*Resources to Maintain Wellbeing and Balance in COVID-19 Times*
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Social Services, Legal, Domestic/Relationship Violence resources
Mental Health Specific to Covid-19 - county, state, local
- NJ Dept of Human Services Novel Coronavirus Information
- Bergen County Community Resources for Adults/Youth. this page is updated regularly by Executive members of the Children's Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC) of Bergen County
This is a message from the New Jersey Department of Health to inform you that 12-15-year-olds are now eligible for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at no cost. To schedule an appointment, please contact the NJ vaccine call center at 1-855-568-0545 or visit covid19.nj.gov/vaccine. Ask your family and friends to get vaccinated!
Éste es un mensaje del Departamento de Salud de Nueva Jersey para informarle que los adolescentes de 12 a 15 años de edad ahora son elegibles para recibir la vacuna de Pfizer contra el COVID-19, sin cargo. Para programar una cita, llame al call center de vacunación de NJ al 1-855-568-0545 o visite covid19.nj.gov/vaccine. ¡Pídales a sus familiares y amigos que se vacunen!
COVID-19 Test (At-Home Collection Kit): We'll send you an at-home collection kit to collect your nasal swab sample and ship it back to our lab. Our lab will perform a PCR test on your sample for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19). This test is available for ages 2 and up.
Let's Determine Which COVID-19 Test is Right for You: Answer the questions - Do I Currently have COVID-19? Did I have COVID-19 at one time? How do I find my test results? What are my treatment and vaccine options?
Register to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine: This links you to the State Department of Health website where you can learn about current state of eligibility, book through the State's registration system, or book appointments directly with county-based vaccination locations such as county mega sites, CVS, Rite-Aid, ShopRite and other groceries, as well as some local health agencies.
NJ COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment Finder: On this page, you can search for available vaccine appointments at locations across the State of New Jersey.
BergenCovidVaccine.com: Appointments are currently available for the Moderna vaccine at the Alternative Care Facility Annex at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.
If you require assistance scheduling for Ages 55+, please contact the Call Center at (201) 967-4070. Operators are available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm. Please have your insurance information available.
Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines Now Available for Children: Ages 5 and Up
Please note: The County/BNBMC site is for individuals who live, work or study in Bergen County.
- COVID-19 Vaccine Megasites in New Jersey
Mymobileclinic.org: Mymobileclinic.com is operated by Occupational and Community Health Services (OCHS), a Non-Profit 501C3 health corporation that provides in-office and on-site medical services where it is needed and when it is needed.
U.S. COVID Risk & Vaccine Tracker: You can now see which counties and metros are most and least vulnerable. Higher vulnerability areas are more likely to experience severe physical and economic suffering from COVID, and to face a harder, longer recovery.
Watch community-specific Virtual Town Halls hosted by NJ Department of Health (NJDOH) with state medical professionals addressing facts, fears and myths regarding the COVID-19 vaccines. Replays can be found here:
- See video messages from medical experts about the vaccine from NJDOH’s YouTube channel
- Saving Lives with the COVID-19 Vaccines in NJ Black & Caribbean Communities (Town Hall webinar recording)
- Saving Lives with the COVID-19 Vaccines in NJ Latinx Communities (in Spanish) (Town Hall webinar recording en Espanol)
- Free Dedicated COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for Seniors 75 and Older - English / Spanish
- COVID 19 Accessible Resources - Resources by Accessibility Type (braille, ASL, easy to read text, documents compatible with screen readers and AT) are available on this site. They are adapted and accessible versions of CDC's COVID-19 guidance. It is maintained by Georgia Tech's Center for inclusive Design and Innovation.
- Does Public Charge Apply to You? NJ Dept. of Human Services.
New Jerseyans across the state are urged to take advantage of the various resources available to them through food assistance and other programs, we are aware that immigrant residents may be less likely to participate due to the fear created by the federal public charge policy. It is important that families understand that they have access to some resources regardless of their immigration status. En Espanol
- COVID-19 Resources for Individuals who are Undocumented or Uninsured. NJ Department of Health. The State of New Jersey is focused on ensuring that all people, regardless of immigration status and/or whether or not they have health insurance, are protected from the outbreak and receive appropriate testing and treatment. You should talk to a medical professional about when and how to seek testing and treatment.
- A Coronavirus Pandemic Resource Guide. for New Jerseyans from the Office of US Sen. Cory Booker web indexed, also available en Espanol (note: A 60 page resource guide if downloaded).
- COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Guide. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This guide includes updates on the COVID-19 response from CDC. The COVID-19 Outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and information will be updated as it becomes available. Includes: COVID-19 vaccine general info, FAQ, safety and stress tips for the holidays, and current U.S. case information.
- Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS): VAERS is a passive reporting system, meaning it relies on individuals to send in reports of their experiences. Anyone can submit a report to VAERS, including parents and patients.
Sitio web de los CDC COVID-19 en español: Vacúnese contra el COVID-19, use mascarilla, mantenga una distancia de al menos 6 pies, evite las multitudes y lávese las manos para protegerse del COVID-19.
COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations: Getting Started - This toolkit is designed for staff of organizations serving communities affected by COVID-19. These CBOs could include social service organizations, faith-based organizations, YMCAs/YWCAs, fraternities, school organizations (e.g., PTAs/PTOs), meal delivery services, senior centers, and others. This toolkit will help your organization educate community members about COVID-19 vaccines, raise awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and address common questions and concerns. The toolkit has flyers in different languages.
When You’ve Been Fully Vaccinated: How to Protect Yourself and Others - Tips from the CDC
- CDC Recommendation of Pfizer Vaccine for 5- through 11-Year-Olds
- Information about mobile and other COVID testing at Bergen New Bridge Medical Center
Regional Community Drive-Thru COVID-19 testing hosted at Bergen Community College, Lot A, 400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ
Nasal Swab Antigen Test: COVID-19 nasal swab antigen test which allows for rapid results in just 24 hours.
YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER! NO WALK-UPS AVAILABLE (Registration Link)
Please note, you must bring your mobile device for check-in. Choose a date to register, from the dropdown menu, each date has a separate registration link.
Check-in begins at 8AM
Testing begins promptly from 9AM – 2:30PM
- How To Get Tested For COVID-19 In New Jersey Testing locations are updated every Friday NJ.GOV
- Rapid Testing Sites
- Free testing for those who qualify at:
- Dispatch Health offers at home testing. Most insurances accepted
- What Your Test Results Mean PDF from the CDC
- Antibody Testing Factsheet
- Similarities and Differences Between the Flu and Covid-19 Information from the CDC
Frequently Asked Influenza (Flu) Questions: 2020-2021 Season Information from the CDC
Black Coalition Against COVID-19. It has been well documented that African American communities have, for a number of interrelated reasons, suffered a disproportional impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. This is true nationally, and it is true in the District of Columbia. The Black Coalition Against COVID-19 was created for the purpose of organizing D.C.’s multi-dimensional and broadly inclusive cohort of community leaders and advocates in an effort to urgently mobilize and coordinate all available community assets in complementary and collaborative support of D.C. Governments' efforts, and especially those of D.C Health.
- Call the Toll-Free State Hotline for Vaccine Information - The State of New Jersey has established a new, toll-free vaccination hotline to assist residents with general questions about vaccines, identifying whether or not they’re currently eligible for a vaccination, and to help identify vaccination locations. Call 855-568-0545 for vaccine information in New Jersey https://www.nj.gov/health/news/2020/approved/20201218a.shtml
- Preventive Healthcare Part 1: COVID-19 Vaccines - Listen to webinars every Tuesday! You can find registration links and recordings here. We are also holding Healthy Lifestyles Project: LIVE events, every Wednesday at 11 AM and Friday at 1 PM. Register here.
- COVID Vaccine Mega Sites now taking Walk-Ins
- The NJ Poison Control Center and 2-1-1 have partnered with the State to provide information to the Public on COVID-19: Call: 2-1-1
- 1-800-222-1222 - For residents non-urgent, general questions contact COVID-19 public hotline, operated by the New Jersey Poison Control Center for the NJ Department of Health.
- *Those in NJ using an out-of-state cell phone number can call 1-800-962-1253. The hotline is staffed 24/7 with trained professional in multiple languages. **Our call volume has intensified and our staff (many of whom are working remotely) is working diligently. Despite this, Call/Text/Chat wait times are longer than usual. We are doing our best to serve each caller. Your patience and understanding is appreciated.
- 1-800-962-1253 available 24/7 - COVID-19 Clinical Questions
- Cooperative Counseling Services - Free Telephonic Support
- Bergen New Bridge Walk Up Vaccinations - Moderna
- Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care - COVID Connect Helpline: Rutgers has launched the COVID Connect Helpline to assist individuals struggling with mental health and addictions challenges as a result of COVID-19. The call is free and support is available by contacting 833-223-0011 Mon-Fri 8am-8pm.
- Residents call also text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed. To receive live text assistance, residents can text their zip code to 898-211.
- TWEET: Official NJ Department of Health Twitter
- NJ Department of Health COVID-19 website with resources including CDC updates, guidance for schools, colleges, businesses, long-term care facilities, health care professionals and public health professionals. This page is for Communities and the General Public
- GoodRX: GoodRx gathers current prices and discounts to help you find the lowest cost pharmacy for your prescriptions. GoodRx is 100% free. No personal information required. GoodRx coupons will help you pay less than the cash price for your prescription. They’re free to use and are accepted at virtually every U.S. pharmacy. Your pharmacist will know how to enter the codes on the coupon to pull up the lowest discount available.
- SafetyNet: SafetyNet will help to fill the gap through no-fee treatment to those who may be uninsured, underinsured and have few financial resources. SafetyNet is a service program operated by ACAP and an extension of ACAP’s North Jersey Consultation Center (NJCC.) The service providers for SafetyNet are interns in the fieldwork experience at ACAP and ICPS. SafetyNet offers no-fee treatment to anyone in need. Many of our interns are presently working in the mental health field or are in the process of attaining their Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling. All of our fieldwork interns are under the supervision of a certified psychoanalyst from ACAP.
- North Hudson Community Action are federally-qualified health centers (FQHC) with locations in North Jersey.
- Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers are required to waive patient fees for testing and related diagnostic services due to the virus for those who lack health insurance. Health insurance and Medicaid must cover testing for COVID-19 and telemedicine during the current period.
- Senior citizens covered by PAAD and Senior Gold plans can refill their prescriptions early and get a 90-day supply of maintenance medications.
- Health/Medical Insurance Plans modified CoVID-19 coverage update If you have health insurance, find your provider in the attached chart to see the provisions/coverage related to COVID-19 testing and telehealth/telemedicine options. Contact your providers webpage for more details
- Accessing Critical Medications for Your Loved One during CoVID-19 Partnership for Drug Free Kids
- NeedyMeds: Find Help with the Cost of Medicine
- Crisis Counseling Services For those Affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic: Crisis Counseling Services for those affected by the COVID–19 pandemic. If you or anyone you know needs to speak with someone, call: (732) 204-6510
- How to Get a House Call During the Pandemic
NJ FAMILY CARE/MEDICAID
The state is covering COVID-19 testing, visits for testing, and testing-related services at no cost for those in NJ FamilyCare/Medicaid and waiving the costs for those in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and covering 90-day supplies of prescriptions and early refills for CHIP and Medicaid recipients.
New Jersey is continuing eligibility for our members through the period of the COVID-19 emergency. Some Medicaid and CHIP members were already set to disenroll at the end of March, and we are working to reinstate their coverage as quickly as possible.
NJ FamilyCare premiums were suspended starting in March. Members who normally pay a premium will receive a $0 statement.
NJ FamilyCare flyer - Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic we understand that some households may have lost employment and access to health care. The NJ FamilyCare program provides free or low-cost health coverage to qualified New Jersey residents. New Jersey is doing more to help children; their parents and/or caretakers get health coverage. You can apply online at www.njfamilycare.org. To find out more, call 1-800-701-0710 (TTY 1-800-701-0720). Get help with affording healthcare coverage. En Espanol
PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)
- Parent Guide: Helping Your Child Wear A Mask
- Child Guide: I Can Stay Healthy By Wearing A Mask
- Help Your Child About Using and Seeing Others Wearing Face Masks
- Helpful Face Cover Ordering considerations for workplaces - US Dept of Health and Human Services June 2020
- Wear a Cloth Face Covering to Protect You and Your Friends PDF from the CDC
- How to Select, Wear and Clean Your Mask
- Bergen County Food Insecurity Task Force If you are in need of food resources click to find the closest pantry.
- USDA: Helping Youth Access Food During COVID-19
- NJ Food and Nutrition Services: COVID-19 Waivers & Flexibilities to serve our program participants across our 15 nutrition programs. We have already begun to issue waivers to ease program operations and protect the health of participants, for example: the State will not close any SNAP cases for the next several months even if the case is not renewed.
Many New Jerseyans who receive food assistance through the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (NJ SNAP) will receive additional benefits in August to help address critical food needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. An additional estimated $38.5 million will be provided to about 227,500 New Jersey households for August. The supplemental benefits will be directly loaded to NJ SNAP recipients’ Families First EBT cards as part of their regular monthly payment. NJ SNAP provides food assistance to families with low incomes to help them buy groceries through a benefit card accepted in most food retail stores and farmer’s markets. Families can now also use their cards at select online grocery retailers to help maintain social distancing during the pandemic. “We encourage residents who need food assistance to visit and apply for SNAP online at www.NJHelps.org,” said Assistant Commissioner Natasha Johnson, who directs Human Services’ Division of Family Development and oversees the SNAP program.
NJ SNAP recipients will be able to use their benefits card to order groceries from Amazon. Walmarts, ShopRites and The Fresh Grocers that that provide online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits. To learn more, recipients can visit Amazon.com/SNAP to register their EBT card. Visit here to learn about Walmart’s SNAP online program. Any Walmart, ShopRite or The Fresh Grocer that currently provides online shopping will also accept online ordering with SNAP benefits.
If you need additional food assistance, the SNAP Outreach team can help you apply or recertify for SNAP benefits. Please call the SNAP hotline for assistance over the phone: 800-609-3663. Go to the NJFNS page to read ALL waivers for ALL nutritional services (Flyer - English Spanish)
P-EBT helps some parents buy food for their children during the COVID-19 pandemic. P-EBT is a card that can be used to buy food at some grocery stores and online shopping websites. Flyers available in Spanish, French, Arabic and Hindi.
New Jersey Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be provided to recipients of the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and non-SNAP households with children who normally receive free or reduced-price school meals starting July 8th
- NJHelps - Applying for assistance with basic needs - Our state has an online application and screening tool that can be used for many of the basic services designed to help those struggling to make ends meet. We encourage residents who need food assistance to visit and apply for SNAP online. (Flyers - English Spanish)
- FoodFinder US FoodFinder is a safe, secure and award-winning mobile and web app that gives food insecure children and their families a way to find free food assistance programs quickly.
- County Meals on Wheels - Are only taking applications and still only servicing the elderly. Continuing regular meal delivery. Vulnerable seniors are at the greatest risk amid COVID-19. Local Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day, focused on doing all they can to keep older Americans safe and nourished in communities across the country. (Meals on Wheels Bergen County)
- Center for Food Action - Distributing food via Drive-up, Appointment Only distributions, accepting cash donations only. Please contact us to learn if CFA can support your efforts. [email protected]
- St. Cecilia Office of Concern Food Pantry - M-TH 9:00-1:00 As of 3/18, they plan on remaining open. ID - they are currently being lenient with ID, but suggest bring some document with name and address on it (ie., a bill). Baby Items - they have diapers every week for children 3 and under; on the last week of the month they distribute baby wipes.
- Tri-Boro Food Pantry - Pantry Hours Tuesday and Thursday 9am-11am. They plan to remain open on regular pantry schedule. People need to call in advance to (201) 573-9083 as a representative will collect name, address, and phone numbers. No on-site registrations will be conducted. Anyone in need of food, toiletries, paper and wrap and household items is Welcome to access these goods regardless of where they reside. No Id required. People can collect food in Back of the church behind the building by the parking lot. However they will not be allowed into the building.
- Closter Borough Hall - Accepting Cash Donations Only, Appointment Only
- Community Food Bank of New Jersey Community Food Bank 31 Evans Terminal Hillside, NJ 07205 908-355-3663
- Buddies of New Jersey - Please Call Ahead of Time 201-489-2900 | Bags will be made in advance and handed at the door. TEMPORARY HOURS DURING STATE EMERGENCY DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
- Paramus Dept of Human Services - Currently only Paramus residents, currently have 60 families, will not turn away a new resident that is on government assistance. Must be screened.
- Hasbrouck Heights Food Pantry - The pantry is still serving families in need on Monday mornings from 9 am to 11 am. The recreation department is reaching out to the senior population, asking if they or any friends need any supplies or food. If anyone is aware of a senior in need, please have them call the Recreation Department at 201 288 4143. Any donations received in quarantine for 10 days, plan on next week distribution, supplies are dwindling.
- Helping Hands Food Pantry - The Helping Hand Food Pantry will re-open on March 30th. Please note we will not be filling orders as we will be distributing prepackaged bags of food. Existing clients must show a valid form of ID. New clients must bring ID and proof of residency.
- Queen of Peace Food Pantry - Apply through Maryann Mackey, supplies limited, serving North Arlington and neighboring towns
- Farmer's Markets Bergen County
- Drive Thru Emergency Food Box Distribution (YMCA)
- West Side Daycare - Distributing cows milk/formula diapers and wipes to families in need. Distribution are for Englewood residents. Participants must be in their cars. Hours are 9am-11am on Saturdays. **UPDATE** Distribution address is now at Christ Episcopal Church (480 Warwick Ave, Teaneck, NJ 07666)
- Free Kosher Meals Program for NJ children ages 1-18. Contact [email protected]
Grocery Delivery Services (consider some have delivery delays)
YOGA and other Physical Activity (some resources available in Spanish and English)
- Yoga for Kids
- Brain Breaks - Action Songs & Dance for Kids
- Kids Yoga with Sheila
- Popcorn & the Pirates: A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure
- Karma Kids Yoga
- Active for Life Activities for Kids Backyard games that build physical literacy
- Jr. NBA at Home Kids at home can now take skill lessons from NBA and WNBA players and coaches. The NBA has launched an interactive video series where kids can learn a variety of ways to develop their on-court game while keeping up with CDC-recommended social distancing measures.
- SportsEngine at Home Family Health and Fitness Sport-specific drills, ideas for physical activity, and parent resources to be done at home
- YMCA: on-demand workout videos to stay physically and mentally healthy. No membership required!
- Playworks Play at Home Games and live-streamed recess sessions
- Nick Helps An updating library of video resources and activities for children
- DC SCORES #SCORESATHOME Soccer - and writing! - activities for grades 3-8
- US Soccer Foundation Soccer for Success at Home Weekly short video sessions for kids to learn soccer skills
- Hip Hop Public Health H.Y.P.E. at Home Videos, comics, and music to lead dance breaks
- The Gym in Englewood is livestreaming a variety of classes
- Teach Your Kids to Ride a Bike: You’ve been meaning to but you haven’t had the time and honestly, you don’t even know where to start. Try the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition, . check out a YouTube video from Cycling Weekly - Teach Your child to ride a bike in 45 mins
- Plan/Plant a Garden: Farmburbia in Glen Rock can help get you started. Also check out Eartheasy website. Call and speak to your town's master gardener!
- Hope and Healing TV: Educational Series to Support Children and Families - Hope and Healing is here to support families with rising concerns around new developments of COVID19, their health and safety, and the impact of these many months on our kids and families.
See other fun activities posted on a March 19 Bergen Mama article '20 Ways To Keep Your Kids Occupied in Bergen County, NJ During a Pandemic'
- Comic: How the COVID Vaccine Can Save Your Life
- Fun Virtual Tours & Online Learning to Keep your kids busy!
- Broadway Shows - FREE You can watch Broadway shows at no charge for 1 week. More than 300 musicals and plays, straight from the Great White Way! Details at BroadwayHD.com
- Free coloring books from 113 museums - fun for children, teens and adults.
- Explore the U.S. National Parks
- Virtual Museums Free virtual trips to famous artworks and artifacts from around the globe
- Switcheroo Zoo -Watch, listen, and play games to learn all about amazing animals
- Nat Geo for Kids - Learn all about geography and fascinating animals
- PBS Kids - Hang out with your favorite characters all while learning
- Suessville - Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss and his friends
- Storyline Online - Have some of your favorite stores read to you by movie stars
- 40 Indoor Activities for Busy Toddlers
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar: Animated Film
- GoNoodle: Movement and mindfulness videos created by child development experts
- Mommypoppins.com has always been a resource for NJ parents to find fun things to do with their kids. They are updating their event calendar daily with virtual events. They also launched a new website, called [email protected], to help find virtual programming all in one place. You can find free videos, and programs offering live, interactive virtual classes.
- What Mom's Love - 87 energy-busting,physical activities for kids.
- Updates on services provided by Bergen County Board of Social Services
- Social Security Administration's Coronavirus Update Page
- NJ Department of Human Services Immigration Fact Sheet - Immigration eligibility for Covid-19 relief programs. En Espanol
- Power of Attorney - Administration officials at the New Jersey Department of Children and Families (DCF) encouraged parents across the state to consider temporary guardianship options for their children in the event they become incapacitated with COVID-19. Power of Attorney (POA) forms are available online for download.
- Women's Rights Information Center (WRIC) provides a safety plan for those faced with domestic abuse. The plan illustrates the kinds of issues victims need to consider while trying to remain safe and, in some cases, alive. For help or information: WRIC's Victim Advocate: Vidalia 201-731-6434 [email protected]
Our weekly Survivor Self-Help Support Group continues ONLINE
Friday’s @ 1:00pm via ZOOM video conferencing
Pre registration is required and only a limited number can join. Reduce isolation and give & get support!
- Addressing the Plight of New Jersey’s Immigrants in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Marginalized, Stigmatized, Heavily Impacted by the Pandemic, and on the Frontlines of the Battle Against the Virus This webinar will help you gain insight into the special problems posed by the Coronavirus pandemic to immigrants and refugees in New Jersey and learn about some of the policy reforms and practice initiatives designed to address these problems
PHONE AND INTERNET
For households with K-12 and/or college students who may be displaced due to school closures and who do not currently have home internet access,
- Altice is offering Altice Advantage Internet solution for free for 60 days to any new customer household within their footprint. Learn more.
- Optimum, a subsidiary of Altice in parts of Bergen, Essex, Morris and Passaic counties To enroll in Optimum's free service, call 866-200-9522, ask for the sales department and let them know you wish to qualify for the free service.
- Spectrum, a division of Charter Communications, will provide broadband service for free to qualifying homes with children in Grades K-12 or college students. To enroll in Spectrum's, call 844-488-8395 or apply online .
The companies, once they approve the free service, will deliver the equipment needed to access the internet and Wi-Fi.
- Comcast is offering its Internet Essentials plan at no cost to qualifying low-income families, providing a significant speed upgrade and cost reduction to their standard low-income plan.
- A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side — And An FBI Warning - Federal and state law enforcement are asking questions about Zoom's security and privacy policies, as millions flock to the videoconferencing service for meetings, classes and social gatherings.
- GSE will distribute Lyft ride credits to help homeless LGBTQ youth seeking shelter
- NJ 2-1-1: Ride United - We are now providing free or discounted rides to vaccination sites wherever Lyft services are available. This program is for everyone, including people who have collapsible wheelchairs and walkers. Personal aides welcome to ride along!
- Governor Murphy, in partnership with the New Jersey utilities, signed an Executive Order extending the COVID-19 pandemic utility shut-off moratorium through at least March 15, 2021, preventing New Jersey residents from having their gas, electric, and water utilities disconnected. The moratorium applies to all gas, electric, and water utilities in New Jersey, both public and private. The Executive Order also protects residential cable and telecommunications customers from Internet service shut-offs, especially when there are school-age children in the home.
- PSE&G announced that they will not shut off their services for families that can’t pay their bills. Check with your service providers.
- New Jersey Comfort Partners Program -A free energy saving and energy education program that helps income-eligible customers save energy and money while increasing their home's safety and comfort.
- PAGE Program - The Payment Assistance for Gas and Electric (PAGE) Program provides relief on natural gas and electric bills for low- to moderate-income New Jersey households that are past due on their utility bills and are experiencing a temporary financial crisis.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) - The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps New Jersey households pay for heating costs and certain medically-necessary cooling expenses.
- Universal Service Fund The Universal Service Fund (USF) helps make energy bills more affordable for qualifying households whose annual household income is at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level.
- NJ Shares - A non-profit organization that provides assistance to income-eligible New Jersey households for paying their energy, telephone, broadband (internet), and water bills.
- NJ Lifeline - A utility assistance program that offers a $225 annual benefit to persons who meet the PAAD eligibility requirements or who receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI). This includes utility customers as well as tenants whose utility bills are included in their rent.
- NJ energy assistance programs - The DCAid website will allow you to go through a screening process to see if you are eligible.
For information on Volunteer Opportunities for COVID-19 Email [email protected] or call 201-336-6006
"Empathy Letters Covid-19" Service Project - The purpose is for people to write hopeful letters to patients who are in psychiatric hospitals without visitors during these times. Word Documents/E-mail Letters accepted!
- Status of Bergen County Community Resources for Adults/Youth this page is updated regularly by Executive members of the Children's Interagency Coordinating Council (CIACC) of Bergen County
- The New Jersey Department of Human Services 24-hour, toll free WARM LINE for those seeking mental health services during this time. 1- 877-294-HELP (4357). This is staffed by trained professionals in multiple languages.
- Bergen New Bridge Medical Center Telemed: 201-204-0712 Bergen New Bridge Medical Center has expanded their Telehealth service (Bergen New Bridge Cares) to screen patients for COVID-19. With their partner Air Visits, Bergen New Bridge Cares offers urgent-care screening and assessment of patients who have medical complaints and symptoms by a licensed physician. Telehealth consultations with an Infectious Disease physician are available if necessary. Patients can access Bergen New Bridge Cares at 201-204-0712. Call the Access Center 24/7 for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services 1-800-730-2762 230 East Ridgewood Avenue, Paramus, New Jersey 07652
- Crisis Counseling for anyone impacted by the pandemic from New Jersey Hope and Healing. 609-414-6967 (English) 609-414-6659 (Spanish)
National Alliance for Mental Illness' (NAMI) CoVID Information and Resource Guide updated April 6, 2020
Resources to Support Mental Health and Coping with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) – From the Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- Managing COVID-19 anxiety from Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA).
- Lion Rock Recovery - COVID-19 Anxiety Support Meetings, These Are Not Substance Recovery Meetings. Everyone Struggling with Anxiety about COVID-19 is Welcome!
- NJ Hope Line - New Jersey's 24/7 Peer Support & Suicide Prevention Hotline, specialists are available for confidential telephone counseling and support 24 hours a day, 7 day per week. You’re not alone … we are only a phone call away.
- The Access Helpline of St. Joseph's Healthcare - Free emotional support helpline for deaf and hard of hearing individuals during COVID-19.
- NJDOH Releases Next Steps for Early Intervention Services
- NJDOH Summer Camp Standards
- Free Telephonic Support for Parents - Cooperative Counseling is available to provide support, offer resources and make referrals.
- Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills by The Koch Center
- Back to School After Covid-19: Supporting Student and Staff Mental Health Toolkit
- If you or a loved one needs help with accessing local addiction services and support…. Call or Text: 201-589-2976. Hotline services are available 24/7. Services are provided by The Center for Alcohol and Drug Resources in partnership with The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office
- Mental Health America's Back to School kit - This kit help students, parents, and school personnel navigate the uncharted waters of COVID-19.
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline at 800-985-5990
- Peer Recovery Warmline: 877-292-5588
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255
- Talk to a Crisis Text Line counselor text: MHFA to 74174
- NJ Mental Health Cares- Behavioral Health Information and referral Services- includes an emotional support hotline 1-866-202-HELP (4357) 7 days/week from 8AM-8PM.
- PerformCare - Call 1-877-652-7624. A full-service behavioral health managed care company that can assist in finding services for parents, guardians, youth and providers. If you are under the age of 21 and looking for treatment or other services, check out the resources.
- 2nd Floor Youth Helpline 888-222-2228 (confidential helpline for youth and adolescents) or text HOME to 741741
- Kids, Teens, and Families Virtual Support Groups. International OCD Foundation
- Young Adult resources. Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance offers podcasts, online support groups, and a young adult council
- The Trevor Project - Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678. A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth.
- National Parent Helpline Monday -Friday 12pm-9am CT emotional support and advocacy for parents:1-855-2736
- The Trans LifeLine for peer support for trans folks 9am-3am CT:1-877-565-8860 This hotline is staffed exclusively by trans operators is the only crisis line with a policy against non-consensual active rescue.
- 9 Strategies for Quarantining in a Non-LGBTQ+ Affirming Environment Them.
- NJ CARES Pharmacies with Standing Orders - List of pharmacies that are dispensing naloxone without an individualized prescription, using a "standing order" from a physician or the Department of Health. Naloxone is a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. Anyone 18 or older can walk into any pharmacy listed and ask for a prescription of Narcan.
- VFR Veteran and First Responders Healthcare To support those on the front lines we created a telemedicine platform for first responders and healthcare workers. We are waiving any co-pays and will take on any administrative burden with insurance so that these individuals can get help immediately without any delay or stress.
DMHAS Opioid Overdose Prevention Program - This regional opioid overdose prevention programs provide individuals at-risk for overdose, their family members, friends, and loved ones with naloxone rescue kits. They are also educated and trained on how to prevent, recognize, and respond to an opioid overdose
- Bergen County Grief Counseling the only non-profit grief-counseling center in Bergen County They provide teletherapy.
- Good Grief providing information and resources to support the emotional needs of children, families, students, and communities navigating new life circumstances. Our primary goal is to help you build resilience during this time of uncertainty.
- 12 Best Free or Affordable Online Grief Support Groups. Published 12/17/2019 Cake.com. Group suggestions for Young adults, loss of parent, sibling, or spouse.
- Find a GriefShare support group or event near you…Thousands of GriefShare support groups meet weekly around the world. Visit or join a group at anytime. And attend as many meetings as you like.
- Hackensack Meridian Bereavement Resources
- Alternative Mourning Rituals Offer Comfort And Closure During An Outbreak. NPR. April 2, 2020.
- Social Distancing and Jewish Mourning, shiva.
- How to Support Someone Who is Grieving From Far Away. Cake.com Cake is a resource that faclilitates proactive end-of-life planning that allows us to live more purposefully in the present— to appreciate relationships, celebrate accomplishments, and realize goals for the future.
- The Department of Human Services helps with funeral bills. You will need to apply for public assistance funeral funds by calling the welfare agency or board of social/human services in your county. Call (201) 336-7474 Bergen County Department of Human Services. Additional information on Public Assistance Funerals from the NJ Funeral Directors Association website.
- Free download of children's e-book "The Golden Sweater" along with a discussion guide for families.This story chronicles a child’s journey through loss, grief, resiliency and healing.
- Grief Support group without county restrictions (Church World Service) - CWS Jersey City will be launching a crisis counseling program in the coming weeks . Support will be available in Spanish and other languages, and all are welcome to join us regardless of immigration status. You can email me or Carmen Rosario, [email protected]
- HealGrief is a social support network providing free tools and resources to guide one's journey with grief into healthy post bereavement growth. They have a podcast called: Let’s Talk Death. (https://healgrief.org/lets-talk-death/)
- Actively Moving Forward (AMF) provides communities for grieving individuals wanting to connect, be heard, and feel understood, digitally and 24/7, and all through the AMF App.
New Jersey will pay up to $2,246 in funeral costs and $524 in burial costs or crematory expenses for a deceased welfare recipient who is two year of age or older. Families are permitted to supplement these amounts up to $1,570. Information on eligibility here. SSI and Medicaid allow you to set aside money for funeral arrangements in a prepaid trust if you expect you will become eligible for SSI or Medicaid within the next six months. Contact the Bergen County Board of Social Services.
- List of Charities & Nonprofits that Help with Funeral Costs. Cake.com by Kate Wight 12/26/2019
- Burial Funds & Programs That Help With Funeral Costs. from Debt.org
- Alateen Chat Meetings Chat live with other teens! Young people aged 13 to 18 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking are invited to share experience, strength, and hope with other teens. Chat meetings are moderated, and teens can only chat when the adult Alateen Group Sponsors are present. At this time, chat meetings can only be accessed on a computer
- Smart Recovery: SMART Recovery is a leading self-empowering addiction recovery support group. The website provides resources for teens and youth support programs, meeting locations, and an online community.
- Refuge Recovery: Grounded in the belief that Buddhist principles and practices create a strong foundation for a path to freedom from addiction. They have a page to search for online meetings and a page of guided meditation podcasts on their site.
- Recovery Dharma: Our peer led program uses the Buddhist practices of meditation, self-inquiry, wisdom, compassion, and community as tools for recovery and healing.
- SoberCity: Offers an online support and recovery community
Sobergrid: Offers an online platform to help anyone get sober and stay sober
Soberistas: Provides a women-only international online recovery community
Sober Recovery: Provides an online forum for those in recovery and their friends and family
- Free Recovery Resources from Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
- We Connect Recovery: Provides daily online recovery groups for those with substance use and mental illness
- In the Rooms: A Global Recovery Community
- Northern NJ Virtual AA Zoom Meetings
- Marijuana Anonymous: Offers virtual support
- Cocaine Anonymous Online Meeting Directory
- Pause a While - VIrtual AA Meetings
- Narcotics Anonymous - Attend a Meeting a Night Virtually
- Tobacco Cessation Resources - youth and adult
- The Renfrew Center - Virtual groups! Accepting new patients!
- The Phoenix: a recovery community organization offering live stream CrossFit, yoga and meditation daily every two hours through the COVID-19 crisis
- Smart Recovery USA: Global community of secular science-based mutual-support groups offering online support and forums including a chat room and message board
- RWJ Barnabas - Virtual All Recovery Meetings and Support Services
- Center for Discovery - offering virtual PHP/IOP and continuing to admit new clients. Additionally, have free online support groups for eating disorders and mental health, for individuals, loved ones, and professionals too.
- 12 Steps for Successful Parenting For Families Affected By Addiction
- Resources for supporting children's emotional wellbeing during the CoVID-19 Pandemic. This Child Trends page offers many age/developmentally appropriate resources for parents (scroll to the bottom for resources)
- DBT “Accumulating Positives” by Dr. Rebecca Kason of The Koch Center - During this time of COVID-19, we could benefit from the DBT Skill of Accumulating Positives. This DBT Emotion Regulation skill helps people to accumulate positive emotions in the short-term by participating in pleasant activities daily.
- Self-Compassion during Quarantine - Video from High Focus
- El Camino: The Road to Healthy Relationships - New curriculum can support student well-being during and after COVID-19
- Supporting Your Family Through the Age of Covid-19 Previously recorded webinar training for parents from EDNI Counseling Services
- True Colors United - COVID-19 Action & Resource Center
- Social and Emotional Trouble in School: 7 Things to Ask Your Child’s Teachers - Article from Understood.org
- Bergen County Food Security Task Force's Facebook page
- B is for Breathe by Dr. Melissa Boyd: Teach children and adults about The ABCs of Coping with Fussy and Frustrating Feelings
- How to Help Your Child Manage a Fear: Fears are a normal part of childhood — and so is learning to manage them. Sometimes kids are afraid of imaginary things, like monsters. But often, fears relate to what’s going on in their lives. With the COVID pandemic, for example, kids might worry about their parents getting sick. Learning to cope with fear isn’t always easy. It’s especially hard for some kids who learn and think differently. They may have trouble processing information and keeping emotions in check.
- COVID 19 Accessible Resources - Resources by Accessibility Type (braille, ASL, easy to read text, documents compatible with screen readers and AT) are available on this site. They are adapted and accessible versions of CDC's COVID-19 guidance. It is maintained by Georgia Tech's Center for inclusive Design and Innovation.
- Guidance for Operating in the COVID-19 Pandemic for Providers of Individual Support Services, Respite Services, and Assistive Technology. NJ Department of Children and Families. April 17, 2020
- Children’s Specialized Hospital, in conjunction with RUCARES is providing telehealth ABA services during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are restrictions regarding insurance coverage and recommendation/prescription from healthcare provider. Call 908.301.2519.
- Rutgers Autism Services Network - Cost-free support will be provided by Rutgers-affiliated Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs), Clinical Psychologists, or advanced, supervised trainees with experience in ASD. Contact the Autism Services Network for access to free individualized resources, supportive short-term coaching and guidance, and possible referrals for more intensive and long-term service arrangements.
- Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities during the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Outbreak. March 2020. US Department of Education.
- Register Ready – New Jersey’s Special Needs Registry for Disasters Allows NJ residents with disabilities or access and functional needs and their families, friends and associates an opportunity to provide information to emergency response agencies, so emergency responders can better plan to serve them in a disaster or other emergency.
- CAPE Resource Center - Bergen County Special Services
- BCSS CAPE Resource Center is open (virtually) Linda Wiesneck is available to speak with you by phone or via email: [email protected] or 201 343-6000 x4067.
- Additionally, the 2020 Camp/Recreation Directory is also now on their website, along with some valuable resources.
- How to cope with disrupted family routines during COVID-19 March 20, 2020 Autism Speaks
- Video explaining COVID-19 nasal swab testing for adults with intellectual & developmental disabilities (I/DD)
- Coronavirus Creates New Worries For People Who Depend On In-Home Care
- TONS of Activities and Resources for while you are at home with kids with special needs provided by Exceptional Lives- Disability Information for Families. The resource list includes learning activities and therapy activities. These resources are specifically for parents of children with disabilities (across and up to transition age). The list is divided into categories in alphabetical order, including a category just for autism. The section called “Coronavirus Resources” has articles, educational & home-school resources, social stories, and support groups
- FREE music therapy sessions offered by Jammin' Jenn via their Instagram
- SPECIAL DRAGONS Virtual Karate lesson for Children with Special Needs
- Mom2Mom - Mothers with special needs children 8am -8pm
- Autism Speaks has enacted an Autism Response Team (ART) who are available via phone or by email between 9:00am-5:00pm daily. Families can contact them by calling 1-888-AUTISM2 (1-888-288-4762) En Español: 1-888-772-9050 or emailing [email protected] More information on the ART hotline can be found on their website.
- A social story developed by The Autism Educator to assist families in explaining the Coronavirus to their I/DD youth.
- What should the autism community know about the coronavirus outbreak
- Autism and Coronavirus Quarantine – How to Manage the Daily Routine
- Disability Rights New Jersey Launches New COVID-19 Website - to simplify access to their recent COVID-19 work, as well as other valuable resources
- National Down Syndrome Congress - provides information, advocacy, and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome and their families. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, they have reviewed available information to provide resources that are practical and useful.
- BCSS Summer Camp Directory
- Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times - examples and tools to support work with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder.
- Special Olympics School of Strength (inclusive exercise videos)
- Special Olympics Fit 5 (inclusive exercise videos, broken down into 5 ability levels)
- Mission: Kid Success - will help these children reach their highest potential by issuing grants to these families so that their children can receive services that they otherwise cannot afford.
- Updated Residential Visitation Guidance
- SpectrumWorks Provides online job training and support for high school students with autism
- The Arc - COVID-19 Updates & Information Web Site
- The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities created a Vaccine Facts Series to address common myths and concerns about COVID-19 vaccines through funding from the federal Administration on Community Living. The series includes resources with information to support the following facts:
- ADDitude's ebook Mindfulness & Other Natural Treatments for ADHD is now free of charge in the ADDitude Store. We hope you will download it and put to use its strategies for practicing deep breathing, yoga, and mindful meditation during this stressful time.
- ADHD experts are adding daily to ADDitude’s new COVID-19 library of articles about parenting, working, and managing anxiety during the time of coronavirus.
- The ADDitude editors are actively seeking input and requests from readers: What resources do you wish you had at your fingertips? What problems are already popping up? How can we help? Click here to share the comments that will help us craft new content in the weeks ahead.
- The Bergen County Job Center (One Stop Career Center) serves prospective workers, employers and at-risk youth in Bergen County, and strives to provide the county with a skilled labor force. For important information about COVID-19, services, unemployment benefits, the State's COVID-19 Jobs and Hiring Portal
- Jersey Job Club - The Jersey Job Club gives you the tools and support you need to find a job. We’ll help you develop new skills and improve on skills you already have. There are 23 Jersey Job Clubs throughout New Jersey.
- NJ Career Connections - a resume can serve many purposes in your search for employment. Therefore, it is important to choose a resume type that best meets your needs. Obtain assistance in writing the best resume for you
- Transportation Assistance - Transportation can be one of the biggest hurdles to employment for jobseekers. Fortunately, whether you plan to drive to your next job, take the bus or train, or are in need of special services to assist you in your travels, there are many resources in New Jersey to help you get to your next job.
- Division of Temporary Disability and Family Leave Insurance - New Jersey’s Earned Sick Leave Law even covers public health emergencies –employees can use Earned Sick leave if their workplace or child’s school or daycare is closed due to an epidemic, or if a public health authority determines the need for a quarantine.
- Older adults may be impacted by the coronavirus and quarantine procedures in different ways than the general public. There may be government benefits available to older adults who need financial help. Visit benefitscheckup.org for more information and to see you qualify for any state or local assistance.
- 450 courses from Ivy League courses you can take online now for free.
- What NJ Workers Need to Know About the Families First Corona Response Act NJ Department of Labor March 2020. Also available in infographic form.
- The Northern New Jersey Community Foundation announces the opening of a second round of request for proposals for COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund grants. Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations providing services in Bergen, Hudson, Essex, Passaic, or Union Counties in New Jersey are eligible to apply.
Employee Assistance Program (Employers Association of New Jersey): Drug and alcohol abuse and psychological problems, family/life crisis and other life challenges take their toll on the workplace. Valued employees are often left to fend for themselves, sometimes with the worst of consequences.
And sometimes employees and family members just need a helping hand to balance work and family, provide eldercare or day care, or to access financial or legal services.
EANJ's Employee Assistance Program provides employers the tools to help employees and restore them to productivity and well-being.
The basics of the Economic Impact Payments for COVID-19 intended to help young adults know whether they qualify for the $1200 stimulus payment, and how to access it if they haven’t received it automatically. The Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs worked with the US Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service to translate their information into this youth-friendly resource. The Youth Engaged 4 Change website that you are linked to has MANY useful resources for young adults.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau provides a list of resources to help individuals and families protect themselves financially from the financial impact of coronavirus, both in the short and long term. This includes:
- Protecting your credit during the coronavirus pandemic
- Dealing with debt: Tips to help ease the impact
- Tips for financial caregivers
- Resources and tips specifically for service members
Protect yourself financially from the impact of the coronavirus (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau) April 3, 2020 Leer en Español Check their main page for regular updates available in multiple languages
Your Money: A Hub for Help During the Coronavirus Crisis. If your income has fallen or been cut off completely, we’re here to help. This guide will connect you to the basic information you’ll need to get through this, including on government benefits, free services and financial strategies. This guide has been updated with the details of the $2 trillion relief plan that has been enacted by Washington. This page is regularly updated by Ron Lieber and Tara Siegel Bernard of the NYTimes. There are resources regarding:
- Stimulus Checks
- Unemployment Insurance
- Paid Sick Leave and Family Leave
- Federal Student Loans
- Mortgages and Rent
- Utility Bills
- Aunt Bertha This website helps users search for free or reduced cost services available in their local areas like medical care, food, job training, and more.
Edquity - Provides online emergency support for students during COVID-19 outbreak by providing online access to emergency funding and other resources.
Private student loans are not covered under the CARES Act. If you have private student loans, you can contact your loan servicer to see what options are available to you. Many servicers offer options to postpone payments, such as forbearance.
Lowering College Students’ Bills with Energy Assistance Programs - Guide to help students navigate programs offered by utility companies to lower bills to help avoid financial distress.
- Tips from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to avoid coronavirus-related scams
- Emergency Housing Rehabilitation Program: Some Bergen County residents who were adversely affected by the pandemic can apply for up to $10,000 for home repairs through Greater Bergen Community Action.
Scammers are misleading the public by recommending products to prevent or treat the coronavirus that are useless, or even worse, could be dangerous. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) want the public to be aware of these scams.
- If you believe price gouging is occurring, contact the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs - 973-504-6240
COVID-19 Rumor Control & Disinformation Site - In a joint effort to combat rumors and disinformation regarding COVID-19, the NJ ROIC, NJOEM, & NJOHSP created the COVID-19 Rumor Control & Disinformation site.
Bergen HEARTS - Homeless Family Services: HEARTS – Housing, Emergency Shelter, Advocacy Resources, and Tools for Self-Sufficiency. OUR VISION is through the provision of the HEARTS program services the County of Bergen will end homelessness for ALL Bergen County families. Walk-ins Welcome. Services:
Coordinated Entry for All Homeless Families
Temporary Emergency Shelter
BRIDGE Housing for TANF-Only Families
COVID-19 and Residential Mortgage Relief /State of NJ Dept. of Banking and Insurance. Review FAQs regarding the State's efforts to lessen the financial impact of COVID-19 on residents who are struggling to pay their mortgage and bills.
NJ Department of Community Affairs: Information on Housing Assistance Programs
No one may be removed from their home for inability to pay rent during the COVID-19 Emergency Eviction Moratorium Information + Question Form for RENTERS from NJ Consumer Affairs
If you are a HOMEOWNER looking for information on mortgage forbearance or foreclosure, or seek to lodge a complaint against a lender, please read this article on help for homeowners.
- FAQs for Tenants and Homeowners Rights in Covid-19 Rutgers Law School The multilingual documents were created by a coalition of legal service providers gathered by the Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
- New Jersey Mortgage and Housing Finance Agency (NJMHFA)
Are you a New Jersey renter or homeowner facing housing hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis? The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA) can help.
As you may know, Governor Murphy has signed an Executive Order declaring a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures while the order is in effect. As part of the Murphy Administration’s efforts, NJHMFA has expanded its FREE Foreclosure Mediation Assistance Program (FMAP) to include housing counseling services for renters and pre-foreclosure counseling for homeowners.
For renters, housing counseling can include help with financial literacy (budget, credit repair), fair housing rights, eviction diversion and relocation assistance.
For homeowners on the verge of foreclosure, counseling provides upfront assistance that can help them avoid potential foreclosure.
Housing counselors are available in each of the state’s counties and services are offered remotely. The resources in Bergen County include:
Consumer Credit and Budget Counseling
NJ Citizen Action
Tri-City Peoples Corporation
- NJ housing assistance programs - The DCAid website will allow you to go through a screening process to see if you are eligible.
- Division of Housing and Community Resources - Department of Consumer Affairs "one stop" website to let you see if you are eligible for housing and utilities assistance programs all at the same time. Section 8 Housing Vouchers, Rental Assistance, HIV+, and Veterans. There also homelessness and eviction prevention programs and Energy Assistance Programs
- Short-Term Rental Assistance Program -Will provide temporary rental assistance to low- and moderate- income households that have had a substantial reduction in income or have become unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Enrollment Period is Monday, July 6, 2020, at 9:00 am until Friday, July 10, 2020, at 5:00 pm En Espanol
- JustShelter -- See the NJ organizations working hard to preserve affordable housing, prevent eviction, and reduce family homelessness.
- Water Front Project - 551-256-7578 Is an organization that will represent any tenant that is being harassed by their landlord during the covid19. If you have a beneficiary/patient that is in need of this service, you can refer them to the organization.
- Family Promise - CDC issues moratorium on eviction. The order states that landlords may not evict a covered person from any residential property during this period. The order, issued on September 4 and in effect until December 31, 2020, states that landlords may not evict a covered person from any residential property during this period. The order does not relieve you of paying the rent but you cannot be evicted if you are unable to do so. You are still required to follow all of the other terms of the lease and nothing in the order prevents the landlord from charging you penalties or late charges if you do not pay the full rent. Furthermore, you may be required to pay the entire amount of unpaid rent and penalties once the order expires at the end of the year.
To all families currently behind in rental payments, https://www.nj.com/coronavirus/2021/03/help-finally-on-the-way-for-nj-renters-as-state-announces-new-353m-relief-fund.html and application link (https://njdca.onlinepha.com/ for relief money.
COVID-19 Parental Resources Kit Ensuring Children and Young People’s Social, Emotional, and Mental Well-being article from the CDC
Trauma-Informed Resources for Early Childhood Programs - Traumatic Stress Institute: This excellent (though slightly dated) 2015 resource is organized around a host of excellent questions. The ACF toolkit links to a useful issue brief Trauma Informed Care: Perspectives and Resources, which answers this question. Additionally, the brief identifies three trauma-informed care models that early childhood agencies can adopt, including Risking Connection, which is the central curriculum of the Whole-System Change Model offered by the Traumatic Stress Institute.
Guidance for Large or Extended Families Living in the Same Household (Centers for Disease Control). This document explains how to: • Protect the household when you leave for errands • Protect household members at high risk for severe illness • Protect children and others from getting sick • Care for a household member who is sick • Isolate a household member who is sick • Eat meals together and feed a sick household member
How to Form a Pandemic Pod by Jeremy Adam Smith, William Winters | July 15, 2020 on Greater Good Magazine. Public health experts have recommended “quarantine pods” as an effective way to get our social, emotional, familial needs met without unnecessarily endangering ourselves or others. Pods are small, self-contained networks of people who limit their non-distanced social interaction to one another...
Heart to Heart: Caregiver & Child Connections in Times of Challenge – April 21, 2020
Research-driven ideas to use the healing power of relationships during this crisis to support children who have experienced trauma, while caring for yourself as well. Presented by licensed psychologist and infant mental health expert Dr. Barbara Stroud. Click here for a recording of this webinar.
Pre-recorded webinars provided in partnership with the Socio-Emotional Formation Initiative (SEFI) at the Center for Autism and Early Childhood Mental Health at Montclair State University in partnership with the NJ Early Intervention System, Northeast Regional Early Intervention Collaborative (NREIC) for Early Intervention Week. These can be watched at any time:
- Challenging Behavior - What it Means and What to Do (1:28:00). Webinar recording: uploaded on Mar 20, 2019, Recorded on May 15, 2017.
- Developing Self Regulation Skills in Young Children (1:22:28) Uploaded on Mar 15, 2019 Recorded on April 21, 2017.
- 5 ways for parents to motivate their kids and avoid tantrums at home during the coronavirus, according to a parenting expert Wendy Grolnick, Business Insider The Conversation Apr 16, 2020.
- Video: Focus on: Quarantine and Regression in Children.(6:43) High Focus Centers, NJ - YouTube. Published on Apr 14, 2020. Dr. Navjot Khinda, Psychiatric Director of High Focus Centers in Paramus, New Jersey, discusses the effects that quarantine can have on children’s behavior. A child – of any age – may be experiencing regression if you notice sudden changes in their behavior. Temper tantrums, defiance, or avoiding responsibility are all signs that a child could be struggling with stress or anxiety. Learn how to reduce stress for your child through structured daily habits, diet, play and exercise. These activities can help them manage and express their feelings, and help them return to normal behavior. Be sure to check out the other helpful videos they've posted on their You Tube page to assist families!
- Video: Life in Quarantine. (16:17) Being in close proximity to your loved ones can either be awesome or unfortunately troubling. In this video, Dr. Christian Conte, Anger Management Specialist and his wife, Certified Hypnotherapist provide some practical life tips on how to make your every day a little better right now. Published by Dr. Christian Conte on March 27, 2020 on YouTube.
- The Perinatal Addictions Prevention Project Presents: 10 Tips for Coping with Stress
- Deep Breathing Exercise for Stress Relief (Spanish Version)
- How to Discuss Stressful Situations with Children
- Talking to Children About Traumatic Events
- Staying Home or House Arrest? Quarantine and Teens. April 16, 2020. Article written by Ari Tuckman, PsyD, CST - for CHADD. These strategies can help you find the big parenting opportunities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19. National Association of School Psychologists
- COVID resources from the NJ Department of Children and Families - videos, articles, recorded webinars on a variety of topics. This page is updated regularly
- How to Talk About Coronavirus With Kids
- How to Protect Yourself
- Young Children at Home during the COVID-19 Outbreak: The Importance of Self-Care Zero to Three
- What to do if your Child is Sick
- Coronavirus, Social Distancing and Self Quarantine
- How to homeschool during the coronavirus crisis with free resources
- Supporting Families During COVID-19 (Child Mind Institute) a lot of great resources available by scrolling halfway down the page
- Tips for Parenting During Coronavirus Crisis (Child Mind Institute)
- Investigating the Impact of COVID-19 during Pregnancy (CDC)
- Every Mother Counts - Covid Resource hub for improving maternal health
- Helping Teens Cope with Anxiety
- Resources for supporting children's emotional wellbeing during the CoVID-19 Pandemic. This Child Trends page offers many age/developmentally appropriate resources for parents (scroll to the bottom for resources)
- Virtual Calendar for Free & Public Support Groups, in response to COVID-19 by MHANJ New Jersey Hope and Healing
- Helping people with autism spectrum disorder manage masks and COVID-19 tests
- Wearing a Face Mask: A COVID-19 Social Story for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Should I send my child back to school? This is the latest science on coronavirus and kids - USA Today on 7/30/20
- CoVid and Family Caregiving
- Caring for Someone Sick at Home. US Centers for Disease Control.
- Coronavirus Creates New Worries For People Who Depend On In-Home Care
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope with Covid-19 - Free download from The National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Spanish Version available.
- Caregiver Support - We understand that current times create additional challenges and isolation for caregivers, as well. Please contact Marlene Ceragno at [email protected] for information on our ongoing Caregiver Support Group, (NEW) daily Caregiver Check-In meetings, and Caregiver Training course, all conducted from the convenience of your home
- Sweat with Annette - Now it’s possible to get a great cardio workout, increase your strength and flexibility right from your home in this chair exercise program. Good for all abilities. Mon-Fri, 10 am Free Click/tap here to join the class. For more information on Senior Adult Services, Please contact Judi Nahary at [email protected]
- Great Activity Ideas For Individuals With Dementia. Vivian Green Korner MA, CDP Mar 18, 2020.
Free Respite Care -Family Resource Network has been awarded a New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund grant to provide respite care to any family with a child with an intellectual/developmental disability and/or first responder families caring for children with disabilities or seniors. FRN can provide this care for 8 weeks, 30 hours of respite, statewide. Families can connect to FRN staff at [email protected] If they reach out in this manner, they will reportedly receive a response within 24hours.
- The New Jersey School-Age Tuition Assistance Program can help you pay for care for your school-age child in need of child care as a result of COVID-19 remote learning schools schedules. This assistance is available until December 30, 2020 and applications will be accepted until funds are exhausted. To be eligible for this assistance, you must be:
- a NJ resident;
- your child must be attending school remotely, either part-time or full-time;
- and your annual gross household income must be $150,000 or less.
- If you need help finding child care, contact your local Child Care Resource and Referral (CCR&R) Agency.
- Day care center Health and Safety Guidelines can be found on the DCF website
- Hope for New Mothers: A Virtual Support Group for Pregnant and New Moms With Babies Up to One Year Old (Partnership for Maternal & Child Health)
- Mondays 3:00 - 4:00 PM
- Tuesdays 1:00 - 2:00 PM
- Wednesdays 10:00 - 11:00 AM
- Thursdays 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
- How to Set Your Child Up for Success with Virtual School -Article from A Fine Parent
- How to Help Your Child Adjust to Socially Distanced Learning - Article from GreatSchools.org
- School is Coming Back. Are Kids Ready? - Article from Education Development Center
- Virtual IEP Accommodations During Distance Learning
- 15 Distance Learning Tools for Students with ADHD
Pre-K to Middle School
- Fun Brain - Play games while practicing math and reading skills
- Hippocampus - 7,000 free videos across 13 subject areas
- Into the Book - Go "into the book" to play games that practice reading strategies
- Dreamscape - Reading games for students in grades 2 through 8
- StarFall - Practice your phonics skills with these read-along stories great for kids Pre-K to 3rd grade
- ABC YA - Practice math and reading skills all while playing fun games
- Brain Pop - Activities for everything from science to social studies
- Highlights Kids - Activities, jokes and games for kids
- Kids Discover - Nonfiction reading for kids ages 6 to 14.
- Learning A-Z - Literacy and science education resources
- PBS Learning Media - Brings the world to you
- Phonics Hero - Geared towards improving children’s reading and spelling
- Time for Kids - Learning resource for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade
- Free Art Lessons for Kids and Adults from Wild, Free & Crafty: You Tube based art classes
- Scholastic Learn at Home Resources - Scholastic is offering day to day resources to keep kids reading, thinking and growing.
- Wonderopolis - Explore the science of learning and how things are made
- Mystery Science - Free science lessons for students in kindergarten to 5th grade Site also available en Espanol
- Chabad Kids
- Torah Tots
- Live Streaming Shows & Music Classes for Kids: Online Listings (created by Amelia of Mil's Trills) - Online streamingforkids concertsand lessons.
- Lynda - Online learning platform with courses in business, software, technology, and creative skills. Use it to achieve personal and professional goals. Free with your library card.
- Early Bird Books - Free Ebooks
- Book Bub - Free Ebooks
- Freebooksy - Free Ebooks
- Free Ebooks - Free Ebooks
- NJTV Learning Live - a unique on-air instructional series to help kids learn remotely. Created by NJTV in partnership with the NJEA and the NJ Department of Education, hour-long classes for grades 3-6 are taught by NJ public school teachers. Lessons include math, science, English language arts, social studies, physical education and more. Hosted by 2020 State Teacher of the Year Kimberly Dickstein Hughes.
- William Paterson Youth Programs Registration - Our NEW ONLINE Summer Youth Programs offerings stimulate students’ imagination and reinforce essential academic skills in the comfort of their homes.
- Extended School Year (ESY) - families unable to contact their district to obtain the needed technology should reach out to the Special Education Ombudsman, Ms. Cynthia Hoenes at 609.376.9060 or via email at [email protected] In addition, parents can find contact information for the Special Education Specialist in their county at: http://www.nj.gov/education/about/counties/
Distance Learning Centers
- High Exposure, Northvale Available to students K-7. Counselors will offer basic help with homework, maintain structure and discipline to ensure completion of daily workloads.
- Huntington Learning Center, Englewood In person and virtual tutoring
- Sylvan Learning Center, Fair Lawn In person support during regular school hours
- Brainstorm, Franklin Lakes Small group/pod instruction, special needs tutoring
- Tutor Doctor of North Jersey Pod learning available, 3-6 students
- Meadowlands YMCA Full day school program
- Teaching students how to "Work From Home" Ezra Werb, MEd
Basic Needs / Assistance
Family & Support Services
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Intellectual and Developmental Needs
Last Updated: 05/27/22