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This continuously updated COVID-19 communication toolkit is intended as a resource for CDHS's county partners. Please feel free to republish any of these items as you see fit. If you have questions, contact Deputy Communications Director Madlynn Ruble at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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With thousands of Coloradans losing their jobs as a result of the #COVID19 crisis, there is a growing need for food assistance. The Colorado Department of Human Services created this handy guide to SNAP and other food programs to help those who are struggling to feed their families right now >> http://bit.ly/snap-faq
Need help purchasing food for your family during COVID-19? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers #food assistance benefits to #Colorado residents as part of a federal #nutrition program to help low-income households. Details >> https://bit.ly/2zTdNT1
The @USDA is warning #SNAP recipients to be on the lookout for potential scammers using the #COVID19 situation to steal personal information. If you are unsure if a request for information is legitimate, contact your county SNAP office.
When you're shopping for groceries, please be mindful about buying products labeled for WIC (the Women, Infants and Children food program). WIC recipients can use their benefits only on approved products. If you can, please choose a label or option that isn’t designated for WIC.
If you're a parent with children at home right now, it's important to stay active and resilient during the #COVID19 crisis. Here are some tips for keeping yourself strong for your kids >> https://bit.ly/2Jkpipv
Even without the stresses of #COVID19 and #isolation, parenting a young child can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself, too. When you feel calmer, it’s easier to be there for your kids and meet their needs. https://bit.ly/34FepZs
As the #coronavirus situation evolves, everyday life for many families is changing to include social isolation, remote work, and home #quarantine. Here are seven ways to focus on #family mental health during the coronavirus quarantine >> https://bit.ly/2VFlkO0
Curious about how to talk to your young children about coronavirus? This article from @PBSKIDS includes some great advice, as well as some tips and tricks that will help kids learn how to prevent the spread of germs >> https://to.pbs.org/2wEvqGF
For many families with young children, the stress of the #coronavrius situation can affect those children's mental health. This tip sheet from the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness offers guidance to #parents of infants and toddlers >> https://bit.ly/2z7oW3W
Because of school closures, there are fewer mandatory reporters paying attention for signs of child abuse and neglect. We all must all step up and watch out for kids. The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
Many of us are feeling isolated because of the #COVID19 crisis. For many foster children, who were already more socially isolated than other kids, it can be even more difficult. CDHS's Samantha Garrett explains how teachers and foster parents can help >> https://bit.ly/2UyS0JI
Need help covering the cost of heating your home during the #COVID19 crisis? Colorado residents who earn up to 60% of the state median income may qualify for heating assistance through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. Find out more about LEAP >> bit.ly/cdhs-leap
Are you in need of housing assistance, food support, help with utility bills or more? Reach out to 2-1-1 Colorado to be connected with resources. The best way to reach them is at their website: 211colorado.org. You can also reach them by phone at 2-1-1.
No matter what you’re going through, you don’t have to go through it alone. Call 1-844- 493-TALK, or text TALK to 38255. https://coloradocrisisservices.org/
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The stress, uncertainty and isolation of #COVID19 can be even more frightening for people in abusive relationships. Those who need help can call 1-800-799-7233, text "loveis" to 22522, or go to thehotline.org. #DomesticViolence #COVID19Colorado
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Domestic violence services are essential services. While Coloradans are asked to stay home during #COVID19, that doesn't mean people in abusive relationships should have to be stuck in those situations. Those who need help can call 1-800-799-7233, text "loveis" to 22522, or go to thehotline.org.
Spanish: ¿Necesitas ayuda para pagar la calefacción de tu casa durante el COVID-19? Si ganas hasta el 60% del salario medio en Colorado, puedes ser elegible para recibir ayuda a través del Programa de Asistencia de Energía para Hogares de Bajos Recursos (LEAP). Mas información en >> https://bit.ly/2yGfpwE
English: Need help covering the cost of heating your home during COVID-19? Colorado residents who earn up to 60% of the state median income may qualify for heating assistance through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program. Find out more about LEAP >> https://bit.ly/2yGfpwE
Spanish: Con las escuelas cerradas, los informantes obligatorios tienen menos oportunidades de observar las señales de abuso y negligencia infantil. Todos tenemos la responsabilidad de velar por los niños. La línea de Abuso y Negligencia Infantil de Colorado es 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. Si un niño está en peligro inmediato llama al 911.
English: Because of school closures, there are fewer mandatory reporters paying attention for signs of child abuse and neglect. We all must all step up and watch out for kids. The Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline is 1-844-CO-4-KIDS. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.
Spanish: ¿El COVID-19 está incrementando tus niveles de estrés, ansiedad o depresión? Llama a la línea de Servicios de Crisis de Colorado al 1-844-493-TALK (8255) o textea la palabra TALK al 38255. Mas información en >> https://serviciosdecrisisencolorado.com
English: Are you experiencing increased stress, anxiety or depression because of COVID-19? Call Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-TALK (8255) or text TALK to 38255. More information >> http://coloradocrisisservices.org
Spanish: El estrés, incertidumbre y aislamiento generados por el #COVID19 pueden generar más peligros para aquellos que viven en relaciones abusivas. Si necesitas ayuda, llama al 1-800-799-7233. Los programas de violencia doméstica en #Colorado están allí para ayudarte.
English: The stress, uncertainty and isolation of #COVID19 can be even more frightening for people in abusive relationships. If you need help, call 1-800-799-7233. Domestic violence programs across #Colorado are there for you.
Spanish: ¿Necesitas ayuda para comprar alimentos, pagar facturas de servicios públicos o con tu vivienda? Nuestros amigos del 2-1-1 Colorado están aquí para ayudarte. Marca 2-1-1 o visita el sitio web 211colorado.org #COVID19Colorado
English: Are you in need of housing assistance, food support, help with utility bills or more? Our friends at 2-1-1 Colorado are a great resource. Dial 2-1-1 to reach them or visit their website at 211colorado.org. #COVID19Colorado
Spanish: Nuestros amigos de la comunidad LGBT enfrentan retos especiales de salud mental durante esta crisis del #COVID19. Lee y comparte la guía "El Manejo de la Salud Mental Durante COVID-19" que Envision You creó para ayudar a la comunidad. https://bit.ly/2yoxP8V
English: Our friends in the LGBTQ+ community face unique mental health challenges during the #COVID19 crisis. That's why Envision You created this useful guide, titled "Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19" >> https://bit.ly/2yoxP8V
Are you having symptoms like a dry cough, fever or shortness of breath? Filling out Colorado’s symptom tracker can help public health officials understand when and where outbreaks are occurring. Fill out the symptom tracker here >> https://bit.ly/2VsKYGQ
Lost your job because of COVID-19? The OnwardCO.org website includes an intelligent matching system to pair you with resources that align with your needs. Share info about yourself and get personalized results. Learn more >> https://bit.ly/3eHcwjq
During COVID-19, consider a telehealth visit or nurseline advice before seeking in-person care. Ask your primary care provider if they offer telehealth visits, or call one of Colorado’s telehealth or nurse lines.
The LGBTQ+ communitys face unique mental health challenges during the #COVID19 crisis. That's why Envision You created this useful guide, titled "Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19" >> https://bit.ly/2yoxP8V
The more Coloradans who wear face masks, the better we can slow the spread of #COVID19. Do your part at ColoradoMaskProject.com — check out mask patterns, make your own, wear them, and share them. #DoingMyPartCO #ColoradoMaskProject
CDHS will continuously update this list with any COVID-19-related press releases.
Colorado SNAP recipients now able to make purchases online (May 28)
Eligible Colorado families with school-aged students to receive Pandemic-EBT benefits (May 26)
CDHS announces COVID-19 testing results from Veterans Community Living Center at Fitzsimons (May 2)
CDHS announces plans to increase support for families in need of child care (April 23)
Survivors of domestic violence can leave their homes for safety reasons under Colorado’s safer-at-home policy (April 22)
Colorado awarded $2 million grant for behavioral health crisis services during COVID-19 (April 21)
Essential baby supplies delivered to Colorado from FEMA (April 15)
Colorado extends LEAP heating assistance beyond April 30 (April 8)
Youth leaders to develop messaging for Colorado Crisis Services during COVID-19 emergency (April 8)
Gov. Jared Polis and CDHS launch National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April 7)
Emergency child care extended to all essential workers in Colorado (March 30)
Colorado Department of Human Services open for business (March 13)
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