Introducing the COVID Coach Mobile App - A great Resource for Veterans.
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing anxiety and worry about our health and safety, our loved ones, our financial stability and uncertainty about the future.
VA’s new COVID Coach app can help you get through this time of uncertainty by teaching you how to practice self-care, find ways to stay socially connected while being physically distant, find meaning during this stressful time, and cope with the many challenges you may now be facing.
With this app, you can learn about:
• Healthy coping during COVID-19
• Managing stress with tools for self-care, set personal goals
• Tracking your mental health over time
• Finding helpful resources to meet your needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “Learn” section provides information and resources to help you stay mentally and physically healthy during the outbreak. Explore topics on loneliness, tips on staying positive, and information on helping your family and maintaining healthy relationships with them while you’re at home during the outbreak.
In the app’s “Manage Stress” section, you can find coping tools to use when you’re feeling upset, anxious or stressed. Use “Connect with Others” to feel less isolated, “Mindfulness” to slow down, or “Indoor Activities” to find fun activities you can safely do in your home.
In the “Mood Check” section, you can take several short assessments to check the current state of your mental health and track changes over time. There are trackers for well-being, anxiety, mood, and PTSD symptoms. You can also set personal goals and track your progress toward achieving them.
Using the “Find Resources” section, you can:
• Locate online resources for getting professional help.
• Access resources to support you through new challenges you may be facing during the COVID outbreak, like meeting your needs, finding reliable COVID information or helping children and older relatives cope.
• Find links to download other mental health apps that you can use for additional support.
COVID Coach is free and easy to use.
Download it today to get help managing your mental health and well-being during this difficult time.
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Trauma & Resilience Training
May 7, 2020; 9 am- 4 pm
Please join Logan CO FCFC for a free virtual online experience!
Join Sarah Buffie from Soul Bird Consulting and Amy Chavez from ReStoryative Somatics for a collaborative and generative offering of trauma-informed and resilience-oriented theory and practices, designed to support self-regulation and restoration, increasing capacity for resilience and healthy relationships, even while navigating challenging times or crisis care.
Thank you, to all essential employees, for everything you are doing to keep our communities safe & healthy during this time. Your actions do not go unnoticed.
FREE GROCERY DELIVERY NOW AVAILABLE
FOR LOGAN COUNTY ADULTS 60 AND OVER
United Way partners with RTC Services to help you limit trips and stay healthy
To help with challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis, United Way and RTC Services have partnered on a new Grocery Delivery Service for Logan County's older adults. Residents 60 years and older can now call RTC (937-539-3351) for free grocery pick up and delivery. The service is available weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Here's how to get it set up.
1. Call 937-539-3351 to get into the system.
2. You'll then call a participating store to order and pay for your groceries via credit card.
3. RTC will pick up and deliver your order.
· Community Markets in Bellefontaine
· Fields IGA in West Mansfield
· Kroger in Bellefontaine
· Steve's Market in DeGraff
· Thoman's IGA in West Liberty
Of course, if you'd rather go to the store yourself, RTC can take you there. RTC is receiving $40,000 of your United Way donations this year to give seniors free rides to the store and medical appointments.
"Instead of giving the seniors a free ride to their food, now they'll be giving the food a free ride to the seniors," laughs Dave Bezusko, United Way Executive Director. "We salute the creativity of Tonya Reed, Russ Foust, and Tam Blakely for coming up with this solution to the Stay-at-Home order. It helps the population most vulnerable to COVID-19 so they don't have to go out and expose themselves to the virus just to get their groceries."
CALL (937) 539-3351 TO SET UP YOUR DELIVERY
For Immediate Release:
March 31, 2020
Bridges CAP Contact:
Mitch Marshall (937) 404-9203 firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Development Services Agency Contact:
Todd Walker (614) 644-0247
Ohio Updates Application Process for Energy Assistance Programs in response to COVID-19
The Ohio Development Services Agency (Development) and Bridges CAP are working to help keep Ohioans safe during this time of emergency. Recently, Governor Mike DeWine declared a state of emergency regarding COVID-19, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D., MPH has issued orders to limit social interactions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Effective immediately, Ohioans who are enrolling in the Percentage of Income Payment Plan Plus (PIPP) for the first time, applying for Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program, or have limited income, are no longer required to visit a local Energy Assistance Provider in order to complete an application. Please pick up a packet at the front door and return it with your documents to be completed. Appointments may be completed over the phone during the scheduled appointment time rather than face-to-face.
Ohioans can visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov to start their application and upload the required documents prior to their appointment. If a you do not have access to the internet and/or cannot upload your documentation, the local Energy Assistance Provider can complete your application over the phone. For a list of required documentation or to schedule an appointment call, 937-404-9203.
“Working with our local providers, we have been providing Ohio families with the support they need to manage their energy bills, and now this support is even more important,” said Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency. “The online application, in a normal scenario, makes it easier to apply and reduces the length of an in-person appointment, but now it is providing a bridge to assistance during an incredibly difficult time.”
Development will also extend the Winter Crisis Program (WCP) until May 1, 2020 to align with the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s extended Winter Reconnect Order and the regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will be extended until June 1, 2020.
Development’s Interactive Voice Response phone lines will not be available, however Ohioans may continue to call (800) 282-0880 and select option 2, to be transferred to their local Energy Assistance Provider.
The Home Energy Assistance Winter Crisis Program helps income-eligible Ohioans pay their heating bills and can assist with fuel tank placement, fuel tank testing and furnace repair. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for WCP and HEAP assistance. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $45,062.50. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines to qualify for PIPP. For a family of four the annual income must be at or below $38,625.00.
Ohioans that have a regulated utility and have been issued a disconnect notice are eligible for a one-time WCP benefit if they have not already received a WCP or regular HEAP benefit.
For more information about the features of the Winter Crisis Program locally and what is needed to apply, contact Mitch Marshall at 937-404-9203. Additional information can also be found at www.energyhelp.ohio.gov or by calling (800) 282-0880.
**Due to COVID-19 precautions, The MHDAS Board of Logan and Champaign counties, will be having a tele-conference board meeting on Tuesday March 31st at 5pm. The call in number for this meeting is 937-887-0215.**
FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT
If you have been laid off (even temporarily) or had your hours reduced because of COVID-19, click here to file for unemployment. The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services has been working around the clock to streamline performance and boost capacity by adding servers so the online claims system can handle the unprecedented influx of claims, which has affected processing times. Several people we've talked to have had a shorter experience when filing during non-peak hours (late night, early morning). Those without internet access or who have case-specific questions can call 1-877-644-6562 (OHIO-JOB) from 7a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
FIND A NEW OR TEMPORARY JOB
MANY local workplaces are still operating and are hiring with immediate openings. Click here for a directory of opportunities compiled by the Logan County Department of Job & Family Services.
LIVE UNITED @ WORK
For many of us, this will be our first experience interacting with government agencies and social service organizations looking for help. If you work at AGC, CRSI, Global Precision Parts, Green Hills Community, Logan Acres, Logan County Board of DD, Mary Rutan Hospital, NEX Transport, RTC Services, or SpartanNash, you are eligible to confer one-on-one with Ashley Spence, United Way's Licensed Social Worker, to talk about ANY human service need. Simply call Ashley directly at (937) 935-9509 OR e-mail her to ask questions and seek guidance about any of these benefits and social services.
Red Cross Blood Collection
SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK
With the assistance of the Ohio National Guard, they served hundreds of families during their drive-thru Mobile Pantry distributions. They are planning to conduct weekly drive-thru distributions moving forward. The next one is scheduled for Monday March 30 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at the Bellefontaine Kroger parking lot. Check this page for updates as they are scheduled.
OUR DAILY BREAD (223 Oakland Square, Bellefontaine)
Providing a carry out sack lunch available between 10:00 and 4:30 p.m. (Monday through Friday). Carry out hot meals available between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. Seeking donations of individual servings of vegetables, breakfast items, and juice boxes. Food pantry remains open. A letter of referral from a social service provider is necessary to access. Contact 937-592-9914 for more information.
LIFECARE ALLIANCE - Meals-on-Wheels
Continues to deliver critical meals daily to more than 160 homebound seniors and shut-ins in Logan County. Senior citizens needing home-delivered meals can contact (614) 278-3130 to sign up. There is a critical need for more volunteers to assist in the routes. They have established rapid response volunteer training to help on-board new volunteers quickly and seamlessly. Volunteers can call Ben Yeater at (614) 570-1053 for immediate training to start driving routes.
Nine food pantries throughout Logan County continue to operate. Click here for a directory with updated locations and hours.
All of our local school districts are providing meals for students. Contact your local school for details and updates on their distribution methods.
If your employment has been effected due to Covid-19 lay offs, check out this resource of employers that are urgently hiring.
The MHDAS Board for Logan and Champaign Counties is in need of facemasks for our Behavioral Health providers, our Peer Recovery Support locations and recovery houses.
Can you, or someone you know sew? If you have the ability to sew, and would be willing to assist by donating face masks to distribute to our community partners, please contact us here on FB or at 937-465-1045 to coordinate drop-off / pick-up.
When the world faces global trauma, we need each other more than ever. It’s a time for us to be more like the people we need to be, and the people we were called to be. It’s a time for us to leave judgement and comparison and righteousness well behind, and replace them with radical kindness, compassion, and open-heartedness. So let’s do that. When humanity is hurting, don’t underestimate what the little things might mean to the ones in your life who might be missing you, or who might be feeling more separate from the world, or maybe more anxious than usual – phone calls, messages, video chats, social media tags with ‘this reminded me of you’ in the message. Let’s not take the little things for granted. They matter. As it turns out, the little things will be the big things that will get us through this.
A Message from the Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties:
March 20, 2020
Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Services Board of Logan & Champaign Counties
1521 N. Detroit St. (P.O. Box 765)
West Liberty, Ohio 43357