COVID-19: How can we be helpful during this crisis?
As we all grapple with the uncertain implications of COVID-19, the physical and mental health and safety of our staff, partners, families, and communities across the state are of paramount importance.
CHDI staff are working remotely, and can be reached by email. A list of CHDI staff email addresses can be found here.
CHDI, and our parent organization (the Children's Fund of Connecticut), have also compiled a limited list of information and resources for our partners and the public, which will be periodically updated as new information becomes available.*
The State of Connecticut and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as your local health departments have the latest COVID-19 updates, resources and valuable health information.
Information and Resources
DONATIONS AND VOLUNTEERS
We ask that if you have personal protection equipment supplies, please consider donating them to health care workers as there is a critical shortage of supplies. Connecticut is also recruiting medical volunteers to help respond to this crisis.
HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION
CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) ACT INFORMATION
- Senator Chris Murphy posted a comprehensive summary and FAQs regarding the CARES Act - a COVID-19 relief package to help workers, families, hospitals and their staff, small businesses, and the unemployed during this crisis. It includes information about direct payments, unemployment insurance, emergency leave, support for the State of Connecticut, small businesses, utility and nutrition assistance, housing, education, children and families, and more.
FOOD, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL SERVICES RESOURCES
- 2-1-1 Connecticut: Information and Resources to Help Communities #LiveUnited during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Families can also call 2-1-1 from any Connecticut phone or visit https://www.211ct.org/ to find local services and supports.
- The Hartford Courant developed a list of Coronavirus crisis resources in Connecticut: From food to legal aid and housing.
- A poster with important crisis resources in Connecticut for housing, food, mental health, unemployment, internet, utilities, and more was developed by the Connecticut Commission on Children, Women, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity.
- The Connecticut State Department of Education shared information on districts providing meals to enrolled students, as well as distribution sites for children that DO NOT have to be a resident to access meals.
- CT Voices for Children's new “Q & A Blog Series” provides information about unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, and family medical leave in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Access Health CT announced a NEW Special Enrollment Period for qualified uninsured Connecticut residents through April 2, 2020.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING
- Child Trends' recommendations for supporting and protecting children's emotional well-being during COVID-19.
- National Child Traumatic Stress Network created a Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
- The Village for Children and Families’ mental health experts share COVID-19 resources and guidance for families on navigating the uncertainty and stressful disruptions in routine, schooling and employment caused by the pandemic.
- Connecticut Children's School Closure Kit includes advice for families from pediatric experts on a variety of topics, including how to structure your child’s day, engage them in learning, answer their coronavirus questions – and help your whole family stay calm.
BEHAVIORAL HEALTH CRISIS RESOURCES
- Connecticut's Mobile Crisis Intervention Services offers help from trained behavioral health clinicians for children in crisis by calling 2-1-1. Learn more at https://www.empsct.org/.
- Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) provides crisis services for adults through local mental health authorities. DMHAS-funded emergency crisis intervention centers are located throughout the state.
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline offers 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support for people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES
RESOURCES FOR HEALTH AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS
RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND CHILD CARE PROVIDERS
RESOURCES FOR FUNDERS AND NON-PROFITS
*We recognize this is not a comprehensive list. These materials are provided for informational purposes only. CHDI does not endorse any particular affiliation which may appear on the provided resources.