Resources to Help Our Community Cope

GENERAL HEALTH RESOURCES
Check out these websites for statewide, national and international updates about the coronavirus, as well as tips for staying mentally healthy during the pandemic.

Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center
Johns Hopkins University medical experts share information about self-quarantining, social distancing and protecting yourself from the coronavirus.

World Health Organization
The WHO provides current situation reports and advice for the public on the coronavirus. The WHO has also launched a health alert system in Arabic, English, French and Spanish to provide the latest news and information on the coronavirus, including details on symptoms and how people can protect themselves and others, using WhatsApp.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Library FAQs

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Important Information

Resources to Help Our Community Cope

Business and Workforce Development Resources

Family Activities to Combat Cabin Fever

Help for Students Learning from Home


GETTING & MAINTAINING HEALTH INSURANCE
Here are resources to help keep you and your family insured.

HealthCare.gov
The federal government’s healthcare website explains the differences between Medicaid, CHIP and health insurance marketplace plans, with links to apply to each. If you have lost your job and your job-based health coverage, you qualify for a special enrollment period to get coverage through the health insurance marketplace.

Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA)
If you lose health insurance coverage due to a job loss or a reduction in work, you might be eligible to receive short-term coverage from your former employer through COBRA.

MENTAL HEALTH & SELF CARE
Taking care of yourself isn’t always a priority, especially during a crisis. These resources can help you cope and manage stress.

The City of The Colony has compiled this infograph of tips and resources on mental health care available to all North Texas for anyone needing help on managing stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 crisis.  

Resources are available via the Denton County MHMR Center. The crisis hotline is 800-762-0157. For more information, visit their website.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services has also established toll-free mental health support line for those experiencing anxiety, stress or emotional challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic: 833-986-1919.

The North Texas Behavioral Health Authority is offering a hotline for anyone to call who may be experiencing stress and anxiety during this time of crisis. The number is 833-251-7544. It will be active as of noon Monday, March 23.

Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
This daily updated resource provides helpful tips and strategies from ADAA mental health professionals, including for those struggling with anxiety around the coronavirus or with general anxiety concerns.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - Stress and Anxiety
The CDC provides resources on managing anxiety and stress during a crisis. It includes phone numbers for disaster distress and national domestic violence hotlines. The CDC also has resource guides for helping children cope with emergencies and for helping first responders cope with the immense stress.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
SAMHSA provides guidance and resources to assist individuals, providers, communities and states across the country. This includes virtual recovery resources, training and technical assistance, and tips for social distancing.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or reach the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741741.

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI also has an informative article on How to Ease Children’s Anxiety around COVID-19.

SOCIAL SERVICES

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Offers resources to help veterans protect and care for themselves and their families during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information for People Receiving Services: This page provides information to Texans receiving HHS services.


Mortgage Relief
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac have both instituted mortgage relief measures. If your mortgage is serviced by a private lender, they might be offering similar relief. Contact your lender and specifically mention that the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your ability to make payments.

Internet Access
Internet providers are instituting changes, such as moratoriums on rate hikes, removal of data caps or overage charges and temporary holds on disconnection of service for non-payment. If you don’t have internet access at home, some companies are providing free broadband internet for households that meet certain conditions. For more information about internet pricing and access options, visit the websites for AT&T, Spectrum, T-Mobile,  and Verizon.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE & PROTECTION
Increasing numbers of individuals and families are finding themselves in situations of financial uncertainty. These resources can help.

Unemployment BenefitsInformation for COVID-19 Employers, Jobseekers and Child Care from the Texas Workforce Commission

Cash AssistanceCash HHS offers cash assistance to Texans going through tough times. Texas Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) offers cash to help pay bills, buy food and help see your family through. TANF helps families pay for basic living needs.

Coronavirus Tax ReliefThe IRS has established a special section focused on steps to help taxpayers, businesses and others affected by the coronavirus. This page will be updated as new information is available.  

Estimate Your Relief Check
Find out how much money your household could be eligible to receive through the coronavirus relief bill known as the CARES Act. This calculator, created by The Washington Post, will allow you to estimate how much money you might receive by inputting some basic information about your finances.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)
Unfortunately, scammers are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic to con people in various ways. The CFPB provides advice on how to protect your money and tips to help you remain financially secure.