COVID-19 Community Resources
Helpful Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic
We understand that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic go beyond physical ailments. You or other members of your family may feel alone, scared or overwhelmed. Below are links of community resources that may be helpful to you during this challenging time. View information on additional resources in Rhode Island.
You can also fill out a secure online form to request assistance with community resources, such as food, housing, transportation, utilities or other services.
As always, you can reach out to your Coastal practice with any questions or concerns. We are here for you.
Behavioral Health and Wellness
SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
- 24/7 national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for those in emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
- Text: "TalkWithUs" to 66746
- Website: www.disasterdistress.samhsa.gov
- FACE COVID (PDF): How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis
- Guide to Living with Worry and Uncertainty Amidst Global Uncertainty (PDF) - multiple languages available
- Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Health and Well-Being (PDF)
- Breathing through Anxiety or Panic Attacks (Diaphragmatic Breathing)(video)
- Managing Stress During COVID-19 (Self-guided learning about stress management)(video)
- Practice grounding anywhere, anytime, with The Rule of 5 (video)
Domestic Violence/Child Safety
RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV)
- www.ricadv.org (RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence)
- RICADV provides information, resources and answers to FAQ's about healthy relationships, safety planning, legal needs, and connection to local member agencies.
- 24/7 hotline: 1-800-949-8100
- Online Chat is available from 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m
- Coalition COVID-19 Resources
- RICADV local member agencies
- The RICADV's network of member agencies provides connection to court and law enforcement advocates, comprehensive emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking.
- RI Food Bank - Find Food
- Ordering groceries online using SNAP/EBT
- Office of Healthy Aging – List of Senior Centers (PDF) can be found on agefriendlyri.org
- Local Senior Center: Call for information about emergency food assistance, volunteer availability, and delivered box lunch programs
- Boxed lunch program available to individuals 60+ years of age or disabled.
- New participants will be required to provide name, date of birth, address, and contact information over phone.
Updated Healthsource RI info at healthsourceri.com
RIPIN Healthcare Advocates: RIPIN Call Center
- The RIPIN Call Center offers free support to any Rhode Islander who needs help accessing healthcare, health insurance, or special education for children with disabilities.
Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) www.oha.ri.gov/Medicare | 1-888-884-8721 TTY: 401-462-0740
SHIP helps people learn about and apply for Medicare coverage. It also assists beneficiaries with limited income to apply for other programs, such as the Medicare Savings Program and Extra Help/Low Income Subsidy
Learning at Home
Sesame Street: How to manage feelings related to COVID-19
Helping Children Cope with COVID-19:
- Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- Coping during COVID-19: Resources for Parents
- American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Coronavirus/COVID-19 Resource Guide
Children with Special Needs:
- The Autism Society Coronavirus Response and Resources
Coordinated Entry System: 401-277-4316
- If you are in need of temporary shelter, you must call the Coordinated Entry System (CES) to access shelter. As of December 8th, 2020 this hotline is operated the Coalition for the Homeless and staffed with Help Center agents who will conduct an assessment and refer to eligible resources including diversion assistance and shelter. Visit our website to view its extended hours, including nights and weekends.
RI Housing COVID-19 resources
Visit the RI Housing website for information and applications to programs including Rent Relief RI, Homeowner Assistance, and to enroll in the Centralized Wait List Portal for Housing Choice Vouchers.
Funeral Assistance from FEMA for COVID-19
The unexpected loss of a loved one to COVID-19 can create a heavy toll both emotionally and financially.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) provides financial assistance to individuals and households with disaster-related funeral expenses. Due to the unprecedented number of deaths caused by COVID-19, FEMA implemented an interim policy to streamline the delivery of funeral assistance.
Learn how you may benefit from this assistance by using the link below.