Support for Children and Youth

CSHS Financial Assistance: Children’s Special Health Services has funds to help families with out of pocket expenses. If you qualify, we can pay up to $2,000 annually for expenses related to your child’s health condition. For more information, visit the financial assistance page or email us at cshs.mt.gov or call 1-800-762-9891. Email is the best way to reach us during shelter in place.

MonTECH: Montana's free assistive technology (AT) and adaptive equipment loan program. The program houses equipment Montana families can borrow, and provides free training on that equipment (in person or online).  For more information, visit the MonTECH website, or Facebook page, email at montech@mso.umt.edu or call 406-243-5751.

The Bright App: The Bright App can help you find a mental health provider for you or your child. You can search by specialty, location, gender, and accepted insurance. 

Comprehensive COVID 19 Resource List: This is a comprehensive resource list that was built by the team at Transitions to Adulthood Center for Research at UMass Medical School. This list was created to support youth, young adults, families, colleges, educators, employers and their supporters. To view the spreadsheet, visit the resource guide.

Child Care Connections: This page has a variety of great resources for families, children, and child care providers to stay safe, healthy, financially sound during COVID-19. There are also a number of activities and books for children to stay busy and educate during this time.

Child Mind Institute: The Child Mind Institute offers telehealth evaluations and treatment for ADHD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders and learning disorders. They also offer coping advice and tools for parents and children during this time. For more information visit the Child Mind Institute website.

Early Childhood Health and Wellness Resource list: My Peers is a virtual learning network where you can brainstorm, exchange ideas, and share resources with early childhood colleagues from across the country. It was created by the office of Head Start to help connect you and share with people who share your interests and program responsibilities. These informal connections can be a great source of encouragement and insight. There are more the 40 My Peers communities! Go to https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/about-us/article/mypeers-collaborative-platform-early-care-education-community to find out more about this Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center.

 Zero to Five: Zero to 5 offers a list of Montana and community specific comprehensive resources to support children, families, and providers during this time. These resources include free internet/phone provider resources for Montana families, and support during school closures such as free lunches, or remote activities.  For more information visit the Zero to Five website or call 406-513-1115.

Alaska Department of Human Services: Circle of Support plan. In case caregivers get sick with COVID-19, we can help with the planning process. Check out our guides that can help walk you through identifying your Circle of Support (a group of people that you can call on to provide child care), what to include in your plan, when to activate your plan, and how to find help outside your circle. There are also CDC resources for families with children. Click Here to help create your plan and find resources.

Montana State University-Billings; Work Incentives Planning and Assistance Project (WIPA): The Montana Deaf-Blind Project and the Montana Transitions Resources Project has set up a webinar with special guest speaker Tiffany Costa. The purpose of this webinar is to learn about different Social Security Administration (SSA) work incentives available for the youth who are thinking about going to work who receive SSI (Supplemental Security income) cash benefits. One hour of OPI renewal credit is available for this webinar. The webinar will be recorded and archived to the Montana Deaf-Blind Project and Transition and Employment Projects resource libraries. If you or someone you know is interested in registering to attend this free event, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5931959099829315342

Turning 18? What You Should Know About Social Security

There are changes that come into play when a person turns 18 years old, both in life and with Social Security. For example, anyone who is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) has to go through an Age 18 Redetermination. Join this webinar to learn:

• What the Redetermination process is and how to best prepare for it;

• What other Social Security disability programs 18-year-olds might qualify for, and how to identify and access them; and

• What Work Incentives are geared towards younger individuals who receive Social Security benefits.

 

The webinar will be held on Wed, Oct. 14 2020 from 1pm to 2pm. For more information, click this link for our Flier. Click this link HERE to register.

Always Dancing Project: This class is free to children with disabilities, and a fun way to exercise and dance during this pandemic. It is taught by Senior in high school who has a passion for dance and a love of teaching children with disabilities. Classes will be held through November 21 st and resume in January 2021. For more information on this fun and free event, please go to https://sites.google.com/view/alwaysdancingproject/home.

Montana Family to Family Health Information CenterWe have just received the 2020 Cares Act Telehealth Award and have been granted the opportunity to allow families to borrow laptops, tablets, headsets with mics and hot spots (for homes with spotty internet access)! Families will be able to borrow these devices so they can better participate in therapies and medical appointments remotely. In exchange for borrowing these items, we ask families caring for someone with a disability to participate in a brief survey. There are seven questions, and no identifying information is required apart from state and zip code. The questions all pertain to issues families may encounter in accessing telehealth (I.E. don’t have a device, don’t have internet, don’t understand how to use a device or ask for a telehealth appointment.) It only takes 3-4 minutes to take the survey. Click Here for the survey link. To borrow equipment, please visit the University of Montana Montech website for more information.

Support for Children and Youth who are Struggling

This is a distressing time for many of us and may be particularly difficult for struggling youth and those with mental health concerns. There is support available 24/7. Please reach out if you are feeling hopeless or suicidal, or you need help supporting a loved one.

Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 and TTY 1-800-846-8517 text TalkWithUs to 66746

The Montana Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255) or text “MT” to 741741

Montana Warmline: 877-688-3377
The warmline is not a crisis line. It is a peer support line for those looking for support in recovery.

Taking care of your emotional health

Boys Town National Hotline for Adults and Youth: 1-800-448-3000

Helping children cope with disasters