COVID-19 Resource Page

This information and resources has been shared from Dauphin County and the Dauphin County Commissioners.

HELP FOR FAMILIES AND INDIVIDUALS IS AVAILABLE – YOU ARE NOT ALONE

We realize the changes that have occurred during the coronavirus pandemic can be scary and stressful. The Dauphin County Commissioners are ensuring help is available for individuals and families, from access to drug and mental health counseling to partnering with organizations that provide food and other essential services.

DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION RESOURCES

Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services continues to take calls for information, referral and treatment at 717-635-2254.
Calls are answered 24/7 and transferred to an employee who is trained to help.

Caseworkers continue to contact those who are taken emergency rooms after suffering an overdose to immediately get them into treatment. Because of social distancing guidelines, these contacts are made via phone while the overdose victim is still in the hospital.

Additional online resources:

Narcotics Anonymous PA has a Facebook page for those that have social media. Each group updates the page if their home group is open or closed. The help number for NA is 717-233-3733.

If a client does not feel comfortable leaving their house or is unable too for whatever reason, then they have the option to search the Virtual Meetings.

Online NA meetings: Go to https://virtual-na.org These meetings are also available via telephone.

Online AA meetings: Go to http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php Attendees need to become a member after going to the link.

Online SMART meetings can be accessed at: https://www.smartrecovery.org/community/

Online Refuge Recovery Meetings can be accessed at: https://refugerecovery.org/meetings?tsml-day=any&tsml-region=online-english

Note: Some online meetings may use Zoom. If that is the case, individuals will need to download zoom by either their smart phone or computer. To keep individual anonymity, individuals can put their last initial when they sign up for a zoom account. If you have questions, please call Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol at 717 635-2254.

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Crisis Intervention Services are available 24-hours a day. Call 717-232-7511 or 1-888-596-4447. http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/departments/mental_health_and_intellectual_disabilities/crisis_intervention_services.php

Those needing assistance who don’t have a family doctor or insurance, or aren’t sure about their coverage, can also contact Dauphin County’s Case Management Unit at 717-232-8761 or 1-866-820-3516. https://www.cmu.cc/

Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK

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

HELP FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

While the county’s senior centers are closed due to the pandemic, Meals on Wheels continues to provide senior citizens who live alone or cannot leave their homes without assistance with hot, nutritious meals. Lunch meals are delivered five days a week, Monday through Friday, by volunteers who observe the well being of the individual receiving the meal. All meals are prepared by the Central Pennsylvania-based Nutrition Group.

Seniors wanting to receive meals can call the Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging at 717-780-6130.

Protecting our seniors

If you believe an older person is suffering from abuse, neglect or exploitation, Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging caseworkers are available to investigate and ensure their safety. Please call the office at 717-780-6130 or the Elder Abuse and Neglect hotline at 866-SAFE (7233)-111

HELP FOR CHILDREN & FAMILIES

Emotional Health Resources:

     Supporting Children's Emotional Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

     Additional Tips for Supporting Children During the COVID-19 Crisis

     Self-Care for Adults

Physical Health Resources:

     American Academy of Pediatrics Guide on COVID-19

Help Children Understand Coronavirus:

     Talking with Children About Coronavirus -CDC

     Talking with Children About Coronavirus

     Story to Help Children Understand Coronavirus

Websites with Learning Activities:

     Scholastic Learn at Home

     Khan Academy

     Fun Brain

HELP FOR THOSE NEEDING FOOD, RENTAL ASSISTANCE AND OTHER NEEDS

211: Connect with programs and services: The United Way’s 211 service offers a way to access assistance ranging from help with rent and financial assistance to locating nearby food pantries. Access the service by calling 2-1-1, texting their zip code to 898-211 for a live, two-way conversation, or going online to www.uwp.org/211gethelp for statewide, regional and local resources. Due to the volume of calls, texting and using the website will give faster access.

Central Pennsylvania Food Bank: Find soup kitchens, food pantries and social programs near you by going to www.centralpafoodbank.org/find-help/find-a-food-pantry or calling the organization’s helpline at 877-999-5964

Unemployment and Workers Compensation: Assistance is available for full-time workers as well as the self-employed and “gig” workers. For more information and to fill out an application, visit the state’s Office of Unemployment Compensation at www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx

If you were exposed to the coronavirus through your workplace, information about making a workers’ compensation claim is also available on the website.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Eligible low-income households can apply for food assistance through SNAP, which provides an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card that can be used at grocery stores. Families may also qualify for other services, such as Medical Assistance, childcare assistance and cash assistance.

For more information and to apply for benefits, go to the PA Department of Human Services, www.dhs.pa.gov

HELP FOR ACTIVE MILITARY MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES AND VETERANS

Active military and their families and find information about financial help and other assistance at https://www.militaryonesource.mil/

Information for veterans, including a telehealth option to talk to someone about their symptoms, is available at https://www.publichealth.va.gov/n-coronavirus/

UTILITIES

In mid-March, the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued an order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and steam utility terminations for the duration of Gov. Tom Wolf’s disaster declaration related to the coronavirus is in effect. Wolf signed the declaration on March 6. For more information on assistance offered by specific utilities, visit:

PPL: https://stories.pplelectric.com/

PECO: www.peco.com/SafetyCommunity/Safety/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

UGI: www.ugi.com/covid-19-response-plan

SUEZ: https://www.mysuezwater.com/news/our-commitment-customers

Capital Region Water: https://capitalregionwater.com/news/

ASSISTANCE FOR BUSINESSES

Dauphin County Business Strong: A hub of accurate, up-to-date information from verified sources on all levels with resources and tools you need to support your business. Created in partnership with the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC. Visit www.dauphincountybusinessstrong.com.

Centers for Disease Control Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers: From information on keeping employee safe to updated cleaning and disinfecting guidance, learn how to keep your workplace safe. Visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/guidance-business-response.html

Loans available to businesses: The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to Pennsylvania small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of COVID-19. Visit www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

Governor's order to close non-life-sustaining businesses: Questions on the Governor's order on whether or not a business needs to close should be sent to ra-dcedcs@pa.gov


DIRECTORY OF HUMAN SERVICE AGENCIES AND THE HELP THEY PROVIDE

Dauphin County Crisis Intervention, providing 24-hour emergency mental health services referrals during emotional crisis:
717-232-7511

Dauphin County Area Agency on Aging, services for those age 60 and up: 717-780-6130

Dauphin County Drug and Alcohol Services, which provides treatment, prevention and intervention services: 717-635-2254

Dauphin County Children and Youth Services, for child safety, permanency and well-being: 717-780-7200

Dauphin County Veterans Affairs: 717-780-6357

Case Management Unit, for mental health, intellectual disabilities and early intervention: 717-232-8761

Contact HELPLINE, a 24-hour confidential listening and referral service: 211