With COVID-19 significantly impacting our state, nation and world, the Collaborative is here to assist you as much as possible while you transition to the community.

For updated information and to connect with a Reentry Collaborative member, call 203-699-6316.

Para obtener información actualizada y conectarse con un miembro de El Colaborativo, ¡contáctenos! 203-699-6316.

Statewide Resources

Coronavirus Tracker
Coronavirus Tracker
For the latest updates follow the link below.
Coronavirus Tracker
Mortgage Assistance
Mortgage Assistance
For the latest updates follow the link below.
Mortgage Assistance
SNAP Recipients
SNAP Recipients
For the latest updates follow the link below.
SNAP Recipients
IRS Information - Tax Relief and Economic Impact Payments
IRS Postpones More Tax Deadlines
The IRS has postponed tax deadlines for individuals and businesses due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The postponement generally applies to all taxpayers who have a filing or payment deadline between April 1 and July 15, 2020.
Individuals, trusts, estates, corporations and other non-corporate filers qualify.
If you need additional time to file after July 15, you can request an extension until Oct. 15, 2020.
• Individuals taxpayers use Form 4868.
• Business taxpayers use Form 7004.
Taxpayers must pay taxes they owe by July 15 to avoid penalties and interest.
The IRS has additional information for taxpayers who owe taxes but can’t pay.
For more information, visit the Coronavirus Tax Relief page of IRS.gov.

Economic Impact Payments
If you get an Economic Impact Payment, it will arrive in a plain envelope from “Money Network Cardholder Services.”
For more information follow the link below
Economic Impact Payment

Tax Filing Tips
Tax Tips – English or Spanish
Tax Tips for Multilingual – English or Spanish 

Pandemic Journaling Project
Pandemic Journaling Project
We write to introduce a project that was created to help people record their own experiences of these difficult times using text, voice recordings, or images: the Pandemic Journaling Project (https://pandemic-journaling-project.chip.uconn.edu/).

The Project was designed as a space for anyone, anywhere to reflect on their experiences of COVID-19 — and the other dramatic events happening in the world around us. Anyone (18 or older) with a smartphone or computer can participate, anywhere around the world. Participation takes only ~15 minutes a week, and you can create your journal in English or Spanish.

Participation is anonymous, requiring only a phone number or email to sign up. Participants take a brief survey (~6 minutes the first week; ~2 minutes in following weeks), then create their journal entries. Entries will never be linked to names or other identifying information. Participants will be able to log in with a password to view and download their own journal entries and see a selection of entries others have chosen to make public.

We hope you will consider creating your own journal — and help us spread the word to friends, colleagues, community members, and anyone else whose story deserves to be told.

You can follow the Project on Facebook (@PandemicJournaling), Twitter (@PandemicJourna [yes,without the final “l”]), and Instagram (@PandemicJournaling), or reach us at pandemicjournalingproject@gmail.com.

Communication

Send Free Letters
Send free letters and photos to your incarcerated loved ones. Click here for more information.

Access to Phone
During this time of crisis when services and supports are being provided remotely, we understand that having access to a phone and minutes and texts to connect with providers, families, and friends is critical. Below is a list of communication companies are providing free minutes, phone payment assistance/waivers to their customers.

  • Assurance Wireless (Virgin Mobile’s version of Safelink) is giving all of their customers unlimited minutes and texts from now through 5/20 as well as 6 GB of data for free.
  • TracFone/Straighttalk (Walmart’s minute plan): Partnering with Safelink Wireless to enroll clients in free minutes, assistance with bill pay, waiving reactivation fees, setting clients up with data and texting packages. Can visit safelinkwireless.com/enrollment of contact 1800 723 3546 for details.
  • Verizon: Suspending late fees/re-connection fees, providing bill assistance, and extra minutes with proof of poverty, unemployment due to COVID-19. The best way to apply is online through the account.
  • AT&T: Providing free/reduced cost wifi/hotspots through your phone, unlimited data for all existing clients, and providing services at $10 per month for families with no income, low income, or financial strain due to COVID-19. Will extend the $10 per month plan after COVID-19 crisis. Online is the most efficient way to apply due to the high number of callers (per info on website).
  • Cricket: Dial 611 to enroll in any COVID-19 relief programs. Waiving re-connection fees, and all service fees on payments. Customers can use Bridge Pay to pay current bills in future months, over a longer period of time, and/or smaller payments per billing cycle. Includes minute plans. To dial 611 you must call from the Cricket issued phone. If someone else is calling for the client, the number to call is 1- 800 -274 -2538.
DOC Policy
DOC policy directive on inmate communications. Click here for more information.

Connecticut Legal Services
Connecticut Legal Services
The Connecticut Legal Services have created a resources for providers and clients to get legal information about court access, school, work, benefits, housing, and more during the COVID-19 crisis: https://ctlawhelp.org/en/coronavirus.

CLS COVID-19 EDUCATION HOTLINE FLYER SPANISH
CLS COVID-19 EDUCATION HOTLINE FLYER

Press Release

WETHERSFIELD, CT (April 30, 2020) – Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut; Inc., (“SLS”) the state’s only legal aid hotline serving all 169 cities and towns, announces that it continues to work remotely during the pendency of the COVID-19 crises. SLS’s experienced attorneys and advocates guide individuals with legal questions about health care access, public benefits, housing, unemployment and other problems, and also refer cases to other legal aid programs or to volunteer attorneys. To contact SLS, call the toll-free hotline, 1-800-453-3320 (or from Middletown and Hartford, 860-344- 0380), Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals may also apply for help by submitting a confidential, online application for legal assistance to http://apply.slsct.org/.

COVID-19 has impacted our state in many ways, including those who need legal assistance with legal issues. In response to ongoing challenges caused by this epidemic, almost daily changes are being made to court and state agencies’ operations, to public benefits programs, and more. Statewide Legal Services of Connecticut, and its regional Legal Aid Network partners – Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, and New Haven Legal Assistance – are currently tracking these changes. Connecticut residents are urged to visit the network supported website, CTLawHelp.org, for COVID-19 related updates at https://ctlawhelp.org/en/coronavirus.

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
The Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services has created a resources webpage for providers, families, and clients. It also includes information on mental health services and telehealth resources. The resources page can be accessed here.
Connecticut HUSKY Health
Connecticut HUSKY Health has made the following changes in coverage, related to COVID-19:

· Suspension of timeframes for renewal of Medicaid/HUSKY Health and cash assistance benefits of current beneficiaries.

    • Medical or cash assistance benefits were scheduled to end in March 2020—benefits will be automatically continued through June 2020. If medical or cash assistance benefits are scheduled to end in April 2020—benefits will be automatically continued through July 2020.

· Suspension of co-payments for full benefit Medicare Part D beneficiaries who are dually eligible for Medicaid.

    • These beneficiaries are no longer responsible for co-payments of up to $17 per month (aggregate for all prescriptions) for their medications covered by Medicare Part D. Instead, the Department of Social Services will cover the copayment amounts in full, after any other insurer has paid, during the public health emergency.

· Suspension of co-payments in HUSKY B (Children’s Health Insurance Program).

    • The Department of Social Services will reimburse providers for the full reimbursement amount for services subject to the copayment, including the copayment amount. This does not apply to other forms of HUSKY B cost sharing, such as monthly premiums and co-insurance and allowances for dental services.

· Extending fills for non-maintenance and maintenance medications for up to 90 days for Medicaid/HUSKY Health beneficiaries (except for controlled substances).

· Allowing early refill for prescriptions when an individual has used 80% of the prescription (reduced from 93%)

· Telemedicine in medical and behavioral health.

    • HUSKY members can receive medical and behavioral health services from their health care providers by audio-only telephone or videoconferencing.

The Department of Social Services reminds the public that applications are open year-round for HUSKY Health coverage (Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program. Uninsured residents with low and moderate incomes are encouraged to:

Apply online: www.accesshealthct.com

Apply by phone: 1-855-805-4325

Transportation: Metro North
On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Metro-North said it will no longer accept cash for fare payments on trains or at ticket counters. The change is intended to reduce hand-to-hand contact to stop the spread of COVID-19. The railroad said it will only accept credit and debit card payments for tickets transactions.
CT DMV
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, all DMV branch offices will be closed to the public for the transaction of business until further notice — DMV will provide services online, through the mail and by phone. See list of services and daily status updates on DMV and partner locations here.
Department of Social Services
NOTICE: Department of Social Services Field Offices will be closed to the public from March 17 to March 27, 2020, as a protective measure for the safety of customers and staff. DSS will continue to provide services. Our customers can access benefit and application information, 24/7, at www.connect.ct.gov and www.ct.gov/dss/apply; or 1-855-6-CONNECT. For more information, please visit www.ct.gov/dss/fieldoffices. Thank you, and please also visit www.ct.gov/coronavirus for latest State of Connecticut updates.
Department of Labor
On March 12, our phone system for filing weekly unemployment claims and performing an account status inquiry will no longer be available to allow for enhanced electronic processing. After that date, you must file a claim or check your account status at: www.FileCTUI.com.

Federal & State Government Responses & Updates

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
State of Connecticut
Access Health CT
State of Connecticut Department of Corrections
State of Connecticut Department of Social Services
State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
COVID Updates Page – https://jud.ct.gov/COVID19.htm
State of Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
State of Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
DMV Updates Page – https://www.ctdmv.info/updates/
State of Connecticut Department of Labor

Service Provider Responses & Updates

Transitions Clinic Network COVID-19 Response Line
Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness Housing Guide

Connecticut Legal Services COVID Updates
Open Communities Alliance List of Resources in Connecticut
Food Resources for those in Need
Goodwill Career Center

Goodwill Career Centers presents ‘Let’s Get Through This Together’ Workshop to go over resources and supports available to CT residents experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 2nd at 1pm and Friday, April 24th at 1pm. Register a
https://www.ctoca.org/covid_19_resources/