Board endorsed the endorse the American Psychological Association's statement - APA CALLS FOR DESTIGMATIZING CORONAVIRUS  

TELEHEALTH INFORMATION

3-31-30 Further expansion of telehealth coverage for Medicare recipients 

3-22-20 Urgent News! Our Advocacy Efforts Help Expand Access to Telehealth and Tele-Mental Health Services!  

Governor Murphy Announces Departmental Actions to Expand Access to Telehealth and Tele-Mental Health Services in Response to COVID-19
NJPA is proud to announce that our advocacy efforts with Governor Murphy's Office contributed to this new development!   

NJPA leaders have been working non-stop around the clock with our Government Affairs Agent, Jon Bombardieri, to advocate for the needs of patients and of psychologists during this crisis. We have crafted and sent multiple letters this week to the Governor's Office, Commissioner of the Department of Banking and Insurance (DOBI), Legislators, and to the Board of Psychological Examiners (BoPE).   

We have been advocating relentlessly for coverage of: 
*telemedicine and telehealth for out-of-network providers, 
*for coverage of telephone sessions, 
*for the release of registration required by certain insurance companies, 
*for the release of insurance companies requirement to use their own platform, 
*for the allowance for NJ licensed psychologists to continue to provide services for clients who are now out of state (e.g. college students), among others.

Today, Sunday, March 22, Governor Murphy Announces Departmental Actions to Expand Access to Telehealth and Tele-Mental Health Services in Response to COVID-19. We are proud to announce that NJPA’s efforts shaped the Governor’s response. See the governor's press release here

Note that coverage of telemedicine for out of network providers, seems to still be unclear. The DOBI stated, "if network telehealth providers are not available." Additionally, Horizon is still requiring the use of their on-line platform, at no cost, Horizon CareOnline (see under the Department of Treasury link). The NJPA’s Government Affairs Agent, on behalf of NJPA, is checking this issue specifically with the governor's office, because it is not explicit in this order. We will follow up on it if/when we hear back from our Government Affairs Agent. All the information will also be published on our website.

HHS Office for Civil Rights  Announces Notification of Enforcement Discretion for Telehealth Remote Communications During The COVID-19 Nationwide Public Health Emergency

Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS):  Medicare Telemedicine Health Care Provider Fact Sheet


RESOURCES AND ARTICLES

As the news about the threat and risks of the Coronavirus are spreading, we would like to share some resources with all of you: From the CDC information on the virus, highlights, risks, precautions, etc. | Tips to help with Coronavirus Anxiety: Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus | Podcast with Baruch Fischhoff, PhD on how to calm the anxiety and the psychological effects of being quarantined. Speaking of Psychology: Coronavirus Anxiety  

Read our Spring E-Newsletter!  You & Your Community During the Covid-19 Pandemic 

Parenting During the Pandemic Resource List 

When—Not If—You Lose It With Your Child During Coronavirus

Helping Lonely Children During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Feeling overwhelmed by lockdown parenting? These small wins may help ease stress

A Quarantine Benefit: Lowering the Flame on Tween Drama

4 Ways to Help Parents From Burning Out

Treating anxiety and stress in front-line workers: A step-by-step CBT guide

Coping with Coronavirus Fears - Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore on Live With Kelly and Ryan

Staying mentally strong while quarantined during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

How parents can protect kids’ mental health during the pandemic

Ageism and COVID-19

Kids Are Grieving, Too

What is my life? Where is my life going?

Provider Well-Being in a Pandemic

What's the New Normal?

Reducing Helplessness and Anxiety in a Time of COVID-19 

How to talk with your loved ones about COVID 19

How to Love the Ones You’re with During Coronavirus

Coping With Worries About the Coronavirus

Addressing issues affecting graduate students, postdocs, interns and faculty with supervision and training responsibilities

Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic Health Crisis 

Managing COVID-19 Related Stress and Anxiety in our Children and Teens 

3-17-20 APA Message - As the world grapples with the evolving impact of COVID-19


PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

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STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCIES

New Jersey Department of Health - Latest Coronavirus Information 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  Healthcare Professionals: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):  Latest Coronavirus News