COVID-19, Emergency Preparedness, News
COVID-19 Resource Page
- SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 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.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 24/7, 365-day-a-year hotline for people experiencing suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call 1-800-273-8255 or click here to chat.
Disaster Distress Helpline
- The Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) provides crisis counseling and support for anyone in the U.S. experiencing distress or other behavioral health concerns related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including public health emergencies.
- Calls (1-800-985-5990) and texts (text “TalkWithUs” to 66746) are answered by a network of independently-operated crisis centers around the country, who provide psychological first aid, emotional support, crisis assessment and intervention, and referrals to local/state behavioral health services for follow-up care & support. The DDH is a program of the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) administered by the not-for-profit Vibrant Emotional Health. Vibrant also administers the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for SAMHSA, of which the DDH is a sub-network.
- The DDH brochure can be viewed and downloaded for distribution at https://store.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/d7/priv/pep12-ddhbro.pdf. Spanish version available at http://bit.ly/2sEiFGb.
DDH recently released a “Referral Guidelines and FAQ” document that can be viewed and downloaded at https://bit.ly/2z1oNPe; a pdf is also attached.
Physical Health, Mental Health and Coping Strategies
- Tips for social distancing click here
- Tips for managing stress click here
- Mental health resources for seniors click here
- NIH leaders discuss coping strategies here
- Massachusetts General Hospital’s guide to mental health resources click here
- Intimate Partner Violence and Child Abuse Considerations During COVID-19 click here
Johns Hopkins COVID-19 National Case Tracker (searchable by state and county)
- Click here
COVID-19 Screening Tool
- Click here
COVID-19 Testing Site information
Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Rules on Employer-Mandated Testing
- See article here
- Food for families: Schools across Florida are providing free hot meals for students and families who normally receive school meals. Click here for details or text FLKCoronaIDSMEALS to 211-211. Or call 2-1-1 to speak with an operator.
- Other food resources: Feeding South Florida, click here and Farm Share click here
- Online Purchasing Pilot for SNAP recipients: Both Walmart and Amazon will offer online purchasing statewide for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients. Additionally, DCF will continue to coordinate with the USDA and the Florida Retail Federation to expand the network of retailers participating in the pilot program. Walmart already accepts SNAP benefits at all brick and mortar locations in the United States. Now, customers will be able to use their EBT cards and opt for curbside pick-up. Utilization of food assistance benefits remains limited to the purchasing of eligible grocery items and cannot be used to pay for delivery services. More information can be found here.
IRS Web Tool for Stimulus Payments
- IRS web tool for non-filers to claim stimulus payment click here
To Donate PPE
- To donate Personal Protective Equipment contact your county emergency manager here
Information for Our Providers
- Where providers can report instances of fraudulent vendors relating to PPE or test kits go here
- Dr. Auwaerter’s, Division of Infectious Disease, Johns Hopkins University weekly webinar go here
Florida state resources
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Website
- Florida Department of Health site to search the number of cases within each zip code area.
- Florida Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center (24/7): 1 (866) 779-6121 | COVIDfirstname.lastname@example.org
- Florida Department of Children and Families https://www.myflfamilies.com/covid19/
- Florida Department of Children and Families: COVID-19 and Suicide Prevention
- Florida Medicaid Web Portal COVID-19 Information for Providers
- Florida Blue Cross/Blue Shield “Free 24/7 Helpline to provider emotional support during COVID-19 Health Crisis” – no treatment, just a call line to assist with stress, anxiety, etc.
- Health Care Provider Background Screening
- Florida Department of Health Resource Pool click here
- Temporary Emergency Reactivation of Some Health Care Licenses click here for info
- U.S. State Department: Travel Advisories travel advisory website
- Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Burn Rate Calculator click here
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC COVID-19 website
- SAMSHA resources here and training here
- National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) COVID-19 Webinar Series
Information for Consumers
- Unemployment assistance applications are being accepted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Apply for benefits online
- The HUD Exchange Mailing List provides frequent updates and guidance for the Continuum of Care programs and providers of housing and services for the homeless.
- Individuals needing to apply for food assistance (SNAP), cash assistance (TANF) or Medicaid, please go to Access Florida website.
- Unemployment assistance applications are being accepted by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO). Apply for benefits online.
- March 28 National Council for Behavioral Health FAQs: Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act
- CVS, Publix, Amazon, Walmart, Milam’s, Pizza Hut, and many other companies are hiring across our community to keep up with demand. Check this Miami-Herald article for a list of companies with open jobs.
- Visit Floridajobs.org to learn more about Reemployment Assistance in Florida.
- Register online with CareerSource South Florida. http://www.careersourcesfl.com/covid-j/