We hope you’ll stay connected with us during this furlough period because – even if you aren’t working right now – you are an important part of our Planned Parenthood team. Below you will find bi-weekly agency updates and supportive resources to keep you and your loved ones safe.
This website is merely a resource with some helpful information and updates while you are furloughed. You are under no obligation to access or use the resources since you are not being paid by the affiliate during this time.
- Benefits (more to come)
- @PPPSWHealth is now on TikTok! Our Community Education and Marketing departments have launched a TikTok account; be sure to follow us @pppswhealth! Starting out, we will be posting something new every Tuesday.
- The Telehealth Experience: Our Telehealth services are in full swing, with an increasing number of patients choosing this convenient option. Patients are consistently giving us very positive feedback:
“Y’all are awesome & you made it so easy — thanks for being there for us right now”
“Everyone is so nice and patient”
“She actually listened to me & took the time to hear my special circumstances”
- Need a pick-me-up? Check out this amazing Reddit thread throwing love at PP staff.
- LinkedIn Learning is a great resource chock-full of professional development tools and trainings. Contact the Learning Department to get signed up.
- Free Online Courses from the Best Colleges
- Yale's most popular class ever is available free online — and the topic is how to be happier in your daily life
- Keeping Relationships Healthy in Quarantine (19-minute Ted Talk podcast) Many of us are separated from people we typically rely on. Others are sharing space in closer quarters than they're used to. How do we navigate our relationships under these tough new conditions? In this episode of Checking In with Susan David, Dr. Julie Gottman -- one of the world's foremost experts on relationships -- shares strategies for maintaining healthy relationships during the crisis.
We’ve compiled some resources below that may be useful for you. For a PDF of this list and for resources available in your region, click here.
General Tips and Suggestions
- Staying Happy(ish) During Coronavirus
- CDC: Mental Health & Coping During Covid-19
- CDC: Stigma and Resilience During Covid-19
- CDC: Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
- SAMHSA: Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
- SAMHSA: Taking Care of Your Behavioral Health: Social Distancing
- The New York Times: 5 Ways to Help Your Community Combat Coronavirus
Mental Health Resources
- Our Employee Assistance Program through Health Advocate offers great support. We each get 6 counseling sessions per issue per year. They also offer consultations for financial, legal, and other concerns.
- Some therapists and counselors are making therapy sessions available at reduced rates for medical personnel and front-line folks. Find out more here.
- A HuffPost article shares What Therapists Tell Patients Who Are Anxious About Coronavirus
- The University of California San Diego Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness offers multiple streaming mindfulness sessions every day.
- The Conscious Leadership Practices group put together a great guide for creating or strengthening mindfulness practices with short daily activities to calm and focus your mind during times of uncertainty.
- This Positive Intelligence video distinguishes between being vigilant (good) and hyper-vigilant (not good). (5 min)
- Anxiety Coping Skills and Anxiety Grounding Techniques
- The Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook is packed full of tools to help manage fear, anxiety and negative emotions, from thought challenging to breathing and gratitude practices to stress-resilience action plans.
- Headspace: Free meditations if you’ve been looking for a way to boost mindfulness
- 10% Happier: Coronavirus Sanity Guide (meditations and podcast)
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available 24/7 at 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) or 1-800-787-3223 (TTY). You may also chat with an advocate online. San Diego specific resources can be found here: English or Spanish.
- California Partnership to End Domestic Violence for assistance with finding programs throughout California.
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential support and prevention and crisis resources 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-825.
- The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. Call the 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
- Disaster Distress Line supports people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Call 1-800-985-5990
- Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will help you connect to available local resources and treatment centers. Call 1-800-662-4357
211 (San Diego, Riverside, Imperial) is the region’s trusted source for access to community, health, social, and disaster services. Calling is free, confidential and available in more than 200 languages. 211 provides access to 6,000+ services, resources and programs through our online database (click links above for each region).
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on businesses and workers, the Federal Government infused emergency funds into states through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the third COVID-19 relief package to come from Congress. The $2 trillion relief bill will send money directly to Americans, greatly expand unemployment coverage, and change student loan provisions. The Act, among other things, expands eligibility for workers who are unemployed, partially employed, or unable to work due to the pandemic.
Below is a brief overview of some provisions in the Act:
- Available to those whose hours have been reduced or who have lost their job due to COVID-19. This applies to those who choose to stay home due to underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable. For more information click here.
- The governor has waived the 1 week wait time and the person may not be required to be actively looking for work, as is usually required.
- If your child’s school is closed and you have to miss work to care for them, you might qualify for unemployment insurance.
- Learn how to file an unemployment insurance claim here.
How does this bill impact furloughed employees?
Furloughed employees will be eligible for full unemployment and an additional $600 per week through July, as well as 13 extra weeks of full unemployment (viable through the end of 2020). States must enter into agreements with the Department of Labor to activate those provisions. Work-share programs will allow partially-furloughed employees to access partial unemployment benefits. The bill includes provisions to help states that already have these programs, as well as those that do not.
How does the bill interact with paid leave?
Those using paid leave (family leave or sick leave, including the extensions for those with children out of school) or not eligible for these unemployment benefits. They will become eligible once their leave runs out.
Will furloughed employees continue to receive their full pay?
The amount that an individual will receive, as well as the length of their eligibility, depends on state law. They will be eligible for full unemployment benefits, whatever that looks like in your state(s). The provision that supplements these benefits with another $600 per week will help ensure comparable wages.
$1,200 for individuals who make up to $75,000; $2,400 for married couples who make up to $150,000. For every qualifying child age 16 or under, the payment will be an additional $500.
- Those who make between $75,000 and $99,000 ($150,000 and $198,000 for couples) will be eligible to receive a smaller payment.
- This one-time payment will be based on adjusted gross income on 2019 tax returns, or 2018 if not yet filed and will be received in the same way you receive your tax refund.
- You don't need to sign up or fill out a form to receive a payment if you've been working and paying taxes since 2018. For more information click here.
- You can calculate your stimulus payment here.
From March 13, 2020 through September 30, 2020 there will be automatic payment suspensions for any student loan held by the federal government.
- Interest "shall not accrue" on the loan during the suspension period.
- More information here.
- If you have private student loans, contact your servicer for their repayment options.
Small Businesses Relief
SBA Disaster Loans are available to affected California small businesses
- Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million are available for qualifying small businesses, private nonprofits, and small agricultural cooperatives and aquaculture enterprises that have been financially impacted as a direct result of COVID-19 since January 31, 2020. These loans can be used to fulfill financial obligations and operating expenses that could have otherwise been met if the disaster had not occurred, including fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact.
- Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the coronavirus. More info here.
Paid Family Leave
Available benefit through CA State EDD for those who are required to take care of someone who has contracted COVID-19 (or sick family member with any serious medical condition) or who has been quarantined. This must be certified by a medical professional. Learn how to file a claim here.
- For additional questions related to Paid Family Leave, email the HR department at [email protected]
Disability Benefits/Paid Sick Leave
- Available for those who have contracted or been exposed to COVID-19 and are quarantined. This must be certified by a medical professional. Learn how to file a disability insurance claim here.
Rent & Mortgage Assistance
On April 6, California's courts suspended eviction and foreclosure proceedings statewide until 90 days after the coronavirus state of emergency has been lifted. Click here for more information.
- Governor Newsom Issues Executive Order to Protect Renters and Homeowners During COVID-19 Pandemic. Read the Governor’s press release here.
- Find a sample letter to send to your property manager to request a grace period due to lost wages here.
- Under the provisions of the CARES Act, individuals with federally backed mortgage loans who are experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19 can request a forbearance period by contacting their mortgage servicer. Federally backed mortgages include FHA, VA, USDA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Contact your servicer to discuss your options. More information here.
- If your mortgage provider is not responsive or cooperative, you can file a complaint with the Department of Business Oversight (DBO):
- The Federal and CA tax filing deadline extended to July 15th. Find more info here.
- This relief applies to all individual returns, trusts, and corporations. This relief is automatic, taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify.
- Employers experiencing a hardship as a result of COVID-19 may request up to a 60-day extension of time from the Employment Development Department to file their state payroll reports and/or deposit state payroll taxes without penalty or interest. A written request for extension must be received within 60 days from the original delinquent date of the payment or return. More info here.
Gas & Electric
- SDG&E is suspending service disconnections. More information here.
- SDG&E offers bill discount programs. Apply here.
- Southern California Edison is offering bill help to customers. Find more information here.
- Southern California Gas will not disconnect services to customers who can’t pay bills during the coronavirus outbreak. Find more information here.
Internet, Cable & Mobile Phones
Several local internet service providers are offering COVID-19 assistance. Contact your provider to determine if assistance is available. Click here for a list of local service providers offering assistance or click here to see a full resource list.
- California's State Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara has ordered insurance companies to provide consumers with relief from the cost of premiums during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, The Insurance Commissioner has also requested that all auto insurance carriers provide a 60-day grace period for late payments. Contact your insurance provider for details.
- COVID-19 Guidance for Immigrant Californians (click here for Spanish version)
- CDSS Immigrant Legal Services
- Protecting Immigrant Families (PIF) Immigrant Eligibility for Public Programs
- Undocumented Workers’ Employment Rights
- Know Your Rights/ Conozca sus Derechos
- CA Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) COVID-19 Resource Guide (click here for Spanish)
- CA Rural Legal Assistance Foundation (CRLAF) COVID-19 Site (bilingual)
For additional information about food resources located in your region, call 211 or click here.
Pandemic EBT Food Benefits
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.
- Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.
- Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply. Most will get their P-EBT card in the mail during the month of May. P-EBT cards will begin arriving in May, 2020.
- Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail, must apply online before June 30, 2020. The online application will launch in late May.
- For more information: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt
The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks secures and distributes 4.3 billion meals each year through food pantries and meal programs throughout the United States and leads the nation to engage in the fight against hunger. Contact your local community food bank to find food or go here to read about public assistance programs.