Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
The APA has created a dedicated webpage with information that is being updated regularly. The website includes extensive information related to what each state is doing regarding coverage of telehealth and other matters during the COVID-19 crisis as well as information on webinars, physician practice guidance, a toolkit for psychiatrists and much more.
This website includes more extensive information on COVID-19 as published by the CDC.
Report suspect or confirmed cases WITHIN 24 HOURS to the local health department by phone at 304-558-8870 and follow up with written report. For other COVID-19 information please log onto the DHHR website at http://www.dhhr.wv.gov
Physician Support Line
Free Confidential Peer Support Telehealth Line by Volunteer Psychiatrists for US Physician Colleagues during the COVID19 Pandemic. Check in at: https://doxy.me/physiciansupportline. No Live. No appointment needed. 8am - 12am EST 7 days a week.
Our society expects physicians, now more than ever, to have all the answers. To comfort. To heal.
Physicians often rise to the challenge, however, physicians are only human. Physicians are susceptible to burn out, deep sadness, anxiety and vulnerability. There is help. Please check in using the website listed above.
Caring for your Behavioral Health Seeking Support
- HELP4WV: Call or text 844-HELP4WV (844-435-7498). HELP4WV offers a 24/7 call, chat and text line that provides immediate help for any West Virginian struggling with an addiction or mental health issue.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
- National Disaster Distress Helpline: Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746. The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster.
- Veterans Crisis Line: Call 1-800-273-8255 or text 838255
- WV 211: Call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211. Every day hundreds of people across West Virginia turn to 211 for information and support—whether financial, domestic, health or disaster-related.
Criteria & Tools for Specimen Collection & Testing
Reporting a Death
Hygienic Products and Practices
American Professional Agency, Inc (APA, Inc)
We are experiencing a high volume of calls from policyholders interested in learning more about how to best set up Telehealth services in order to meet the needs of their patients and clients. This information below reflects the best practices we endorse as of March 18, 2020. Please understand that this information may change due to the evolving nature of this crisis and we would encourage you to check with your state board’s website and any professional association for which you are a member for updates.
PRMS (Professional Risk Management)
COVID-19 and Telehealth - PRMS has provided a link to their webpage with additional resources regarding the coronavirus: https://www.prms.com/services/risk-management/telepsychiatry-resources/.
We recognize that there will be an increased need for mental health counseling and services due to the COVID-19 crisis. Your professional liability insurance policy through the PRMS Psychiatrists’ Program covers you for the rendering of psychiatric services as a volunteer in the state where you are licensed. As a policy holder, your volunteer hours will not count against your total practice hours.