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Supporting Survivors’ Access to Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Emergency

Subjects: Clinical, Education, Policy Type: Tools, Organizations, Resource Libraries, Implementation Guides, Manuals, Websites, Technical Assistance Tags: Covid 19, Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder, Opioid, Opioid Use Disorder, Intimate Partner Violence, Adverse Childhood Experiences, Tip Sheet, Stigma, Violence, Trauma Informed Care, Suicide Prevention, Medication Assisted Treatment, Sexual Violence, Advocacy, Treatment Guidelines

In response to the current national emergency, NCDVTMH will continue to provide updates, resources, and tip sheets to support domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy organizations and coalitions in responding to the trauma, mental health, and substance use-related needs of survivors and their families.

Substance use disorder treatment and mental health services can be difficult to access under regular circumstances. During this national emergency, there are new kinds of barriers to accessing treatment well as new and emerging policies designed to address them. This tip sheet outlines key steps in advocating for survivors’ continued access to mental health and substance use services and medication.