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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2020
Gov. Wolf: Support & Referral Helpline Created for Pennsylvanians in Need of Behavioral Health Resources and Referrals During COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
Harrisburg, PA – The Department of Human Services (DHS) today announced the launch of a statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.
“Pennsylvanians will overcome this crisis together by following the guidance of public- health professionals who advise social-distancing to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, but physical isolation does not mean social isolation,” said DHS Secretary Teresa Miller. “We must support people where they are during this time of crisis.”
The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is officially operational today, Thursday, April 2. The number to call is 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.
To create and staff the support line, DHS has partnered with the Center for Community Resources (CCR), an experienced regional crisis and call center provider based in Butler County and licensed to provide crisis services.
CCR staff are trained to be accessible, culturally competent, and skilled at assisting individuals with mental illness, intellectual disabilities, co-occurring disorders and other special needs. Staff use the principles of trauma-informed care to listen, assess needs, triage calls, and provide appropriate referral to community resources to children, teens, adults and special populations.
CCR will collaborate with individuals, families, police, emergency medical teams, hospitals, schools, and human service providers on the local level to provide quality care to their community members.
“We recognize the significant strain this crisis is putting on families across Pennsylvania, and we want you to know that you do not have to struggle alone. If you need help, reach out,” said Secretary Miller. “The compassionate caseworkers staffing the Support & Referral Helpline will be there to answer your call and be a line of support during this difficult time.”
Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Línea Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
- Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
- Safe2Say: 1-844-723-2729 or www.safe2saypa.org
- Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
Visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to- date information regarding COVID-19.
Area Agency on Aging Offering Free Program for Caregivers
To Help Manage Stress
PITTSBURGH – Caring for an older adult family member can be stressful and a strain on a caregiver’s health. The Allegheny County Department of Human Services Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is offering a free six-week program, “Powerful Tools for Caregivers,” for family caregivers to help learn how to take care of themselves. Topics include: Taking Care of You; Identifying and Reducing Personal Stress; Communicating Feelings, Needs, and Concerns; Communicating in Challenging Situations; Learning from our Emotions; and Mastering Caregiving Decisions. Participants must be present for all six sessions.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh-Carrick
ADDRESS: 1811 Brownsville Rd. Pittsburgh, PA 15210
TIMES: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
DATES: March 20, 27 and April 3, 10, 17, 24
Riverview Community Action Corp
ADDRESS: 501 2nd St. Oakmont, PA 15139
TIMES: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
DATES: May 1, 8, 15, 22 and June 5, 12
Turtle Creek Senior Center/Eastern Area Adult Services
ADDRESS: 519 Penn Avenue. Turtle Creek, PA 15145
TIMES: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
DATES: July 10, 17, 24, 31 and August 7, 14
Plum Senior Center
ADDRESS: 499 Center New Texas Rd. Plum, PA 15239
TIMES: 12:30 PM-2:30 PM
Registration is required, and space is limited. For more information or to register, call 412-350-5051 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Links & Resources
- Economic Stimulus Payments – one-page overview attached, including where non-filers can update payment info with the IRS, and the DHS Tax Program contact information
- Resources for Tenants, Homeowners and Landlords – rental/utility assistance and eviction info here, under Tenant Resources: https:// sites.google.com/view/pghhousingcovid19/home
- Youth Zone Facebook Programming – calendar for the rest of April attached. See the virtual programming here: https:// www.facebook.com/412YouthZone/
- Learn and Earn – youth can apply online! More info below and attached.
Looking for paid summer employment? The Learn and Earn application is OPEN to youth online! Go to www.Jobs4Summer.org