Resources for Families from the Center for Children’s Advocacy
The Center for Children’s Advocacy’s Medical-Legal Partnership is providing some guidance and information on important issues facing our families during the coming weeks and months. As always, if you have any questions you should feel free to reach out to the contacts listed below.
Income Security Public Assistance – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (Cash Benefits) Applications online at connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp or call 2-1-1 for more information. In-person interviews for cash assistance have been temporarily waived.
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
Applications for Unemployment Insurance Benefits online at www.filectui.com
Applications for HUSKY, the state’s Medicaid and CHIP programs (HUSKY A & B) online at connect.ct.gov/access/jsp/access/Home.jsp or call 2-1-1. DSS has authorized coverage of some telemedicine services for identified health services.
Utilities and Fuel Delivery Electric and Gas Utilities
Connecticut has banned all utility shutoffs, including, gas, electricity and water, during the pendency of the crisis. Families facing imminent shutoff notices or whose utilities were shut off should call the Public Utility Regulatory Authority (PURA) at 1-800-382-4586.
Free or Reduced-Cost Meals for Students
Schools are providing meals to students who attend their schools. Check the websites for individual school districts to see which school will be providing meals or call 2-1-1.
Other resources for food during the crisis: 2-1-1 Infoline
There is a suspension of all hearings, defaults and executions in Connecticut’s housing court until at least April 1, 2020 at the earliest. This means that those facing evictions may have some relief. If a patient has an eviction pending, have them call the housing session where their case is located or Statewide Legal Services for more information at (800) 453-3320.
Health and Safety Reminders
Maximize health by eating regularly, sleeping enough, exercising, going outdoors for a little sunlight and vitamin D.
Wash hands, and children’s hands, with soap, for 20 seconds, when coming in, before eating and also every few hours.
Get backup medications from the pharmacy if possible for any medical issues.
If ill, call medical office for advice; do not just show up in the emergency room without calling a doctor, unless it is literally life or death.