COVID-19 Updates


As of August 24, 2020

In July 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has renewed the COVID-19 public health emergency for an additional 90 days, until October 23, 2020.  As a result, the following waivers and/or relaxations will be extended at least through October 23, 2020.  


NYSPA Member Survey in the Time of COVID-19

In order to further assist and advocate on behalf of our members, NYSPA developed an anonymous membership survey in May 2020 to collect information regarding the impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency on psychiatrists, their practices, and patients. 

Approximately 220 members participated and the results can be viewed here


NYS Essential Connector Program

To help Essential Workers (including those in healthcare) commute to work while the NYC subway is closed from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. on a daily basis (effective May 6), the MTA has established the Essential Connector Program. The program's website:


COVID-19 Resources

NYS Residents who are in need of emotional support during this trying time can contact New York State's Emotional Support Line at 1-844-863-9314.

New York State Office of Mental Health Guidance Documents

OCR Lifts HIPAA Penalties for Telehealth Use During COVID-19

COVID-19 Infection Control Guidance for OMH Residential Programs





NYS Creates Volunteer Mental Health Hotline to Help with Coronavirus Crisis

Within the last few hours, Governor Cuomo announced the creation of a state-wide hotline to provide free mental health services to individuals at home who may be experiencing stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 crisis. The Governor has called upon mental health professionals to volunteer to create a reserve of mental health professionals to provide telephone and/or telehealth counseling for individuals in need. NYSPA has contacted the Governor’s office and advised them it will be sending a communication to its members to encourage participation in this important initiative on behalf of New Yorkers in need.