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Michigan: COVID 19 Resources

COVID-19 Resources 



MDHHS Information


State of Michigan COVID-19 Website

Questions about Michigan’s COVID-19 Response can be directed to


Michigan COVID19 Hotline: 888-535-6136 to answer health-related questions about the virus. (Open from 8 am-5 p.m., 7 days a week)

Michigan COVID19 E-mail: (Emails answered from 8 am-5 pm, 7 days a week)


Click here to receive periodic COVID-19 updates from MDHHS

Click here to review MDHHS Proposed Medicaid Changes


Guidance in Caring for Older Adults during the Pandemic


BHDDA Guidance for Specific Clinically Essential Face to Face Encounters in Behavioral Health Clinics, Substance Use Services and Residential Settings in the COVID-19 Context

BHDDA Infection Control Issues during Patient Close Contact Face to Face Assessment in Behavioral Health Clinic Settings in the COVID-19

MDHHS Notice on Service and Settings during COVID19

On March 19, 2020, the Bureau of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (BHDDA), within Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced, in response to the social distancing and quarantining of many Michiganders, the approval of the use of telehealth approaches to providing all mental health services and supports that are clinically appropriate for the use of telehealth approaches. This announcement from BHDDA, the Medical Services Administration (MSA) memo underscoring the purpose of the telehealth codes, and the approved telehealth code list are provided below:


Michigan and National Mental Health Crisis Lines


MDHHS COVID-19 Hotline and Email Response

Call Michigan COVID19 Hotline at 888-535-6136 to answer health-related questions about the virus. It is open from 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. seven days a week, or e-mail: (emails will be answered from 8 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week).

COVID-19 Line – Senior Citizens

Michigan Senior Citizens needing emotional support. Call: 1-888-535-6136

National Disaster Distress Helpline

Offers 24/7 crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress. Call: 1-800-985-5950 or Text: 66746

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Provides free and confidential support 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call: 1-800-273-8255 or visit:

Crisis Text Line

Persons needing crisis counseling via text. Text RESTORE to 741741

HeadSpace Web Service

A collection of meditation, sleep and movement exercises designed to help keep a strong and healthy mind. Free to Michiganders (normally a paid service). Visit:

Michigan PEER Warmline

Staffed by peer support specialists, the warmline is for those living with serious mental health and/or substance use challenges. Provides resource referral and shared experience of recovery and hope. Call: 1-888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753)

Healthcare Provider Support Hotline

Michigan healthcare personnel needing support. Staffed by volunteer nurses, social workers psychologists at Wayne State University. Call: 1-888-910-1636

SAMHSA CCP 2-Month Crisis Counseling

Michigan residents needing crisis counseling and support for emotional distress related to COVID-19. Call: 1-888-535-6136

Michigan Crisis and Access Line (MCAL)

Michigan residents needing behavioral health supports and services, including crisis support: In development

Governor’s COVID19-Related Executive Orders of Greatest Relevance to NASW Michigan Members


Financial Support for

Employers Impacted by COVID-19




Essential Workers




Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Information


COVID-19 Prevention & Mitigation Strategies



Guidance for Healthcare Workers



Center on Medicaid and Medicare Services




Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

University of Michigan: Resource Guides



Welcoming Michigan: Resources Guide


More information for Social Workers



Reducing the Impact of COVID-19

On Racial & Ethnic Minority Communities


The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health Administration and Office of Equity and Minority Health uploaded links to the 4/2/20 Town Hall: Reducing the Impact of COVID-19 on Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities.  Additional resources on COVID-19 and Racial and Ethnic Minorities are included on the Office of Equity and Minority Health’s website:


The Recommendations for Diverse Communities (Race and Ethnicity) resource document, with the link provided below, was created in response to the rising needs for culturally and linguistically appropriate responses to the disparate living conditions faced by racial and ethnic groups, including: lack of access to water and hand sanitizer in local community, lack of spacious housing that allows for correct isolation, disproportionate exposure to COVID-19 due to higher utilization of public transportation and higher percentages of People of Color working in essential jobs. These recommendations are grounded in cultural and linguistic competence. A cultural and linguistic competent framework allows us to 1.) attend to literacy and health literacy needs by rendering complicated concepts like cleaning vs. disinfecting into accessible plain language for the intended audience, 2.) include culturally-defined meanings of the intended audience, 3.) present materials in the language/s of the intended audience, 4.) identify and address societal cultural contexts impacting the intended audience, 5.) determine how to develop, bridge and disseminate the message with the intended communities in culturally relevant ways for a more effective reach, and more. This is only the beginning of many possibilities. We hope this document begins to provide clarity in direction and alternatives for racial and ethnic minority groups to protect themselves, family and larger community. More on this to come.


The Culturally and Linguistically Competent (CLC) Recommendations for Organizations/Entities resource document (with the link provided below) was created to assist organizations, leaders and personnel in thinking about adopting, creating and executing culturally and linguistically appropriate responses to COVID-19. The MDHHS’ Office of Equity and Minority Health conducted a light environmental scan of CLC efforts taking place in the country in response to the COVID-19. This document includes a compilation of national, state and local efforts currently underway.

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