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SLO County Health Access Update
Connecting Children Ages 0-5 to Health Care
November 2020
Information and articles from these newsletters are housed on the San Luis Obispo County Health Access website. The website is updated frequently and is intended as a resource for professionals working with children ages 0-5 and their families. Please visit: www.slohealthaccess.org

Updates about pandemic resources are located on pages listed under the Coronavirus tab: www.slohealthaccess.org/coronavirus.html
Join us on December 10th!
Join us to learn about the challenges facing immigrant families in SLO County and explore creative solutions that can be replicated in our communities. 

Thursday December 10, 2020
10am - noon
Free pre-registration is required by December 4th.
Questions? Contact Becca Carsel, First 5 SLO County Health Access,
(805) 674-0776, becca@carselgroup.com
New Mental Health Program for Children 0 - 5
MP Health is a new First 5 partner delivering mental health and wellness support and counseling services to families with children ages 0-5. The services are virtual, bilingual, and free of charge to support families in these stressful times.

Program coordinators:
Silvia Wasjutin and Lucy Cancino
(805) 253- 2547
mphealthsb@medsecuremail.com

Parents can contact Silvia and Lucy directly for more information. Please encourage families to access this resource for the well being and resilience of both parents and young children. Download the flyer in English and Spanish.
Coping with Stress Handouts
A newly-developed resource, Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Pandemic, is available in English & Spanish.

This material is for families experiencing financial or mental health effects due to the pandemic. It shares resources and offers supportive information on ways Californians can take care of themselves and their families during the pandemic.
Local Services Updates
Mixteco COVID-19 Hotline: 805-363-0888
This Dignity Health hotline is accessible Monday - Friday, 2pm-8pm as well as Saturday and Sunday, 3pm-8pm. Questions will be answered in Mixteco regarding COVID-19 such as symptoms, quarantine requirements, and resources. Click on the image to download and share!
Dignity Health Virtual Wellness Education
Healthy for Life Wellness Program - Three sessions that include heart and stroke education, along with understanding food labels.

Addressing Chronic Health Concerns - Six sessions that include education about asthma, cancer, depression, obesity and more.

Diabetes Self-Management Workshop - An evidence-based diabetes program for those with diabetes or prediabetes.

Moms FIRST! - A bimonthly pregnancy and postpartum group facilitated by licensed mental health professionals, postpartum nurses, lactation nurses and childbirth educators.
Pandemic-EBT Extension
Delivery Handoff
Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) provides food benefits to help families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals but can't go to school to get meals. Additional P-EBT benefit cards for children who received P-EBT cards in the spring of 2020 are being mailed to families now through late December. Families do not need to apply. A second P-EBT round is also being planned to serve newly-eligible children and for the entire 2020-21 school year.

There is a dedicated hotline to help families if they have any problems with the P-EBT cards that are arriving now. The phone number and the answers to frequently asked questions about the program can be found here: https://www.cdss.ca.gov/home/pandemic-ebt
Early Start Program for Developmental Delays
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Tri-Counties Regional Center Early Start program is here to identify and treat developmental delays in children 0-3 years of age. The clinical and intake teams are fully operational. Learn more about the Early Start program here.

Please share the word that anyone may refer to our Early Start program. If you know a parent concerned about their child’s development, help them access the Connect with an Intake Coordinator web page. The Early Start program serves children newborn to age 3; no agency referral is needed.
Health Access Information at SLOHealthAccess.org
SLOHealthAccess.org has a wealth of information to help you help families, with local resources related to:
  • Coronavirus Resources    
  • Special Needs    
  • Behavioral Health
  • Immigration: safety and service access  
  • Dental
  • Prescriptions
  • Medi-Cal & Covered CA
  • Transportation
  • Parental Substance Use, and 
  • Resources to help parents advocate for services

General needs and system navigation:
Send families in need of help to their local Family Resource Center. Download the Family Resource Center Directory here

Can't find an answer? 
Let us know and we will find you the information you are looking for. For general questions about health access and health care reform, contact:
Becca Carsel, Health Access Project Director, 
at (805) 674-0776 or becca@carselgroup.com