COVID-19: How Crisis Further Complicates Behavioral Health


This was a virtual meeting held via Zoom.

Behavioral health conditions are often difficult to diagnose and treat under normal circumstances, but adding a global pandemic to the situation can raise additional hurdles. Changes and temporary halts to traditional health care delivery models have increased stress for patients and behavioral health providers. Join NCSL to learn how state policymakers, health directors, health systems, providers and consumers have adjusted to telehealth and other changes to behavioral health care in the coronavirus era.



  •  Karmen Hanson, program director, NCSL   


  • Charlie Severance-Medaris, policy specialist, NCSL 
  • Elizabeth Walker Romero, director, division of substance abuse and mental health, Delaware
  • Douglas Thomas, director, division of substance abuse and mental health, Utah 
This project is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $250,000 with 100% funded by CDC/HHS. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by CDC/HHS, or the U.S. Government.