Telehealth and SUD: Lessons From the Pandemic

A New Webinar From the AMA and Manatt Shares How Telehealth Policies Changed During COVID-19, What That Means for Substance Use Disorder Treatment—and What’s Next.

The COVID-19 pandemic drove significant expansion in state and federal telehealth policies, playing a critical role in ensuring access to substance use disorder (SUD) services, even during quarantine. In a new webinar, the American Medical Association (AMA) and Manatt examine changes in telehealth policies, how those changes are impacting SUD treatment—and which new policies should be extended long term to maximize continued access to SUD services. The program also analyzes key lessons providers learned during the pandemic about using telehealth to serve those with SUDs—and how to carry those important learnings forward.

The program will answer key questions, including:

  • What were the most important telehealth changes during the pandemic?
  • Which of those changes should be made permanent in serving those with SUDs?
  • How can telehealth support providers in the delivery of SUD services?
  • What barriers did states and health care providers face in implementing the expanded telehealth policies?
  • Beyond making these policies permanent, what else can states do to address the ongoing substance use epidemic?


Jared Augenstein, Director, Manatt Health
Zoe Barnard, Administrator, Addictive and Mental Disorders Division, State of Montana
Lewei (Allison) Lin, MD, MS, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan Addiction Center and Director, Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship Program

Date and Time

Thursday, October 7

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This program does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney-client relationship. Views expressed by presenters are strictly their own and should not be construed to be the views of Manatt or attributed to Manatt.



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