If you have any questions, please call the 24 hour state hotline for coronavirus: (800) 222-1222. https://www.nj.gov/health/cd/topics/covid2019_community.shtm
SCREENING SITE FOR NOVEL CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) TO OPEN IN ESSEX COUNTY WEEQUAHIC PARK
Essex County Residents can Register for an Appointment at www.EssexCOVID.org. The testing site is for Essex County residents; appointments are mandatory. Residents must arrive by car.
Special Shopping Hours for Customers 60 and Over at Stop and Shop: https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/stop-shop-offers-special-shopping-hours-for-customers-60-and-over/2330334/
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Housing assistance at DCAid: https://njdca-housing.dynamics365portals.us/en-US/ Department of Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson provided an overview of all the department programs to assist those who need continued support during this critical time.
Information is here: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/
Press release is here: https://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/news/press/2020/approved/20200318.html
NJ Human Services Works to Protect & Help Maintain Continued Benefits for Residents Amid COVID-19 Outbreak
Actions Address Child care, Seniors, Homeless, Medicaid, Mental Health, Substance Use Disorder and Disability Services
March 18, 2020
(TRENTON) – To protect the health and safety of the individuals we serve and help maintain vital social service benefits continue to do so, New Jersey Human Services Commissioner Carole Johnson today outlined steps the Department has taken to assist and protect those we serve amid the ongoing work to contain COVID-19.
“During these challenging times, Human Services is committed to continuing to protect and care for those across the state who depend on our critical services,” Commissioner Johnson said. “Human service providers are first responders in this crisis and the health and safety of those we and our community partners serve is our top priority. We’ve taken steps to offer assistance to child care providers so that they can remain open and continue to provide care; to make it easier for Medicaid beneficiaries to refill their prescriptions early and stock a 90-day supply of their maintenance medications; to protect older residents and individuals with developmental disabilities by moving swiftly to end congregate activities; and to create opportunities to help New Jerseyans receiving opioid use disorder treatment retain access to care. We’re going to continuously review our policies and services as the situation evolves and take all available action to protect our most vulnerable residents.”
Actions taken by the Department of Human Services include:
Supporting Individuals and Families with Children:
Cash, Shelter and Food Assistance
Supporting Older Residents
For children who qualify for free or reduced lunch, a packed lunch and breakfast for the following morning will be distributed every school day from 11 am to 2 pm at Seth Boyden School, Maplewood Middle School, South Orange Middle School, and Columbia High School. The food is available from the door of the cafeteria and children from any school can pick up food from any location. No child will be denied a meal. For more information, including Haitian Creole and Spanish language versions, please click here.
For families who need additional support, arrangements can be made for food deliveries. Please contact district social worker Karen Weiland via email email@example.com for further details about the Family Support Fund and the food deliveries or any other support you may need.