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SEVP PROPOSED RULES AND REGULATIONS CHANGES RESCINDED

Updated: July 14, 2020

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The NYS Office of Mental Health is providing a first-in-the-nation program to help New Yorkers affected by the pandemic. 

The program, called Coping Circles, consists of free six-week support group sessions, facilitated by volunteer licensed mental health professionals, that are available to all New Yorkers ages 18 and up. Most Circles are open to the general public but if there is demand, Specialized Circles will be available for healthcare workers and first responders, survivors of COVID-19 infections, those who have experienced job loss due to COVID-19, and those who have experienced loss of a loved one to COVID-19. New Yorkers interested in participating in a Coping Circle can learn more here

Published: August 11, 2020

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Children who lost food benefits due to COVID-19 school closures can access meals through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. 

P-EBT benefits require no application and will be automatically issued to kids who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the federal school lunch program. Benefits should have already been issued or will be soon. If your child is eligible but your household has not received a P-EBD card and/or benefit by mid-August, call NYSOTDA at 1-833-452-0096. More details here

Published: August 11, 2020

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National Bereavement Resource Guide Sponsored by New York Life and Eluna

Wherever children and their families are grieving, and wherever they are in the grieving process, we are here to help. New York Life is proud to partner with Eluna to provide the enclosed compilation of state and local resources—camps and grief organizations organized by state, plus books and websites for children and their families experiencing loss. The New York Life Foundation (www.newyorklifefoundation.org) has long been focused on serving children in need. In 2008, the Foundation expanded that focus to include an initiative to help children deal with the loss of a parent, caregiver or sibling and to help parents deal with the emotional turmoil that results from the death of a close family member. We believe this comprehensive guide will provide the necessary resources and directory of services to help support grieving families in communities across the country. In addition, we’ve developed a bereavement website that can help—www.AChildinGrief.com.

Eluna (elunanetwork.org) is a public, 501(c)(3) non-profit with a mission to support children and families impacted by grief or addiction. Founded in 2000 in Seattle by former MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer and child advocate Karen Phelps Moyer, Eluna was originally called The Moyer Foundation and launched a series of programs supporting thousands of children and families annually at no cost to them. Camp Erin® is the largest national network of grief programs for bereaved children and teens, Camp Mariposa® is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by a family member’s substance use disorder, and the Eluna Resource Center offers online tools, local referrals and personalized phone and email support for families experiencing grief, addiction and other related issues. https://elunanetwork.org/assets/guides/BereavementResourceGuide_NewYork.pdf

Published: August 10, 2020

Brave of Heart Fund

Together, New York Life and Cigna, through our foundations, created the Brave of Heart Fund, dedicated to providing healthcare workers and their families with peace of mind. The Fund is designed to provide financial support in the form of charitable relief grants to support the families of healthcare workers who lose their lives to COVID-19. In addition, Cigna behavioral health will provide emotional support and services. If you have a lost a family member who is a healthcare worker to COVID-19, please verify your eligibility to apply now. To learn more please visit FAQ page https://www.braveofheartfund.com/faqs

Published: August 10, 2020

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If You Are In A Dangerous Domestic Situation, New York State Will Help You Find Safe Shelter. 

You aren’t trapped because of COVID. If there is an issue where you face imminent harm, call 9-1-1 immediately. If you need help, you can call the State’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-942-6906, or text 844-997-2121.

Published: August 3, 2020

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The Application Deadline For Covid Rent Relief Has Been Extended To August 6.

The COVID Rental Assistance Program will provide direct aid for tenants who lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund, which is part of the CARES Act. New Yorkers can access the program application here.

Published: August 3, 2020

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Find a Test Site Near You in Miami-Dade County

Miami-Dade County officials continue to work with local, state and federal agencies in monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For questions about COVID-19 in Florida, please call the Florida Department of Health at 1-866-779-6121 or visit Florida Department of Health. Free testing for COVID-19 is being offered at numerous drive-up or walk-in sites.

Published: July 21, 2020

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Find a Test Site Near You in New York

New York State continues to increase testing capacity for COVID-19 on a daily basis. The guidance below enables New York State to prioritize resources to meet the public health need.

Published: July 21, 2020

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COVID Rent Relief Program in NYC

The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord.

Published: July 16, 2020

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Published: July 15, 2020

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NYC Health and Hospitals open antibody testing to all New Yorkers

Covid-19 antibody testing previously only offered to health care workforce will now be offered by walk-in at NYC Health + Hospitals 11 acute facilities. All New Yorkers should get a Covid-19 swab test and an antibody test.

Published: June 26, 2020

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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund Report

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Published: June 25, 2020

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NYC Well

NYC Well is your connection to free, confidential mental health support. Speak to a counselor via phone, text, or chat and get access to mental health and substance use services, in more than 200 languages.

Published: June 15, 2020

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Social Networking isn’t What it’s Used To Be

Published: June 4, 2020

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UHCSR – Supporting you through COVID-19

Published: May 29, 2020

 

There are Over 700 Locations Where New Yorkers Can Get Diagnostic Testing

Published: May 18, 2020

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City Reaches Milestone Of Testing 20,000 New Yorkers Per Day And Triples Number Of Available Testing Sites With CityMD

Published: May 18, 2020

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Wellness & Mental Health

Published: May 13, 2020

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NYS Launched a New Texting Program and Confidential Service to Help New Yorkers Experiencing Domestic Violence

Published: April 28, 2020

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Access Free Meditations and Mindfulness Exercises

Published: April 6, 2020

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NYC Announces Free Meals for All New Yorkers

Published: April 3, 2020

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Student Guidance Concerning Remote Instruction via Blackboard

Published: March 25, 2020

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How to Find Free Wi-Fi Near You

Published: March 25, 2020

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NYC Public Schools are Lending Out Devices For Free

Published: March 23, 2020

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Free Internet for 60 days

Published: March 23, 2020

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Learn Proper Hand Washing Techniques

Published: March 10, 2020

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Preventing Diseases with Proper Hand Hygiene

Published: February 28, 2020

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Meet the Lab Coordinator of our Nursing Department

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SEVP proposed rules and regulations changes rescinded

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