Coronavirus 19 updates and resources

From time to time we will have updates on resources and actions concerning the Coronavirus 19 pandemic.

   The Veterans Administration is revising its regulations that govern VA's Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to relax the requirement for in-person home visits during the National Emergency related to COVID-19. This change is required to ensure the safety and well-being of veterans, caregivers, and VA clinical staff. Open for public comment on or before July 6, 2020.  Website.

 

updated Mental Health Information from PAVOAD July 3, 2020

Pennsylvania State-based helplines for COVID-19 mental/spiritual/emotional health support

PA DHS Support and Referral Helpline – 1-855-284-2494

   For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.

This 24/7 helpline is staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers to help Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.

 

Keystone Disaster Spiritual Care Network Helpline - 1-888-255-6520

This 24/7 helpline for spiritual and emotional support is open to anyone who is looking for guidance or just needs to talk to someone during this time of uncertainty and fear.  

Trained volunteers from the religious community will be available to assist people of all

faiths by listening actively and providing encouragement without judgement based on

the best practices of the National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters for

spiritual and emotional care in times of crisis.

 

PA Get Help Now Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

Individuals with substance use disorder seeking treatment and recovery resources for themselves or a loved one can call this toll-free helpline which is staffed by trained professionals who directly connect callers to local supports and services. A live chat option is also available online or via text message at 717-216-0905 for those seeking help who may not be comfortable speaking to a helpline operator.

Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741

 

National helplines that have COVID-19

specific services

 

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

 

Disaster Distress Helpline – 1-800-985-5990

   Text: “TalkWithUs” to 66746

     Disasterdistress.samhsa.gov

Many are struggling to cope emotionally with the COVID-9 outbreak. The free, national Disaster Distress Helpline is a source for 24/7 crisis counseling and emotional support.

Calls to 1-800-985-5990 and texts (text TalkWithUs to 66746) are answered by trained counselors from a network of independently operated crisis centers located across the United States.

 

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) HelpLine 

Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 6:00 pm, EST at 1-800-950-6264

 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

This 24/7 free and confidential hotline provides support for people in distress and prevention and crisis resources.

 

Veterans Crisis Line: Suicide Prevention Hotline, Text & Chat

Free, confidential support for Veterans in crisis and their families and friends. Call the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1 or text to 838255

More Information Here

 

The Trevor Project — Saving Young LGBTQ Lives

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. 1-866-488-7386 (Open 24/7). More Information Here

 

 

American Red Cross Virtual Family Assistance Center

 

The American Red has developed a program to support individuals and families who have lost family members to death as a result of COVID-19. The program will link crisis counselors with families to provide emotional and spiritual support, as well as targeted short-term case management to assist with navigating through the challenging processes which might include challenges with moving the family member’s body through the hospital, nursing home, medical examiner and funeral home systems in this time when those systems may be overwhelmed and their processes may be different than they normally are. They may also include linkage to legal resources for estate, custody, immigration or other issues related to the death.

 

Connect with the Red Cross immediately by calling us toll-free at 833-492-0094. Language services for non-English speaking callers will be provided.

Pennsylvania-specific resources can be found at –

https://www.redcross.org/virtual-family-assistance-center/pa-family-assistance-center.html

 


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Chester Country Dept of Human Services

A Comprehensive List of Resources to Address Community Needs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in Chester County
 

Chester County Resource List  June 2020

Below is a menu of resource categories.
 
b. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
c. United Way of Chester County 2-1-1 (All Resource Phone Line)
i. This is a phone line which call specialist connect callers with local resources needed.
 Resources such as food, housing, employment, etc.
 211 call specialists are available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-866-964-7922.
 TTY and language services are available in more than 170 languages and dialects.
 Chester County residents can also text their zip code to 898-211.
d. Chester County Information and Referral Agencies
i. Human Services Inc. (West Chester Area): 610-429-3033
ii. La Comunidad Hispana (Kennett Area): 610-444-7550
iii. Maternal and Child Health Consortium (Coatesville Area): 484-378-4030
iv. Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (Southern Chester County): 610-932-8557
v. Phoenixville Area Community Services (Phoenixville Area): 610-933-1105
2. Mental Wellness
a. Warm Lines
i. If you're feeling lonely, worried, anxious and need to talk to someone, call:
 Chester County Warm Line: 1-866-846-2722.
 Pennsylvania COVID-19 Statewide Support and Referral Line: The toll-free number to call is 1-855-284-2494.
b. Crisis Lines
i. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis, call:
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 Chester County Valley Creek Crisis Center (24 hours a day, 7 days a week): 610-280-3270.
 National Suicide Prevention Life Line: 1-800-273-8255.
 If you would rather be in touch via text message, use the National Crisis Text Line: 741-741.
ii. Veterans Crisis Line
 National Veterans Suicide Prevention Life Line: 1-800-273-8255 PRESS #1.
c. Mental Wellness Resources
iii. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline “Online Chat”: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
iv. National Crisis Text Line: https://www.crisistextline.org/
v. Mental Health America Online Support Groups: https://www.mhanational.org/find-support-groups
vi. Chester County Suicide Prevention Task Force: http://chestercountysuicideprevention.com/
vii. Accessing Mental Health Services in Chester County: https://chesco.org/617/Mental-Health
 If you have health insurance, call the number on the back of the member card to ask about mental health or behavioral health coverage.
 If you have Medical Assistance/HealthChoices, contact Community Care Behavioral Health at 866-622-4228 for information about services.
 In PA, most children under age 19 with serious mental health needs qualify for Medical Assistance regardless of family income. By using both private health insurance and Medical Assistance, the family gets more treatment choices as well as more financial help. You can apply for Medical Assistance by completing the COMPASS application. Our local service providers shown below can help you get the benefits for which you qualify.
o Adults and children:
 Human Services, Inc.
Thorndale: 610-873-1010
Oxford: 610-998-1807
Spanish language services at some locations
 Holcomb Behavioral Health Services
Exton: 610-363-1488
Kennett Square: 610-388-7400
Spanish language services available
 Creative Health Services
Pottstown: 484-941-0500
o Adults Only:
 Fellowship Health Resources
Phoenixville: 610-415-9301
o Children Only:
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 Child Guidance Resource Centers
Coatesville: 610-383-5635
Toll free: 866-799-3325
 Devereux Community Services
Phoenixville - 610-933-8110 - Until 03/31/2020
Malvern - 610-933-8110 - Effective 04/01/2020
800-935-6789
viii. Managing Stress during the COVID-19 Outbreak: https://www.ptsd.va.gov/covid/COVID_managing_stress.asp
x. Coping with Stress during Infectious Disease Outbreaks: https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/sma14-4885.pdf
3. Substance Use
a. Substance Use Recovery Support Groups and Virtual Meetings
i. General Substance Use Recovery Resources
 Pennsylvania Recovery Organization Alliance (PRO-A) Online and Virtual Recovery Support List: http://pro-a.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/01-PROA-Online-Recovery-Support-Resource-list-4120-1.pdf
 Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) COVID-19 Resource Page: https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Get%20Help%20Now/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx
 Pennsylvania Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) Online Support groups and podcasts: https://www.ddap.pa.gov/Get%20Help%20Now/Documents/COVID-Individuals.pdf
 Podcasts Supporting Recovery: https://conversation.zone/podcasts/
 Addiction Policy Forum Smartphone App: https://www.addictionpolicy.org/connections-app
 Meeting Finder Created by Be a Part of the Conversation: https://conversation.zone/meetings/
ii. Veteran Substance Use Resources
 REBOOT COMBAT Virtual Recovery: https://rebootrecovery.com/military
 Virtual All-Recovery Meetings for Veterans in Recovery Zoom Meetings:
o Thursdays at 6:00pm ET
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o Meeting ID: 469 605 9639
o Dial in Phone Number: 929-205-6099
iii. Parent/Loved One Substance Use Resources
 Nar-Anon Virtual Support Groups: https://www.naranonchat.com/
 “Parent Partnership” Hosted by Be A Part of the Conversation”: https://conversation.zone/parent-partnership/
 Podcasts Supporting Recovery: https://conversation.zone/podcasts/
 Meeting Finder Created by Be a Part of the Conversation: https://conversation.zone/meetings/
b. Accessing Substance Use Treatment
i. If you have insurance, including Medicaid, please call the number listed on the back of your insurance card to get information on how to access drug and alcohol services.
ii. If you do not have insurance, please call one of the following agencies which is closest to you, for help:
 Gaudenzia Coatesville(Coatesville) - 610-383-9600
 Mirmont Outpatient (Exton) - 484-565-1130
 Holcomb Behavioral Health Systems (Kennett Square) - 610-388-9225
 Creative Health Services (Phoenixville)- 610-933-1223
 Gaudenzia West Chester(West Chester) - 610-429-1414
iv. PA Get Help Now:
 24/7 Help Line: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
v. PA Get Help Now Chat:
c. Other Resources
4. Resources for Parents and Caregivers of Children
a. How to Help your Child Cope with COVID-19
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ii. Children and COVID-19: Tips to keep children healthy while school’s out: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/children.html?deliveryName=USCDC_2067-DM23953
b. School District COVID-19 Updates
ii. Coatesville Area School District: https://www.casdschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&;DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=20&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=9662&PageID=1
iii. Downingtown Area School District: https://www.dasd.org/Page/9207
iv. Great Valley School District: https://www.gvsd.org/Page/17808
v. Kennett Consolidated School District: https://www.kcsd.org/news/2020/03/16/food-distribution-plan/
vi. Octorara School District: https://www.octorara.k12.pa.us/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&;DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=13&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=3699&PageID=1
vii. Owen J. Roberts School District: https://www.ojrsd.com/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&;DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=15&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=32977&PageID=1
ix. Phoenixville Area School District: https://www.pasd.com/our_district/coronavirus_developments
x. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: https://www.tesd.net/coronavirus
xi. Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: https://www.ucfsd.org/covid19/resources/faqs
xii. West Chester Area School District: https://www.wcasd.net/Page/12726
c. Other Tips and Resources
i. Things to do at Home: Things to do at Home: https://www.chesco.org/4427/Coronavirus-COVID-19-Things-to-do-at-Hom
ii. 8 Tips for Working from Home with Kids during COVID-19: https://www.yalemedicine.org/stories/8-tips-work-at-home-with-kids-covid-19/
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iv. ChescoLife a free program supported by Chester County Dept. of Human Services and serves families who have a child or adolescent that struggles with emotional behavioral, social needs, intellectual disabilities involved with the dependency or delinquency systems.
 Families can call 1-484-348-6392.
v. Autism Support Group: https://paautism.org/support-groups/
5. Food Providers and Hot Meals
a. Finding Locations
i. PA Food Resource Finder: https://panen.org/covid-19-food-resources
ii. Chester County Food Bank COVID-19 Update: https://chestercountyfoodbank.org/community-partners/member-agencies/
iii. 211 Services from the United Way available 24/7 by calling 2-1-1 or 1-866-964-7922.
 TTY and language services are available in more than 170 languages and dialects.
 Chester County residents can also text their zip code to 898-211.
b. Applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
c. School District COVID-19 Meal Updates
ii. Coatesville Area School District: https://www.casdschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&;DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=20&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=9662&PageID=1
iii. Downingtown Area School District: https://www.dasd.org/Page/9207
iv. Great Valley School District: https://www.gvsd.org/Page/17808
v. Kennett Consolidated School District: https://www.kcsd.org/news/2020/03/16/food-distribution-plan/
vi. Octorara School District: https://www.octorara.k12.pa.us/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&;DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=13&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=3699&PageID=1
vii. Owen J. Roberts School District: https://www.ojrsd.com/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&;DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=15&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=32977&PageID=1
ix. Phoenixville Area School District: https://www.pasd.com/our_district/coronavirus_developments
x. Tredyffrin-Easttown School District: https://www.tesd.net/coronavirus
xi. Unionville-Chadds Ford School District: https://www.ucfsd.org/covid19/resources/faqs
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xii. West Chester Area School District: https://www.wcasd.net/Page/12726
d. Other Resources
ii. Emergency Food Assistance During COVID-19 Mitigation: https://www.media.pa.gov/pages/Agriculture_details.aspx?newsid=900
iii. Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) COVID-19 Message: https://www.pacsphx.org/our-message-about-covid19
6. Housing and Utilities a. Housing i. Prohibition of Eviction/Displacement from Residence: https://housingalliancepa.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/4.1-HAP-Statement-updated.pdf ii. Homeless Coordinated Entry: Call 2-1-1
b. Utilities
iv. Xfinity Hotspots: http://wifi.xfinity.com/
7. Employment Resources
a. Unemployment
i. Information for Workers Impacted by COVID-19: https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
ii. Information on Federal CARES ACT: https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx
b. Finding Jobs During COVID-19
i. PA Careerlink Job Seeker Resources: http://www.pacareerlinkchesco.org/job-seekers/downloads/
8. Financial Resources
i. Businesses
 Information for Workers Impacted by COVID-19: https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
 Information on CARES Act for Small Business: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Geu-RbGGfCQ&;feature=youtu.be
 COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Communities and Local Governments: https://dced.pa.gov/resources/
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 Phoenixville Community Health Foundation: http://www.pchf1.org/available-grants/mini-grants/
 Montgomery County: http://www.mcfoundationinc.org/
ii. Federal Student Loans
9. Other Resources
a. Seniors
i. Chester County Department of Aging Website: https://www.chesco.org/135/Aging
ii. ROVER is still transporting folks to the grocery store: https://www.krapfbus.com/transportation/rover/
 Rider must be registered before booking a trip.
 Registration can be completed online or by calling 484-696-3854.
iii. Meals on Wheels of Chester County is continuing to provide this service: https://mowcc.org/
b. Veterans
i. Chester County Department of Veteran Affairs: https://chesco.org/882/Veterans-Resources
ii. Veteran Caregivers Support Group: https://www.coatesville.va.gov/calendar.asp?action=detail&;EID=419336&thisyear=2020&thisMonth=4&day=8
iii. Virtual All-Recovery Meetings for Veterans in Recovery Zoom Meetings
 Thursdays at 6:00pm ET
 Meeting ID: 469 605 9639
 Dial in Phone Number: 929-205-6099
c. Transportation
ii. Septa Regional Rail Service Plan: http://septa.org/service/rail/midday-schedule.html
d. Domestic Violence
i. 24-hour, free hotline 888-711-6270 or 610-431-1430
ii. If you are in immediate danger, DIAL 911.
 If you cannot call, you can TEXT 911 if you are in Chester County.
 
***If you were not able to find what you were looking for in this guide, please contact one of our Information and Referral Agencies listed below, try calling Chester County 2-1-1- by dialing 2-1-1 or 1-866-964-7922 (TTY and language services are available in more than 170 languages and dialects) also Chester County residents can also text their zip code to 898-211.***
 
Chester County Information and Referral Agencies
 Human Services Inc. (West Chester Area) or 610-429-3033
 La Comunidad Hispana (Kennett Area) or 610-444-7550
 Maternal and Child Health Consortium (Coatesville Area) - or 484-378-4030
 Oxford Area Neighborhood Services Center (Southern Chester County) or 610-932-8557
 Phoenixville Area Community Services (Phoenixville Area) or 610-933-1105
 
 

 

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