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Training Opportunities in July 2020
List Provided Courtesy of State of Oregon, Oregon Health Authority
Click here to download PDF Format, 16 pages

Sep
25
Fri
Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Sep 25 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Sep 25 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

Sep
26
Sat
Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Sep 26 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Sep
27
Sun
Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Sep 27 all-day

logo

Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse support groups @ online via zoom
Sep 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

What we’re about

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one another, providing vital peer support. You are invited to join us as we share our experiences of surviving and managing past and/or current abuse.

This participant list and all messages/discussions are private and secure. They are only accessible to the members of this group. We are open and inclusive to all survivors of any type of abuse or trauma. There are several ways to get involved and we look forward to meeting with you.

Our Coffee and Conversation meetup is an casual and open forum where you are welcome to chat about what is happening in your life, or just sit back and listen to what others are saying and possibly relate to something you hear. We meet at various comfy rooms at Taborspace in SE PDX. Once a month we meet in Room 04 with a play space for your children to attend with you (refer to comments on that week’s Meetup for room specifics). We provide coffee, tea, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. Many members find strong relationships when they connect through our online community and by meeting with each other one-on-one.

SCARS Healing Garden meetups are a time to be active with our bodies and engage our minds in healthful and productive ways. The SCARS Community Healing Garden is located in the PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden where I teach beginner’s gardening workshops on various Fridays throughout the year. Childcare is not available during the gardening classes.

Other Survivor-led meetings include DV Advocacy training, Speakers’ Workshops, and Survivor Impact Panels. Check out the Meetup group calendar for more information!

Survivor-Led Support for Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse

Portland, OR
388 Survivors & Survivor Mentors

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Sep 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

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28
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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Sep 28 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


poster

Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Self Empowerment with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Mondays @ Online via Zoom
Sep 28 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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10am-11am PST | Self Empowerment with Carol [CEUs may be available]

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

 

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Sep 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Sep 28 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Sep 29 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Sep 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Sep 29 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

Let’s Talk with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Tuesdays @ Online via Zoom
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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4pm-5pm PST | Lets Talk with Carol

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

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30
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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Sep 30 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Self Empowerment with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Wednesdays @ Online via Zoom
Sep 30 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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10am-11am PST | Self Empowerment with Carol [CEUs may be available]

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse support groups @ online via zoom
Sep 30 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

What we’re about

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one another, providing vital peer support. You are invited to join us as we share our experiences of surviving and managing past and/or current abuse.

This participant list and all messages/discussions are private and secure. They are only accessible to the members of this group. We are open and inclusive to all survivors of any type of abuse or trauma. There are several ways to get involved and we look forward to meeting with you.

Our Coffee and Conversation meetup is an casual and open forum where you are welcome to chat about what is happening in your life, or just sit back and listen to what others are saying and possibly relate to something you hear. We meet at various comfy rooms at Taborspace in SE PDX. Once a month we meet in Room 04 with a play space for your children to attend with you (refer to comments on that week’s Meetup for room specifics). We provide coffee, tea, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. Many members find strong relationships when they connect through our online community and by meeting with each other one-on-one.

SCARS Healing Garden meetups are a time to be active with our bodies and engage our minds in healthful and productive ways. The SCARS Community Healing Garden is located in the PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden where I teach beginner’s gardening workshops on various Fridays throughout the year. Childcare is not available during the gardening classes.

Other Survivor-led meetings include DV Advocacy training, Speakers’ Workshops, and Survivor Impact Panels. Check out the Meetup group calendar for more information!

Survivor-Led Support for Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse

Portland, OR
388 Survivors & Survivor Mentors

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one…

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Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Sep 30 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Sep 30 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

Oct
1
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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 1 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Whats Eating You? with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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10am-11am PST | Whats Eating You? with Carol [CEUs may be available]

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

SLOP – Suic. Language of Pain – Support Group with Angel Prater at Folktime – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

SUICIDE as a Language Of Pain SUPPORT GROUP

FOR SURVIVORS BY SURVIVORS!!

SUICIDE as a Language Of Pain SUPPORT GROUP

FOR SURVIVORS BY SURVIVORS!!

Do you ever just want to be able to talk about what’s happening and not be afraid to share? Come join others who live with the pain and want to share hope with each other without judgement or fear of reaction.

Who: Survivors!

Anyone who has ever tried to die by suicide and/or anyone living with thoughts/visions/plans or dreams of suicide; people who want a place to talk about it and feel heard!

What: S.L.O.P. is a 90 minute meeting designed and facilitated by survivors for survivors! It provides a space for individuals to come together so they can share their experience, strength and hope!

Why: “Just Talk About It”

Many of us have learned to keep our experiences hidden for fear of others trying to “fix us”, force us to take medications or go into the hospital. As a result, we sometimes feel alone with no one we can trust to just talk about it.

IPS (Intentional Peer Support) principles guide our open conversations about living as a survivor.

When: Every Thursday @ 12pm-1:30pm PST (90 minutes) !

12 — 1pm PST (60 minutes)

Readings, topic discussion, open shares

1 — 1:30pm PST (30 minutes)

Optional time for decompression

Where:

Join our virtual meetings Online via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82756077651

Group Contact:

SLOPGroup@folktime.org

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Let’s Talk with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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2pm-3pm PST | Lets Talk with Carol

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Oct 1 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 2 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Oct 2 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

Oct
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Sat
Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 3 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


poster

Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oct
4
Sun
Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 4 all-day

logo

Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


poster

Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse support groups @ online via zoom
Oct 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

What we’re about

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one another, providing vital peer support. You are invited to join us as we share our experiences of surviving and managing past and/or current abuse.

This participant list and all messages/discussions are private and secure. They are only accessible to the members of this group. We are open and inclusive to all survivors of any type of abuse or trauma. There are several ways to get involved and we look forward to meeting with you.

Our Coffee and Conversation meetup is an casual and open forum where you are welcome to chat about what is happening in your life, or just sit back and listen to what others are saying and possibly relate to something you hear. We meet at various comfy rooms at Taborspace in SE PDX. Once a month we meet in Room 04 with a play space for your children to attend with you (refer to comments on that week’s Meetup for room specifics). We provide coffee, tea, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. Many members find strong relationships when they connect through our online community and by meeting with each other one-on-one.

SCARS Healing Garden meetups are a time to be active with our bodies and engage our minds in healthful and productive ways. The SCARS Community Healing Garden is located in the PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden where I teach beginner’s gardening workshops on various Fridays throughout the year. Childcare is not available during the gardening classes.

Other Survivor-led meetings include DV Advocacy training, Speakers’ Workshops, and Survivor Impact Panels. Check out the Meetup group calendar for more information!

Survivor-Led Support for Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse

Portland, OR
388 Survivors & Survivor Mentors

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one…

Check out this Meetup Group →

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oct
5
Mon
Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 5 all-day

logo

Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


poster

Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Self Empowerment with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Mondays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

logo

10am-11am PST | Self Empowerment with Carol [CEUs may be available]

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

 

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 5 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 6 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 6 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Oct 6 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

Let’s Talk with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Tuesdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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4pm-5pm PST | Lets Talk with Carol

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 7 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Self Empowerment with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Wednesdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 7 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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10am-11am PST | Self Empowerment with Carol [CEUs may be available]

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse support groups @ online via zoom
Oct 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

What we’re about

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one another, providing vital peer support. You are invited to join us as we share our experiences of surviving and managing past and/or current abuse.

This participant list and all messages/discussions are private and secure. They are only accessible to the members of this group. We are open and inclusive to all survivors of any type of abuse or trauma. There are several ways to get involved and we look forward to meeting with you.

Our Coffee and Conversation meetup is an casual and open forum where you are welcome to chat about what is happening in your life, or just sit back and listen to what others are saying and possibly relate to something you hear. We meet at various comfy rooms at Taborspace in SE PDX. Once a month we meet in Room 04 with a play space for your children to attend with you (refer to comments on that week’s Meetup for room specifics). We provide coffee, tea, snacks, and free Wi-Fi. Many members find strong relationships when they connect through our online community and by meeting with each other one-on-one.

SCARS Healing Garden meetups are a time to be active with our bodies and engage our minds in healthful and productive ways. The SCARS Community Healing Garden is located in the PCC Rock Creek Learning Garden where I teach beginner’s gardening workshops on various Fridays throughout the year. Childcare is not available during the gardening classes.

Other Survivor-led meetings include DV Advocacy training, Speakers’ Workshops, and Survivor Impact Panels. Check out the Meetup group calendar for more information!

Survivor-Led Support for Survivors of Domestic/Sexual Abuse

Portland, OR
388 Survivors & Survivor Mentors

Let’s get together and support each other in our journey through and past abuse of any form. All survivors are welcome. We are a caring group who will listen to and affirm one…

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Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 7 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Oct 7 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 8 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Whats Eating You? with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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10am-11am PST | Whats Eating You? with Carol [CEUs may be available]

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

SLOP – Suic. Language of Pain – Support Group with Angel Prater at Folktime – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

SUICIDE as a Language Of Pain SUPPORT GROUP

FOR SURVIVORS BY SURVIVORS!!

SUICIDE as a Language Of Pain SUPPORT GROUP

FOR SURVIVORS BY SURVIVORS!!

Do you ever just want to be able to talk about what’s happening and not be afraid to share? Come join others who live with the pain and want to share hope with each other without judgement or fear of reaction.

Who: Survivors!

Anyone who has ever tried to die by suicide and/or anyone living with thoughts/visions/plans or dreams of suicide; people who want a place to talk about it and feel heard!

What: S.L.O.P. is a 90 minute meeting designed and facilitated by survivors for survivors! It provides a space for individuals to come together so they can share their experience, strength and hope!

Why: “Just Talk About It”

Many of us have learned to keep our experiences hidden for fear of others trying to “fix us”, force us to take medications or go into the hospital. As a result, we sometimes feel alone with no one we can trust to just talk about it.

IPS (Intentional Peer Support) principles guide our open conversations about living as a survivor.

When: Every Thursday @ 12pm-1:30pm PST (90 minutes) !

12 — 1pm PST (60 minutes)

Readings, topic discussion, open shares

1 — 1:30pm PST (30 minutes)

Optional time for decompression

Where:

Join our virtual meetings Online via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82756077651

Group Contact:

SLOPGroup@folktime.org

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Let’s Talk with Carol at Project A.B.L.E. – Thursdays @ Online via Zoom
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

 

Project A.B.L.E. (A Better Life Experience) offering virtual online peer support activities via Zoom.

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2pm-3pm PST | Lets Talk with Carol

Zoom Link for scheduled event times:

https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5433781708

Or call 720-707-2699 and enter Meeting ID# 543-378-1708

In addition, PROJECT ABLE now offers a *NEW* ABLE TALK LINE

Weekdays, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Call us to reach someone for support, learn about new resources or just to talk in a supportive recovery environment.

Call (503) 474-5509 and press”0″ to be connected with a peer support

Online Virtual Groups web page:

https://projectable.org/what-we-do/activities/

Online Virtual Activities Now Available – As a cautionary measure due to the Covid-19 Corona Virus, Project ABLE will be hosting our groups, activities and events online. Click on the link below to learn how to access our Virtual Activities!

Website:

https://projectable.org/

Facebook Social Media page:

https://www.facebook.com/ProjectABLEInc/

Project A.B.L.E. is “A place to find Hope, gain Support and build Community.”

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Oct 8 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

Oct
9
Fri
Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 9 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 9 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 14, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 15, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 15, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 16, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 17, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 17, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 18, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Ted Thomas
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 18, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 19, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led

 

Meeting Guidelines

We read the guidelines before each meeting to remind us that we are all responsible for following and committing to the group standards, which are in place to keep this group a safe place to share.

Share the air
Everyone who wishes to share has an opportunity to do so. No one person should monopolize group time.

One person speaks at a time
Each person should be allowed to speak free from interruption and side conversations.

What is said here stays here
This is the essential principle of confidentiality, and MUST be respected by all.

Differences of opinion are o.k.
We are ALL entitled to our own point of view.

We are all equal
We accept cultural, linguistic, social and racial differences and promote their acceptance.

Use “I” language
Because we do not participate in support groups as credentialed professionals, we do not INSTRUCT or ADVISE. We however do share from our own personal experiences. We are unique individuals, and only we know what is best for our own health (along with our doctor’s recommendations). Example: “In my experience, I have found…”

It’s o.k. not to share
People do not have to share if they do not wish to.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to make the discussion groups a safe place to share.
We respect confidentiality, treat each other with respect and kindness, and show compassion.

 

Have questions?
Here’s how to reach us:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
55 E. Jackson Blvd, Suite 490
Chicago IL 60604 

  (800) 826-3632
  Website

Oregon FosterYouth Connection- Youth Era virtual peer support @ online via Discord
Oct 9 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

OFYC

 

Connection: 

  • (Oregon) OFYC and two volunteer therapists who are also with A Home Within are hosting a support group on Mondays at 7pm for current and former foster youth.
  • (Oregon) Empower Hour with Joshua Morgan-Griggs is on Tuesdays at 8pm. This is a space for current & former foster youth to get connected and establish a support network during this uncertain and isolating time.
  • (National) The Warriors of Foster Care FaceBook page was started by Dominque M Paris who OFYC members met at the 2019 Foster Youth in Action L4C conference. This is a space for current and former foster youth who are impacted by the virus and the unique challenges it presents members of our community
  • (Oregon) YouthERA is providing their peer support services virtually. Peer Support on Twitch, an online streaming platform that has become a home for those in need of community across the world. Virtual Drop-in Centers are available every weekday from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM on Discord. Discord is a safe and supportive space where youth can build community, chat with other young people going through the same things, and lean on our peer support specialists for support.

 

How to Access CARE Act Payments ($1,200):

  • Direct deposits of the $1200 per person stimulus payments are going to start this week—but only for households that have been using direct deposit for their tax refunds or social security payments.  Those who normally get their refunds by check, who haven’t filed recently, or for any other reason haven’t given their bank deposit info to the IRS will be issued checks—and that’s going to take longer.
  • The good news is that the IRS has set up a way for you to contact them directly and give your bank information.  You’ll be able to do that here.  If you have not been filing for the last couple of years, check out the “Non-Filers: Enter Your Payment Info Here.”  You can start the process of providing the necessary info immediately.
  • If you have been filing but have not been using direct deposit, go to “Filers: Get Your Payment.”  That application form is not yet live, but it should be any day now. Keep checking back.
  • If you haven’t received a payment, you may want to check out this resource.
  • Added 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.

Visits with family:

  • 4/17/20 (National) Child Welfare can use federal funds to help purchase technology that will support visitation! More details here.
  • 6/1/2020 (Oregon) DHS is now approved to provide in-person visits between parents and children! All visitations will need to follow health and safety guidelines of the CDC and local health authorities, including screenings and other health precautions. Unsupervised visits will continue to occur according to plans for each family based on their specific circumstances and in compliance with active court orders regarding visitation. Guidance on virtual visits will remain in place to enhance the frequency of contact between parents and children. Virtual visits are to supplement, not replace, in-person visits. More detail here and here.
    • Here is a message from Director Jones Gaston.

Visits with case workers:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) Monthly caseworker visits: Section 422(b)(17) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that caseworkers visit children in foster care on a monthly basis.  The policy, as currently posted, prohibits using videoconferencing for the purpose of meeting that requirement, and requires that such visits must be held face-to-face.
    • The current public health challenges and guidelines require a reconsideration of that policy. The monthly caseworker visit requirement remains in place, but we are modifying our policy to permit such visits to be conducted by videoconferencing in these current extraordinary circumstances. More detail here and here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings including homes certified by our Oregon tribes and caring for children in DHS custody:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct monthly face to face visits with children currently residing in DHS certified foster homes, and other out of home care settings virtually and by phone. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and children currently residing in-home:
    • Monthly in-person face to face contact should still occur for children currently on in-home plans or trial reunifications. More detail here.
  • 4/3/20 (Oregon) Monthly face to face contact between case workers and care providers:
    • Caseworkers will temporarily be permitted to conduct face to face visits with certified care providers virtually and via phone. More detail here.

Child Abuse and Neglect Investigations:

  • 3/18/202 (Oregon) To report concerns, contact Oregon’s statewide HotLine at 1-855-503-SAFE (7233) or your local law enforcement. More detail here.
  • 3/18/2020 (National) There are no federal requirements that govern the procedures for conducting investigations of alleged child abuse and neglect. State and local child protective services agencies should follow the guidance of state and local public health officials with respect to conducting investigations at this time, including whether caseworkers should initiate in-person contact. More detail here.

Other Legislative and Regulatory Flexibility:

  • 3/18/2020 (National) The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is unable to waive or alter requirements including the case review system requirements that are delineated at section §475(5) of the Act.  Although periodic reviews and permanency hearings are important protections for children in foster care, we have explained that the case review requirements are not a title IV-E eligibility requirement and, therefore, delays in conducting these activities will not adversely affect a child’s eligibility for title IV-E. More detail here.
  • 3/16/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters has put out an order to restrict court hearings and operations, except in specific circumstances. More details here.
  • 5/15/20 (Oregon) Chief Justice Martha Walters issued an order late Friday relaxing some restrictions in the 31 counties approved to reopen. More details here.
  • 4/28/20 (Oregon) Citizen Review Boards (CRB) are practicing this week for video meetings. New protocols are in place to meet by video/phone starting May 4, 2020. More details here.

Education:

  • (National) Check with your local school district for technology to borrow.
  • (Oregon) Any youth age 14 or older could use the ILP Discretionary Funds to purchase a laptop ($300 or less, or $250 or less in Multnomah County). They have a vendor where they get decent laptops at really good prices. Ask your case worker, ILP worker, or Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • 3/18/20 (National) Free laptops for foster youth to access school remotely. “For our program, to ensure we remain mission aligned and to ensure we are protecting the privacy of the child, we ask that the wishes get submitted by the case worker. The case worker can create an account to become a community partner right here. Please share this link with them. (Lisa can create an account to post “wishes” for youth who have a closed case.)
  • (National) Closing of Universities. The Children’s Bureau urges all child welfare agencies to immediately contact all youth and young adults in colleges or in other settings who may need assistance finding and securing housing while their college or university is closed. More here. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support.
  • (National) Post-Secondary Academic Support and Success. Students currently enrolled in post-secondary education should contact their general, departmental advisors, and/or specific student support services (ie.TRIO, Educational Opportunity Program, Multicultural Student Services) to determine what resources are available to support their academic success, completion and graduation.
  • (National) Scholly is providing $200 in cash assistance to provide essential financial help to buy groceries, health supplies, and other necessities for those in need. If you’re a student, parent of a student, or graduate, we encourage you to apply today.
  • 3/27/20 (Oregon) Oregon Public Universities Will No Longer Require SAT/ACT for Admission. The Presidents of Oregon’s seven public universities have just decided to no longer require standardized test results for admission, as you can see in this press release.  Beginning in Fall 2021, SAT or ACT scores will no longer need to be submitted with admissions applications.

Food:

  • (Oregon) Accessing Food During the Coronavirus Outbreak, includes links to school districts with how to access food while schools are closed.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (Oregon) The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) offers food benefits to eligible, low-income individuals and families. Find out if you are eligible and how to apply for food benefits here. There is Special Criteria for Students of Higher Education as well.
  • (Portland Metro) Native American Youth and Family Center has food boxes available to youth. Please ask Lisa for a connection
  • New 8/10/20 (Oregon) The Department of Human Services recently launched a campaign to promote NeedFood.Oregon.Gov, a webpage that can help connect Oregonians with food resources during COVID-19. The webpage contains information about summer meal programs for kids, food pantries, SNAP and more. 

Housing:

  • (National) Through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) former foster youth have access to Family Unification Program (FUP) or Foster Youth to Independence (FYI) vouchers for housing. Google to find your counties “Public Housing Authority” and ask about how to access these. Contact Oregon’s ILP office at 503-945-5684 or ILP.Central@state.or.us for support. *New Vouchers available in Portland (4/1/20), Clackamas Co (3/31/20), Klamath Co (3/5/20), and Lake Co (3/5/20).
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • (National) You may also contact your college/University’s housing office to determine what housing accommodations are available for those in unstable housing situations during this time.
  • 3/11/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) A stop of evictions due to non-payment of rent for tenants experiencing a substantial loss of income in connection to the COVID-19 crisis is in place. Please view the Eviction Moratorium FAQ to learn more.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments
  • 5/18/20 (Oregon) Oregon Made $8.5 Million Available To Pay Rent. Here’s How To Get It.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Health:

  • 4/24/2020 (Oregon) Testing is available now through the Walgreens COVID-19 Testing website.
  • (National) As former foster youth you have access to health insurance until age 26FosterClub can help you get re-connected.
  • 3/15/20 (National) While the HIPAA Privacy Rule is not suspended during a public health or other emergency, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) may waive certain provisions of the Privacy Rule. More details here and here.
  • 3/19/20 (National) A covered health care provider that wants to use audio or video communication technology to provide telehealth to patients during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency can use any non-public facing remote communication product that is available to communicate with patients without penalty. More details here.
  • (Oregon) Health Share has a coronavirus webpage and a list of some community resources to support you during this difficult time.

Mental/Emotional Support:

  • (Oregon) We acknowledge the emotional burden and toll that this current situation is having on us, our loved ones and community. If at any time, you feel like you need to reach out to talk to someone, please contact YouthLine via phone at 1-877-968-8491 or send a text to teen2teen’ to 839863. More details here.
  • (National) If at any time you are experiencing thoughts of no longer living and/or harming yourself, contact the suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-88255. More details here.
  • (National) To limit feelings of loneliness, this is the best time to utilize platforms such as facebook, snapchat, zoom, skype, and/or mobile phone capabilities to stay connected with your friends and loved ones.
  • (National) A Home Within provides open-ended individual psychotherapy to current and former foster youth, free of charge. Note: they may not be able to meet all requests at this time.
  • (Oregon) The NAMI Oregon Helpline remains operational. Callers receive live assistance from 9 am to 5 pm weekdays.  Telephone numbers are 503-230-8009 or 800-343-6264. Or email at namioregon@namior.org. NAMI’s Covid-19 Resource and Information Guide in PDF format covers maintaining wellness, navigating health care, and other questions that their helplines are receiving.  You can download the guide here.
  • See the “Connection: section above

Bill Support:

  • 3/18/20 (Portland) The Portland Water Bureau will not disconnect water service for non-payment of sewer, stormwater and water bills.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Portland General ElectricPacific Power and NW Natural will suspend late fees and shutoffs.
  • 3/18/20 (Oregon) Comcast and Charter are offering free internet access to eligible households, among other measures, to help people stay connected.3/16/20 (National) Spectrum commits to offering free internet for 60 days to households with K-12 or college students who don’t already have a Spectrum subscription. It is also opening its Wi-Fi hotspots for public use. To enroll, call 1-844-488-8395.
  • (Oregon) 211info connects people with health and social service organizations.
  • 3/20/20 (National) Student Loan Relief: Secretary DeVos announced that Federal Student Aid (FSA) will provide student loan relief to allow borrowers to temporarily stop their payments without worrying about accruing interest. If you have student loans, contact your loan servicer to see if and how these policies will affect you.
  • 4/1/2020 (Oregon) Governor Brown issued Executive Order 20-13, extending the moratorium on evictions to prohibit landlords from issuing an eviction notice (Executive Order 20-11 just prohibited the enforcement of evictions), to prohibit late fees, and to extend these protections to commercial tenants as well.
  • 5/12/20 (Oregon) DHS currently has an exception to work with youth who meet criteria on an “Admin-only” Chafee Housing case (i.e. no DHS caseworker) and may receive up to $1000/month to assist with independent living expenses for the months of April, May, June, July, August, and September or until your 23rd birthday, if that’s sooner. Please email DHS Central Office ILP Desk at ILP.Central@state.or.us with a subject line of:  “COVID Chafee Housing” to see about eligibility to assist in housing payments.
  • 6/3/20: (Oregon) Get Free Tax Help. In response to COVID-19, MFS CASH Oregon is taking Volunteer Tax Assistance to the phone. IRS certified volunteers can answer your tax questions and guide you through filing your own taxes.
  • 8/3/20 (Portland/Multnomah Co) The state of Oregon has thankfully distributed $10 million in rent relief funds for Multnomah County residents. If you need help with your rent, head over to 211info.org/multco-rent to learn more. Only those who earn 80% or less of the median family income are eligible for this assistance.

Employment:

  • (Oregon) The Unemployment Insurance coronavirus website now includes a VERY helpful video on applying for benefits as a result of layoff due to the pandemic.  Scroll down and select the video entitled “Filing a New Claim During the COVID-19 State of Emergency.”  It will tell you just how to answer the questions on the application form to determine your eligibility. If you still have questions:  OED_COVID19_info@oregon.gov.

Legislature:

  • (Oregon) You can reach out to your legislators if you have questions or concerns as well!
    • Legislator Lookup – enter your address in the box in the top right hand corner – a box will pop up showing  the “Senate” tab with your Senator’s name and email address, click on the “House” tab to find your Representative’s name and email address, click on the “Congress” tab to find your United States Congressperson.

2020 Census:

  • (National) This may seem like an odd “resource”, but the US Census is how the federal government finds out how many people (and children) there are in Oregon and your local community. This determines how much money they give for things like Medicaid (that’s OHP here in OR) and Head Start, where roads and sewers need to be built to support all the people who live in a given area, as well as how many representatives each state gets in the House of Representatives. Watch for a form in the mail or go here to do it online!

COVID-19:

Questions:

 

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Telephone Peer Support – Trans Lifeline Saving Lives – 877-565-8860 – Weekdays and Weekends @ United States and Canada
Oct 10 all-day

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Trans Lifeline

Peer Support and Crisis Hotline by and for Trans & Questioning

Hotline open 24 hours per day, 7 days per week* – Weekdays & Weekends

* reportedly it is only guaranteed to be staffed 7am-1pm PST / 10am-4pm EST but may have operators or take messages outside these times

Toll-Free USA:  877-565-8860

Toll-Free Canada:  877-330-6366

Trans Lifeline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. Our operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call us. We will do our best to support you and provide you resources.

Our Hotline launched shortly after Trans Day of Remembrance of 2014 in response to the epidemic of suicide in our community. We believe that some of the best support that a trans person in a crisis can have is a fellow member of our community with shared lived experience.

While it started as a service for people in crisis, that is no longer the case. Trans Lifeline still functions as a crisis and suicide prevention hotline. However, it also serves as a space for trans people who just need someone to talk to.

Trans Lifeline provides live, one-on-one phone support, as well as large numbers of online resources for transgender and gender-questioning individuals. The hotline is open 24 hours a day. It is only guaranteed to be staffed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, but operators are often also available at other times.

In addition to information resources, Trans Lifeline offers microgrants to individuals who need financial support when updating their name and gender on their legal documents. They accept a limited number of applications each month. However, they will pay the entire fee for most document changes other than birth certificates.


La línea directa de Trans Lifeline es un servicio de apoyo entre compañeros dirigido por personas trans, para personas trans. Nuestros operadores están ubicados en todo EE. UU. Y Canadá, y todos son trans identificados. Si está en crisis o simplemente necesita alguien con quien hablar, incluso si se trata solo de si es o no es trans, llámenos. Haremos todo lo posible para apoyarlo y brindarle recursos.

Nuestra línea directa se lanzó poco después del Día de la Remembranza Trans en 2014 en respuesta a la epidemia de suicidio en nuestra comunidad. Creemos que algunos de los mejores apoyos que una persona trans en crisis puede tener es la oportunidad de hablar con un miembro de nuestra comunidad con experiencia de vida compartida.


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Trans Lifeline is training Spanish speaking volunteers who identify as transgender and want to support the Translatinx community by being a volunteer operator for our dedicated Spanish hotline. This line will launch this summer.


 

Website:

https://www.translifeline.org/

Facebook social media page:

https://www.facebook.com/TransLifeline/

Twitter posts page:

https://twitter.com/TransLifeline/

Instagram posts page:

https://www.instagram.com/TransLifeline/

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance Support Groups @ online via zoom
Oct 10 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

 

DBSA online support groups give people living with depression and bipolar disorder a safe, welcoming place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer each other hope. With the support of generous donors and friends, we are rapidly adding more groups to meet the urgent need for online support.

Our support groups are led by peers – which means that the person guiding the meeting knows firsthand what it’s like to live with a mood disorder. In addition to our general support groups, we offer specialized groups for:

  • Young adults
  • Military Veterans from all branches of the service
  • Female minority Veterans
  • Seniors aged 60 and over, offered in English and Spanish
  • Friends, family and caregivers caring for loved ones with mood disorders

All DBSA online support groups are free of charge. However, in this time of growing need, we welcome gifts in any amount that will help us open more groups to meet the demand. Click here to give.

Join a Support Group

Our meeting schedule is listed below. Please log in to register for and attend a support group. If you haven’t already created a user account, we welcome you to do so. The process is quick and easy.

  UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meeting Date & Time Group Leader
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 6, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Monday, September 7, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
10:00 AM PT
Douglas Hulst
DBSA Senior Strength Tuesday, September 8, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Jennifer Adkison
DBSA Online Support Group Tuesday, September 8, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Wednesday, September 9, 2020
4:30 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Senior Strength Spanish Language Thursday, September 10, 2020
4:00 PM PT
Monica Severson
DBSA Senior Strength Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Vail Smith
DBSA Online Support Group Thursday, September 10, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Military Veterans Friday, September 11, 2020
11:00 AM PT
Farley Calhoun
DBSA Online Support Group Friday, September 11, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Online Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
9:00 AM PT
Team Led
DBSA Young Adult Support Group Saturday, September 12, 2020
3:00 PM PT
Team Led
DBSA Family and Friends Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
1:00 PM PT
Team Led
Female Minority Veterans Peer Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
4:00 PM PT
DBSA Online Support Group Sunday, September 13, 2020
5:00 PM PT
Team Led