CPC EXTENDS CLOSURE UNTIL APRIL 6; SERVICES STILL AVAILABLE TO CLIENTS
Community Progress Council has extended the closure of its facilities until Monday, April 6, to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus in our community. WIC will remain open on a limited basis.
Like many organizations here in York County and across the country, Community Progress Council is doing its part to slow or stop the spread of the Coronavirus by limiting social interaction. To the best of our knowledge, CPC’s facilities have not been exposed to the virus in any way.
Community Progress Council remains committed to providing children and families a healthy environment for all. We also understand the importance that our programs have to our clients and their families. Before reopening, our staff will ensure that each of its facilities is safe for children, clients and staff.
The agency is still offering services to clients during this time. Many members of our staff are working from home, ready to help clients with their needs by phone or email. CPC is encouraging all clients to reach out to us to see how we can help over the next two weeks.
If you need to contact us, please don’t hesitate to reach out through email or phone.
* Housing and Financial Counseling – firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 846-4600, ext. 221
* Workforce Development – email@example.com or (717) 846-4600, ext. 236
* Foster Grandparent Program – firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 846-4600, ext. 241
* Self-Sufficiency Program – email@example.com or (717) 846-4600, ext. 293
* Head Start and Early Head Start – firstname.lastname@example.org or (717) 846-4600, ext. 216
CPC’s Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program will remain open on a limited basis. If you have an upcoming appointment, a WIC representative will be in contact with you to clarify the status of your appointment.
If you have general questions about how CPC can help you, please email email@example.com, and someone will return your message as soon as possible.
CPC also recommends that York County residents looking for emergency services to dial 2-1-1 for a directory of agencies that can assist.
CAN YOU, OR SHOULD YOU, KEEP YOUR SCHEDULED WIC APPOINTMENT?
Community Progress Council remains committed to providing WIC clients and their families a healthy environment. We also understand the importance that our programs have to our clients. WIC will do its best during this time to address the needs of our clients.
CPC is putting these measures in place to ensure the health and safety of all clients through social distancing, reduce waiting time, and handle more appointments and transactions remotely.
During this time, WIC’s operations will be limited to its York City clinic only. For others who are asked to keep or reschedule appointments and normally visit other locations throughout York County, the York clinic is located at 130 West Market Street, York.
Please do not visit our WIC clinic if you are sick. A client who is sick can designate someone else to handle their appointment on their behalf, but they must talk to our staff before doing so.
Please read through the following situations, and follow the instructions whether to keep your appointment or wait to hear from WIC staff first:
▪ If you were asked to come back to WIC and bring your ID and eWIC card for a follow-up appointment to have benefits loaded – you may keep your scheduled appointment.
▪ If you were asked to come back to WIC and bring your ID, eWIC card, and child to complete a height and weight check for the child – you may keep your scheduled appointment. Out of an abundance of caution, you should not bring your child into the WIC clinic unless absolutely necessary.
▪ If you were asked to come back to WIC and bring your household income – you must speak with WIC staff first. Do not come into the WIC clinic. WIC staff will contact you in the near future to complete your appointment over the phone and you will be given a date and time to come into the clinic to have your benefits loaded.
▪ If you are a new participant – we will call you and complete your appointment over the phone.
▪ If you need your food package adjusted or have a formula change – you must contact the WIC office and speak to WIC staff. Leave a message if no one answers your call. Please do not walk into the WIC office to tell us you have a formula change or you need a food package change. WIC staff will contact you to make the changes over the phone and give you a date and time to come into the WIC office.
▪ If you are in need of breastfeeding support or have questions related to nutrition education – please call 717-843-7942 and dial extension 113. Make sure you leave a message if no one answers the phone.
If your phone number has recently changed, please call the WIC office to inform us.
If you are instructed to call the WIC office, please leave a message if no one answers your call. We will return your call as soon as we can.
STATE SUPREME COURT PUTS HALT ON EVICTIONS
“No landlord or bank can evict a tenant because of a failure to pay rent or mortgage payments for at least the next two weeks”
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that residents cannot be displaced or forced to leave by an officer or judicial official “at any level” until at least April 3. The ruling is relative to recent developments regarding the Coronavirus and the impact the pandemic is having on residents’ ability to make rent or mortgage payments on time.
ADDRESSING MORTGAGE AND RENTAL ISSUES
There more questions than answers out there about how to handle rental and mortgage issues presented to residents impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to Regional Housing Legal Services for sharing this valuable information for renters and homeowners.
In York County, you can refer legal issues regarding housing to MidPenn Legal Services at (800) 326-9177 or www.midpenn.org.
YORK COUNTY FOOD BANK ANNOUNCES FOOD DISTRIBUTION
The York County Food Bank is committed to making sure all neighbors have access to enough food during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. If your family is in need of food, please visit the York County Food Bank Food Distributions on Tuesdays, from 3 to 7 p.m. or Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The York County Food Bank is located at 254 West Princess Street, York.
SCHOOL DISTRICTS, RESTAURANTS OFFER MEALS DURING CLOSURES
Community Progress Council wants to make our families and others in the community aware that many school districts and restaurants across York County will be serving meals to children over the next two weeks while schools are closed. According to the York Daily Record/Sunday News, the districts include York City, West York, Red Lion (see below), Hanover, Dallastown and Southern York County. Please monitor your district’s social media or website as times, dates and locations are announced.
MEDICAID, CHIP TO COVER CORONAVIRUS TESTING AND TREATMENT
Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state’s Medicaid program, Medical Assistance (MA) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), will cover COVID-19 testing and treatment for recipients and is lifting some prior authorization requirements to ease access to necessary testing and treatment. There are no MA or CHIP copayments for laboratory tests for COVID-19. For those services that do have copayments, MA providers may not deny services if a beneficiary is unable to pay the copayment.
The MA and CHIP programs will pay for COVID-19 testing when a health care practitioner determines it is needed, and prior authorization is not required. While there is no specific antiviral treatment for COVID-19, the MA and CHIP programs cover a broad range of services that help relieve symptoms.