Anne Arundel Expands COVID-19 Support With Three New Safety Net Programs

Three new Anne Arundel County programs to provide essential health and financial supports to those hard hit by the pandemic. 

As detailed in a county press release the new programs include:

  • Enhanced contact tracing and case management to provide wraparound services for COVID-positive individuals and families;

  • Expanded grief counseling and mental health support for survivors of COVID; and

  • Financial relief for families with delinquent water bills, which in some instances is a leading indicator of eventual foreclosure.

The COVID Care Coordination Program (CCC) is an extension of the Department of Health’s contact tracing program and will supplement the work of DoH after the initial 14-day isolation and quarantine period.  In collaboration with the Partnership for Children, Youth and Families and the Department of Aging and Disabilities, bi-lingual family assistance navigators and critical case managers will customize an individual plan for COVID-positive individuals and families.   Case managers will provide wraparound services including food, shelter, housing, commodities, and financial assistance to reduce the spread and help individuals recover.

The COVID Recovery and Grief Support Program will provide additional funding to expand mental health and grief counseling services for survivors and families who have suffered devastating loss from COVID. This program will address the increasing number of calls to the Mental Health warmline, which directly dispatches the Mobile Crisis Team (MCT).

The Water Bill Relief Program will provide temporary financial assistance to Anne Arundel County homeowners who are unable to pay their water & wastewater services due to financial hardship caused by the COVID-19 crisis.  The $2 million program is a partnership between the county’s Department of Public Works (DPW), the Office of Finance, and the nonprofit organization,  Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS).

For more information:

County Executive Steuart Pittman Expands COVID Safety Net

 

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