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.
- FACTSHEET (English): COVID-19 & Reentry in Connecticut
- FACTSHEET (Spanish): COVID-19 & Reentry in Connecticut
- CT Department of Correction (DOC)
- State of Connecticut
- CT Department of Social Services
- CT Department of Labor (DOL)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Hourly Updates in the News
- CT DOL FAQ for Workers and Employers during Coronavirus
- Transitions Clinic Network Connecticut Covid-19 Response Line
- Homelessness Housing Guide
- Resources in Connecticut: From Food to Legal Aid and Housing
- Judicial Branch Response
- Open Communities Alliance – Support and Resources for COVID-19
For the latest updates follow the link below.
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Send free letters and photos to your incarcerated loved ones. Click here for more information.
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 directive on inmate communications. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
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.
· 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
Federal & State Government Responses & Updates
COVID FAQ Document – https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/Coronavirus/COVID-19-FAQs.pdf?la=en
List of Governor Lamont’s Press Releases – https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Pages/Governors-Press-Releases
Changes to Bus Operations due to COVID-19 (3/19/20) – https://portal.ct.gov/DOT/News-from-the-Connecticut-Department-of-Transportation/2020/CTDOT-ANNOUNCES-IMMEDIATE-CHANGES-TO-BUS-OPERATIONS
Alerts Page – https://www.cttransit.com/alerts
Metro North Updates Page – https://new.mta.info/precautions-against-coronavirus
Service Provider Responses & Updates
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