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COVID-19 Updates

Updated: Mar 29, 2020

Stay at Home Order

The State of Ohio’ Stay at Home Order is effective tonight at midnight, but all human services and mental health organizations and their employees are exempt, per the guidelines of the order.  Read the order in full on the front of our website.

Child Welfare Covid-19 News

ODJFS is expected to release formal guidance soon on relaxed regulations and policies related to home visits, foster parent licensing, training, home studies, and more.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, we hope you have already moved to conducting virtual home visits with your families whenever possible.  All of these resources that have been already released are available on the front of our website.

Behavioral Health Covid-19 News

We already released a lot of information about the new telehealth and telephone behavioral health guidelines and regulations. All of these resources and more are available on the front of our website.

Telehealth Webinars This Week!

Momentarily, we will email our behavioral health provider members invitations to two webinars that will be held this week about the new Ohio Medicaid telehealth policies.  One is scheduled for Wednesday on psychiatry issues, and the other is scheduled for Thursday for general behavioral health related issues.

Social Media Outreach

We're joining forces with our partners MHAAC to spread the word that behavioral health services are still open and available for Ohioans in need.  Please consider, as appropriate, posting messages to your social media feeds such as this:

Need therapy or counseling?  We can provide it over the phone.  Contact us today!  #BHisOpenforBusiness #COVID19OhioReady #InThisTogether.

COVID doesn't just impact your physical health, it can impact your mental well-being. We want you to know which mental health services and programs are still available in your community. Call us at __________.  #BHisOpenforBusiness #COVID19OhioReady #InThisTogether.

Do You Need Supplies?

Need more personal protective equipment or sanitation supplies?  While there is a shortage statewide, you should always check with your local County EMA and Health Department. You can contact them to place a request for the equipment and supplies.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act – What Employer’s Need to Know

This client alert from our lawfirm BMD provides information on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, signed into law on March 18, 2020.  The Act provides several responses to address the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including providing for free coronavirus testing, giving a boost to funding for state unemployment compensation (subject to states waiving work search requirements and the waiting week), and leave for employees affected by coronavirus through the Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act and the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act. The Act also provides refundable tax credits for employers providing the required paid family and sick leave to employees in connection with this public health emergency. You have until April 1 to take advantage of the new paid leave laws and tax credits. 

BMD’s Labor + Employment Advisory team can help you navigate the new normal. For a fixed fee of $500, BMD will provide an updated leave policy that is easy to read, easy to follow, and easy to implement. To get started, contact Daphne Kackloudis at 614.246.7508 or


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