Resources for COVID-19

Information on COVID-19
 

Working Remotely During COVID-19
NY Project Hope

Employee Resources

Find below a link to the university's main page that addresses both faculty/staff and student needs regarding the resources and questions for the coronavirus.

https://www.binghamton.edu/health/coronavirus/

Services through New York State 

New York State Benefits:

New York State launched a new web application to help New Yorkers find state services and benefits. The "Find Services" web application was developed in partnership with Google.org, to assist New Yorkers in locating appropriate services with one streamlined web application. Due to the pandemic, unfortunately, we're seeing an unprecedented demand for social services and this application provides an easy-to-use starting point for first-time program users. 

Employment training through New York State:

New Yorkers can now take free online courses through Coursera. In partnership with Coursera, we launched a free online platform for New Yorkers to learn new job skills, earn certificates and advance their careers. At a time when unemployment has risen due to the pandemic, we hope these online courses will help New Yorkers get back on their feet. So, whether you're unemployed, underemployed, or are simply interested in learning new skills, check it out and sign up. 

Health Care

If you have the Empire plan and are concerned about leaving your home to receive medical care or your ability to access care, we encourage you to use LiveHealth Online to speak with a doctor from the comfort of your home or to schedule a virtual visit with a therapist. The Empire Plan will be covering these visits at no cost to you. Please go to www.livehealthonline.com to register and enter coupon code NYSHIP when you get to the payment screen. This code will ensure you and your covered dependents receive care, free of charge.

Empire Blue

Close or Approximate Contact with a case of COVID-19

Go to B-Healthy https://www.binghamton.edu/bhealthy/ for information on exercise programs and the Farm Share Program.

The NYS Office of Mental Health is providing a first-in-the-nation program to help New Yorkers affected by the pandemic. The program, called Coping Circles, consists of free six-week support group sessions, facilitated by volunteer licensed mental health professionals, that are available to all New Yorkers ages 18 and up. Most Circles are open to the general public but if there is demand, Specialized Circles will be available for healthcare workers and first responders, survivors of COVID-19 infections, those who have experienced job loss due to COVID-19, and those who have experienced loss of a loved one to COVID-19. New Yorkers interested in participating in a Coping Circle can learn more here

Mental Health

New Yorkers can call the COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline at 1-844-863-9314 for mental health counseling or NYS Office of Mental Health https://omh.ny.gov/ for emotional support.

SUNY has partnered with NYS Office of Mental Health. SUNY’s new mental health resource page can be found here: https://www.suny.edu/mental-health/

Additional Mental Health Resources under NYSHIP

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/11/201110112522.htm
Burnout article

Beacon Health Options:

https://bh.mystrength.com/beaconcovidsupport - During this stressful time, myStrength is here for you. Learn ways to manage extreme stress, get tips for parenting during challenging times, and find support to help you take care of your emotional health.

Suicide Prevention:

The Crisis Text Line for students, faculty, and staff who are dealing with emotional challenges and receive help to alleviate depression, anxiety, stress, and suicidal thoughts. It also provides a way for people to talk about substance use, relationship issues, domestic violence, and school stressors, as well stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Members of the SUNY community can access the confidential text line 24/7 by texting Got5U to 741-741 for help. 
  • Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training, designed to teach participants how to recognize someone who may be in emotional distress or having suicidal thoughts, and how to appropriately engage and connect that person to resources that can help. Anyone can practice QPR in any setting, and it is appropriate in all relationships. QPR does not require clinical training, only a willingness to listen, care, and help. Members of the SUNY community may register by going to:

  • http://www.qprtraining.com/setup.php and entering “SUNY” as the organizational code.

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255
  • To start a conversation SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline @ 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

 Domestic Violence

NYS launched a new texting program and confidential service to help New Yorkers experiencing domestic violence. Unfortunately, there has been a rise in domestic violence reports during this pandemic. Abuse victims are often closely watched by their abuser, making these tools needed. We want you to know that you are not alone and you do not have to stay in a dangerous situation.

  • Text 844-997-2121 or visit www.opdv.ny.gov to confidentially chat with a professional at any time of day or night.

Suggested Resources, Apps, Podcasts, and Videos:

Before and During a Pandemic

Coping with Stress During Infections Diseases

How to Manage Stress and Anxiety from Coronavirus

Stressed about COVID-19? Try tapping into the power of Music

Why you should ignore all that Coronavirus-Inspired Productivity Pressure

Headspace
Insight Timer
Meditation Studio
Calm
Ten Percent Happier

Leading through Challenging times

Grief Out Loud podcast

Haven't been able to go on vacation due to COVID-19? 

 If you weren't able to resolve a dispute with a company regarding a COVID-related cancellation or other issues, New York's Division of Consumer Protection may be able to help. They can help navigate refunds, extensions and more. File a complaint here

Food Accessibility

One of the greatest concerns of the pandemic is food accessibility and hunger. To find a food pantry that services your county, visit: ny.gov/foodbanks or https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/food-pantries

Binghamton Food Rescue provides rescued food from local farmers markets at no cost to individuals and organizations that would otherwise not have access to enough healthy, affordable food. Our distribution sites are located at community centers, public parks, and other accessible locations in the Binghamton area.
https://www.binghamtonfoodrescue.com

  • 211 at 1-800-901-2180 provides referrals for individuals seeking assistance for food pantry services. http://www.helpme211.org/printable-resources. This link provides some of the locations of the pantries. Note that some of these locations are currently closed due to the COVID-19 virus.
  • CHOW-For a referral to one of our 30 CHOW® Pantries, call First Call for Help by dialing 2-1-1 from a landline phone or call 1-800-901-2180. You may access a CHOW® pantry 12 times a year with 4 weeks between each referral.
  • Catholic Charities-The food pantry is located at 232 Main Street in Binghamton. Please bring a photo ID and a piece of mail with your address on it. The contact phone number is 607-723-4563.

Children who lost food benefits due to COVID-19 school closures can access meals through the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) program. P-EBT benefits require no application and will be automatically issued to kids who would have received free or reduced-price meals through the federal school lunch program. Benefits should have already been issued or will be soon. If your child is eligible but your household has not received a P-EBD card and/or benefit by mid-August, call NYSOTDA at 1-833-452-0096. More details here.  

Child Care and Parent Resources

This link will help you locate child care, after school and home visiting programs with a map and driving directions: https://nysccf.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=bde3bc9d78e84ce193abfbe297dcb0ac

Child Care Services - Office of Children and Family Services

YMCA Child Care

Child Care Resources - Childcare resources and referral agencies available for essential workers.

Talking with children about COVID-19

Tips for Children

10 Best Educational Websites - Parenting.com

Best work from home products - Parenting.com

Family Dinners - Parenting.com

Employment and Financial Assistance

Financial Seminars for all ages through SEFCU:

About the SEFCU Institute for Financial Well-Being:

The SEFCU Institute for Financial Well-Being is a unique educational initiative that features an innovative approach to providing free financial education to community organizations and individuals. The SEFCU Institute for Financial Well-Being is intended to guide and encourage participants to focus on achieving personal economic stability and financial independence through a series of free workshops that aims to have a lasting impact on the community. SEFCU products and services are not discussed in these seminars. The SEFCU Institute is the recipient of both the national and statewide 2018 Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award (more than $1 billion asset category).

For more information email: financialwellbeing@sefcu.com.

Managing Your New York State and Local Retirement System Loan Payment

During this time of economic uncertainty, you may be considering how you can lower your New York State and Local Retirement System Loan (NYSLRS) Payment. Information may be accessed at NYSLRS loan payment.

https://www.osc.state.ny.us/retire/members/loans.php

COVID-19 Benefit Grid - Relief available to workers under NYS Law.

Employment Resources - Information from NYS Department of Labor

 Information Regarding the COVID-19 Economic Stimulus Package

The EAP at Binghamton University denounces racism and bigotry. Here are resources to promote inclusivity, racial empathy, and equity:

These articles were recently suggested by faculty and staff involved in a group called “Critical and Conscious Conversations”. This group is under the Student Affairs Division and meets 1-2x a month. The goals of the group are to: bring staff members together to exchange ideas and examine best practices related to diversity, equity, and inclusion needs across the division, but specifically in Student Affairs, discuss current events relevant to social and racial justice concerns, promote allyship to support minoritized groups on campus (https://www.binghamton.edu/student-affairs/about/saddi.html).

These articles come from blogs, magazines, etc. so you may experience some barriers that limit printing and downloading.

Black Trauma & George Floyd: Dear White People

Maintaining professionalism in the age of Black Death

25 Ways to be in the Struggle, Beyond the Streets

There’s Nothing Confusing Here!

The Fight to Redefine Racism

The Politics of Empathy and Race 

Podcasts:

Codeswitch (NPR)
It’s been a Minute with Sam Sanders (NPR)
White Lies (NPR)
1619 (NYT)
What Matters (Black Lives Matter) 
Intersectionality Matters with Kimberlé Crenshaw
Therapy for Black Girls

Campus Resources

Your health and wellness is our focus. For additional information on your work-life needs, please contact any of the following offices on campus that can further assist.