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MDHHS Announces Peer-run Warmline to Aid Persons with Mental Health Needs During COVID-19 Pandemic.
The Warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. at 888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). It is intended to serve individuals living with persistent mental health challenges including anxiety, depression and trauma. Individuals in crisis, including those considering suicide, are urged to contact the Disaster Distress Helpline 24/7 at 800-985-5990 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 800-273-8255.
Seniors Can Get Meals Safely in Michigan
During Covid-19 Outbreak
State wants to increase public awareness of meals program
LANSING, MICH. Michigan recently received additional federal dollars to help provide meals to older adults as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and wants to make seniors aware of food delivery programs.
These programs – available to Michigan residents over age 60 – provide meals through home delivery and pick up services during the current pandemic.
The need for these services – particularly home-delivered and packaged meals – has increased as community measures to slow transmission of COVID-19 have closed meal sites and left many family caregivers unable to assist older loved ones.
“COVID-19 is a threat to Michiganders, particularly older adults who are most vulnerable to complications related to the virus,” said Dr. Alexis Travis, senior deputy director of the Aging & Adult Services Agency at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). “Nutrition services are a lifeline for the nearly 100,000 older adults we serve through these programs. We are pleased to have additional resources to ensure more older adults in need here in Michigan have access to meals during this time.”
Seniors who need extra support at this time can now sign up for assistance, including meal delivery, delivery of non-perishable food items, and daily wellness-check calls, through the MDHHS coronavirus website.
Treasury: Taxpayers, Tax Preparers Be Ready for Stimulus Scams!
With many taxpayers receiving federal stimulus checks directly deposited into their banking accounts, scammers are boosting their phishing attempts and phone scams to obtain personally identifiable information. In the latest round of reports, scammers are targeting taxpayers and tax preparers in an attempt to change direct deposit information so they can intercept federal checks. Click here for more information.
NEW VOTER RIGHTS
Now ANY citizen can vote early by mail or in person at their convenience and register to vote up to and on Election Day at their local clerk’s office.
All eligible and registered voters in Michigan may request an absentee ballot without providing a reason and vote early. Mail or drop off your ballot application in person at your township clerk’s office given an absentee ballot that you can vote and return to the Clerk’s office on or before election day. Call or email the Township Clerk to be included on a permanent Absent Voter list and automatically receive an application at each election at (269) 764-5139 or email@example.com.
Individuals may register to vote up until 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you aren’t registered, or need to update your address, you may do so by appearing in person at your city or township clerk’s office and providing proof of residency.
To register to vote, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and U.S. citizens. Applicants also must be residents of Michigan and of the city or township in which they wish to register for at least 30 days before Election Day.