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COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers

 

We are in the midst of a trying and unprecedented time. As social workers, we feel the weight of this national crisis and see the effects it is having on many of the populations that we serve. At NASW-NC, we want to provide information that can help people navigate through this difficult and stressful time. With information coming from all different sources, we wanted to provide a space for you to find the resources you need to continue serving your clients, constituents, and communities well. The staff at NASW-NC are working hard to keep you updated and informed, and as always to advocate on your behalf.

 

Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we will do our best to keep the information on this site updated. Keep in mind, some of this information could be outdated by the time that you read it.

 

Click here for NASW-NC's COVID-19 News for Social Workers.

 

Click here for NASW-NC's COVID-19 Forum for Social Workers.

 

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State and National Resource Pages

 

Recurring Live Webinars

  • Mondays, 1:00-2:00 pm - Blue Cross Blue Shield of North CarolinaBlue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina is hosting more "Virtual Rounds" webinars to help providers with their response to COVID-19. Sign up using this form.

  • **Temporarily on hold but you can continue to send questions to the email address! Tuesdays, 11:00-12:00 pm - NC Division of Public Health (DPH): DPH and the NC Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) is holding weekly forums for health care facilities, home-based providers, and others. Send questions for DPH to questionsCOVID19forum@gmail.com

  • Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm - NCDHHS: In partnership with Community Care of NC (CCNC) and NC Area Health Education Centers (NC AHEC) is hosting a weekly webinar series to address the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to register. To view past webinars for this series, click here.

 

NC 2-1-1

NC 2-1-1 is an information and referral service provided by United Way of North Carolina that provides free and confidential information on health and human services within their community. NC 2-1-1 is available to call by landline, cell phone, and VOIP in all 100 North Carolina counties 24/7. This is a FREE resource.

 

NC 2-1-1 is a member of the State Emergency Response Team and is part of the State‚Äôs Emergency Plan. During times of crisis, NC 2-1-1 serves as a public information portal for residents to obtain real-time communication and resources.  NC 2-1-1 also has an online search tool that utilizes the same database its call specialists use.

 

North Carolina General Assembly News

State representatives in the North Carolina General Assembly held special working group meetings to address COVID-19 concerns. To find out more about this work and view past presentations, click here.

 

North Carolina lawmakers held a short session that began on Tuesday, April 28th and lasted just a few days. The session focused on COVID-19 policy and funding. Learn about the two bills that were signed into law on May 4, 2020 and how they impact the social work profession, here.

 

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Telehealth Tips and Guidelines

 

Telehealth and Reimbursement News

 

Ethics and COVID-19

NASW wants to assist social workers in practicing ethically with high standards of practice during this time. Click here to read "Coronavirus (COVID-19): 8 Ethical Considerations for Social Workers".

 

NASW also provides a national Ethics Consultation Hotline for NASW members at 1-800-742-4089. The consultation hours are: Mondays/Wednesdays 1:00-4:00 pm EST, Tuesdays/Thursdays 10:00 am-1:00 pm EST

 

Self-Care Resources

During this unprecedented time, it is essential that we make the time and effort to care for ourselves. Below are resources on ideas for self-care during this trying time:

 

FUN! NASW Zoom Virtual Backgrounds:

 

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US Stimulus Package

The United States Congress and President Donald Trump have enacted a $2 trillion stimulus package in light of the COVID-19 crisis. The package includes direct payments to many Americans, expanded unemployment benefits, and $350 billion in small business loans. For a further breakdown of the stimulus package, click here.

 

The IRS has released more information about the COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments. Click here to view details about eligibility, tax returns, and more.

 

Food Access for Children

Parents who currently need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The service is also offered in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877

 

No Kid Hungry NC has also created a map of local school sites, community organization, and food assistance programs throughout North Carolina where families can access food. The map is updated daily, and can be found here.

 

Resources for Vulnerable Populations

 

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