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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 and non-medical volunteers to help respond to this crisis. 

HEALTH AND SAFETY INFORMATION

ECONOMIC SUPPORT & FEDERAL RELIEF INFORMATION

  • Connecticut Recovers brings state and municipal officials, community-based organizations, nonprofit providers, and philanthropic partners together to establish local long-term recovery committees to meet urgent needs, accelerate economic recovery, and expedite coordination with the state’s emergency management structure.
  • The CT Housing Finance Authority, with financial support from the State of CT, has launched a homeowner assistance program for low and moderate income households in CT who are struggling to pay their mortgages due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic. 
  • The Connecticut Department of Labor has information on unemployment, federal relief, and FAQs about coronavirus for workers and employers.
  • Senator Chris Murphy posted a comprehensive summary and FAQs of federal coronavirus relief 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.
  • CT Voices for Children's  “Q & A Blog Series” provides information about unemployment insurance, paid sick leave, and family medical leave in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and their coronavirus Crisis Response Report provides information on federal efforts to address the pandemic.

FOOD, LEGAL AID, AND SOCIAL SERVICES RESOURCES

SUPPORTING CHILDREN'S EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING 

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/.
  • "Talk it Out CT" is a new hotline to help families relieve stress resulting from caring for children during the COVID-19 crisis. Trained professionals will listen and talk through concerns. If additional help is needed, they can make referrals to responsive programs including Mobile Crisis. The hotline is sponsored by the State of Connecticut in partnership with United Way of Connecticut.  "When it build up talk it out."  Call 1-833-258-5011 or visit talkitoutct.com.
  • PreventSuicideCT.org offers crisis and prevention resources. If you are in a crisis, call 2-1-1 in Connecticut or text CT to 741741 (free Crisis Text Line)If you live outside Connecticut call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
  • 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.
  • Hero Hotline - 888-217-HEROCHR is providing a Free Hotline to Help Frontline Workers and Anyone Struggling with Ongoing Stress of the Coronavirus Crisis. The hotline is staffed by a professional trained in the treatment of Acute Stress Reaction and other conditions related to prolonged stress and anxiety.
  • Hartford HealthCare's Behavioral Health Network is launching a Community Care Center hotline at 1.833.621.0600.
     

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESOURCES

RESOURCES FOR PEDIATRIC HEALTH PROVIDERS

RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN'S BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

RESOURCES FOR EDUCATORS AND SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDERS

RESOURCES FOR EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION PROVIDERS

RESOURCES FOR FUNDERS AND NON-PROFITS

RESOURCES FOR POLICYMAKERS

  • Child Trends offers action steps for policymakers to consider for children with disabilities who are returning the school. 

*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.