CCA Webinar: COVID-19 Resources and Information


Child Welfare

Education and Special Education



Juvenile Justice

Medical-Legal: Benefits and Resources


Medical-Legal – Benefits and Resources

Memos and Updates from Jay Sicklick, Director, CCA Medical-Legal Partnership

June 24, 2020
CCA Response to Senate Democrats Junteenth Agenda for Special Session
HUSKY expansion for undocumented children and families

June 2, 2020
Reaffirmation of MLP commitment to address health disparities; CCA statement on events surrounding George Floyd homicide; Yale Pediatrics advocacy team resources to address racial and ethnic disparities; utility protections; education; update on health insurance for undocumented children.

May 7, 2020
Utility Protections: emergency moratorium on termination of electricity, heat and water, expansion of moratorium to non-residential customers, creation of Covid-19 Payment Plan; Education during pandemic; Op-Ed Advocacy Efforts to Expand Medicaid for Undocumented Children; Health equity and Covid-19.

April 27, 2020
Additional SNAP Funding, Flexibility for Medicaid Enrolled Providers to Perform Telehealth Through Audio-Only Methods for NEW PATIENTS, Guidance and Clarification on Special Education Matters, Comprehensive Benefits Training Available from MLP

April 17, 2020
MLPP Remains Open, SSI Recipients Now Eligible for Electronic Impact Payments, CHDI Provides Important Resources and Behavioral Health Access Information, Ongoing Advocacy to Expand HUSKY for Undocumented Families. See letters to Governor Lamont under Health Insurance: HUSKY below.

April 9, 2020
School Closure Update, Intimate Partner Violence, Insurance Expansion for Undocumented Children

April 3, 2020
Extended enrollment for Access Health, Energy Assistance, Emergency Snap Benefits, CARES Act Update, Letter to Gov. Lamont from 185 CT Physicians re Insurance for Undocumented

March 31, 2020
Changes in child care settings and fees, Latest Information on the State’s Medicaid Waiver, Changes in DSS policy for HUSKY and other public benefits, Brief word on the CARES Act and forthcoming stimulus checks.

March 27, 2020
Early Childhood remote services (Birth to Three), Non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT), Educational access (students with disabilities, additional resources), food pantries, cash assistance.

March 24, 2020
Meal sites, child welfare issues, housing evictions, healthcare and health insurance.

March 17, 2020
CCA assistance available to support your work.


Fact Sheet: Resources for Families, October, 2020
Housing, Utilities, Income Supports, Food Supports, General Support
Vivienda, Servicios Públicos, Asistencia Monetaria, Asistencia Alimenaria, Apoyo General


Income Security

CCA Video: Covid and Electronic Stimulus Checks, May 2020

What you Need to know about Stimulus Checks, Connecticut Asset Building Collaborative, April 24, 2020


Public Assistance – Temporary Family Assistance (Cash Benefits)

  • Applications online at or call 2-1-1 for more information.
  • In-person interviews for cash assistance have been temporarily waived.
  • DSS has temporarily suspended the 21-month lifetime limit on the receipt of TFA.

Unemployment Insurance Benefits

  • Applications for Unemployment Insurance Benefits online at

Stimulus Checks
CARES ACT: What does it mean and how do you get your stimulus check?

  • Every American who makes less than $75,000 will receive a one-time payment of $1,200, even if they did not work, did not file taxes or receives disability benefits.
  • Every family will receive an additional $500 for every “qualifying child”. You may need to enroll your children in order to get the payment.
  • For more information please go to the IRS webpage or call the MLPP (contact info below)
  • Link here to get help with filing your taxes or getting your Economic Impact Payment.

Health Insurance


Need for Health Insurance due to Loss of Employment / Meets Income Guidelines

Utility Protection

Utility Protection for Low-Income Families: Hardship Customers are Protected through May 1

Utility Protections and COVID-19, Orders from the Connecticut Public Utility Commission, Sep 2, 2020

Community Outreach during a Pandemic, National Energy & Utility Affordability Coalition, Covid-19: Using New Challenges to Inspire Meaningful Solutions, Patricia King, PECO Energy, Manager, Community Engagement; and Bonnie Roswig, Esq, Director, Disability Rights Project, Center for Children’s Advocacy, July 2020

CCA Video: Covid and Utility Payments, June 2020
Video update: Although COVID-19 protection is over, your utility service cannot be turned off during the Winter Protection period of November 1 – May 1. Utility companies must offer you a plan that you can afford. Everyone receiving assistance such as food stamps, HUSKY, etc, should be in a $50/month payment plan. Call your utility company to get information. Here are the details.

Energy Assistance/Fuel Oil

  • The moratorium does not apply to fuel oil, but Operation Fuel is still taking applications and may be reached at 860-243-2346 or by email at
  • Energy assistance are funds to help with your arrearages. Energy assistance is taking applications until June 1, 2020.  Contact your local Community Action Agency for an application.

Food Security

Food Resources: DCF Memo April 21, 2020


WIC offices are closed for walk-in, but applications and inquiries are being processed by phone.
Contact information for WIC offices in Connecticut, Department of Public Health

Food Stamps (SNAP)

  • Applications online at, or call 2-1-1.
  • DSS has suspended work requirements and certain time limits for enrollees.
  • If the SNAP re-enrollment form was due in March, those benefits will automatically be continued through September 30, 2020; if due in April continued through October 31, 2020; and due in May continued through November 30, 2020.

Schools are providing meals to students who attend their schools.

Check the websites for individual school districts to see which school will provide meals or call 2-1-1.

Additional Resources for Food

Housing Protections

Health and Safety Reminders

  • Keeping your new baby safe during Covid-19, Office of the Child Advocate, May 20, 2020
  • Maximize health: eat regularly, sleep enough, exercise, go outdoors for sunlight and vitamin D.
  • Wash hands, and children’s hands, with soap, for 20 seconds, when coming in, before eating and also every few hours.
  • Get backup medications from the pharmacy if possible for any medical issues.
  • If ill, call medical office for advice; do not just show up in the emergency room without calling a doctor, unless it is literally life or death.



Jay Sicklick, MLP Director and MLP at St. Francis Hospital/Burgdorf:
Ada Fenick, MD, MLP Medicial Director:
Bonnie Roswig, MLP at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center:
Rosenthal, MLP at Yale New Haven Health:
Kathryn Meyer, MLP at Yale Child Study Center:


Juvenile Justice


Letter to Acting DOC Commissioner Qiuros regarding incarcerated youth restricted to cells due to Covid outbreak at Manson Youth Institution , July 14, 2020

Letter to Commissioners Quiros & Cardona, expressing concerns with conditions being experienced by youth and young adults at Manson Youth Institution during COVID, Center for Children’s Advocacy, July 8, 2020.

Letter to Commissioner Rollin Cook, Dept of Correction, in Support of Incarcerated Youth and Young Adults, March 30, 2020

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance Responds to Governor Lamont’s Lack of Action on Releasing Incarcerated and Detained Youth, Press Release, March 25, 2020


National Juvenile Justice Network
Resources and Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic, March 23, 2020

Martha Stone, JD, Executive Director:


Homeless Students

COVID-19 Response for Students who are Homeless or with Experience in Foster Care
Barbara Duffield, Marissa Meyers, Jennifer Pokempner, Jillian Sitjar, March 17, 2020

See Food Security listed above under Medical-Legal for school distribution locations, 2-1-1, and United Way

Adam Yagaloff, JD, Staff Attorney, Right Direction: Homeless Youth Advocacy Project:


Child Welfare


COVID-19 Information from the Connecticut Judicial Branch

COVID-19 Information from the Department of Children and Families

Online Report of Non-Emergent Child Abuse or Neglect

FAQ for DCF Electronic Reporting

When to Make a DCF Referral

Domestic Violence (Intimate Partner Violence) Resources, Alison Karimi, MSW, Intimate Partner Violence Consultant, Department of Children and Families

Foster Family School Decisions, 2020-2021 Memo from Department of Children and Families, Debra Borzellino, Statewide Director of Foster Care, August 28, 2020.

Regarding Visitation Triage Process for Resumption of In-Person Parent-Child Visits, DCF Commissioner Vanessa Durantes, August 30, 2020

Memo from DCF Commissioner announcing that children aged 0-5 have been added to the list of children permitted to be included in the in-person visitation “triage process.” July 19, 2020

In Person Visitation, How to Minimize the Risk, Department of Children and Families, June 24, 2020

Associate Commissioner of U.S. Children’s Bureau to Child Welfare Leaders Nationwide, urging restraint in filing TPR petitions during pandemic, June 23,2020

DCF Guidance: Parent/Child Visitation Triage Protocol, Commissioner Dorantes, June 7, 2020

DCF Guidance for Supporting Children and Families during COVID-19, May 12, 2020
Child Care, Domestic Violence, Education, Family Activities, Food, Housing/Eviction, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, FAQ

DCF-800, Notice Benefits Terminations Suspended, April 21, 2020

DCF – United Way – Community Providers Collaboration: Warm Line, April 20, 2020
833-258-5011  Resource for families feeling stressed and overwhelmed

DCF Statewide Phone List, including staff cell numbers and names of supervisors, April 15, 2020

Communications and Technology: List of cellphone carriers, contact information, relief programs & discounts

Connecticut Juvenile Court Operations for Child Protection Matters  



COVID-19 and Child Welfare Cases, Webinar, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and Commission on Youth at Risk. Panelists: Dr. Jerry Milner, Judge Ernestine Gray, David Kelly, Kathleen Creamer, and Prudence Beidler Carr, April 2020

Family Justice Initiative  Website: How to provide high quality legal representation to children and parents during the pandemic

Chronicle of Social Change: Coronavirus, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice

National Association of Counsel for Children: COVID-19 Resource Hub and Attorney TIP sheet

NACC Children’s Bureau COVID-19 Guidance, March 31, 2020

Letter from the Children’s Bureau to child welfare legal and judicial community regarding ongoing child welfare legal requirements in cases, March 27, 2020

United States Children’s Bureau and Think of Us: Virtual Town Hall – Coronavirus impact on Older Foster Youth, March 19, 2020

Parent Tip Sheet for Video Visits,

Stacy Schleif, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Child Abuse Project:


Education / Special Education

State Department of Education

State Department of Education Resource Page on COVID-19 (updated regularly)

Special Education Guidance for Parents Related to School Reopening, CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and State Department of Education, August 2020

Connecticut School Reopening Plan, State Department of Education, June 29, 2020

Guidance on Student Exiters, SDE, June 5, 2020

From the SDE: official start of summer school on or after July 6. In person learning is an option given students and staffs wear masks and social distancing protocols are in place, among other guidance.
Rules for Operating Summer School, SDE, June 4, 2020
Guidance on Reopening Schools Safely for Summer School, SDE, June 4, 2020

Guidance for Extended School Year, SDE, May 20, 2020

Child Find during Covid-19, Topic Brief, Early Childhood, SDE, May 20, 2020

Covid Emergency Flow Chart, SDE, May 20, 2020

CT Educational Advocacy Group Recommendations to the State Department of Education in Response to Covid-19 Educational Crisis, AFCAMP, Center for Children’s Advocacy, Commission on Women, Children Seniors, Equity & Opportunity, Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, Connecticut Legal Services, Greater Hartford Legal Aid, New Haven Legal Assistance Association, Office of the Child Advocate, SEEK CT (Special Education Equity for Kids), Village for Children and Families, May 14, 2020

Continued Education Opportunities and Special Ed (PPT Guidance), SDE Update, April 24, 2020

Announcement of Districts Receiving Laptops in First Round of Device Distribution,Update from Governor’s COVID-19 Learn From Home Task Force, April 17, 2020

Attendance Guidance and Assuring Student Engagement, Comissioner Cardona, State of Connecticut, State Board of Education, April 9, 2020

State Department of Education Learn from Home Taskforce, Nate Quesnel and Paul Freeman, Co-Chairs,
Governor’s Learn from Home Task Force, April 7, 2020

Due Process Activities under IDEA during COVID-19, Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, Connecticut State Department of Education, April 6, 2020

Letter from the Center for Children’s Advocacy to State Department of Education Commissioner Miguel Cardona regarding recent guidance issued by the State Department of Education and the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and its effect on students with special needs, April 1, 2020

State Department of Education: Continued Educational Opportunities and Approved Private Special Education Programs, Brian Klimkiewiz, Special Education Bureau Director, March 31, 2020

CT State Department of Education, Special Education Division: Memorandum regarding Continued Education Opportunities and Special Ed, March 24, 2020

CT State Department of Education, Special Education Division: Memorandum regarding Continued Education 


Governor Lamont Executive Orders

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7M, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Extension of Agency Administrative Deadlines, March 25, 2020

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7L, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Extension of School Cancellation, Public Health Measures, March 24, 2020

State of Connecticut Executive Order 7E, Governor Ned Lamont, Protection of Public Health and Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic and Response – Further Suspension or Modification of Statutes, March 21, 2020


Connecticut Educational Advocacy Coalition
Educational Advocacy Coalition Position Letter, July 10, 2020


New Haven Public Schools
NHPS Back-to-School resources update, Oct 2020


Hartford Public Schools

Hartford Public Schools, Distance Learning Plan, March 23, 2020
Information, Chromebook Distribution, Internet Access



Q & A Document from Office of Special Education Programs, in Response to Inquiries Concerning Implementation of IDEA Part B in Current COVID-19 Environment, September 28, 2020

US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Schools While Protecting the Civil Rights of Students, March 16, 2020

US Department of Education Supplemental Fact Sheet, Addressing the Risk of COVID-19 in Preschool, Elementary and Secondary Schools While Serving Children with Disabilities, March 21, 2020

US Department of Education, Q&A on Services for Children with Disabilities, March 2020


Marisa Halm, JD, Director, TeamChild Youth Justice Project:
Kathryn Meyer, JD, Director, SpeakUp Initiatives:



Immigrant Emergency Resources available during Covid-19
**Indicates support for undocumented community