COVID-19 and Mental Health Policy/Advocacy
Opportunities for Action
COVID-19 Advocacy: Share your mental health story. NAMI.
COVID-19 Advocacy: Ask your US Senators to support mental health. NAMI.
Sign a petition to ask Governor Abbott to expand Medicaid. #SickofitTX.
Share your healthcare story. #SickofitTX.
COVID-19 Federal Action
Click here to read NAMI's Highlights of the federal CARES Act
COVID-19 State Action
COVID-19 Governor Executive Orders
All Governor Abbott Executive Orders can be found here.
GA-8 – Relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation (coronavirus) (OUTDATED)GA-9 – Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus)GA-10 -Relating to daily reporting during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus, hospital reporting)GA-11 – Relating to airport screening and self-quarantine during the COVID-19 disaster (New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans, coronavirus)GA-12 – Relating to roadway screening and self-quarantine during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus)GA-13 – Relating to detention in county and municipal jails during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus)GA-14 – Relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus)
Health and Human Services Guidance
March 31, 2020. HHS Launches Statewide COVID-19 Mental Health Support Line.
March 28, 2020. HHSC Temporarily Waives Renewal Requirements for Medicaid, SNAP Clients During COVID-19 Crisis.
March 17, 2020. Texas HHS Temporarily Suspends Non-Essential Visits to State Hospitals, State Supported Living Centers.
April 6, 2020. Emergency Rule for Facility Response to COVID-19: Private Psychiatric Hospitals and Crisis Stabilization Units. Health and Human Services.
April 17, 2020. COVID-19 Behavioral Health Services Providers Frequently Asked Questions. Health and Human Services.
April 3, 2020. COVID-19 Response Recommendations Substance Use and Misuse Prevention. Health and Human Services.