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Behavioral Health Resources (COVID-19)

Resource List

Charles County Covid-19 Call Center 301-609-6717

Maryland Crisis Hotline– 211 press 1 or text Zip code to 898-211

SAMSHA National Helpline 1-800-622-4357

SAMSHA Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746

Deaf/Hard of Hearing

Text TalkWithUs to 66746

Use your preferred relay service to call the Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990

TTY 1-800-846-8517

Spanish Speakers

Call 1-800-985-5990 and press “2”

From the 50 States, text Hablanos to 66746

From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline– 1-800-273-8255(English); 1-888-628-9495(Spanish)

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224

NAMI Helpline 1-800-950-6264 (M-F 10a to 6p)

Prescription Medication

  • NAMI Getting Help Paying for Medications page: https://www.nami.org/findsupport/living-with-a- mental-health-condition/getting-help-paying-formedications
  • PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool: www.medicineassistancetool.org

A search engine for many of the patient assistance resources that the pharmaceutical industry offers.

  • Needy Meds: (800) 503-6897 / www.needymeds.org Offers a Helpline and website information on financial assistance programs to help defray cost of medication. Website also offered in Spanish.
  • RX Assist: www.rxassist.org Provides up-to-date directory of free and low-cost medicine programs and other ways to manage medication costs.
  • RX Hope: www.rxhope.com A free patient assistance program to assist people in need obtain critical medications.
  • USARX: www.usarx.com Provides coupons online for downloading/printing and can be brought to the pharmacy to see if it will give consumer a lower price or beat their copay.
  • Blinkhealth Prescription Assistance: www.blinkhealth.com Individuals (with or without insurance) pay upfront for medication online and then take a voucher to their pharmacy. Accepts calls 8 a.m.-10 p.m. M-F, 9 a.m.-7p.m. weekends (EST); Spanish language option on patient assistance line.

Substance Use online support resources

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Online Intergroup – a directory of online audio/video meetings seven days per week.
  • SMART Recovery – an online community where participants help one another recover from addictive behaviors.
  • WEconnect and Unity Recovery – free online daily all recovery meetings.
  • Narcotics Anonymous – online meetings in various time zones using multiple platforms.
  • Herren Project – live online support groups and recovery meetings moderated by trained clinicians.
  • In the Rooms – free weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues.
  • Learn to Cope – online support forum open to families, friends and loved ones who have someone in their lives who is struggling with addiction.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups – electronic meetings for anyone affected by alcoholism in a family member or friend.

Mail-based naloxone services: https://www.naloxoneforall.org/maryland-language

Senior Call Check 1-866-502-0560

We recommend all seniors use the program as a resource during the COVID-19 global pandemic. Senior Call Check phone lines are open M-F 8 am-5 pm and Saturday 9 am-3 pm

Food Bank Resources

LifeStyles of Maryland Foundation, Inc. Open 3470 Rockefeller Court, Waldorf, MD 20602

202-316-4391

Tuesday March_24: 8am- 4pm

Wednesday March_25: 8am-4pm

Thursday March_26: 8am-4pm

Friday March_27: 8am-4pm

Monday March_30: 8am-4pm

Tuesday March_31: 8am-4pm

Wednesday April_1: 8am-4pm

Thursday April_2: 8am-4pm

Friday April_3: 8am-4pm

Southern Maryland Food Bank 22 Irongate Drive Waldorf, MD 20602

301-274-0695

Open

Tuesday March_24: Emergency Pantry hours 9- 3pm

Wednesday March_25: Emergency Pantry hours 9-3pm

Thursday March_26: Emergency Pantry hours 9-3pm

Friday March_27: Emergency Pantry hours 9- 3pm

National Child Traumatic Stress Network:  https://www.nctsn.org/resources/parent-caregiver-guide-to-helping-families-cope-with-the-coronavirus-disease-2019

COVID-19 Call Center

In response to the COVID-19 situation, CCDoH is setting up a call center to answer community questions. The number to the call center is 301-609-6717.

The hours of operation are Friday, March 13, 2020, from 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m., and Saturday through Sunday, March 14th and 15th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The call center will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Maryland Department of Health investigating cluster of salmonella infections

September 26, 2019

Media Contact:

Maureen Regan, Deputy Director, Office of Communications, 410-767-8649

Maryland Department of Health investigating cluster of salmonella infections

Consumers advised not to eat hummus purchased from Moby Dick House of Kabob

Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is investigating a cluster of salmonella infections in individuals who all reported eating at Moby Dick House of Kabob restaurant, which has multiple locations in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. Since September 10, nine confirmed cases have been reported in Maryland. The exact cause of the infections has not been determined and the investigation is ongoing, but eight of nine cases reported consuming Moby Dick House of Kabob hummus.

At this time, Moby Dick House of Kabob has voluntarily suspended sale of hummus and MDH recommends that consumers discard hummus purchased from any Moby Dick House of Kabob. Individuals who have recently eaten food from Moby Dick House of Kabob and are experiencing any adverse medical symptoms should seek medical attention.

Most people infected with salmonella develop symptoms including diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps within six hours to four days after infection. The illness usually lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. Some people, including the elderly, infants and those with impaired immune systems are more likely to experience severe illness and may require hospitalization. On average, there are 900 – 1000 confirmed salmonella infections reported in Maryland each year.

MDH continues to investigate this cluster and will provide updates as warranted. Additional information about salmonella infections is available at https://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/index.html.

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