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Mental Health: Helplines | Family Service League Programs | Stress Relief
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Work / Financial Issues: Unemployment | Job Protection / Financial Relief
- Suffolk County is asking residents to sign up for Smart 911. What is it? It’s used by first responders: “The information provided in a Smart911 Safety Profile enables us to know who is at the greatest risk in our community. We can provide individuals with critical updates based on their location and health history.”
- Text COVIDSUFFOLK to 67283 to sign up for SMS text messages through their mobile devices to receive updates on the latest information, health guidance and other developments relating to the coronavirus.
Town of Brookhaven
- To keep informed on Novel Coronavirus news and information, please follow the Town of Brookhaven on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @BrookhavenTown, visit our Coronavirus Web page or call 631-451-TOWN (8696).
Source: Town of Brookhaven
Help for Businesses
The Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit serves as a:
- One Stop for Business questions and resources related to impacts as a result of COVID 19
- Data collection for economic and workforce impacts
- This unit is fully staffed and ready to help address questions, provide guidance on resources and track critical data provided by local businesses.
- Local businesses can call Suffolk 311 to be connected to the unit, email Business.Recovery@suffolkcountyny.gov, or visit the newly created webpage
(Source: Suffolk County Business Recovery Unit) [Updated 3/21/2020]
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22. Guidance on essential services under the executive order is as follows: Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The ‘New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order
Closings / Operational Changes
- Now in effect, 100% of the workforce must stay home, excluding essential services. (Executive Order 202.8)
- New York State on PAUSE: In New York we know that Policies Assure Uniform Safety for Everyone.
- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed the “New York State on PAUSE” executive order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone. It includes a new directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close in-office personnel functions effective at 8PM on Sunday, March 22. Guidance on essential services under the executive order is as follows: (Governor Cuomo Issues Guidance on Essential Services Under The ‘New York State on PAUSE’ Executive Order)
- All non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason are temporarily banned. (Executive Order 202.10)
- All barbershops, hair salons, tattoo or piercing salons, nail salons, hair removal services and related personal care services will be closed to the public effective Saturday, March 21 at 8:00PM. (Executive Order 202.7)
- Casinos, gyms, theaters, retail shopping malls, amusement parks and bowling alleys are closed until further notice. Bars and restaurants are closed, but takeout can be ordered during the period of closure. (Executive Order 202.3)
If someone sees an establishment not abiding by the Governor’s closure order for bars and restaurants, please call 631-852-COPS
- Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency and the Suffolk County Department of Labor, Licensing and Consumer Affairs, the Suffolk County Civil Service office is now temporarily closed to the public. At this time, test applications can be completed online. Source: SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE URGES RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR SMART911 TO ASSIST CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
Suffolk County Department of Social Service
DSS will remain open.
|Riverhead Center||893 E. Main Street Riverhead, New York 11901-2542||Telephone: (631) 852-3500 Fax: (631)852-3505|
|Coram Center||80 Middle Country Road Coram, New York 11727||Telephone: (631) 854-2300 Fax (631) 854-2123|
|Smithtown Center||200 Wireless Boulevard Hauppauge, New York 11788||Telephone: (631) 853-8714 Fax: (631) 853-8842|
|South West Center||2 South 2nd Street Deer Park, New York 11729||Telephone: (631) 854-6600 Fax: (631) 854-6672|
All efforts to reduce public contact are being made while meeting the needs of the County’s most vulnerable residents.
Applications for assistance programs can be submitted by mail (instead of coming to a center). Please visit the SCDSS website for information or to download applications at: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Social-Services/Client-Benefits-Administration
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applications and case recertification can be submitted electronically @ mybenefits.ny.gov or by mail (instead of coming to a center).
Additionally, SNAP benefits can be used for online grocery purchases. Current participating retailers include: Amazon, Walmart and ShopRite. Amazon is available statewide; Walmart and ShopRite participate in specific zip codes. Walmart, depending on specific locations, offers delivery, pick-up or both. Clients can enter zip code on the Walmart or ShopRite websites to find availability.
Suffolk County Police Department
In an effort to limit person-to-person contact there will be a number of operational changes for the Suffolk County Police Department.
- While precincts will remain open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, we are encouraging residents to not visit precincts unless critically necessary. Anyone who is feeling ill especially is requested to not respond to a precinct or police headquarters.
- Instead residents should call 911 and disclose all health concerns and symptoms to enable our officers to prepare and protect themselves and the community.
- For the time being, fingerprinting services will not be available.
- The Police Department also offers our residents a number of different ways to file police reports – you do not have to go into the precinct to file a report.
- Types of incidents that can be reported online or over the phone include harassing communications, lost property, criminal mischief, non-criminal property damage, minor motor vehicle crashes, identity theft and some larcenies.
- To report online visit www.suffolkpd.org or call 631-852-COPS to report over the phone.
- If a report cannot be filled online or by telephone, an officer will be dispatched to the individuals location, and he or she will follow specific guidelines to protect both their health and safety and the health and safety of the resident.
- Additionally, our residents have the ability to request incident reports, motor vehicle accident reports and background checks all online at www.suffolkpd.org.
- And finally, the SCPD’s Alarm Management Program will be closed until further notice. This will not change the present status of a resident’s alarm and extensions will be provided if someone’s bill is due during this time period.
Source: SuffolkPD Facebook
Town of Brookhaven
- While Brookhaven Town Hall currently remains open, it is strongly recommended that residents who have business with the Town use online services or contact Town personnel by phone or email in order to reduce crowds at Town Hall to help prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
- SENIOR CENTERS, EVENTS AND NUTRITION PROGRAM CHANGE – Brookhaven Town has closed all Senior Centers, canceled all senior events and suspended its Congregate Meals Program at the centers. Meals are now being delivered to homebound seniors as part of the Town’s Nutrition Program. For more information, call 631-451-9191.
- CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC – The Brookhaven Town Clerk’s office is CLOSED to the public. The only services that will be provided in person are marriage licenses and the filing of death certificates by licensed funeral directors. These services will be provided BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Please call 631-451-6920 for an appointment. All other requests should be completed by mail or online.
- HOURS CHANGED – The Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Adoption Center remains open for serious adoption inquires only. It will now be open Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, Saturday from 10:00 am to 3:30 pm and Sunday from 11:00 am to 3:30 pm until further notice. For more information, please call 631-451-6950 or visit the Animal Shelter website.
- POSTPONED – Brookhaven Parking Violations Hearings scheduled for March 18 and March 25 are postponed. Anyone scheduled to appear on these dates will be notified by mail of a new hearing date.
- CLOSED – All Town of Brookhaven Recreation Centers and Pools will be closed until further notice.
- CLOSED – Holtsville Ecology Site & Animal Preserve will be closed to public access until further notice.
- CANCELED – All Parks and Recreation Department Programs are canceled until further notice.
Source: Town of Brookhaven
Village of Patchogue
- As of March 16th, Village Hall and all facilities are closed to the public; the public may email email@example.com and call 631-475-4300 to address any Village business filings.
- Any meeting of the official Boards or committees of the Village, with the exception of the Board of Trustees, are hereby adjourned and rescheduled until after May 1, 2020
- The Board of Trustees meeting scheduled for March 23rd shall proceed remotely. In the event it is held in person, the public is asked not to attend unless they have an urgent matter on the agenda and is further encouraged to submit any comments or questions via email to the Village Clerk.
- The Village of Patchogue delivered a letter to residents of the village. You can read the letter here.
- As part of the County’s ongoing efforts to protect public health, the County Executive announced the temporary closure of all County playgrounds and dog parks. At this time, all Suffolk County Parks and golf courses, with the exception of Timber Point, remain open for residents to visit and enjoy, and it is encouraged that visitors continue to practice social distancing. (SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE PROVIDES UPDATE ON COUNTY’S RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS) Updated: 3/20/2020
- New York State is waiving all park fees in state, local and county parks. Source: Novel Coronavirus – Department of Health
- The County will implement a rear-door boarding policy on fixed-route bus service and will be isolating the first few rows of the bus to create a safe social distance between the riders and the driver.
- Suffolk Transit Customers Encouraged to go Cashless by Purchasing Tickets through the Suffolk FastFare Mobile App.
Source: Suffolk County Transit (Updated 3/23)
- For updates and information from the Patchogue-Medford School District, look here: https://www.pmschools.org/Page/9580
- Governor Cuomo signed an executive order directing all schools in New York to close by Wednesday, March 18 for two weeks ending April 1. Source: Novel Coronavirus – Department of Health
Help in the Community
Lighthouse Mission – www. lighthousemission.net
Operates a mobile food pantry for those in need
10-11 a.m. Saturdays in Patchogue in the lot behind Burlington Coat Factory.”
Patchogue-Medford Youth & Community Services
Food Pantry. Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Currently open normal hours (Mon/Thur). Will help anyone they can but MUST call before going there
God’s Provision 5
Spanish Pentecostal Church 11 River Ave. Patchogue NY 11772
Long Island Cares
IF YOU NEED TO BE ASSESSED FOR A MOBILE HOME DELIVERY DUE TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK, PLEASE CALL FOR A PHONE ASSESSMENT 631.582.3663 EXT. 109 or EMAIL US AT EMERGENCYRESPONSE@LICARES.ORG / Please allow 24-48 hours as a response.
Check the Suffolk County Department of Health Services page for the latest updates and general information about the virus.
- The New York State Department of Health is allowing people to make appointments at their Suffolk mobile testing site now. Suffolk County residents who want to make an appointment for the test can call 1-888-364-3065 and they will be triaged by a nurse or a healthcare professional. Source: SUFFOLK COUNTY EXECUTIVE BELLONE URGES RESIDENTS TO SIGN UP FOR SMART911 TO ASSIST CORONAVIRUS AWARENESS FOR FIRST RESPONDERS
- Testing is free for all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider. Source: Novel Coronavirus – Department of Health
- If you tested positive for COVID-19, view this document from the Suffolk County Department of Health Services
Statistics (Suffolk County)
The latest number of cases countywide and by town can be found here.
- The USNS Comfort, a 1,000 bed hospital ship, will be deployed to New York harbor to increase New York’s hospital surge capacity. Source: Novel Coronavirus – Department of Health
Call Monday through Friday between 10AM & 6PM EST for information on mental health resources.
NAMI-NYS Temporary Helpline
For inquiries about resources and services, support groups and classes.(https://www.naminys.org/)
National Domestic Violence Hotline Live Chat
Seeking Help? Our chat is safe, private and secure. Available 24/7/365.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/)
New York OMH Emotional Support Line
The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The HelpLine is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling. (https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/covid-19-resources.html)
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline
1-800-985-5990 (Spanish-speakers: press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support)
Provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support so people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human caused disasters. (https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline)
Family Service League Programs
As this situation continues to evolve, most FSL counseling and support programs are operating via secure digital telehealth methods such as video conferencing, email, and phone. Visit www.fsl-li.org for a full list of services.
If you or a loved one is struggling to cope with extreme depression, anxiety, substance addiction, feelings of isolation, or other issues please know that FSL is offering immediate assistance. DASH Crisis Care Center is open 24 hours. Call anytime 631-952-3333 to speak with a therapist or schedule a visit.
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Patchogue-Medford Child Care Program for Mandated Emergency Responders
Patchogue-Medford schools have instituted a Child Care Program for Mandated Emergency Responders effective Monday, March 23, 2020. The program will be limited to Canaan, Eagle and Medford Elementary Schools, and there will be a maximum enrollment of ten (10) elementaryaged children per site. Parents/Guardians who are declared Emergency Mandated Responders will need to submit an application through the online Child Care Registration website located at www.pmschools.ce.eleyo.com. In addition to the online registration, Emergency Mandated Responders need to provide proof of employment including a picture of your employment identification and a payroll stub demonstrating that you are a Mandated Emergency Responder. Identification and paystubs should be emailed to Emily Moss, Director of School-Aged Child Care, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding the Child Care Program for Mandated Emergency Responders should be emailed to email@example.com.
Suffolk Childcare Consortium
Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone today announced the launch of the Suffolk Childcare Consortium, a free childcare program for first responders, medical professionals, transit workers and where space permits, other essential workers. The new program, which provides assistance to employees on the front line working to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, will be open Monday – Friday from 7:00 AM to 6:30 PM. Enrollment is on a first come first serve basis and will be limited based on space and staffing. Residents with any questions regarding the Suffolk Childcare Consortium should call Suffolk 311. (County News, 3/27/2020)
Child Care Council of Suffolk
If someone is need of Day Care, they can call the Child Care Council of Suffolk Parent Counselors @ 631-462-0303 to find available slots for their children. Website: Child Care Council of Suffolk, Inc.
- How can we support the social and emotional needs and development of our students at home? Source: Patchogue-Medford School District
- COVIBOOK by Manuel Molina: A short book explaining the virus, meant support and reassure children under the age of 7. It is recommended to print this material so children can draw on it.
- What To Do With Kids At Home On Coronavirus Break For Who Knows How Long (Without Losing It) Source: Colorado Public Radio
- New Yorkers are urged to call 1-800-697-1220 to report unfair price increases of products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak. Website: NYS Division of Consumer Protection
Work / Financial Issues
To file a claim log on to: https://applications.labor.ny.gov/IndividualReg/
NYSDOL is implementing a new more efficient filing system based on the first letter of the applicants last name (alphabetical order). Here is the step-by-step process for filing:
A – F : Monday
G – N : Tuesday
O – Z : Wednesday
Missed your day: Thursday and Friday
Filing later in the week will not delay payments or affect the date of an individual’s claim since all claims are effective on the Monday of the week in which they are filed.
Freelancers / Independent Workers
Freelancers will be eligible to apply for unemployment under the CARES Act.
Job Protection / Financial Relief
- Governor Cuomo signed the bill guaranteeing job protection and pay for New Yorkers who have been quarantined as a result of novel coronavirus. Source: Novel Coronavirus – Department of Health
- Effective immediately — the state will temporarily halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the State of New York and referred to the Office of the Attorney General for collection, for at least a 30-day period, in response to growing financial impairments resulting from the spread of 2019 novel coronavirus, or COVID-19. Source: Governor Cuomo and Attorney General James Temporarily Suspend State Debt Collection in Response to Coronavirus