DESPERATELY NEEDED SUPPLIES

DESPERATELY NEEDED SUPPLIES

WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER!

Over 6,000 Ohio citizens live in adult care facilities or group homes. Right now, these homes are in DESPERATE NEED to supplies to protect their residents from the threat of COVID-19.

Many of the individuals living in these homes have co-occurring health conditions that put them at a higher risk of contracting the illness AND of having the most severe outcomes.

The operators of these homes, who house anywhere from 5 to 16 severely mentally disabled citizens, are trying to do everything they can to protect their residents, but necessary supplies are simply not available in the quantities that they need it.

Without cleaning supplies, ample amounts of food, and basic household essentials, the people living in these homes will die.

If you are able to purchase or donate any of the following items for these homes, NAMI Ohio will ensure the items get delivered to those who need it the most.

Most needed items include:

  • HAND SANITIZER
  • DISINFECTANT CLEANERS
  • CLEANING WIPES
  • GLOVES
  • NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS
  • GROCERY GIFT CARDS

NAMI Ohio has decided that 100% of all donations made to our organization during this crisis will be used to purchase cleaning supplies and other much needed items for these homes.

NAMI Ohio will use our donations to purchase, collect, and distribute these items to adult care homes throughout Ohio (100% of all donations will go to this purpose).

If you have any items that you would like donate, you can do so at the NAMI Ohio office located at 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215. These items can be left outside the NAMI Ohio office door (Suite 125).

We are all in this together and we must protect Ohio’s most vulnerable citizens.

Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.

DONATION OPTIONS:

  1. Donate online via PayPal at www.namiohio.org/donate
  2. Donate with cash or check by mail to 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  3. Donations can be left at the NAMI Ohio office at 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215 in the building lobby outside the NAMI Ohio office (Suite 125)

Thank you & God Bless,

Terry L. Russell

COVID-19 Updates

March 25, 2020

COVID-19 Related Federal Legislation Update

On March 6, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6074, Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act. This bill allocates $8.3B to be used for coronavirus preparedness and response, which includes $1.05B for grants to states and local governments.  The bill also temporarily modifies certain Medicare requirements to allow providers to offer telehealth services to beneficiaries outside of rural communities.  For a more detailed summary of information on H.R. 6074, click HERE.

On March 18, President Trump signed into law H.R. 6021, Families First Coronavirus Response Act. This bill provides FFY2020 supplemental appropriations to support expanded food and nutrition services, establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak, expand unemployment benefits, and temporarily increase the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP). For a more detailed summary of information on H.R. 6021, click HERE.

SAMHSA Training and Technical Assistance Related to COVID-19

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is committed to providing regular training and technical assistance (TTA) on matters related to the mental and substance use disorder field as they deal with COVID-19. Click HERE for available TTA resources.

Free App to Support People in Recovery During COVID-19 Outbreak

As the nation grapples with COVID-19, it’s important to remember that social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, especially for individuals in recovery from addiction, who rely on supportive networks as part of their healing. To help support individuals in recovery from substance use disorder, Addiction Policy Forum has partnered with CHESS Health to launch the Connections App, a free smartphone app that is scientifically proven to support patients in recovery by reducing relapse and promoting pro-social engagement.

For more information on Ohio’s response to COVID-19, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634). For behavioral health-specific information, visit: https://mha.ohio.gov/coronavirus. For behavioral health-related questions, email covid19BH@mha.ohio.gov. For COVID-19-related OTP questions, email OTP_COVID19@mha.ohio.gov, for Housing questions, email COVID19Housing@mha.ohio.gov and for Telehealth questions, email COVID19BHTelehealth@mha.ohio.gov

County Crisis Resources

County Crisis Resources

If you are struggling with your mental health and need to talk to someone, please know resources are available. If you are currently connected to a mental health agency, you can call your therapist or case manager. Many of these organizations are doing tele-health services and still accepting patients.

If you cannot talk to anyone at your mental health agencies or if you need immediate help, please reference one of the guides below with crisis line contact information organized by county in Ohio.

Community Help and Crisis Lines Updated

County Board Directory

 

 

Ohio Department of Health Stay at Home Order

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Governor Jon Husted, and Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton, M.D. MPH, announced that Ohio will be under a “Stay at Home” order.

The order will go into effect beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. and will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. on April 6, 2020, unless the order is rescinded or modified. 

Read the full order here: Director’s Stay At Home Order

“We haven’t faced an enemy like we are facing today in 102 years – we are at war. In the time of war, we must make sacrifices, and I thank all of our Ohio citizens for what they are doing and what they aren’t doing. You are making a huge difference, and this difference will save lives,” said Governor DeWine. “Right now, we are in a crucial time in this battle. What we do now will slow this invader so that our healthcare system will have time to treat those who have contracted COVID-19 and also have time to treat those who have other medical problems. Time is of the essence.”

More information: Stay At Home FAQ

We Need Your Help!

We Need Your Help!

Dear Friends,

WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER!

NAMI Ohio and the Ohio Adult Care Facilities Association are committed to doing everything we can to address concerns about the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19) and prevent the spread of this illness.

We are working to do everything we can to protect Ohioans with mental illness, especially those who fall into the most vulnerable categories.

Ohio has over 6,000 citizens living in adult care facilities or group homes and many of these residents have co-occurring health conditions that may make contracting the virus more dangerous for them.

These homes who house anywhere from 5 to 16 severely mentally disabled citizens try to do their best, but do not have the funds needed to purchase extra food and supplies that could last during this pandemic. Without cleaning supplies, nutritious food, and basic household essentials, people will die.

All of you know how hard it has been to buy toilet paper. Many of these homes cannot get the quantity needed to keep their supplies stocked.

In an effort to help prevent the spread of this illness and support the very special individuals living and working in these homes, NAMI Ohio has decided that 100% of all donations made to our organization during this crisis will be used to purchase cleaning supplies and other much needed items for these homes.

Most needed items include:

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Disinfectant Cleaners
  • Cleaning Wipes
  • Gloves
  • TOILET PAPER! – Very much needed!
  • Etc.

NAMI Ohio will use our donations to purchase, collect, and distribute these items to adult care homes throughout Ohio (100% of all donations will go to this purpose).

If you have any extras of these items that you would like donate, you can do so at the NAMI Ohio office located at 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215. These items can be left outside the NAMI Ohio office door (Suite 125).

At this time of crisis, we all need to come together to protect each other and support those citizens who are most vulnerable. Each of these residents have hearts and souls and they find themselves in this special situation because of a mental illness. We understand the next several weeks will be challenging for all of us and together we will get through this.

Anything you can do to help is greatly appreciated.

DONATION OPTIONS:

  1. Donate online via PayPal at www.namiohio.org/donate
  2. Donate with cash or check by mail to 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215
  3. Donations can be left at the NAMI Ohio office at 1225 Dublin Road, Suite 125, Columbus, Ohio 43215 in the building lobby outside the NAMI Ohio office (Suite 125)

Thank you & God Bless,

Terry L. Russell

Please share this request with all of your contacts and also please consider sharing it on your own website and social media. Thank you!

COVID-19 AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

COVID-19 AND UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION

 Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for unemployment compensation if you are an employee and:

  1. Are unable to work because your doctor, health agency, or employer requests that you

isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19; or

  1. Your employer lays you off due to the loss of production caused by COVID-19.

You do NOT need to be diagnosed with COVID-19.

You do NOT have to be totally unemployed. If your hours of work are reduced, you may still be eligible

for some unemployment compensation.

Do I need documentation?

Documentation is NOT required, but may be helpful. If you do not have documentation, you should not

wait to file– file immediately. If possible, you should ask your doctor, health agency, or employer for

something in writing that you have been requested to isolate due to COVID-19 concerns OR that your

hours of work have been reduced due to COVID-19.

What if I am a tipped employee?

If you are a tipped employee and the employer did not include tips in the wages, you will need to file an

affidavit with your tipped wages for ODJFS to review and determine the benefit amount due. If the

employer includes tips in your wages, there is nothing for you to do.

What if I want to isolate myself but nobody has asked me to do so?

If you do not have any COVID-19 symptoms but want to isolate or quarantine because of COVID-19,

you may NOT be eligible for unemployment compensation.

 

How to apply:

  • Online: http://unemployment.ohio.gov , 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.
  • Telephone: 877-644-6562 or TTY 1-614-387-8408, Monday through Friday 8am-5pm

 

How to qualify

To qualify, you must have worked at least 20 weeks and earned at least an average weekly wage of

$269 in the past 4 or 5 calendar quarters. If you are unsure, you should still apply and this information

will be verified.

No waiting week or work search

If you qualify because your doctor, health agency, or employer requests that you isolate or quarantine

due to COVID-19, you will not be required to meet the work search requirements to get unemployment

compensation.

Whether you are totally, partially, or participating in the SharedWork Ohio Program, you can receive

unemployment compensation starting the first week.

For more information: http://jfs.ohio.gov/ouio/CoronavirusAndUI.stm

YOU MAY ALSO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ADDITIONAL ASSISTANCE INCLUDING:

  • SNAP (food stamps)
  • Ohio Works First (cash assistance)
  • Prevention, Retention, and Contingency funds (one-time cash assistance)
  • Medicaid

You can apply for these benefits by contacting your local County Department of Job and Family

Services. You can also apply online at benefits.ohio.gov