If you are experiencing domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic, you can get help.

You can still ask a judge You can still ask a judge for an Order of Protection. Although most courts do not hear cases in person, courts are open remotely for many types of cases. This includes Orders of Protection.

An Order of Protection forces the abusive person to stop the physical abuse or harassment. The order may prevent the abusive person from contacting you at all. If you live together, the order can force the person to move out.

In this article we will review the help that the courts offer. But the court is not always the only or the best option. You know best what kind of plan will keep you safe.

Before taking action, call the Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline at 877-863-6338. It is multilingual, confidential and available 24 hours a day. You can also call your local domestic violence agency. These organizations can help you understand your options. They can also tell you what to expect if you decide to go to court.

Asking for a protection order during the pandemic

To get an Order of Protection, you must present court documents and speak to a judge. Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19), courts have different rules about which cases they are hearing in person and which cases are heard remotely (by phone or Zoom). But you can still get an Order of Protection, no matter where you are in the state.

Present in person

Cook County has a Domestic Violence Court at 555 W. Harrison in Chicago. You can still appear in person to ask for an Order of Protection. You must wear a mask. The court is not currently offering childcare services.

From inside the Domestic Violence Court, you can get help over the phone from an advocate by calling Ascend Justice at 312-239-0413. These people can help you fill out your court papers. Your hearing will most likely take place through Zoom even if you are in court. Instructions for downloading Zoom or using the program through your phone are below.

Archive papers remotely

If you live in Cook County and don’t want to go to Domestic Violence Court in person, you can still file your court papers remotely and present your case through Zoom. You can do this on your own or you can get help. You can ask an advocate for help by calling 708-689-3422 or by calling Ascend Justice at 312-239-0413 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. M. At 5:00 p. M. Lawyers, defenders and lawyers. Volunteer attorneys can help you complete your court papers over the phone. They can also help you work with the court to hold a video hearing through Zoom with a judge.

If you are applying from outside the Domestic Violence Court, you can email your documents to [email protected] This includes:

  •     Cover page
  •     Citation
  •     Information sheet
  •     Petition for a protection order
  •     Emergency protection order
  •     Electronic filing exemption

If you submit your documentation before 3 p.m., you should receive instructions to present your case through Zoom that same day. Even if you receive a return email saying that your case will be heard the next day, you should check your email until 5pm. You can still receive instructions to appear in court through Zoom on the same day.

If you already have a domestic relations case pending in Cook County against the person who is abusing you, your Order of Protection can be filed under that case number and combined with that case. You can get help preparing and submitting that documentation from a Legal Aid Chicago attorney by calling 312-229-6020.

Cook County Hearing Dates

If your petition continues after your first day in court, you will have to return to court later. Unless your judge tells you otherwise, Cook County Courts use Zoom for petition hearings to:

  •     Protection orders,
  •     Contactless stalking orders, and
  •     Civil no-contact orders.

This is whether your case is in civil or criminal court. You do not need to come to court. However, if you do not present yourself remotely to your Zoom audience, your case may be dismissed. Or a default judgment may be entered against you.

How to get Zoom access codes

Zoom information is posted online for Cook County courtrooms and for courtrooms in domestic violence court.

Coronavirus and Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits.

The financial impact of the coronavirus has been devastating. To help you through this crisis, states are beginning to make changes to food stamps (SNAP), unemployment, and other benefits.

We will add helpful information to the list of statuses below as we receive it.

If you are looking for information on your financial impact payment, learn more here.

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Coronavirus and Food Stamp (SNAP) benefits.

Food stamps are working on your regular schedule.

There are two types of additional benefits that your state can send during this time:

  •     Maximum benefits: Most states send the maximum benefits for each household size. This means that households in these states will receive a raise if they were not already receiving the maximum amount of benefits.
  •     P-EBT: Some states are sending extra benefits to families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs.
  • We will add specific updates to the list of states below as we receive more information. These additional benefits will be automatically added to your EBT card. You do not need to call to confirm or request.
  • If you haven’t already, download the Fresh EBT app directly to your phone to get information on important changes and keep track of your EBT balance: download Fresh EBT

Coronavirus and evictions.

Many states are taking steps to protect people from evictions. If you are currently facing an eviction, you may be able to avoid it. Get more information and help at justshelter.org.

Coronavirus and unemployment benefits.

Many states are expanding unemployment benefits to help workers affected by the coronavirus, including part-time, self-employed and temporary workers. Even if you only had your job briefly, you could still qualify.

Please see your state’s Department of Labor website in the state list below for more information.

Coronavirus and utility payments.

Many utility companies (electricity, gas, water) will keep their services active for people who cannot pay due to lack of money due to the virus.

Call your utility company directly for more information on how to do this. If you have to decide between paying for utilities or buying food or any essentials, call first and find out about your options!

You may still have to pay past utility bills later.

Coronavirus and healthcare.

Some states are extending Medicaid recertifications. We will add specific updates to the list of states below as we receive more information.

Additional Resources.

Many companies and organizations are stepping up to help people in need right now. We share these resources in the Fresh EBT app to help you:

  •     Finding food for your family
  •     Find jobs
  •     Entertain and educate children at home.
  •     Stay healthy, physically and mentally.
  •     And much more, every day.
  • Download Fresh EBT to find the support you need now.
  • Information by state.
  • Alabama

    SNAP Information:

        Each Alabama household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received extra benefits in April, you will get them again on May 31. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs receive $ 68.00 per student in March, $ 125.40 per student in April, and $ 119.70 per student in May. Households with eligible students obtained a combined deposit on May 3. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Alabama Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information: Alabama Medicaid

Alaska

    SNAP updates:

        Each Alaskan household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in April, you could get them again in May. We will update this page when we get more information. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development

    Informs Medicaid tion: Alaska Department of Health and Human Services

Arizona

    SNAP updates:

        Each Arizona household receives the maximum benefits allowed for the size of its household. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs get $ 195.00 per student for March and April and $ 120.00 per student for May. Eligible households will receive additional benefits in late April and again in early May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Arizona Department of Economic Security

    Medicaid Information: Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System

Arkansas

    SNAP updates:

        Each Arkansas household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs get $ 319 per student. Eligible households will begin receiving P-EBT cards at the end of June. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive an extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Arkansas Department of Workforce Services

    Medicaid Information: Arkansas Department of Human Services

California

    SNAP updates:

        Each California household receives the maximum benefits allowed for the size of its household. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got additional benefits on May 10, you could get them again on June 14. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 365.00 per student. If you did not receive your P-EBT card, call the helpline. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: California Department of Employment Development

    Medicaid Information: Executive Order N-29-20

Colorado

    SNAP updates:

        Each Colorado household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs get additional benefits. Benefits will be charged to your EBT card in June. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month renewal extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Colorado Department of Labor and Unemployment

    Medicaid Information: Health First Colorado

Connecticut

    SNAP updates:

        Each Connecticut household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            Eligible households will receive additional benefits on May 8. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 267.90 per student. Eligible households will receive additional benefits on June 12. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive an extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Connecticut Department of Labor

Delaware

    SNAP updates:

        Each Delaware household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 193.80 per student for March and April. Households with eligible students earned P-EBT the week of May 11. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Delaware Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information: Delaware Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

D.C.

    SNAP updates:

        Every DC household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs get additional benefits. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on May 22. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: District of Columbia Department of Employment Services

    Medicaid Information: District of Columbia Department of Health Services

Florida

    SNAP updates:

        Each Florida household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got additional benefits in May, you will get them again between June 10 and June 28. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive a maximum of $ 313.50 student. Benefits will be charged to your EBT card by June 30th. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in April, May, or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

    Medicaid Information: Florida Department of Children and Families

Georgia

    SNAP updates:

        Each Georgia household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Georgia Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information: Georgia Gateway

Guam

    SNAP Information: Guam Department of Public Health and Human Services

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    Unemployment Information: Guam Department of Labor

Hawaii

    SNAP updates:

        Each Hawaii household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            Some households will get additional benefits in June. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

    Medicaid Information: Hawaii Department of Human Services

Idaho

    SNAP updates:

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Idaho Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information: Department of Health and Welfare from Idaho

Illinois

    SNAP updates:

        Each Illinois household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 57.00 per student in March and $ 125.40 per student in April. Eligible households received additional benefits for March and April. We will update this page when we get more information on May and June. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month renewal extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Illinois Department of Economic Security

    Medicare Information: Illinois Department of Health and Family Services

Indiana

    SNAP updates:

        Each Indiana household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs get $ 319 per student at the end of May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Indiana Department of Workforce Development

    Medicaid Information: Indiana Family and Social Services Administration

Iowa

    SNAP updates:

        Each household in Iowa receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            Eligible households will get additional benefits in June during normal business hours. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Iowa Workforce Development

    Medicaid Information: Iowa Department of Human Services

Kansas

    SNAP updates:

        Every home in Kansas receives the maximum benefits allowed for the size of its home. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you earned additional benefits in May, you will get back in mid-June.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs get up to $ 291 per student. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards in the coming weeks. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Kansas Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information: Kansas Department of Health and Environment

Kentucky

    SNAP updates:

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs get additional benefits. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards, but we don’t know the date yet. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Kentucky Career Center

Louisiana

    SNAP updates:

        Each Louisiana household is receiving the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received extra benefits in May, you will get them again on June 16. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs get up to $ 285.00 per student. To receive P-EBT benefits, families with eligible children must submit an application by July 7 joined. Learn more here.

        If you received a letter telling you to reapply before April 15, your case has been temporarily extended and you will NOT receive an interview at this time. In the next few months, DCFS will send you a notice in the mail with the new date and time of the interview. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Louisiana Workforce Commission

    Medicaid Information: Louisiana Department of Health

Maine

    SNAP updates:

        Each Maine household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            Eligible households will receive additional benefits in April and May between the 11th and the 14th. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a renewal extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Maine Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information: Maine Department of Health and Human Services

Maryland

    SNAP updates:

        Each Maryland household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs get additional benefits per student. Benefits for March, April and May will be issued in June. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Maryland Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information: Maryland Department of Health

Massachusetts

    SNAP updates:

        All Massachusetts households receive the maximum benefits allowed for the size of their household. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got additional benefits in May, you will get back in early June.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs get additional benefits per student in May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive an extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance

    Medicaid Information: MassHealth

Michigan

    SNAP updates:

        Every Michigan household is receiving the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received additional benefits in May, you will get them again on June 30. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 193.80 per student for March and April and $ 182.40 per student for May and June. Eligible households got additional P-EBT benefits in late May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive an extension.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

    Medicaid Information: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

Minnesota

    SNAP updates:

        Each Minnesota household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 325.00 per eligible student. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards by May 30th. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month renewal extension. Aprread more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

    Medicaid Information: Minnesota Department of Human Services

Mississippi

    SNAP updates:

        Each Mississippi household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you got them again on June 2. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 267.90 per student for March, April and May. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards, but we don’t know the date yet. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive an extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Mississippi Department of Employment Security

Missouri

    SNAP updates:

        Every household in Missouri is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received additional benefits in May, you will receive them again during the normal hours in June. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 302.00 per eligible student for March, April and May. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards, but we don’t know the date yet. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive an extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations

    Medicaid Information: Missouri Department of Social Services

Mountain

    SNAP updates:

        Every Montana household is receiving the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive an extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Montana Department of Labor and Industry

    Medicaid Information: Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Nebraska

    SNAP updates:

        Each household in Nebraska receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received extra benefits on May 7, you will get them again on June 6. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a renewal extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Nebraska Department of Labor

Nevada

    SNAP updates:

        Every household in Nevada is receiving the maximum allowable benefits for their household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in April or May can receive an extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation

New Hampshire

    SNAP updates:

        Each New Hampshire household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs receive $ 376.20 per eligible student for March, April, May, and June, but we don’t know the date yet. Learn more here.

        Homes that were scheduled to renewing your food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: New Hampshire Job Security

    Medicaid Information: New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

New Jersey

    SNAP updates:

        Each New Jersey household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            Eligible households will get additional benefits in June during normal business hours. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 416.10 per eligible child. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT no later than June. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a renewal extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development

    Medicaid Information: New Jersey Department of Human Services

New Mexico

    SNAP updates:

        Each New Mexico household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you will get them again between June 8 and June 20. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs get additional benefits per student in mid-May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions

    Medicaid Information: New Mexico Department of Human Services

New York

    SNAP updates

        Each New York household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got additional benefits in May, you will get them again at the end of June. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 193.00 per eligible child for March and April and $ 227.00 per eligible child for May and June. Eligible educated households will receive P-EBT for March and April on June 2, and benefits for May and June at the end of June. Learn more here.

        Recertifications are postponed due to COVID-19. If you have a recertification currently scheduled or one to come, you do NOT need to recertify and your benefits will continue. You will receive a letter after a while telling you when to recertify again. Learn more here.

        NYC: You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: New York Department of Labor

    Medicaid Information (NYC): NYC Human Resources Administration

North Carolina

    SNAP updates:

        Each North Carolina household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 371.00 in two installments, beginning with the first installment in May and a second installment in early June. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive an extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: North Carolina Division of Employment Security

    Medicaid Information: North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Dakota

    SNAP updates:

        Each North Dakota household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got additional benefits in ma me, i might get them again in june. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs will receive P-EBT for March on May 9, for April on May 16, and for May on May 23. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: North Dakota Job Services

Ohio

    SNAP updates:

        Every Ohio household is receiving the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs get additional benefits. Households with eligible students can receive P-EBT by the end of May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services

    Medicaid Information: City of Warrensville Coronavirus Information

Oklahoma

    SNAP updates:

        Each Oklahoma household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

    Unemployment Information: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

    Medicaid Information: Oklahoma Health Care Authority

Oregon

    SNAP updates:

        Each Oregon household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits on May 9 or May 29, you got them again on June 11 and June 30. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 69 per student in March, $ 126.00 per student in April, and $ 120.00 per student in May. Households with eligible students will receive a combined deposit at the end of May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive an extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Oregon Department of Employment

Pennsylvania

    SNAP updates:

        Every Pennsylvania household is receiving the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received extra benefits in May, you will get them again between June 16 and June 27. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs earn up to $ 370.50 per student in March, April, May, and June. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards on May 26 and June 1. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry

Puerto Rico

    Information about PAN: Puerto Rico Department of Health

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    Information on unemployment benefit: Department of Labor and Human Resources

Rhode Island

    SNAP updates:

        Each Rhode Island household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received extra benefits on May 1, you will get them again on June 3. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 193.80 per student for March and April. Eligible households earned additional P-EBT on April 20. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training

    Informs Medicaid tion: Health Source RI

South Carolina

    SNAP updates:

        Each South Carolina household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

    Unemployment Information: South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce

    Medicaid Information: South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

South Dakota

    SNAP updates:

        Each South Dakota household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you will get them again on June 22 and July 24. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation

Tennessee

    SNAP updates:

        Each Tennessee household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in April, May or June can receive an extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Texas

    SNAP updates:

        Each Texas household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you will get them again before June 12. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs receive $ 285.00 per student in March, April, May and June. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards in May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive an extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Texas Workforce Commission

    Medicaid Information: Texas Health and Human Services

Utah

    SNAP updates:

        Each Utah household is receiving the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received additional benefits on May 31, you will receive them again on June 28. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Utah Workforce Services

Vermont

    SNAP updates:

        Each Vermont household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you received additional benefits on May 16, you will receive them again on June 16. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs receive $ 387.60 per student in March, April, May, and June. Households with eligible students will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards by May 27th. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Vermont Department of Labor

US Virgin Islands

    SNAP updates:

        Each Virgin Islands household is receiving the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive an extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: US Virgin Islands Department of Labor.

Virginia

    SNAP updates:

        Each Virginia household receives the maximum benefits allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits on May 11, you get them will again on June 17. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs will receive P-EBT on their EBT cards in the next two weeks. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Virginia Employment Commission

    Medicaid Information: Virginia Department of Social Services

Washington

    SNAP updates:

        Each Washington household receives the maximum benefits allowed for the size of its household. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            Eligible households will get additional benefits in June during normal business hours. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Washington State Department of Economic Security

    Medicaid Information: Washington State Health Care Authority

West Virginia

    SNAP updates:

        Each West Virginia household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, or May can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced-price school meal programs get additional benefits in mid-June. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: West Virginia Department of Workforce

Wisconsin

    SNAP updates:

        Each Wisconsin household receives the maximum allowable benefits for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

        Families who are enrolled in free or reduced price school meal programs get 176.70 per student for March and April and $ 148.20 per student for May and June. Households with eligible students earned P-EBT on April 27 and will do so again at the end of May. Learn more here.

        Households that were scheduled to renew their food stamp benefits in March, April, May or June can receive a 6-month extension. Learn more here.

        You can use your EBT card to order groceries online at participating stores. Learn more here.

    Unemployment Information: Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development

Wyoming

    SNAP updates:

        Every Wyoming household receives the ** maximum benefits ** allowed for its household size. Households not currently receiving the maximum amount will receive a raise.

            If you got extra benefits in May, you could get them again in June. We will update this page when we get more information.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programis the new name for the Food Stamp program. These benefits are used to buy food and help eligible low-income households in Pennsylvania obtain more nutritious diets by increasing their food purchasing power at grocery stores and supermarkets. If you are eligible, you will receive a Pennsylvania Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card which is used to make food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets.

How to Apply:

There are a couple of different ways to apply for SNAP, please choose the option that suits you. If you do not know if you are eligible, you may still apply.

You can apply for or renew your SNAP benefits online by using COMPASS. COMPASS is the name of the website where you can apply for the SNAP program and many other services that can help you make ends meet.

Or, you can file an application at your local county assistance office

  • Download an Application for SNAP benefits from the Web and return it to your local county assistance office

Application for cash assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance Benefits (English version)

Solicitud para recibir beneficios(Solicitud para recibir beneficios)

If you need help completing the application form or need more information about benefits, trained county assistance office staff can help you.

The following persons may apply:

  • The head of the household;
  • The spouse of the head of household;
  • Any other responsible household member; or
  • A designated authorized representative, who can be a friend, relative, neighbor, or anyone else the applicant trusts to go food shopping and use his/her SNAP benefits.

What are the minimum and maximum monthly benefit amounts?

Family Size12345678910Each Additional
Maximum$200$367$526$668$793$952$1052$12021352$1502+$150

Minimum benefits for eligible households range from $2 to $16.

More information about the eligibility requirements for SNAP can be found in the SNAP Handbook.

How do SNAP benefits Work?

SNAP benefits are placed in an “electronic” account that only the recipient can use. This system is called Electronic Benefits Transfer or EBT. The eligible household receives a plastic card, the Pennsylvania EBT ACCESS Card. This card allows withdrawals for food purchases at grocery stores and supermarkets. The store simply uses the EBT ACCESS card to “electronically” subtract purchases from the SNAP account. The eligible household can only spend the amount that is in the account. This is not a credit card.

What are the income eligibility requirements?

To get SNAP benefits, your income has to be under certain limits.

SNAP households may recieve deductions from their gross income for things like housing costs, child or dependent care payments, and medical expenses over $35 for elderly or disabled people.

Questions Regarding SNAP Benefits

If you have questions about SNAP you may call the Department of Public Welfare Helpline toll-free at 1-800-692-7462 (1-800-451-5886 TDD number for individuals with hearing impairments) or your local county assistance office.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326 Witten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964.  Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing , or have speech disabilities and wish to communicate with the Office of Civil Rights, may call the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 (English) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).  USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

General Information About SNAP

Mental Health Services

Mental Health services are administered through county Mental Health/Mental Retardation (MH/MR) program offices. The county MH/MR offices serve as a referral source. Most actual mental health services are delivered by local provider agencies under contract with the county MH/MR office. The county MH/MR office determines a person’s eligibility for service funding, assesses the need for treatment or other services, and makes referrals to appropriate programs to fit treatment and/or other service needs.

For a list of county MH/MR office locations and contact information visit: MH/MR Program Administrators Association of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Network of Care is a web resource which provides information and tools, such as:

  • Information & service directories for every county in Pennsylvania
  • Research library
  • Free online trainings available in multiple languages, including American Sign Language
  • Local, state and national links to goverment resources and organizations that specialize in mental health
  • Bill tracking to follow current state and federal legislation
  • Social networking
  • Secure storage of personal folders including health information, reference materials, WRAP plans and Mental Health Advance Directives

You can also find services in your county by using the Human Services Provider Online Directory

Pennsylvania’s Approach to Children’s Behavioral Health

Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP)
The current public children’s behavioral health system in Pennsylvania is based on the principles and framework developed more than 20 years ago through the Child and Adolescent Service System Program. This Introduction to CASSP describes the origins of CASSP in Pennsylvania, highlights current initiatives and services, and lists some basic children’s behavioral health services.

Student Assistance Program (SAP)
Student Assistance Program is designed to assist school personnel in identifying issues including alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and mental health issues which pose a barrier to a student’s success. The Student Assistance Program is administered by the PA Department of Education’s Division of Student and Safe School Services in partnership with the PA Department of Health’s Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Programs, and the PA Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Juvenile Justice

The system of Juvenile Justice in Pennsylvania is based on the concepts expressed by balanced and restorative justice.  This concept is based on an understanding that crime is an act against a victim and a community and that restoring victims and communities is a vital part of the process of treating young offenders, decreasing the chances that they will reoffend. More information on Balanced and Restorative Justice.

If you are having difficulty finding the information you need, please Contact DPW.

Use the links below to find information about our Youth Development Center and Youth Forestry Camp facilities. We maintain three regions:

Central Region

  • Loysville Youth Development Center
  • South Mountain Secure Treatment Unit
  • Youth Forestry Camp #3

Western Region

  • New Castle Youth Development Center
  • Cresson Secure Treatment Unit

Eastern Region

  • North Central Secure Treatment Unit
  • Youth Forestry Camp #2

Integrated Children’s Services

The Department of Public Welfare is taking a comprehensive approach to serving children, birth to 21 years of age, through programs that focus on long-term prevention, early intervention and services that support family stability, child safety, community protection and healthy child development. This comprehensive approach began in June of 2004 with the development of the Integrated Children’s Services Plan.

Integrated planning calls for all child-serving systems within a county to plan together for one system in which appropriate services can be accessed regardless of what “door” a child may initially enter. This planning process is an integral first step toward building a holistic approach to servicing the individual and family.

PA ChildStat Community Level Outcome Indicators

Bulletins available from the Bulletin Search page:

  • Integrated Children’s Services Plan FY 2011-12 (search for Bulletin #OA-10-01)
  • Child Welfare Needs Based Budget  Bulletin FY 2010-11 (search for Bulletin #3140-10-02)

The links below will also provide more information on the Integrated Children’s Services Plan.

HealthCare / Medical Assistance

Medical Assistance, also known as Medicaid, and sometimes referred to as MA, pays for health care services for eligible  individuals 
 

How to Apply for Medical Assistance

There are a couple of different ways to apply for Medical Assistance, please choose the option that suits you. If you do not know if you are eligible, you may still apply.

1. You can apply for or renew your Medical Assistance benefits online by using COMPASS.  COMPASS is the name of the website where you can apply for Medical Assistance and many other services that can help you make ends meet.

2.  You can also apply for Medical Assistance by contacting your local county assistance office.

3.  Or, you can download an application form to send to your county assistance office. If you need help completing the application form, a county assistance office staff member can help you.  Click on the link to download an application.  Application for cash assistance, SNAP and Medical Assistance Benefits (PDF download)

Solicitud para recibir beneficios (Solicitud para recibir beneficios; PDF transferencia directa)

 What if I am not eligible for Medical Assistance?

Contact your county assistance office  and a trained staff member will determine what programs may be available to you. 

Or you may explore these links to learn about additional health care programs available in Pennsylvania.

Early Intervention Services

While all children grow and develop in unique ways, some children experience delays in their development. Children with developmental delays and disabilities benefit from The Pennsylvania Early Intervention program, a state supported network of parents, service practitioners, and others which builds upon the natural learning opportunities that occur within the daily routines of a child and their family.  

Early Intervention:

  • Provides support and services to families with children birth to age five, who have developmental delays and disabilities
  • Supports services and resources for children that enhance daily opportunities for learning provided in settings where a child would be if he/she did not have a developmental delay and disability.
  • Provides families’ independence and competencies.
  • Respects families’ strengths, values and diversity.

 Early Intervention supports and services are designed to meet the developmental needs of children with a disability as well as the needs of the family related to enhancing the child’s development in one or more of the following areas:

  • Physical development, including vision and hearing
  • Cognitive development
  • Communication development
  • Social or emotional development
  • Adaptive development

Child Support Contact Information

For information about the child support process in Pennsylvania, please contact the Bureau of State Child Support Enforcement at 1-800-932-0211 or visit the Pennsylvania Child Support Program website for further information.

Pennsylvania State Collection and Disbursement Unit
(the state child support payment processing center)

  For individuals who pay or receive child support1-877-727-7238
  For employers, lien holders and title companies1-877-676-9580

The Bureau of State Child Support Enforcement also manages an online tool to assist with Pennsylvania Child Support Program services including:

  • Locating non-custodial parents
  • Establishing paternity
  • Establishing support orders
  • Enforcing support orders
  • Reviewing and adjusting support orders
  • Monitoring and distributing child support payments
  • Cooperating in interstate enforcement

Child Care and Early Learning

Increasing evidence has emerged to show that children’s learning opportunities in the years before kindergarten have an important effect on their performance in school and ultimately their ability to contribute to society as adults. Through the Office of Child Development and Early Learning, Pennsylvania is helping our children, families, teachers and communities reach their promise.

Keystone Stars

We want to make sure that early childhood programs in Pennsylvania have the tools to continually improve service to children and families. Through the Keystone STARS program and the STARS rating system, parents are assured of the quality programs for their children. You can search for a Keystone STARS program in your area.

Help with child care expenses

If you are looking for help to pay child care expenses, or if you need help figuring out how to care for and educate your young child, Child Care Works can help. For more information, call the Child Care Works helpline at 1-877-4-PA-KIDS. You can also find help and information at your local Child Care Information Services office.

We share the concern of parents the child care centers, group child care homes and family child care homes in Pennsylvania meet basic health and safety standards. Through our Certification Services Bureau, we certify and register child care facilities to make sure they meet these standards. Search for a child care provider You can find child care providers near your home or workplace using the Online Child Care Provider Search database.    Licensing and Inspection Reports You can also use the Online Child Care Provider Search to review certification information about a provider, including the provider’s certificate status, verified complaints and inspection results. If you want more information about a provider, please contact the Regional OCDEL Office that covers the county where the provider is located.

Disabilities or developmental delays

If your child is birth to five and has disabilities or developmental delays, our Early Intervention services can provide access to as many opportunities as possible to help them reach their promise. Parents interested in early intervention services may contact the CONNECT Helpline at 1-800-692-7288.