Public Health Resources
As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues in the United States, many people will encounter some level of disruption to their daily activities.
Click here to sign up for email updates from ICADV. We will send periodic updates on the status of our events and provide additional resources. You may also email us if you are unsure about the status of a training or meeting for which you are registered.
Sign up for COVID-19 updates from the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) here.
On November 29, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance on the management of COVID-19 in homeless service sites, including domestic violence shelters. This information can be found here.
Access the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID Data Tracker and view COVID data for your community here.
Access a comprehensive, statewide directory of free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more here:https://www.findhelp.org/
During this time of uncertainty, we have compiled the following resources. Click the link titles below to be directed to the appropriate page.
Fear and anxiety about a disease can lead to stigma and discrimination. For example, people may associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. Unfortunately, ignorance and misinformation about COVID-19 has led to racist and xenophobic attacks against Asian Americans and anyone in the U.S. who looks Asian.
Discrimination should never be acceptable anywhere. We encourage our communities to learn about ways to respond:
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights – Assistance with legal and social services is available through the Stop Hate hotline (1-844-NO-HATE), which is accessible in a number of languages.
Stand Against Hate: Resource to Document and Report Hate
Asian Americans Advancing Justice: Coronavirus / COVID-19 Resources to Stand Against Racism
- ICADV 24/7 emergency statewide hotline at 1.800.332. 7385. Find your local program and their crisis line here.
- If you’re unable to speak safely, visit thehotline.org for 24/7 chat or text LOVEIS to 22522.
- Indiana Department of Health Statewide Coronavirus Call Center: General questions from the public or healthcare provider inquiries about COVID-19 may be directed to the toll-free number: 877-826-0011 (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday for public and healthcare providers).
- Find your county health department’s contact info here
- Indiana Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 1-800-800-5556
- If all lines are busy, please call 1-833-800-5556.
- Indiana Department of Workforce Development (For unemployment insurance questions & resources): 1-800-891-6499
- ASL COVID-19 Hotline: via ASL Now or VP (833) 682-7630
- The Critical Industries Hotline: available to answer business and industry questions only: 877-820-0890
- Stop Hate hotline: assistance with legal and social services is available at 1-844-NO-HATE
How to claim your economic impact payment (EIP) as a credit or refund on your 2020 federal tax return
In early 2020, individuals and their dependents who have Social Security Numbers and who meet income requirements were eligible to receive up to $1,200 for themselves and $500 for each qualifying child. In January 2021, these persons were eligible to receive an additional $600 payment for themselves and $600 for each qualifying child. If you did not receive all of the payments you think you were eligible to receive, you may claim them on a 2020 federal income tax return (Form 1040) as the Rebate Recovery Credit.
Click here for the fact sheet on Stimulus Payment Relief in English
Click here for the fact sheet on Stimulus Payment Relief in Spanish
As many in-person domestic violence support groups are being cancelled, online support groups are still available. Many links for these can be found here. https://www.domesticshelters.org/resources/online-forums-and-chats
Hot Peach Pages lists a directory of every country’s domestic violence program in 110 languages. Many of these programs are still providing essential services to providers during the pandemic. https://www.hotpeachpages.net/a/countries.html
The SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24/7 for individuals in need of crisis counseling due to the impacts of natural or human-made disasters. https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline or 1-800-985-5990.
The Crisis Text Line is a confidential 24/7 helpline for individuals in crisis – which can be especially helpful for individuals facing abuse or toxicity at home during self-isolation. https://www.crisistextline.org/ Text HOME to 741741. Counselors are ready and available during this time, also, to specifically discuss emotional safety planning strategies around COVID-19.
If you need support during this time, please call the ICADV emergency statewide hotline at 1.800.332. 7385.
If you’re unable to speak safely, you can log onto thehotline.org for 24/7 chat or text LOVEIS to 22522.
New funding is available for survivors of crime during COVID-19
The Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Inc. (ICADV) has secured funding to assist families experiencing interpersonal violence in securing safety, fostering stability, and gaining independence. Families experiencing domestic or sexual violence, stalking, human trafficking, child abuse, etc. will be prioritized for funding.
Interpersonal violence has increased significantly since the start of the Pandemic. This increase is directly attributed to isolation from support systems, economic stressors, increased alcohol consumption, access to firearms, and limited ability to services.
There’s help for survivors needing to escape, recover, and heal from violence.
Emergency funding is available to assist with emergency hotel accommodations, housing application fees, security deposits, first and last month’s rent, utilities, and transportation. Funding will be available until it is depleted.
To be eligible, survivors must be working with an ICADV member program or a program whose primary role is serving survivors of crime.
Click here for the ICADV Economic Justice application (English).
Click here for the ICADV Economic Justice application (Spanish).
Click here for the Hotel and Transportation application.
This webinar provides useful information for those interested in learning more.
For more information, please call 317-917-3685 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This initiative is supported by VOCA Grant No 2018-V2-GX-0031 awarded by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute with funds originating from the Office on Victims of Crime.
- Find COVID-19 Relief Funds For Your Organization
- Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus
- Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19
- COVID-19 Information for Public Facilities and Organizations
- Printable Resources from the CDC
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities
- Community Mitigation Guidance: Nonpharmaceutical Interventions for Community Preparedness and Outbreak Response
- Guidance for Mass Gatherings (updated 3/16/2020)
- COVID-19 Infectious Disease Prevention & Response Resource page from Department of Housing and Urban Development
- FAQ for Childcare Providers from Indiana Family and Social Services Administration
- LUNA Language Services Interpretation Resources
- US Small Business Association Disaster Assistance Funds Information & Application
- COVID-19 and the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act
- From ICADV:
- From the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV):
- COVID-19: Coalition Guidance for Programs
- Using Technology to Communicate with Survivors During a Public Health Crisis (find additional related resources in our Digital Services Toolkit)
- Best Practices for Mobile Advocacy
- How to Operate as a Remote Workplace During a Public Health Crisis
- Communication Tools Factsheet
- From Futures without Violence:
- From the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV):
- From the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
- From the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence:
- From the National Health Care for the Homeless Council:
- From the Department on Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
- COVID-19: Essential Services for Encampments During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (HUD – March 23, 2020)
- COVID-19: Shelter Management During an Infectious Disease Outbreak (HUD – March 23, 2020)
- COVID-19 Client Triage Tool: Atlanta, GA CoC Example (HUD – March 15, 2020) Note: a Spanish version, COVID-19 Herramienta de Cernimiento o “Triage” Ejemplo CoC Atlanta, GA, was posted on March 23, 2020
- COVID-19: How to Screen Clients Upon Entry to Shelter or Opportunity Centers(HUD – March 23, 2020)
- HUD’s COVID-19 Resource Digest (March 24, 2020)
Work From Home-Friendly Training & Professional Development Resources
- Helpful Websites for Training and Information
- Indiana Victim Assistance Training Project (Resource section contains a variety of useful webinars and websites)
ICADV Member Programs: Visit the members-only page for more resources.
- IN211 Helping Hoosiers Live Better
- COVID-19 and Taxes
- Tips for Helping a Friend Experiencing Domestic Abuse during COVID-19
- COVID-19 401K Loan Expansion and Student Loan Relief
- FAQ on Economic Impact Payments
- FSSA Division of Disability and Rehabilitative Services – Temporary Policy Changes related to COVID-19 FAQ
- Online Tool to Help Non-Filers Receive Economic Impact Payments | U. S. Treasury and IRS This new web portal allows Americans who did not file a tax return in 2018 or 2019 to submit basic personal information to the IRS so that they can receive payments. Users should go to IRS.gov and click the Non-Filers: Enter Information here button. Read further details in the full memo here.
- How to properly wash your hands
From Family and Social Services Administration:
Financial Assistance and Relief:
- Comcast Offers 60 Days of Free Internet for Qualifying Low-Income Customers
- Some Central Indiana Utility Companies Suspending Disconnections
- Utility Companies and Banks Providing Financial Relief
- COVID-19 Template Letters for Renters: I can’t pay my rent now. What do I say to my Landlord?
- HUD, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Suspending Evictions and Foreclosures
- Indiana Legal Services: Resources for Low-Income Hoosiers during COVID-19
- Social Security & Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions
- ICADV Factsheet: CARES Cash Payment
- Government Relief for Creative Professionals Impacted by COVID-19
- Mortgage Assistance through the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network
- Legally Brief: Indiana’s Moratorium on Evictions Extended to June 4, 2020
- Immigrant Access to Healthcare
- Public Charge Ground: any necessary COVID-19 treatment or preventive services will NOT negatively affect any undocumented person as part of a future Public Charge analysis.
- ICADV Factsheet: Public Charge & COVID-19
- COVID-19 Q&A For Undocumented Immigrants
- ICADV Factsheet: Immigration Ban Executive Order
For Children & Caretakers:
- Families who need help finding or paying for care can contact Brighter Futures Indiana staff at 1-800-299-1627 and a referral specialist can support them in their search
- Every community has a Child Care Resource and Referral Agency (CCR&R) who can connect parents with local child care options and pgovide referrals for support. To find your local CCR&R you can call 1-800-299-1627 or go to https://www.in.gov/fssa/carefinder/5712.htm
- When locating care it is important to ensure that families are choosing licensed and regulated care for their children. To check if the environment is licensed or regulated you can go to childcarefinder.in.gov or call 1-800-299-1627.
- Indiana Department of Child Services Resource Page
- Childcare Answers Resource Page
- Parenting Time during Indiana’s Stay-At-Home Order
- Educational Resources for Kids at Home
- Prevent Child Abuse America Coronavirus Resources & Tips for Parents, Children & Others
- COVIBOOK: A free, printable picture/activity book for talking with kids under 7 about COVID-19. Available in multiple languages.
- Safety Planning with Children from WomensLaw.org
- Safety Planning with Children from the National Domestic Violence Hotline
- Parenting in the Time of COVID-19
- COVID-19 Positive Parenting Tips in 70 Languages
- Kids’ Voice Coronavirus Community Resources
- COVID-19 And Child Abuse
- Family Safety Plans and the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Parental Power of Attorney 2020 Factsheet
Work & Unemployment Resources
- Unemployment Insurance (UI) is available to Hoosier workers who are out of work through no fault of their own; this includes employees impacted by a temporary layoff.
- If a person’s employment has been interrupted or ended due to COVID-19, they should file for UI and their claim will be evaluated.
- Legally Brief: The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act
- Indiana Department of Workforce Development Resource Page
- Career One Stop (Job Search Resources from the US Department of Labor)
- Indiana Unemployment Insurance Application & Information
- Indiana Unemployment Insurance FAQ for COVID-19 Work-Related Issues
- Legal Aid at Work FAQ on filing for unemployment, forced stay-home, immigrant discrimination, etc.
- COVID-19 or Other Public Health Emergencies and the Fair Labor Standards Act Questions and Answers
- U.S. Department of Labor Announces New Guidance on Unemployment Insurance Flexibilities During COVID-19 Outbreak
- ICADV Unemployment Factsheet Series:
- Statewide Interactive Food Assistance Availability Map
- IPS Meal Service Information
- Where to Find Free Meals for Kids During Coronavirus Closures in Central Indiana
- Statewide Food Pantry Directory
- COVID-19 and Emergency SNAP Benefits: What You Need to Know
- Do you qualify for SNAP? New rules due to COVID-19
- Bureau of Developmental Disabilities Services General Guidance during COVID-19 outbreak
- Plain Language Information on COVID-19
- This 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus is written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on “need to know” information (not “nice to know” information). Please share it widely. Our goal is to keep people with disabilities healthy during this national crisis. Let us know if you have suggestions on how to improve this booklet. Email us at email@example.com
- ASL Resources on COVID-19
- Administration for Community Living on COVID-19
- LUNA Language Services Interpretation Resources
- Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities Resource Page
- Emergency Picture Communication Aid, English (Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities)
- Emergency Picture Communication Aid, Spanish (Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
- 1-page Plain Language Prevention Recommendations, English, (California State Council on Developmental Disabilities)
- 1-page Plain Language Prevention Recommendations, English, (California State Council on Developmental Disabilities)
- Coronavirus Outbreak: What You Need to Know, (Special Olympics International)
- Back on Track Indiana: Small Business Restart Grant
- Indiana Department of Health Resource Page
- Center for Disease Control & Prevention Resource Page
- Data & Surveillance
- Health Departments: Information on COVID-19
- Resources for Homeless Shelters
- How to Protect Yourself and Others
- Information on COVID-19 and Pregnant Women and Children
- Faith-based & Community Organizations Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Checklist
- Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities and Specific Settings
- Understanding Risk
- Guidance for Correctional and Detention Facilities
- Marion County Only: Community Resources
- Mental Health & COVID-19 Resources
- Multilingual Resources from Amani Family Services: Available in Spanish, English, Burmese, Simplified Chinese, Arabic, French, Swahili, Russian, Farsi, Korean, Vietnamese, and Hakha Chin.
- Responding to Child Abuse During a Pandemic
- DV Response Guide: What you can do to support survivors
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence and needs assistance finding safe and affordable housing click here.
- Indiana Emergency Rental Assistance (IERA) program
- Coronavirus Resources from HUD Program Offices
- Get Free Housing Advice: HUD-certified housing counselors are available to help you with your housing situation, discuss your options, and direct you to other local resources. Find a housing counselor or call 1-800-569-4287.
- Find subsidized housing in your area
- Indiana Homeowner Assistance Fund (IHAF) is a mortgage payment assistance program for eligible Indiana homeowners in all 92 counties experiencing a hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information click here.
- COVID-19 Responses and Resources from the Indiana Judicial Branch
- Indiana Supreme Court Order (recommendations for trial courts)
- Directory of Courts and Clerks in Indiana (for court contact info)
ICADV recommends that all people with court cases currently pending should call the court to see if their docket has changed.
- COVID-19 Resources for the Legal Community from the Indiana State Bar Association
- If you have a pending court case at this time, be aware that you can track closings on the Indiana State Bar Association COVID-19 webpage (above).
- In addition to sharing Supreme Court petition approvals (emergency requests from local courts), the State Bar (ISBA) is working with county bar presidents and state groups to provide all communication coming out of local courts.
- Draft Pleading to Appear Remotely (for Counsel)
- Pleading to Appear Remotely (for Pro-Se)
- COVID-19 and the Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act
- Protective Order E-Filing Portal (ICADV recommends speaking with an advocate before filing a protective order)
- The Impact of COVID-19 on Native American Communities
- Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Offers Weekly Peer Support Groups
- Visit courts.in.gov/ijlap for more info
- COVID-19 Remote Hearings Guidance
Information for people who have open immigration cases or immigration court dates
- DMHA provider telehealth and billing FAQ now available (April 3, 2020)
- Indiana Behavioral Health Inpatient Facilities Directory (Apirl 2, 2020)
- COVID-19 multi-language resource available from Luna (April 1, 2020)
- Child Mental Health Wraparound service delivery related to the COVID-19 pandemic (March 24,2020)
- Modification to ASAM 3.5 (March 21, 2020)
- Additional Psychological First Aid trainings scheduled in response to COVID-19 epidemic and participation expanded (March 18,2020)
- Indiana to offer Psychological First Aid training in response to COVID-19 epidemic (March 16, 2020)
- State to allow opioid treatment programs the use of lockboxes; provide naloxone to help reduce spread of COVID-19 (March 16, 2020)
- COVID-19 (coronavirus) guidance for mental health care providers (March 12, 2020)
The Center for WorkLife Law is offering free tools for workers who need leave because of the coronavirus. The Families First Coronavirus Response Act provided paid leave for workers who need it for certain caregiving and health reasons. We’re offering a guide for each of the newly-covered reasons. The guides include information about legal rights and new fillable forms that ask for all the information required by law for an employer to grant a leave request. Workers who want to request leave can simply complete the form and give it to their employer. Currently available:
- Leave to care for children due to school or care closures
- Leave to stay at home or self-quarantine based on advice of a health care provider
- Leave to care for someone else advised to stay home or self-quarantine
- Leave to seek a coronavirus medical diagnosis
- Leave needed because of a shelter-in-place or isolation order
- Leave to care for someone under a shelter-in-place or isolation order
EMAIL ABOUT LEGAL HELPLINE
The Center for WorkLife Law is offering a free legal helpline for workers nationwide who have questions about their workplace rights related to coronavirus. Helpline callers can connect with attorneys to receive information about how to protect their incomes, health benefits, and jobs while taking care of their families and their health during the COVID-19 crisis.
Examples of workers who can receive help:
- Working parents and other caregivers who need time off work to care for children, elderly, or disabled family members due to school or care closures
- Pregnant employees seeking job changes or leave to avoid COVID-19 exposure
- Employees navigating income replacement and paid leave options when they are off work under a quarantine/isolation order
- Parents or other caregivers fired, furloughed, or otherwise penalized because of their COVID-19-related caregiving needs
To reach the helpline call: 415-851-3308 or e-mail: COVID19Helpline@worklifelaw.org.
List of self-care ideas
- Yoga: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=–jhKVdZOJM#menu
- Quick Stress Fix yoga https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOfshreyu4w (6 min)
- Meditation: https://www.pixelthoughts.co/# (60 second)
- Breathing exercises: https://greatist.com/happiness/breathing-exercises-relax
- Grounding techniques: https://drsarahallen.com/7-ways-to-calm/
- Music: https://www.tendacademy.ca/using-music-self-care/
- Anxiety self-massage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a–8ykriKeg (11 min)
- With breathing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-nKMaCxkGM (17 min)
- Stretch: https://www.bevi.co/blog/health-and-wellness/10-easy-desk-stretches-de-stress-at-work/
- Candlelight & Loving Kindness (Join Annie Lightsey each evening at 8pm EST to light a candle and offer loving kindness for ourselves, our families, our communities, and our world):https://facebook.com/events/s/candlelight-loving-kindness/526627721585459/?ti=icl
- SuperBetter: (download app) A game to Build resilience, unlock heroic potential to overcome tough situations and achieve goals that matter most: https://www.superbetter.com/
- Blow bubbles-side walk chalk –draw-color
- Read (read to children or have children read to you)
- Take a walk
- Video chat a family or friend
- Socialize with neighbors from the yard/driveway/balcony
- Community gardening (from a safe distance)
Virtual tours (museums, opera streaming, zoos, Disney land virtual rides)
- Virtual park tours: https://artsandculture.withgoogle.com/en-us/national-parks-service
- Disney land virtual rides:https://www.romper.com/p/while-disney-world-disneyland-are-closed-take-your-kids-on-virtual-rides-22622893?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=owned&utm_campaign=romper&utm_content=1584384902&utm_term=share
- Art museum: https://www.kitchentableclassroom.com/best-virtual-gallery-tours/
- Stream an opera: https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/best-metropolitan-operas-to-stream-free.html?utm_source=fb&utm_medium=s1&utm_campaign=nym
- 17 ted talks for kids: https://www.lifehack.org/785441/inspiring-ted-talks-for-kids
Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Monkeypox virus is part of the same family of viruses as variola virus, the virus that causes smallpox. Monkeypox symptoms are similar to smallpox symptoms, but milder, and monkeypox is rarely fatal. Monkeypox is not related to chickenpox. There is still a lot to learn about monkeypox and information will be updated as it becomes available.
Visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website to learn more about monkeypox.
The CDC recommends vaccination for people who have been exposed to monkeypox and people who may be more likely to get monkeypox. Click here to locate monkeypox vaccine clinics.
Information and Factsheets
Monkeypox Information for Homeless Service Providers
Monkeypox and People Experiencing Homelessness
TPHD Monkeypox Safer Sex
Social Gatherings, Safer Sex, and Monkeypox
Monkeypox – Get the Facts
Considersations for Reducing Monkeypox Transmission in Congregate Living Settings (CDC)
HUD Webinar on MPVX 06.24.2022
MPX Preparedness Considerations for Homeless Shelters
Commonly Asked Questions about MPX
Working with Local Partners to Prevent and Respond to MPX Transmission
MPX Info You Should Know Flyer
Protecting Yourself and Others from MPX Flyer
What to Do if There is a MPX Case in Shelter Flyer
Fillable Flyer for Outreach – What You Need to Know About MPX
Reproductive Health Resources
As of August 1, 2023, abortion has been banned in Indiana with few exceptions. The law bans abortion except if the woman’s life or health is at serious risk, if there is a “lethal fetal anomaly” before 22 weeks of pregnancy, or until 12 weeks of pregnancy in cases of rape or incest.
Restrictions harm not only Hoosiers but also folks who travel to Indiana for services if their state has restricted abortion.
Indiana’s Abortion Law Effective August 1, 2023
Indiana’s law prohibiting abortion in most cases took effect on September 15, 2022, and was paused due to lawsuits before going into effect again on August 1, 2023. ICADV remains deeply troubled by the impacts this law will have on survivors of domestic violence, particularly on the disproportionate impact the law will have on survivors of color. We will continue to advocate for women’s rights to make decisions about their bodies and health. In the meantime, we want to provide clear information about the law and resources for abortion care. Information will continue to be updated as it becomes available.
We know that the restrictions, prohibitions, and timelines in the new law are confusing. Here is an overview of the legal changes enacted:
- Starting September 15, 2022, Indiana law bans all abortions with the following exceptions:
- In cases of rape or incest if performed before 12 weeks of pregnancy. “Rape and incest” is defined under IC 16-18-2-306.7 and is available here. It is also important to know that while the medical provider must certify the abortion met the exceptions stated, criminal prosecution and or law enforcement involvement is not mandatory.
- In cases when the abortion is necessary to prevent any serious health risk to the pregnant woman or to save the pregnant woman’s life.
- In cases where the fetus has been diagnosed with a “lethal anomaly” if performed before 22 weeks of pregnancy.
- Abortions can only be performed in hospitals or outpatient centers owned by hospitals; abortion clinics are no longer licensed.
- Doctors who perform abortions in violation of the above will lose their licensure and could face criminal penalties.
- “Plan B” or the “morning after pill” or any form of emergency contraception is not included in these restrictions as they are not considered “abortifacients”
For a deeper discussion of the law, we recommend this webinar conducted by the Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault and Human Trafficking.