Coronavirus (COVID-19): In the News

Older Adults 65+ Eligible for the Vaccine starting Monday 1/25/21

Wisconsin Department of Health Services | January 19, 2021

Today the Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) announced that adults over the age of 65 will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning January 25. Currently, frontline health care workers, residents in long-term care facilities (nursing homes and assisted living facilities), and police and fire personnel are eligible. There are approximately 700,000 Wisconsinites who are 65 and older and Wisconsin currently receives around 70,000 first-dose vaccines per week from the federal government. It will take time to vaccinate this population in Wisconsin…

COVID-19 Vaccine

Wisconsin Receiving First Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine

This week, Wisconsin state health officials are expecting the arrival of 49,725 doses of the FDA approved Pfizer vaccine. The vaccine is a 2-dose series and the allocation we receive is for the first dose only, but the CDC has an equal number of doses reserved to complete the second dose.

Second Round of Economic Impact Payments

IRS | December 29, 2020

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department will begin delivering a second round of Economic Impact Payments as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 to millions of Americans who received the first round of payments earlier this year.

SCAMS

The Food and Drug Administration, FDA, has authorized two vaccines from pharmaceutical manufacturers, these vaccines are now being distributed to federal- and state-approved locations. For most people living in the U.S., states and territories will make the final decisions on who will get the vaccines and when. States are also working on their own specific vaccination plans.

You can check with Wisconsin Department for Health Services for the latest information regarding the vaccine: https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/vaccine-about.htm.
While we enter the distribution phase of the vaccine, there’s no doubt scammers are scheming…

Congress has just passed another bill to help the people whose finances are taking a beating from the pandemic. The timing and details are still TBA, but scams are expected to be on the rise…

New App Launches in WI: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

State encourages residents to download or enable the app to help protect their communities

WI Exposure Notification, a new mobile app to assist in notifying contacts of people who’ve tested positive for COVID-19, is now live. The voluntary app complements the state’s and partner agencies’ efforts in contact tracing by letting Wisconsinites know faster if they’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive, allowing them to take steps to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.

Wisconsin Home Energy Assistance Program - (WHEAP)

Provides assistance for heating costs, electric costs, and energy related crisis situations. Most fuel types are eligible to receive assistance. There are a number of different programs a household can apply for.

Brown County Health and Human Services is the place to apply for these programs. This Home Energy Assistance Programs link will take you to a website outlining the types of programs as well as application information or call the ADRC Benefit Specialists for more information.

Operation Community Cares (OCC)

Website for non-profit organized to respond to the Coronavirus pandemic.  Volunteers available to pick-up and deliver food and basic needs for persons unable to get to the store and/or pantry.  Find registration information at the buttons below. If you are having trouble ADRC staff can help you register, call (920) 448-4300. 

OCC is also looking for volunteers.  See Volunteer button for more information.

Basic Needs

Basic Needs Brown County Community Resources

Booklet with descriptions of and contact information for service providers for persons who are looking for services to meet their basic needs. Includes food, shelter, childcare, employment, medical, transportation, etc.

Government Free Cell Phone Program

A program called Lifeline that provides free and discounted cell phone service for qualifying low-income consumers.

The Homestead Tax Credit Program

Designed to assist low income households offset the financial impact of property taxes and rent. Program eligibility is based on specific criteria including income, work status, age, and disability. Visit the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue website for eligibility and application information revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/ise-home.

Income Tax Assistance Programs

Wisconsin residents can take advantage of two programs designed to provide tax assistance for low income seniors and individuals with a disability. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a cooperative between the Internal Revenue Services (IRS) and the State of Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). The Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) program is sponsored by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) foundation. Both programs are staffed by volunteers who are trained by the IRS and DOR to prepare basic income tax returns for free. Visit the WI DOR website for eligibility and locations revenue.wi.gov/Pages/FAQS/pcs-vita.aspx.

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition. It helps income eligible families and individuals purchase the food they need for good health. The application process includes a phone interview with the Bay Lake Consortium and an online application at access.wisconsin.gov. Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

Advocacy Resources

Disability Rights Wisconsin

Wisconsin Aging Advocacy Network (WAAN)

Wisconsin Board for People with Developmental Disabilities

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin

ABC for Health

AARP

National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Medicare Rights Center

Wisconsin FACETS

De"MEN"tia Support Group - Virtual

1st Tuesday each month

9 - 9:45 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 626 878 367
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Support for men caring for loved ones with dementia.  Men often have different perspectives and experiences as caregivers.  Join this group, specifically designed and led by men to share successes and challenges of caring for a love one with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.

Go to this Men's Support Group Flyer for details.

Dementia Support Group for Women - Virtual

3rd Thursday each month

9 - 10 am  Join by computer or phone!

Call: 1-408-418-9388
Access Code: 624 337 538
Password: 1234

Call Sheri Mealy at 920-764-1660 or email sheri.mealy@browncountywi.gov if you are intereste in participating or have questions.  Sheri can send a link for joining via computer.

Don't miss out on connecting with fellow caregivers during this time.  Join this group to share successes and challenges of caring for a loved on with Alzheimer's or other dementia.

Go to this Women's Support Group Flyer for details.

Grief Group

2nd Wednesday

2 pm

Learn about natural and normal grief responses, and tips for coping with loss. Have questions? Call Mandy 920-339-9065

Healing Through Grief - Life After Caregiving

3rd Wednesday

4 - 5:30 pm

A monthly meeting for spouses, partners, family members, and friends who are grieving the loss of a loved one.  Download this Healing Through Grief flyer

Hispanic Support Group

Date To Be Determined

 ¡El ADRC legustaria anunciar la adición de un grupo de apoyo en español! Una vez al mes, reuniremos a personas que experimenten cualquier tipo de discapacidad, física o mental, para proporcionar un lugar seguro para hablar, escuchar y simplemente estar allí para ayudarnos.  No hay obligación de hablar, está bien simplemente venry escuchar mientras buscamos unir más a la comunidad hispana aquí en el Condado de Brown. ¡Hasta pronto!

Low Vision Support Group

2nd Tuesday

2 pm

Anyone with low vision join us to share your experiences and learn from others. Covers technology and other information of interest.

Mug Club - Virtual

2nd Wednesday

6 - 7 pm

Join by computer or phone.

Call: 1-414-655-0003
Access Code: 161 715 6921
Password: MugClub2020

Call Teri Bradford 920-448-4320 or email teri.bradford@browncountywi.gov if you are interested in joining!

A monthly gathering for families, friends, partners and other informal caregivers. Sponsored by Brown County Caregiver Coalition. Download this Mug Club flyer.

NAMI

1st Monday

6:30 pm

Support group for the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI). Open to families and caregivers.

Northeast Wisconsin RSD/CRPS Support Group

2nd Tuesday

6 - 8 pm

Voices Behind the Fire. Our goal is to create a safe place for those diagnosed with RSD/CRPS (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) Family, friends, caregivers, and medical professionals are encouraged to join our group.

Parkinson's Support Group

2nd Tuesday

12:30 pm

Caregivers are welcome.

Alzheimer's Assoc On-line Family Support Groups

Alzheimer's Association hosts teleconference or on-line support groups for Family Caregivers. 

There are a number of options for caregivers of persons with dementia, including Spanish speakers.  Click this Alzheimer's Association Support Group Flyer link for more information.

Disabilities

Employment Guide for Persons with Disabilities

Outlines employment options including information on job assistance for older adults, veterans, and adults with disabilities. Examples are Social Security Administration Work Incentive programs, how to find funding, assistive technology, and legal issues and advocacy.

Information and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities

List of organizations that assist persons with disabilities and their families, i.e.: finding services, assistive technology, and support groups in addition to providing education and advocacy on disability related issues and so much more.

Durable Medical Exquipment - Donate - Purchase Used List

ADRC and Options for Independent Living Loan Closets are closed to lending and accepting items.

List of sources for donating equipment you have or to purchase used equipment.  Examples are assistive devices for the bathroom, bedroom, walkers, canes, wheelchairs, etc.  If you need to explore more options call the ADRC at 920-448-4300 for assistance.

Programs for Individuals with Disabilities

List of organizations that serve persons with disabilities with programs to help them stay active and learn new skills.

Respite Options for People with Special Needs

Explains what respite is, why it’s important, available respite options and where to get assistance to sort through those options.

ASPIRO

aspiroinc.org. 920-498-2599, 1673 Dousman St., Green Bay, WI Agency serving individuals with disabilities.  Services such as early intervention, employment, and day services, and more.

CP

www.wearecp.org. 920-337-1122, 2801 South Webster Avenue, Green Bay, WI  Provides aquatic exercise, therapy services, adult day services, childcare, advocacy, and information.

Curative Connections

curativeconnections.org. 920-468-1161, 2900 Curry Ln, Green Bay, WI  A wide variety of services for older adults and adults with disabilities.  Dementia, adult day services, training and employment, rehabilitation, transportation and more.

Options for Independent Living

Optionsil.org. 920-590-0500, 555 Country Club Road, Green Bay, WI Disability showcase model home and office.  Get hands on experience with assistive technology and adaptive equipment.  Provides advocacy, peer support, information, and referral.

ADRC Menu

Take a look at the menu. Monthly menus include a variety of meals for every taste. (ADRC Menu for Homebound meal delivery, Community Cafes and Pick-up.)

Food Resources

Brown County Food Resources

Information about pantries, community meals, food share, and other programs that provide food assistance.

Despensas de Alimentos en el condado de Brown

Un recurso con informacion sobre despensas de alimentos, comedores comunitarios, FoodShare y otras programas que proveen la assistencia de comida.

Food Delivery & Pick-up

List of grocery stores offering on-line and phone ordering with at store pick-up or delivery.

Community Meals Response to Coronavirus Emergency

List of free community meal programs and changes to their emergency process during the Coronavirus Emergency.  Includes school age free meal locations.

Fully Cooked Meals Delivered to Your Door

List of meal prep and delivery services. Order meals for weekly delivery.

Wisconsin FoodShare

Federal program created to stop hunger and improve health and nutrition.  It helps income eligible individuals and families purchase the food they need for good health.  The application process includes a phone interview with Bay Lake Consortium and filling out an online application at access.wisconsin.gov.  Call the Bay Lake Consortium 1-888-794-5747 today to check for eligibility and complete your phone interview.

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