Coronavirus: COVID-19 Information

Public Health Emergency Update

February 1, 2023 -- This week, multiple news outlets are reporting the National Public Health Emergency (PHE) is anticipated to end on May 11, 2023. This announcement aligns with the administration’s previous commitments to give at least 60 days’ notice prior to the termination of the PHE.

The Federal Office of Management and Budget has stated, “The COVID-19 national emergency and public health emergency (PHE) were declared by the Trump Administration in 2020. They are currently set to expire on March 1 and April 11, respectively. At present, the Administration’s plan is to extend the emergency declarations to May 11, and then end both emergencies on that date”.

Please note that the Appendix K allowances are aligned with the PHE and based on the current information noted above will expire on May 11, 2023. Importantly, the flexibilities and enhancements which are supported by the Appendix K for the NOW and COMP Medicaid Waiver programs will remain in effect for up to 6 months after the end of PHE

For both Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities services, DBHDD has been working in anticipation to support the unwinding of the PHE. Please be assured we will continue to collaborate with our state and federal partners to support the provider network and ultimately the people we all serve.

We will continue to share additional information as it is available.  

Throughout the course of the current situation surrounding the Novel Coronavirus, COVID-19, we have made sure and will continue to make sure that we provide special guidance on how to approach this unique situation. Listed below are the communications we have sent so far.

The best place to find the most up-to-date information is at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and/or the Georgia Department of Public Health websites: and

On these sites, you will find helpful information for your teams and partners including guidance targeted for clinicians, public safety, and prevention measures, among others. These sites will be the primary mechanism to share up-to-date information; I encourage you to check them routinely.

Providers who are in need of decontamination assistance from the National Guard should go to the Georgia Emergency Management website at GEMA - Find A Location. Once at that website, choose the county where the facility in need of decontamination is located and contact the Emergency Management Director with your request.

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