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You may be worried about where you are going to live and how you are going to support yourself, among other things. There may be things you are not thinking about, but should be. This section to be better prepared for this next phase of your life.
We wanted to let you know that resources from New York State are available to help answer your questions and concerns.
New York State Department of Health has set-up a 24/7 hotline to answer any of your Coronavirus-related questions. To reach them, please call 1-888-364-3065. You can find the latest information at their resource site:
New York State Department of Labor is working tirelessly to handle incoming claims. If you have been unable to get through our phone and/or online system this week, please keep trying. Once filed, all benefits will be retroactive to the day you were out of work. For more information, please contact 1-888-4-NYSDOL (888-469-7365). Or visit http://labor.ny.gov. Below are some helpful tips.
New York State Office of Mental Health - If the pandemic is impacting your mental health or creating anxiety - there are resources available to help. Please contact the our Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314. Or visit omh.ny.gov.
Isolation can be dangerous. If you're experiencing domestic violence during this unprecedented time, critical services are available for you and your family.
If you are in immediate danger - call 9-1-1. If you need help with how to be safe, please call the New York State Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906.
Below are additional resources:
As the Governor mentioned this week, it's not the easy times that forge character, it's the tougher times - and no one is tougher than New Yorkers.
Please stay safe, stay in, and stay healthy.
ProActive Caring Program
As we are all navigating these present times - there are tools, resources and supports that can be helpful. We have sent this message out to the individuals, families, community-based agencies and social-media sites that are involved in our statewide ProActive Caring Program funded by the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (NYS DDPC). The ProActive Caring Program provides Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) strategies and training to individuals, families and staff.
In times of stress - internal or external - staying in the moment with a focus on one breath at a time - can be calming and reassuring. We ask that you take a glimpse at the information we have shared with you (https://www.msmc.edu/proactive) about the “ProActive Caring Program” and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), with an intent on: “staying in the moment." https://www.msmc.edu/About_MSMC/centers/center-on-aging-and-disability-policy/proactive-caring-program/resources
Stress is a learned response and it can be unlearned. By using simple but powerful techniques of breathing and imagery, all things are manageable. We know it works - and so will you!
Be safe....be calm....be kind....be stress free
Also, here is the link to a Zoom-Cast that we created this week. The title is: “Pro-Active Caring - School Exchange”. This format will be created on a weekly basis on Wednesday at 10 am - the future video formats will run for 15 minutes and then open for questions, thoughts and exchanges.
The intent is to immediately be available for Parents, Families and Staff - to provide resources, presence and support.
Please feel free to share this link throughout your networks. Also, please feel free to contact us at 845-569-3164.
Be safe. Thanks.
Larry Force, Jeffery Kahana, and Elaine Sproat
The Center on Aging and Disability Policy
SAMHSA has a number of resources to assist you in getting help, access treatment, and connect to a crisis counselor.
Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. Find a treatment facility near you.
Free and confidential support for people in distress, 24/7.
Find treatment facilities confidentially and anonymously, 24/7.
Treatment referral and information, 24/7.
For those who prefer texting/social media (Facebook Messenger) to seek help. This resource is supported mostly by private companies such as Netflix and YouTube.
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text
from anywhere in the US to text with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis. https://www.crisistextline.org/faq
Visit www.samhsa.gov / 1-877-726-4727
NYS Office of Mental Health encourage you to check out our guidance released. Here, you can find all guidance, including the COVID-19 related guidance from OMH.
If you have any questions related to how your agency should proceed with specific aspects of operation during COVID-19 interruptions, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As we all continue to navigate our way through this pandemic and abide by the Governor's guidelines of social-distancing for the safety of ourselves, our families and others, FOR-NY continues in working to bring you updated COVID-19 information and how it may affect the Recovery Community statewide.
We have added a special page to our website that can be accessed through this link or when you visit our website at FOR-NY.org, you will find it in a tab on the top right titled "COVID-19 Information." Here you will find online recovery resources, the latest updates from OASAS, the NYS Governor, as well as CDC guidelines.
We will be updating this information regularly so be sure to visit often and use this as a resource tool as needed.
We are in this together!
The NYS Parent Portal (www.nysparenting.org) has launched a "Coronavirus - Resources for Parents" web page with parenting tips, activities and information on how to talk to your children about the Cornavirus.
Partner Webinar Series on the Power of Peer Support: Integrating Peer Support to Expand the Workforce for Individuals with Behavioral Health Challenges
The steady climb of individuals in jails and prisons with behavioral health disorders has ignited a deeper dive to understand the use of peer support to reduce recidivism, homelessness, unemployment, and instability. Whether part of the formal process or simply as a matter of people building relationships in peer support groups, the notion of one-to-one peer support is central. Peer support groups and forensic peers, individuals who have been involved in the criminal justice system, provide a variety of support activities specifically aimed to help with re-integration and maintaining positive community involvement.
The peer support specialist works from the context of recovery, frequently utilizing language based upon common experience rather than clinical terminology, and person-centered relationships to foster strength-based recovery. The core principles of peer support create a longer and competent role of recovery for individuals.
Part One: March 30, 2020, 1:30 p.m. ET
Part I - This series will provide an overview of this topic to include community engagement, the benefits of employing persons with lived experience, and expanding the workforce, including non-traditional ways to utilize peers.
Part Two: April 20, 2020, 1:30 p.m. ET
Part II - This series will delve into the practical application of using persons with lived experience in pre-arrest diversion, during incarceration, and for reentry-related services.
This webinar will be hosted by Policy Research, Inc., in support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge.Location: Webinar
National Parenting Education Network (NPEN)
Resources to support parents, children, families and caregivers during current Coronavirus period. Information was shared at a recent NPEN Zoom meeting.
Resources for Helping Parents and Children around Coronavirus
Platform for Running Virtual Online Classes
Podcast for Recognizing, Respecting and Allowing Children’s Healthy Emotions
“Unruffled" by Janet Lansbury
Activities Parents Can Do With Kids
https://www.kidsacookin.org/ is a great web site for cooking with kids
For Parents Who Are at a Distance From Their Children (e.g. co-parenting)
"Moms over Miles" and "Dads at a Distance" have good suggestions and ideas for activities that may be useful especially for parents not together.
NEW COVID-19 RESOURCE
Here is a link to our latest resource, a publication written in conjunction with our partners at The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice and SchoolHouse Connection.
Beyond the Food Pantry: COVID-19 Response for Students Who Are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care is meant to be a resource for caseworkers, social workers, students themselves, and those who care about them in these difficult times. We hope you will read and share in your networks.
We will continue to advocate for youth in the child welfare and justice systems facing unique challenges with the current situation.
NY State Updates on Coronavirus and Operation of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs
Hunger Solutions New York is following the development of emergency plans for the continued operation of federal nutrition programs as New York communities work to slow the spread of COVID-19.
NYS Education Department Guidance: "Operating Child Nutrition Programs when Schools are Closed due to COVID-19" encourages schools to prepare now to be able to continue to provide “critical support services” like school meals in the event of a school closure. Highlights include:
We encourage any school with questions to please contact your Child Nutrition Program Representative directly, or email CNCOVID@nysed.gov if you have additional questions or concerns.
On March 12th, OTDA issued a notice on COVID-19 to social service districts.
Districts are reminded that telephone interviews at both application and recertification are permissible for all SNAP households and are encouraged to utilize or implement this process. For SNAP cases due for recertification, districts also have the option to extend the certification period up to the maximum allowable certification period of 12 or 24 months, or up to 48 months for NYSNIP cases.
These additional websites are providing updated information as it becomes available.
As a statewide organization dedicated to alleviating hunger, our mission is more important than ever. We will continue to keep you updated on developments.
The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) is providing this guidance to New York State Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) providers serving children/youth under the 1915(c) Children’s Waiver, pertaining to the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Please click learn more to view the Guidance documents fo HCBS providers and Health Homes, and visit the Novel Cornoavirus Information for Providers page for additional information. It is important that providers continue to monitor the Department of Health website and all Medicaid Updates, as the situation is changing rapidly.
Thank you for your dedication and commitment to serving our most vulnerable Medicaid members.
With the spread of the Coronavirus and other types of diseases on people's minds, parents, teachers, and clinicians are looking to find ways to calm the anxiety and the best preventative measures to teach children. What if your child is diagnosed with anxiety/OCD and is already washing “too much”? Or maybe your child with ADHD is impulsive and can’t stop touching and does not easily follow directions? What happens when these preventative measures cause more hurt than help for children with Anxiety, OCD, ASD or ADHD?
In this 1-hour webinar, Dr. Lori Evans and Dr. Kathleen Camacho will focus on how to help children cope with the Coronavirus information when diagnosed with behavioral disorders and will provide ideas by diagnosis and developmental level.
STRESS AND COPING
The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger.
Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak can depend on your background, the things that make you different from other people, and the community you live in.
People who may respond more strongly to the stress of a crisis include
Click the Learn More Link below for tips for parents, responders, people who have been released from quarantine, and links to additional resources.
Hunger Solutions New York has released its annual statewide report, Bridging the Gap: Reaching Undeserved Students with Breakfast After the Bell. The report, which includes state and district-level statistics for New York State’s public schools, is based on 2018-19 school year data. The report analyzes school breakfast participation to provide a better understanding of, and potential solutions for, the state’s historically stagnant participation in free and reduced-price school breakfast.
Help us educate and spread the message about the power of school breakfast. Please share this report with your networks and on your social channels. Together we can make a difference in making sure more low-income children have access to the nutrition they need for their health and learning.
With funding from the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council, Parent to Parent of NYS is pleased to introduce our latest initiative, Text4Caregivers. Text4Caregivers is a free text service that distributes timely and relevant self-care and stress-management support via text messaging. As a caregiver, you take care of others; this service exists to remind you to take care of you.
To get started and receive free self-care text messages, fill out this online signup form:
Questions? Contact our Project Director, Valerie Colavecchio : email@example.com
Con el apoyo del consejo de planeamiento de discapacidades en el desarrollo, Parent to Parent of NYS desea hacerles saber de nuestro nuevo programa, Text4Caregivers.
Text4Cargivers es un servicio de mensajeria gratuito que se le enviara a su telefono celular frecuentemente, con mensajes de como tener cuidado de su persona y como manejar el estres. Este servicio esta creado para recordarle que antes de cuidar a otros, usted debe cuidarse primero.
Le invitamos a ser parte de este nuevo programa. Por favor registrese online en el siguiente link:
Preguntas? Comuníquese con nuestra Coordinadora de Familias Hispanas, Angela Picardo : firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you need to connect or can you help connect pregnant women, new moms, infants and children under age 5 with the New York State WIC program?
WIC provides supplemental foods, health care referrals, nutrition education, and breastfeeding promotion and support to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. WIC helps non-maternal caregivers, who can apply for WIC for children under age 5 in their care, too.
There have been some exciting changes to WIC recently, yet statewide, the NYS Department of Health estimates that we are reaching only approximately one-half of potentially eligible New Yorkers.
For a limited time, Hunger Solutions New York is providing professionally printed outreach materials available on WIC Help NY’s Resource Center to statewide partners and community organizations to bulk order, free of charge.
Complete this online tool to order your free outreach and resource materials and help nourish more women, infants and children in your area.
If you (or someone you know) will be reporting income of $69,000 or less on your 2019 personal income tax return, you may be able to electronically prepare and file your income tax returns for free.
Resources for individuals
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced local governments can apply for their shares of the $20 million in funding made available in the FY 2020 State Budget and designated to help make sure every New Yorker is counted in the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. The Funding is part of the State's $60 million outreach effort that also includes up to $40 million from existing resources that leverages the outreach capacity of dozens of State agencies and public authorities.
The New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH) and its partners have been conducting follow up on the 2018 System of Care (SOC) Summit recommendations identified by statewide participants. One request was for the state to support continued implementation and maintenance of SOC efforts statewide. Toward that end, the NYS SOC Pilot has engaged Policy Research Associates to design a curriculum to be used in local SOC planning efforts.
The agency seeks up to 60 seasoned trainers/facilitators to facilitate day-long action planning events for local SOC teams.