LOCAL AGENCY UPDATES

Updated September 8th, 2020

Please email your agency updates to: Annie@UnitedWayBemidji.org OR RSherman@crcinform.org

(These are not all the services available in the community only those that are participating in these agency updates. Please use this directory for a complete list of services in our area.)

Next meeting of this group via Zoom: September 22nd, 2020 @ 10 am

 


IMPORTANT NUMBERS

  • Mobile crisis hotline: 1-800-422-0045
  • Text MN to 741741 to connect with a crisis counselor, also available through Facebook messenger
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Warm line peer support through Wellness in the Woods: 1-844-739-6369
  • MN farm and rural help line 1-833-600-2670 ext. 1
  • Veterans Crisis Line: www.VeteransCrisisLine.net or 1-800-273-8255  select 1

 


ADVOCACY & INFORMATION

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CONNECTIONS – Staff remain available by telephone at 218-333-0880 (Bemidji), 218-835-5768 (Blackduck) and 218-547-3438 ext. 15 (Walker).

This is an excellent place to find updates about all public programs; very east to read and digest: bridgetobenefits.org/COVID-19

CRC Staff are available virtually to help consumers with access/application to all of the following:

  • MNsure application for Medical Assistance, MNcare and Qualified Health Plans
  • Certain Populations Application for Seniors seeking Medicare Savings
  • Social Security Disability enrollment for people homeless or at risk of homelessness
  • School Supplies for grades K-5 in Beltrami County (time limited)
  • Payment for Covid-19 Emergency testing
  • Electronic application for the CHAPS – Covid-housing application
  • Long Term Insulin Program application
  • Stimulus Fund Assistance
  • SNAP Food Support

CRC Serves as a distribution site for the Nutrition Assistance Program in Blackduck and Kelliher.  People who are over age 60 and income eligible can receive a free box of food each month – contact Ruth Anne Anderson at 218-835-5768 to apply.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

During the peace time emergency, many county financial programs have suspended renewals and closures.  When the peace time emergency ends there will be a huge back log of updates and renewals.  If you have consumers covered by ANY county programs urge them to submit any updates NOW…or at least…have them make sure that the county has a correct mailing address for them.  Thousands of renewals are going to be sent out when the crises is declared over and if the mail does not reach a consumer because of an outdated address – their financial help will end.   This mail DOES NOT FORWARD!

CRC Navigators are doing all MNsure application assistance, as well as other application assistance, remotely. State provided accommodations are allowing nearly all parts of the process to be done without physical contact. We still strongly encourage people to use Navigator services as the site continues to be confusing to people unfamiliar with it and once errors are made – they are very difficult to fix.

All CRC Navigators have been trained on the new Alec Smith Insulin Safety Network program going live tomorrow (July 1, 2020). If someone is down to a 7 day (or less) supply of insulin, they should go directly to a pharmacy WITH their doctor’s prescription and notify the pharmacist that they require help in paying for the insulin.  The pharmacy will assist with a brief, 1-page application, and provide insulin as appropriate.  BE AWARE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND MN CARE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS EMERGENCY PROGRAM. If someone needs longer term financial assistance for ongoing Insulin access; they should contact one of our Navigators for application assistance.  They will require an active insulin prescription in their possession so we can confirm which company is making their insulin. Anyone can call us at 218-333-0880 for help – all of our staff are now receiving the messages left on our 218-333-0880 number via instant email notification – so response times are VERY quick – usually within the hour. We can serve anyone from anywhere…..they do not need to be residents of our 4 county service area.

CRC continues to accept referrals from physicians and mental health professionals for social security disability application assistance. If you have questions about a referral call our 333-0880 telephone line and ask to speak with either Beth or Samantha.

UNITED WAY OF BEMIDJI AREA (218-444-8929) – Coats for the Community will be held in some shape or fashion this Fall. The details of distribution have not been worked out yet but donations of winter clothing are being accepted at both North and South Lueken’s stores as well as at Dress Club Cleaners down town. United Way and CRC are working together to fill the gap in the availability of school supplies this Fall. Registration for school supplies ends at the end of the day today (9/8/2020). While it isn’t a replacement from direct services for youth; United Way is operating the “Imagination Library” locally and there is only a short waiting list.

COVID-19 updates are being placed on CRC webpage and sent to the 211 site. They are still collecting cloth face masks for local agencies and with many agencies starting to reopen they are seeing an increased need for them.  Masks can be dropped off at their office Monday-Friday. Step up to SIT program is available as employment for high school and college kids and as an opportunity for families to find a summer nanny/babysitter. The Gifts of Hope Gift Card Program allowed us to help 101 local businesses and 109 families benefited from the United Way part of the program. United Way is working on Agency Stress Test for their partner agencies, which will help agencies and United Way identify gaps and areas of risks. Locally, United Way has begun the annual campaign. Agencies are welcome to contact United Way if they would like to start internal campaigns.  Otherwise, watch for postings of United Way fundraising events. There are still some remaining United Way Emergency COVID funds still available. The application for that fund is still on line on their website.   www.unitedwaybemidji.org


ANIMAL SHELTERS

GREAT RIVER RESCUE (218-751-7910) – The shelter has been closed, but it re-opened on May 12, 2020. Animal visitations will be by appointment only and they encourage virtual visits for someone’s first visit. Volunteers must also make appointments to come and spend time with the animals. All social distancing norms will be followed at the shelter and during any off-site animal visits. Adoption procedure details will be posted on their website. They also have a new site for re-homing animals called Home To Home. It allows pet owners and caretakers to post their pet(s) and re-home them without bringing them to the shelter.    Grr.home-home.org   https://www.greatriverrescue.com.


ARTS & CULTURE

HEADWATERS SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ART (218-444-5606) – Fall season music lessons, in person, are resuming this week! There are still some virtual lessons available for those wishing to keep a greater distance. HSMA clubs will be starting at the end of September. Some of the classes offered have been determined eligible for the MN After School Advance program – see Tricia about details.  https://headwatersmusicandarts.org/


CHILDREN & YOUTH SERVICES

BEMIDJI EARLY CHILDHOOD COLLABORATIVE (BECC) – Looking for clear masks for educators and child care providers so that children can see facial expressions, read lips and more effectively communicate with the people caring for them.  Ruth Sherman will contact Anderson Fabrics to see if they have any such options or can identify resources for this type of mask. Superintendent Lutz is holding meetings via computer to educate and gather information about this fall’s school referendum.  He is also listening to parents and gathering input concerning how things will operate this Fall.  Check the District Website to see videos and gather meeting details.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB OF THE BEMIDJI AREA (218-444-4171) – A huge thank you to Megan and Public Health – without their guidance the Boys and Girls Club would never have been able to open and maintain! The club will open in sync with ISD 31; starting next Monday. There will be a maximum of 75 students allowed at the club, as opposed to the 150+ students there last year, in order to abide by distancing and small group sizes. This means that there are many students that will end up going home to an empty house – and that is concerning. There are some transportation resources in place for students coming to the club from their schools. See the Boys and Girls Club Facebook page for updates or join the club’s reminder application by testing “@bemidjibgc” to 81010. https://www.bgcbemidji.org

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA VOYAGEURS AREA COUNCIL (218-729-5811) – Troops and packs are still meeting virtually (some in-person in groups of 10 or less) each week.  Virtual camp available for ages K-12.  Summer camps will not happen in June/July but they are considering an in-person camp for August and September.   Encouraging members and their families to remain active; do community service work as a way to get out and get some exercise. http://www.vac-bsa.org/

CIVIL AIR PATROL – All group meetings have gone online. Cadets are not available for public service EXCEPT in the case of a critical search and rescue. This restriction is until the end of June and each state will depend when they open. Might be able to deliver PPE or other essential supplies as needed. https://www.northlandsquadron.org

GIRL SCOUTS OF MINNESOTA AND WISCONSIN LAKES AND PINES (218-308-8880) – Troops are active online, but not meeting in person. There will be some scouting day camps August 21 -25 that will be in person; participants will be limited to 50 people per day and they will NOT be over night.  Efforts are being made to give youth a chance for safe interaction. Girls can still become members online. We are offering free virtual programming for anyone through our website at: www.girlscoutslp.org/vp   The Girl Scouts are also offering virtual summer camps beginning June 15th.  Week-long experiences are $25/per person and day programs are $5/per person.  Sessions include Horsin’ Around, Boundary Waters Bound, Art Explorers and Outdoor Skills Challenge to name a few.  Camperships can be used to help defray the cost of virtual camp for families who need help to get registered.  If you would like any other information about Girl Scouts  contact Becky Dean at 218-308-8880 or via email at bdean@girlscoutslp.org

HEADWATERS SCIENCE CENTER (218-444-4472) – The Science Center has been open since July 2nd with limited hours and COVID restrictions in place.  Please go to our website to see our hours and the conditions under which we are operating.  Remind families to renew their memberships if they can…..this is an important source of income for the local Center.  http://www.hscbemidji.org  https://www.facebook.com/HeadwatersScienceCtr/

READING AND MATH CORPS (SERVEMN, Rachel Garaghty) – Working on ways to continue offering tutoring services online. They anticipate a higher need for tutors in the Fall. May have some tutors available for volunteering.

TIMBER BAY – Suspended all face-to-face interactions, but staff are connecting with youth. All spring camps are canceled but making summer plans with participants.

4H PROGRAMS – University of Minnesota Extension has extended its cancellation of in-person events until the end of June. This applies to all in-person Extension-led events, including those conducted by volunteers. It aligns with university travel restrictions. local.extension.umn.edu/local/beltrami/4-h


CITY OF BEMIDJI

Local restaurants have been using the barrier set ups to enable outside service to customers – this has been fairly successful. City parks continue to be problematic to disinfect and oversee – these remain risk areas. City leagues want to return to activity; but they have not been given permission by the governor’s office – they are considered Medium risk events and are not recommended for opening as of yet. While everyone wants to return to normal – please be patient. Wear face coverings when and where you can. The physical impacts of this disease, for some, are devastating.

Access to nature through parks and green spaces offers important physical and mental health benefits and is important especially during this time.  Walking and biking on trails is a great outlet. In addition to the trail and open spaces, the playgrounds, skatepark, courts, and disc golf course are all open for use. Due to Covid-19 and the inability to sanitize playground equipment and wood surfaces, the City has posted areas as use at your own risk and recommends community members to follow CDC guidelines when visiting parks including: washing hands, carry hand sanitizer, not visiting parks/trails if you have symptoms, and maintain social distancing of a minimum of 6ft from others not in your household/group.

Portables will be placed in high use parks by June 5th. Parks and Recreation encourages people to prepared for limited access to restrooms.


CONSULTING FOR NON-PROFITS

JFC STRATEGIC SERVICES – JFC Strategic Services is a community and non-profit consulting company providing high-level, contracted services that help our customers overcome the barriers and bottlenecks that are holding their organizations or projects back from success. Our experience and expertise in organizational development, strategic planning, and project management help bring new perspective and problem-solving skills to our customer’s priority opportunities and challenges. https://www.jfcstrategicservices.com/

MINNESOTA COUNCIL OF NONPROFITS – The position for northwest Regional Coordinator with MCN is posted; this position was previously filled by Ashley Charwood–it is a 20 hour/week position. MCN hopes to have the position filled by mid-October.  June 9th and June 10th, 2021: a Regional Summit of Nonprofits will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo.  Jo with Joe (a virtual coffee and conversation event) will be held every Tuesday starting September 15th from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. via zoom. RSVP by contacting Joe Pederson at jpederson@minnesotanonprofits.org and requesting zoom details. These conversations are not official trainings – but rather conversations about various topics related to Nonprofits.  Everyone is welcome – you do not need to be a part of an MCN member agency.  www.minnesotanonprofits.org

REBECCA SCHUELLER CONSULTING – “Because Your Mission Matters: A Zoom event to Boost your Covid-19 Pivot” Thursday October 8th from 9 a.m. to 3:30. Sessions on Fundraising, Social Media, and Marketing with breakout sessions and panels. Sponsored by Bemidji Sunrise Rotary. The fee is $39/participant.  Contact John Eggers at envision@paulbunyan.net for details and scholarship information. Contact Becky with questions – Becky@bemidjiconsulting.com or visit her website https://bemidjiconsulting.com/


COVID-19 RESPONSE

BELTRAMI PUBLIC HEALTH – Public Health reports: 9 active cases that county staff are tracking, 1 person is hospitalized in the ICU.  They are watching closely as BSU students return and schools open next week.  It would appear that most, if not all, positives cases are within households or clusters of people in close contact. There does not currently appear to be wide contact spread.  Everyone is encouraged to get a flu shot this year.

Public Health is continuing to lead the Covid-positive tracing process. Sanford Health notifies public health of the positive test results each day and the positive patients are contacted by public health staff and/or trained volunteers to try and determine where and who positive patients may have gone during their infectious period so that people who may have been unknowingly exposed to the virus can be contacted and notified about how to respond. The positive Covid patient IS NOT identified in the calls to other potential infected people so their information is kept private. They are offered information as needed, assistance with notifying their employers as needed, and access to equipment and services as needed. 

Be aware that neither public health nor the Beltrami Emergency Response Team has authority over citizens’ following or ignoring masking and distancing guidelines. Public Health is receiving calls from people concerned about how businesses are not following the guidelines and how people gather – but they have no authority to actually DO anything about it. They can provide education and make suggestions based on the Department of Health Recommendations – but that is it. There IS a state number that you can call to report your concerns:  1-651-201-6064.

https://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/Departments/HHS/Public%20Health/Public%20Health.html

BELTRAMI COUNTY COVID-19 RESPONSE/RECOVERY TEAM – OUR MISSION: Develop a volunteer pool of health care and behavioral health professionals and workers to provide support services to direct care if needed during the COVID-19 pandemic; services will be provided in a variety of settings as the community responds to and recovers from the pandemic.  YOU ARE NEEDED!

  • We need health care/behavioral health professionals and workers! A roster of volunteers is being developed for isolation and quarantine sites, long term care facilities, alternate care sites, and other needed sites.
  • Volunteer opportunities from support services to direct care will be managed by the Minnesota Responds for both licensed and unlicensed volunteers. For more information:  BeltramiCOVID@gmail.com.  Go to org to register.
  • 50 volunteers who have stepped up: Running errands, cleaning facilities
  • To register as a volunteer, go to org website. When it asks about your organization; click on the + sign….to identify which county you are in.

DISABILITY SERVICES

DISABILITY HUB (1-866-333-2466) – Open for calls Monday through Friday 8:30 to 5 p.m. Call volume is down, so please call if you need help.  If your organization has NOT gone to the MinnesotaHelp.info® https://www.mnhelp.info site recently; PLEASE go there, check out your agency information, make sure it is correct or contact them and correct your information! This program operates state-wide, so if people are going to the site and not seeing your information, they will not find you. Sometime in July Disability HUB will be launching facelift on the DB101 site – watch for it! Also, watch for an upcoming launching of a more user friendly Disability HUB website. Check out the Disability HUB Facebook page; page look for them and like them. The HUB will be purposefully extending their focus to youth and families – reaching out before kids are in high school or earlier rather than waiting until graduation.

OPTIONS FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING (218-497-0210) – Working with people over the phone and other online programs that they feel best fit their needs: not meeting in person. Can offer Peer Support, Independent Living Skills Training, Community Education and Outreach, Information and referral, advocacy, and transition services from institutional settings. Options will be hosting a 45 to 60-minute call in a virtual chat session called “Coffee and Chat with Options” People we serve can call in or connect by computer on “Go to Meeting” to share how they are coping and thriving during this time of COVID-19 with peers and some of Options staff members. Meetings will be held Tuesday’s at 2 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. Join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone at https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/722233413 You can also dial in using your phone: toll free at 1-866-899-4679.  The meeting access code is 722-233-413. A series of trainings are being planned for the caregivers and family members of people with disabilities. Also on the training agenda is a focus on housing for people with disabilities. Watch for upcoming announcements.  jessie@myoptions.info   https://www.myoptions.info


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE/SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES

BELTRAMI COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAMS (DVIP) – Bemidji Domestic Violence Offender Groups will be resuming sessions next week.  One group will be a virtual group and one will be meeting in person with social distancing requirements.

NORTHWOODS BATTERED WOMEN’S SHELTER (218-444-3035) – The shelter remains open with increased safety measures in place. All applications for assistance will be done remotely if possible. They are in the process of setting up our online registration for our 5K/10Miler De-Feet Violence Fundraiser. This year we will be hosting a virtual run from August 22 through September 7th…more details to follow!

SUPPORT WITHIN REACH (218-444-9524) –All direct services for clients are AVAILABLE 24/7 and can be in person at the offices using appropriate safety precautions. All staff are available by phone. 

Caroline is leaving her post as SWR Executive Director.  Interim director will be Sherry Shadley from the Grand Rapids office and locally, Nicole Hellquist.  Caroline – you will be missed by many!!! Best of luck.

 https://www.supportwithinreach.org

THE #1 LADIES ADVOCACY CENTER (218-760-7889) – Still meeting with people to assist with Orders for Protection and other safety measures.

VIOLENCE INTERVENTION PROGRAM: VIP PROJECT (1-800-660-6667) – Violence Intervention Project serves victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis call response, emergency assistance, advocacy support, shelter, supervised visitation services and other housing support. A trained advocate is available 24 hours a day to listen, help assess needs and safety, and help locate needed resources or help in deciding if reporting a rape or an assault is the right option. All VIP services are free and confidential and open to people of all genders in Pennington, Kittson, Marshall, Red Lake and Roseau Counties. www.violenceintervention.org


EDUCATION

100% GRADUATION RATE – 390 agencies are currently supporting 100% Graduation Rate. A little-known fact: each time a student drops out of school the community loses about $14,000. This loss is because state and federal funding is based on student enrollment – so if a student leaves, so does the funding. Two or three students can easily mean the reduction in a teaching position. Sunrise Rotary is planning a couple of educational events. One will focus on “How to Raise Money” and another “How to Market”.  Details, dates and prices will be coming out soon.

BEMIDJI AREA SCHOOLS (ISD #31) – School begins September 14th! Elementary age children will be on site and other grades will be using a hybrid model. All is subject to change as the effects of COVID-19 change.  The school is trying to equip each district household with a computer for remote learning. If you are in need of a computer contact Alea or the school your child is attending. Updates and information can be found on their website.  https://www.bemidji.k12.mn.us/

BEMIDJI AREA SCHOOLS TRANSITION LIAISON (218-405-0341) – Families within the ISD #31 school district are eligible for additional services. The McKinney-Vento program supports students in housing transition to enroll, attend, and succeed in school. The program assists families with connecting with area resources to achieve housing stability. School begins September 14th! Elementary age children will be on site and other grades will be using a hybrid model. All is subject to change as the effects of COVID-19 change. If you have students enrolled in the McKinney-Vento program or Indian Education Programming contact Alea Stoll at the High School for school supplies. Contact Alea Stoll at alea_stoll@isd31.net.

BEMIDJI STATE UNIVERSITY – Courses resumed for the fall semester online/hybrid on August 24th. As many staff working from home as possible. 

BICAP HEADSTART BLACKDUCK – Blackduck Head Start is reducing numbers as required for Covid limitations; but they are still accepting applications! 

HEADWATERS SCHOOL OF MUSIC AND ART (218-444-5606) – Check out their website as new things are happening!   https://headwatersmusicandarts.org/

NORTHWEST INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER (218-759-2022) – Closed to the public. Their Facebook page is updated several times a day with contact information for the programs we are currently running. They are following CDC and MDH recommendations and are taking SNAP applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text. We are taking MNsure applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact our staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text. The current enrolled GED students are able to continue their hours through Distance Learning. The Family Spirit program is offering online classes, phone and email communication.

NORTHWEST TECHNICAL COLLEGE – Contact: Wendy Potratz Wendy.Potratz@ntcmn.edu; We encourage people to apply for the scholarship that was emailed out to this mailing list yesterday (another copy will be forwarded). The second grant (Pipeline) can be used for things other than Community Health Worker training. SEE THOSE NOTICES FOR DETAILS. The college’s Gerontology/Aging Care certificate has been approved and will be available next Spring.

READING AND MATH CORPS (SERVEMN, Rachel Garaghty) – Working on ways to continue offering tutoring services online. They anticipate a higher need for tutors in the Fall. May have some tutors available for volunteering.


EMERGENCY SHELTERS

PEOPLE’S CHURCH (218-444-6382) – A 24-hour shelter; including daytime support services. Must interview with Julia Plum or Bob Kelly before a stay is allowed.  Meals are open to everyone on site. Must mask and maintain social distancing at all times.

VILLAGE OF HOPE (218-751-0722) – Village of Hope is currently closed for maintenance and deep cleaning; households that were staying in the shelter previously have been relocated to motels. Sandy is hopeful that the shelter will open in the next 10 days; around the 18th of September.

Family homeless shelter that is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, with increased attention to personal health and safety. Received Covid-19 funding for vouchers: motel vouchers for people exposed Covid-19, for isolation or if people are in crowded situations – assessing case by case (currently have 25 vouchers – each for 2 weeks). The Rent Wize program is suspended indefinitely. NO Visitors are allowed. However, plans are being made to open up the Rentwise and Getting Ahead programs in the Fall. https://www.villageofhopebemidji.org/

WOLFE CENTER (218-766-0383) – The Wolfe Center is planning to open next week on the 16th of September. They will not have the capacity they have had in the past due to distancing requirements.


EMPLOYMENT

META 5 DISPLACED HOMEMAKER PROGRAM (NEW NAME COMING SOON)Have you lost your primary source of income due to separation, divorce, disability or death of a spouse?  If so, Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker Pre-Employment Program offers you a free, customized, holistic, client-centered program to help you transition into the job market and address a variety of other needs. We offer a compassionate, non-judgmental support system. Individuals are empowered to make their own decisions and good choices. We provide referrals to a broad array of resources including social service agencies, educational institutions, and training programs, as well as financial aid resources. Serving individuals in Beltrami, Cass, Crow Wing, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Todd, Wadena and Douglas Counties. Meta 5 Displaced Homemaker Program provides this free service through funding from the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Contact: Kimberly Pilgrim, Program Director kimberly.pilgrim@clcmn.edu http://www.clcmn.edu/meta-5-program/


FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

BELTRAMI COUNTY HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES (218-333-8300) – The County continues to be in serious need of foster care providers.  If you know of anyone having an interest please have them approach the county.  Local children are in need of safe homes! County staff are always seeking landlords for higher risk clients who may not be experienced in home management.  The administration has their first floor open now, which means licensing and taxes are back to business. They are starting initial discussions about reopening other county buildings. (Potential June 1st opening of H&H Services Building and the courts.) WIC will stay remote through the end of June. We ask that you utilize online resources if possible to apply for public assistance programs through Applymn.dhs.mn.gov for cash, SNAP, child care and emergency programs and MNSure.org for health care programs. Contact a MNsure Navigator for assistance applying through the MNsure electronic system. (218-333-0880) If online resources are unavailable please call our office at 218-333-8300 to request an application be mailed to you. At this time phone interviews for public assistance programs are being offered in lieu of face to face interviews. Completed applications can now be uploaded into the county system.  Go to the county website, search for economic resources, and choose upload documents.

BI-CAP (218-751-4631) – Staff from each program are staggering time on site; each is working 3 days per week.  Head Start is starting up on September 14th in a hybrid model. Enrollment is being kept low. Youth Build is enrolling students now. Weatherization has started doing in-home assessments. Energy Assistance pre-applications were mailed out August 21-28. Applications for the coming year are now available.  You can call to have them sent to you. BI-CAP received some CHAPS funds – they are beginning to process applications. Our front desk phone line is active between 8-3:30. https://www.bicap.org

CHURCHES UNITED (218-444-1380) – We are encountering people who are symptomatic with Covid-19 symptoms but they don’t have a source of transportation so that they can get to a testing site. No one on the call had any plans or ideas for addressing that issue.  Bryan McCoy with HRDC (Mobility Manager: bmccoy@hrdc.org 218-333-6545) agreed to talk with some other counties to see how that is being handled elsewhere.  He will also be contacting True North Health to see if Dr. Pittman and Dr. Salter are still doing home visits such that they might be able to assist with testing in that fashion.  Bryan will forward any information obtained on the topic to Ruth and Ruth will disseminate it.  Sanford Health is also looking into what options might/could be available there.  *If anyone has ideas or resources surrounding transportation for people without vehicles please call Wanda at 444-1380 or 209-5299.

Building is closed to the public, but all services still available to patrons. Those in need of services should call first. Churches United can write vouchers for Lueken’s for food, however photo ID is needed, and people need to pick-up the vouchers at the office during business hours. Voucher amounts are based on family size. In addition, Paul Bunyan Transit has offered to transport people in need of vouchers to Churches United; allowing the consumer to run up to the entry where the voucher is left for them and then return to the bus to go home. The consumer will need to pay for their ride; the transportation is not FREE. Consumers may want to discuss transportation costs with Churches United in advance of this trip if it is not affordable. Churches United has orange cards that have their address and contact information on the front of the card. The back of the card lists resources for individuals.  If individuals or agencies would like these cards, please contact Churches United. http://bemidjicu.org; 218-444-1380 Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12pm-4pm.

COMMUNITY RESOURCE CONNECTIONS – Staff remain available by telephone at 218-333-0880 (Bemidji), 218-835-5768 (Blackduck) and 218-547-3438 ext. 15 (Walker).

We provide MNsure Navigation remotely. MNsure updates:

  • The Department of Human Services is NOT terminating public program health coverage until further notice (Medical Assistance and MNcare recipients). If someone receives a renewal notice they should complete it and send it in if they are able; but if they don’t their coverage will not be ended until the state of emergency is over.
  • If someone is not able to pay their MA-EPD or MNcare Care premiums due to an employment issue, they should contact the Dept of Human Services or MNcare to request a temporary waiver.
  • CRC Navigators are doing all MNsure application assistance, as well as other application assistance, remotely. State provided accommodations are allowing nearly all parts of the process to be done without physical contact. We still strongly encourage people to use Navigator services as the site continues to be confusing to people unfamiliar with it and once errors are made – they are very difficult to fix.
  • All CRC Navigators have been trained on the new Alec Smith Insulin Safety Network program going live tomorrow (July 1, 2020). If someone is down to a 7 day (or less) supply of insulin, they should go directly to a pharmacy WITH their doctor’s prescription and notify the pharmacist that they require help in paying for the insulin.  The pharmacy will assist with a brief, 1-page application, and provide insulin as appropriate.  BE AWARE THAT PEOPLE WHO ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE AND MN CARE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR THIS EMERGENCY PROGRAM. If someone needs longer term financial assistance for ongoing Insulin access; they should contact one of our Navigators for application assistance.  They will require an active insulin prescription in their possession so we can confirm which company is making their insulin. Anyone can call us at 218-333-0880 for help – all of our staff are now receiving the messages left on our 218-333-0880 number via instant email notification – so response times are VERY quick – usually within the hour. We can serve anyone from anywhere…..they do not need to be residents of our 4 county service area.
  • CRC continues to accept referrals from physicians and mental health professionals for social security disability application assistance. If you have questions about a referral call our 333-0880 telephone line and ask to speak with either Beth or Samantha.

NORTHWEST INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER (218-759-2022) – Closed to the public. Their Facebook page is updated several times a day with contact information for the programs we are currently running. They are following CDC and MDH recommendations and are taking SNAP applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text. We are taking MNsure applications over the phone and email. Applicants can contact our staff by Facebook Messenger, email, phone or text. The current enrolled GED students are able to continue their hours through Distance Learning. The Family Spirit program is offering online classes, phone and email communication.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (218-368-6606) – Will provide food vouchers to Lueken’s based on family size. They can mail the vouchers or meet people in a public place in Bemidji to deliver the vouchers. Can also help with other needs, such as fuel and utility help, but they are asking that people contact Churches United first for these benefits. Not currently doing home visits. https://www.svdpusa.org


FOOD DISTRIBUTION & MEALS

BEMIDJI COMMUNITY FOOD SHELF (218-444-6580) –Open Monday/Wednesday for prepackaged food boxes (based on the size of the household) that can be picked up in the parking lot south of the building from 10am-3pm. The building is closed to patrons. Please do not call ahead.  Serious uptick in numbers of people using the food shelf during the last 2 distribution days. Boxes are being distributed as quickly as they can be packed.  It is taking a toll on volunteers.  Food delivery is available for those with no transportation to get to the food shelf, please give 24-hour notice. Typically, the Food Shelf distributes enough food for about 10 meals per pick up or delivery. During this time, consumers could access more frequently if in need.  Nutrition Assistance Program boxes are also being carried out to cars in the parking lot. BCFS is taking food and personal care donations 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. M-F.  Fresh produce should be washed and in a bag when donated. Donors may leave items in the red cart outside the south delivery door. If you need a receipt, call ahead to make arrangements. They are getting a new roof! Reopening plans are focusing on October 1st, which include a digital display in the parking lot so that staff/volunteers can manage occupancy numbers through electronic notification.  https://bcfsmn.org

CHURCHES UNITED (218-444-1380) –Building is closed to the public, but all services still available to patrons. Those in need of services should call first. Churches United can write vouchers for Lueken’s for food, however photo ID is needed, and people need to pick-up the vouchers at the office during business hours. Voucher amounts are based on family size. In addition, Paul Bunyan Transit has offered to transport people in need of vouchers to Churches United; allowing the consumer to run up to the entry where the voucher is left for them and then return to the bus to go home. The consumer will need to pay for their ride; the transportation is not FREE. Consumers may want to discuss transportation costs with Churches United in advance of this trip if it is not affordable. Churches United has orange cards that have their address and contact information on the front of the card. The back of the card lists resources for individuals.  If individuals or agencies would like these cards, please contact Churches United. http://bemidjicu.org; 218-444-1380 Open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 12pm-4pm.

COMMUNITY TABLE – Pre-bagged meals are available to anyone on Monday/Tuesday at Mt. Zion Church (north door, parking lot) and Wednesday/Thursday at United Methodist Church from 5-6 pm (all served outdoors). This outdoor program will continue through June. Re-opening will be somewhat dependent on the churches opening their buildings. The public can pick up more bagged meals if they want to deliver to others who cannot get to the sites.  No questions will be asked! Volunteers at Community Table are considering how they might eventually return to hot meals on site.  Current locations do not easily allow for social distancing, so some planning is required. https://www.communitytablebemidji.org/

RIVER CITY JOURNEY OUTREACH (218-556-0462) – Still serving hot meals each Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. in the county administrative building parking lot. Averaging 125 meals each Sunday. Currently in the process of searching for a place to serve a hot meal during the cold winter months. Recently did a food drop for area nonprofit church organizations; received donated meat purchased by an organization from some of the farmers unable to get their animals to a processing plant when Covid numbers were high in meat plants. Another drop is expected again this Fall. Continue to provide bread to multiple nonprofits; contact Joan if you need bread for consumers. Putting together “kitchen and bath kits” to give away to those in need. Have been working with Housing Matters –open to other organizations in need as well.  Contact Joan by texting her at 218-556-0462 or emailing her at joanmiller2002@gmail.com

RUBY’S PANTRY – Ruby’s Pantry is for anyone (no income or residency requirement) who is looking to extend their monthly grocery budget. For a $20 bundle donation, you will receive a box of groceries, worth significantly more than the cost of the food. There are multiple locations in Northern Minnesota each month. Guests can attend as many locations each month that work for their schedule. Pre-registering on-line speeds up the pick-up.  https://www.rubyspantry.org

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL (218-368-6606) – Will provide food vouchers to Lueken’s based on family size. They can mail the vouchers or meet people in a public place in Bemidji to deliver the vouchers. Can also help with other needs, such as fuel and utility help, but they are asking that people contact Churches United first for these benefits. Not currently doing home visits. https://www.svdpusa.org


HOUSING AND HOUSING SUPPORTS

BSU’S HOUSING WEBSITE – https://www.bemidjistate.edu/services/student-activities/resources/off-campus-housing/

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY (218-751-4649) – Building plans remain intact for the coming building season and a lot is currently being cleared for a new build. A Brush with Kindness program is still functioning. They will do outside work and have just a few people on the job, so distancing is possible. The ReStore is open Wed –Fri, 10 to 5, Saturday 9-1, donation by appointment only, curbside available upon request.  Critical Home repair for homeowners, projects must be in excess of $7,500.00.

LEECH LAKE HOUSING – The Covid-19 emergency housing fund portal went active on Monday 8/24/2020.  The program, known as CHAP was put in place to address the anticipated threat of evictions due to failure of rental payments as a result of Covid-19. There is also a portion of this program dedicated to homeowners who are not able to make mortgage payments.  If consumers don’t have electronic access and need assistance with the online application they may call CRC locally at 218-333-0880 and request help.  Applicable links include:

Application site:   https://housinghelpmn.org/

Info:       http://www.mnhousing.gov/sites/np/covid19housingassistanceprogramFAQ

PARK PLACE OF BEMIDJI (CENTER CITY HOUSING) (218-444-8717) – Currently operating: some changes to the program and some staff are working from home. We are able to move people in; doing assessments and move-in’s with increased safety precautions. We currently have openings, so people can put in applications; they would need to know that things are moving a little slower since staff may not be here every day to look over the applications and schedule assessments. http://www.centercityhousing.org

HOUSING & REDEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (HRA) (218-444-4522) – All staff are still working and issuing vouchers, but the building is closed.  All inspections are being done virtually and are now being done bi-annually to reduce contact. Applications can be faxed in to avoid contact. Bridges Program: Available for individuals who have a mental health diagnosis. Consumers need a referral from Beltrami County Adult Services, Red Lake and Leech Lake tribes.  Diagnosis will be confirmed with doctor. Screening will be done to verify income and assets and voucher could be good for up to 3 years.  Consumers need to find own rental. Available to singles or families. https://www.ci.bemidji.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B8427BDFE-40BB-47C7-B94B-5A68AE5833BE%7D


INTERNET ACCESS

Midco has extended their internet services through June for students and low-income households.  If someone has Midco access; they will want to contact the company for details.


LEGAL HELP

ANISHINABE LEGAL SERVICES (ALS) (218-335-2223) – Anishinabe Legal Services and Legal Services of NW MN are available to answer client calls about issues related to utility shut-offs, evictions, etc. ALS has full staff and fewer calls are being received; programs are fully operational. ALS has one person who is reading up on changes as they happen. It takes just a few minutes to complete an eligibility screening.  They are open for appointments only and are taking calls and serving both remotely and in-person if needed.

LEGAL SERVICES OF NORTHWEST MINNESOTA (218-751-9201) – The peace time emergency in Minnesota has now been officially extended to August 12, 2020. This means that evictions can still not be done legally except if it meets the criteria of “being an emergency”.  It should be noted that while the CARES related eviction moratorium ended last week; the Minnesota eviction moratorium does not expire until August 14th. Encourage people to pay as much of their rent as they are able to pay….because when the moratorium ends…they could legally be ousted from their housing. Continue to report inappropriate renter actions such as door removals, cutting power, or harassment.  Meanwhile – STRONGLY encourage consumers to pay as much, or all, of their rent as possible.  When the emergency declaration ends; renters will be required to pay ALL of their back rent as well as current rent immediately.  To keep them housed; it is essential that they receive the message that they must pay their bills.

Legal Services of NW MN contact number: 1-800-450-8585

LSNM serves low income clients facing civil (non-criminal) issues in areas of critical basic needs area such as income maintenance, housing, family, consumer, debt, healthcare, education and public benefits.

LSNM working remotely and remains closed to walk-ins.  Clients are served in the office (with safety protocols) as needed for remote court hearings, signing documents, and preparing testimony.

Clients can apply for services by calling, dropping off paper applications or applying on-line.  Paper applications are available outside our office door (can be put into a drop box) or on-line at LSNMLAW.org.

LawHelpMN.org has great resources for civil legal issues.   It also has COVID-19 information that is relevant to anyone, such as stimulus checks, unemployment, etc.

Our team is available to support and respond to the needs and concerns of existing and new clients. As always, we are working to ensure high-quality and critical legal aid services are delivered, while addressing new and emerging needs of our clients as this crisis unfolds.  In addition, legal staff is happy to provide legal information, talk about hypotheticals and provide technical assistance to service providers.

LSNM is anticipating homelessness prevention work will be critical after the June 12 when the Peacetime Emergency ends and evictions can again be filed.  Please ask clients to call us is they are having trouble paying rent, have been asked to move out or have any landlord issues  Calling sooner rather than later allows us to negotiate payment plans, move out agreements, etc.   After an eviction is filed and a landlord has paid a court filing fee negotiating becomes more difficult.

There is an online complaint form for people experiencing illegal behaviors related to the new state COVID requirements:  https://www.ag.state.mn.us/Office/Complaint.asp

 


MEDICAL/DENTAL SERVICES

NORTHERN DENTAL ACCESS CENTER (218-444-9646) – Open for dental emergencies and most dental procedures Monday through Thursday 8:30am-4:30pm.  They only have 4-5 dentists available per day, but the waiting times are not severe.  Consumers will be asked to stay in their vehicles until they are approached.  They will be required to wear some sort of face covering/scarf/mask and they will have their temps taken before being admitted to the building. Until social distancing requirements are eased, Legal Services of NW MN and Community Resource Connections are NOT meeting with consumers at Northern Dental Access Center. NDAC will accept people who are, for whatever reason, unable to access services from their regular dentist home.      https://www.northerndentalaccess.org

PRESCRIPTION MEDICATION DISCOUNT HELP – FamilyWize Prescription Drug Discount Card. This is not an insurance card but is a discount card that is free. There is no registration or eligibility criteria. You can use it whether you’re insured or uninsured. Download the FREE FamilyWize App or go to https://www.familywize.org/

SANFORD HEALTH HOSPITAL/CLINICS (218-333-5000) – To date Sanford has tested 6,172 people in this region.  There have been 191 confirmed positives – 4 people are hospitalized. Comparing numbers with what is reported on the Minnesota Department of Health site can be confusing and deceiving. Sanford Health is just one of 3 organizations testing in our region – not included in these numbers are Med Express or either Cass or Red Lake Indian Health Service organizations.  As well, people may test in Bemidji – but not be Beltrami residents or they may test elsewhere and list Beltrami as their “home”. The timing of data confirmation, entry into the system, where people test etc. can make the numbers appear inconsistent. Also…the numbers are ever changing.  It may be more useful to pay attention to what populations are growing in positive results most quickly; in our area right now the fastest growing rate of positives is happening in the 20-29 age ranges. Most of the positives appear to be related to social and family gatherings. Currently there are no known positives amongst the homeless population. There have been some positives within the long term care settings; but there is no distinguishing, within those facilities, which positives are staff versus which are residents.

Hospital is not open to visitors but is allowing minors and special needs patients one accompanying adult. Family is allowed for end-of-life situations. They are working to change some of the processes of people coming and going. The public has lots of questions about how to take care of chronic conditions and still use clinic services. People are offered masks – Sanford can’t force mask use by patients. Staff are all using masks when they are in the building. Respiratory illnesses are being treated at an alternate site. If you want to be tested for virus you should call the 333-5000 number and speak to a nurse. They will screen you verbally and if they see reason to do a test, they will provide you with an appointment at one of their remote sites. They will test you in your vehicle; you should arrive alone if possible. The CDC has recently updated their list of reasons for testing; those additional symptoms are being added to Sanford’s list of screening questions when someone calls asking for a test. They are not able to test without a certain percentage of those symptoms showing as they are finding that without the symptoms the tests often come back with false negatives.  There are six active testing sites in the Sanford service region.  Sanford had one person hospitalized for COVID-19 related conditions, but that person is now recovering at home.  There are no current hospitalizations. Testing has increased dramatically at Sanford; growing from about 20 tests per day to 200 tests. There are now (as of Tuesday) an official 55 Beltrami positives. Testing results are delayed at least 4-6 days due to the quantity.  Sanford is working on options for ramping up testing result returns. There seems to be a lot of misinformation and confusion surrounding the terminology that is used about Covid-19.  People are not understand what “Community Spread” means and how they can effect it. People report feeling intimidated and cautious about Contact Tracing.  Any ways we as a group or individual agencies can promote accurate information; would be helpful. Talking openly with your consumers about how to stay safe, the symptoms of the disease, how to get tested, the potential effects of the disease, what isolation means; any of these basics could be life-saving.  Megan will pursue some factual handouts that she can make available surrounding these topic areas. Unfortunately the situation has become so political and divisive that medical professionals are being targeted with claims of this being a hoax and that they are incompetent in their work.  The fact is, because this virus is so new; we are learning more about it every day – so in many ways the facts surrounding it are changing daily. For some, this is interpreted as professionals “changing their recommendations” and “not knowing what they are talking about”.


MENTAL HEALTH / RECOVERY & SUPPORT SERVICES

BELTRAMI AREA SERVICE COLLABORATIVE (BASC) (218-333-8192) – BASC is facilitating meetings with all mental health providers in our area invited. They have chosen three areas of focus to prepare for an increase in need for mental health services. BASC is facilitating a virtual meeting every two weeks between school social workers across the county and mental health providers and youth services organizations.  These partners are coordinating transition of services for the hundreds of students who were receiving mental health services in the school prior to distance learning. Also discussing identification and access for students and families who would be new referrals. BASC is facilitating a monthly meeting with wider group of providers who work with kids and families Interdisciplinary Review Team (held virtually).

  • Truancy Case Management:  All hearings for truancy cases have been cancelled through April; however, BASC continues contact and support for all open cases. Judges are doing administrative reviews on some of these cases, which includes reports being filed and the judge issuing an order based on those reports without hearing the case in person. Case management of truancy continues for cases outside of court with contacts previously referred to BASC via phone, text.
  • Diversion:  This program provides alternative interventions for first-time juvenile offenders referred to BASC by County Attorney’s office.  Continue to receive referrals from County Attorney’s office.  Doing virtual intakes, sending out journals for guardians/youth to complete together in lieu of in-person classes.  Open cases receiving case management – keeping in contact for support, guidance, safety and parent support.
  • Students First:  Discontinued student/coach sessions for the year, cancelled coach strengths training, asking volunteer coaches to post an encouraging message or video on SF Facebook page. http://www.beltrami.org

CRISIS TEXT: 741-741 MN available 24/7) Text MN to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime. Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

EAGLE VISTA RANCH & WELLNESS CENTER (218-760-0656) – Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, Learning & Personal Development; Teletherapy. Liz Letson, MS, LPCC eaglevistaranch@gmail.com

New program: “Resilience & Recovery for Helping Professionals” E-Series implementing Equine Assisted Learning via Zoom. CEU’s available. For more info: www.Resilientpractitioner.org

www.eaglevistaranch.com

EVERGREEN YOUTH & FAMILY SERVICES (218-751-8223) – Evergreen is working on an appointment-only basis; we are still providing case management, hot lunches, and even food delivery (hot lunches and food shelf packages) during this time. Continues to support current clients and residents in our housing programs, including youth that arrive at the drop in.  The emergency shelter is under remodel; it is getting a new sprinkler system, among other improvements.  There ARE openings at the youth shelter – families/youth are being screened and placed appropriately. Full of donations–please send people to other places with donations. 

  • Both sites are staffed and are offering the following services:
    • Mental health services
    • Family support services
    • Case management support for clients
    • Assessments/screenings for services
    • Resources and support for Suicide Prevention, Rock Sober, Street Outreach, Safe Harbor, Crime Services
    • Free laundry and shower services for drop in clients ages 10-24
    • Workforce development
    • Free meal at the drop in site (“to go”) during regular hours
    • We are providing essentials: cleaning supply kits for housing clients, hygiene supplies for drop in and/or clients
  • Clients are being screened at the door, when possible we ask them to schedule an appointment, and we have implemented protocol for maintaining social distancing and social gathering. When and where possible, we are offering remote supports, but are assessing all clients to be sure we are meeting their needs.
  • Jeanne Strate (Evergreen Family Support) is available 218- 556-3191
  • Here is a link to a self-compassion training I recorded last week. It is about an hour in length but a good reminder to be gentle on ourselves.  Feel free to use and share: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baAdaJQKJ_Y
  • Kelly is offering an ASSIST Training on September 15th and 16th at Oak Hills. Notices about the training have been sent – please go to the Evergreen website for details and registration. Register soon it is filling fast and open to only 18 participants.
  • Jeanne Strate continues counseling services with families virtually….she can be reach at 218-556-3191.
  • Jeanne has a student that is desperately in need of a laptop for remote learning…if anyone has something available please contact Evergreen Shelter.
  • The youth shelter is open and operating!
  • Evergreen Pop-up Outreach, serving youth ages 9 to 24, is occurring Tuesday and Thursdays each week from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Calvary Chapel (the parking lot behind the library) Food bags and hygiene items are provided on site – masking is required.
  • Evergreen is looking for community partners in these events…CONTANT Jana Wolfe IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. Also….they are interested in finding some space that could be used in the down town area for future activities.
  • The Run, Walk, Skate event is happening now through Saturday. Participation is down and that has direct impact on Evergreen’s suicide prevention programming. You can still register or make a donation to the cause please go to the website: bemidjirunwalkskate.org 
  • http://www.evergreenyfs.org

GREAT NORTH COUNSELING (218-214-6096) – Office closed (no in-person appointments). A telehealth platform is being used to connect with existing clients. Contacts with clients are weekly or as needed. Some openings coming up; continue to refer. Address: 426 Bemidji Ave N #1, Bemidji, MN 56601 https://www.greatnorthcounseling.com/

HOPE HOUSE (218-444-6748) – Hope House continues taking consumers and has Lindel Consulting helping with Diagnostic Assessments. Hope House is celebrating 40 years of community service! We are an incredibly lucky region to have such dedicated and capable people working with our community members. Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers of Hope House.   http://www.hopehousebemidji.org

LAKE COUNTRY ASSOCIATES – BEMIDJI (218-444-2233) – We are providing mental health services through Telehealth at this time. Please call the office if you have any questions or would like to make a referral. https://lakecountryassociates.com/

MENTAL HEALTH USA (815-670-4173) – Weekly on-line support groups available which are faith based and peer led. Contact Valerie at Valeries@mentalhealthusa.org.

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES (1-833-437-3466 or 1-833-HERE4MN) – COVID Cares offers free telephone support 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 7 days per week at 1-833-437-3466 or 833-HERE4MN. This is a free telephone support service staffed by volunteer licensed mental health and substance use disorder personnel.  The volunteers are available for 20-minute support calls to listen, share resources and tools, and talk with all Minnesotans experiencing stress.

MOBILE CRISIS (1-800-422-0045, Text: 741-741 MN available 24/7) – Utilize Mobile Crisis for any mental health needs. With the reduction in mental health services FAMILIES may need additional mental health support.  Mobile Crisis is able to provide over the phone support 24/7. For suicidal risk, Mobile heals is still doing in person assessments, typically in office or at the ER. Mobile Crisis services can be utilized when experiencing a mental health crisis.  A mental health crisis is a behavioral, emotional, or psychiatric situation that would likely result in significantly impacting daily activities.  This includes difficulty coping with a stressful or traumatic event, anxiety and depression, physical or verbal aggression, self-injurious behavior, suicidal or homicidal thoughts, hallucinations or delusions, or caring for or keeping oneself safe. https://www.ummhcmn.org/indexphpp1_13_mobile-crisis.html

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE (800-273-8255)The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

NAMI MN – Online mental health support groups https://www.nami.org/Support-Education

NORTH HOMES OF BEMIDJI (218-751-0282) – North Homes continues to provide outpatient mental health services through telehealth services whenever possible.  There are some therapists that have started to see clients on site, but only for those clients who do not have access to telehealth or other factors that make telehealth a barrier.  Call the North Homes office to discuss options. Men’s and Women’s Chemical Dependency groups are meeting in person as well as via Zoom for those that prefer or cannot attend in person.  The men’s Battering intervention classes are also on site and in person. There is a thorough protocol for safety at North Homes.  All clients and visitors must call ahead, remain in their vehicles and go through the required processes before admission into the building. There is a minimal wait list for Diagnostic Assessments and ongoing therapy if a client has had a DA within the past year.  (1-2 week wait list).  There is a drop box at the West/Employee entrance for paperwork. Foster care and adoption services are continuing to be operational. North Homes is actively recruiting foster and adoptive homes! https://www.northhomes.org/

RED CROSS MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID FOR COVID-19https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/classes/mental-health-first-aid-for-covid-19-online/a6R3o0000014Zlg.html

STEHLER SERVICES (218-444-2845) – Clarification on using the Crisis Texting program: Make sure that people know they should text the letters “MN” to the number 741-741. “MN” is what goes in the dialogue box. They can also reach out to Crisis Text Line through Facebook Messenger. There are some great resources on Crisis Textlines website about how to deal with anxiety and isolation during this time: https://www.crisistextline.org/topics/get-help-coronavirus/#dealing-with-coronavirus-1

ADDITIONAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES – Click here.


PREGNANCY SERVICES

FIRST STEPS TO HEALTHY BABIES (218-333-8313) – If you come upon clients who are pregnant and have substance abuse issues; encourage them to contact Kami. ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO DO PRENATAL CARE!!!! DON’T AVOID THE CLINIC because of Covid-19; prenatal care is more important now than ever! CD treatment is still available in our community – there are some AA groups meeting outdoors – some doing them virtually….they, like everyone else, have gotten creative! If anyone is familiar with and has access to clear masks – please contact Kami. If you know of families willing to open their homes to foster children – send them her way – the county is very short on foster homes. There are a couple of positions open at the county: Children’s Mental Health and Adult Services!

NORTHWOODS PREGNANCY CENTER (218-444-3035) – They are open! Back to normal business hours 11-4, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday. They are taking all precautions and working with clients remotely if they so choose. They have “curbside” pickup for our clients who need diapers, wipes, etc. Walk-ins are welcome if they are not feeling sick or experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. However, they prefer clients schedule an appointment to ensure social distancing. Email: info@northwoodspregnancy.com


PUBLIC SAFETY

RED LAKE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY (218-679-1919 or 218-533-4583) – Victims of crime can contact day or night for questions about services.


SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL LEARNING

PEACEMAKER RESOURCES – Out while schools are out. https://www.peacemakerresources.org, We are gradually building a YouTube site with free videos for families to use with their kids. There are a few short videos on there now and we will continue to add to them through the coming weeks. There is also a mindfulness segment that is targeted towards teachers but really could be of benefit to anyone. See the YouTube site for recent updates and add-ons. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbqYD-zB5b46ziXdkDZi6bw/videos


SENIOR SERVICES

BEMIDJI SENIOR CENTER (218-751-8836) –Bemidji Senior Center is open beginning June 1st on a limited basis.  Hours are Mon-Fri 10am-2pm.  Gift Shop open.  No activities for the time being.  Masks required.   Curbside meals are available Mon-Fri behind the Senior Center at the back door between 11:30-12:30. Please call Senior Dining ahead of time to reserve your meal at 444-3987. The price is a suggested donation of $5-$8.40 per meal if you are over 60. Anyone under 60 it will be full price. Also available are frozen meals if you wish to have some extra meals. These are to-go meals, there is still no congregate dinning at the Senior Center. www.bemidjiseniorcenter.org

NORTHWOODS CAREGIVERS (218-333-8264) – Additional resources are now available for helping seniors and people living with disabilities to access free grocery shopping and delivery as well as medical appointment transportation. Application processes are being streamlined and Northwoods will take applications over the telephone. They are in the process of purchasing tablets to give to family members that have loved ones in LTC facilities to enable contact that is currently not allowed face to face. Re-assurance calls are being offered. Suspending all supervised visitation and child exchange. IN GREAT need of drivers to help elderly access groceries and medical appointments. http://northwoodscaregivers.org


SPECIAL SENIOR CITIZEN SHOPPING HOURS

TARGET – Every Wednesday from 7am-8am is reserved for the elderly and those with underlying health concerns.

WALMART – Every Tuesday from 6am-7am is reserved for those over the age of 60.


TAX RELIEF AND ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS (STIMULUS CHECKS)

What you need to know about payments     

Although evictions and utility shut offs cannot happen at this time, please remember you are responsible for paying these, ideally when you receive your stimulus check. We encourage you to be proactive in contacting and communicating with landlords, banks, and utility companies.


TRANSPORTATION

HEADWATERS REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT CENTER (218-333-6545) – A volunteer driver awareness program will be held in September and a virtual volunteer driver recruitment fair will occur in October. If you would like to participate go to: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B89H2LT. Working on a research project abut justice transportation barriers. Currently reaching out to drug/alcohol/violence treatment centers to take a brief survey on barriers to getting to treatment.  In interested in participating email me at bmccoy@hrdc.org . The Regional Transportation Council has a new website which lists all transportation providers with service times, locations etc. in the region: http://www.HeadwatersRTCC.org bmccoy@hrdc.org

PAUL BUNYAN TRANSIT (218-751-8765) – Provides transportation for a fee in Bemidji.  In addition, Paul Bunyan Transit has offered to transport people in need of vouchers to Churches United; allowing the consumer to run up to the entry where the voucher is left for them and then return to the bus to go home. The consumer will need to pay for their ride; the transportation is not FREE.


UNEMPLOYMENT

MINNESOTA UNEMPLOYMENThttps://www.uimn.org/applicants/getpaid/request-benefit/index.jsp  All unemployment services are completed online.


VETERANS AFFAIRS

VETERANS AFFAIRS/LEECH LAKE HOUSING (218-335-8280) – Housing vouchers are available for Native Veterans.  Melody Gorden continues to be available to offer outreach and VA services to all Veterans. Permanent supportive housing subsidies available for American Indian Veterans who are staying on or near the Leech Lake reservation, which includes Bemidji.

Also, I have a single Veteran with a companion small dog who is desperately in danger of literal homelessness, so if anyone knows of any rentals that may take a subsidy and a small dog in Bemidji, could they please contact me?  (320) 339-5861 (cell)

The Tribal VASH program through the St. Cloud Va and Leech Lake Housing continues to have several Permanent Subsidized Housing subsidies available for local Native American Veterans’ experiencing homelessness.  With this subsidy, the Veteran receives in home mental health and substance abuse counseling as well as case management and supportive services during housing search and after housing is found. Melody Gorden is currently providing telehealth via phone or video to the Veteran’s currently on the caseload.  Being a VA employee, Melody can provide services to all non-Native Veterans in need in this community with services such as VA resource referrals/follow ups and assistance with VA healthcare applications. Contact information is: melody.gorden@va.gov or 1-320-339-5861.

The best way to reach me is my VA cell phone 320 339 5861.   While my office is located in the Bemidji VA clinic, I am currently working from my home in Puposky.  So, you may also leave a message at the Bemidii VA clinic – 755 6360

Email: melody.gorden@va.gov