Storytime on Wednesday, December 14 at Western Branch has been cancelled.

Storytime on Wednesday, December 14 at Western Branch has been cancelled.

Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 has disrupted our daily lives and many people are experiencing stress, anxiety, and depression due to changes to their daily routines, loss of income, or separation from support systems.

Local, state, and national organizations are here for you. These services provide crisis intervention, education, information, and support. If you or someone you know is struggling with worry, sadness, anger, or other mental health issues, reach out to one of these professional organizations to begin receiving help today.

Table of Contents
Local Resources & Organizations
Suicide Help
Domestic Violence Help
Digital Resources
National Resources

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
Email library@sjcpl.org
Visit any library location

Local Resources and Organizations

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Call, text, or chat to talk to a local Community Resource Specialist 24/7 to find services and resources including supplemental food and nutrition programs, shelter and housing options, utility assistance, emergency information and disaster relief, employment and education opportunities, service for veterans, health care information, addiction prevention and rehabilitation programs, reentry help for ex-offenders, and support groups for individuals with mental illnesses or special needs.

The Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend Outpatient Drug and Alcohol Treatment program
Outpatient drug and alcohol addiction treatment for adults provided by experienced and credentialed counselors. This program includes individual assessments and evening and Saturday small group sessions to adults of all faiths. Catholic Charities is certified by the state of Indiana to provide outpatient addictions services. Referrals from healthcare professionals, courts, attorneys and self-referrals are accepted. This program is currently available at our South Bend office only.

Center for Hospice Care
The Center for Hospice Care offers grief and bereavement counseling and community education.

Clubhouse of St. Joseph County
Community-based center that provides adults with serious mental illness hope and opportunities to work, learn, live and reach their goals.

IUSB Wellness Rooms
Campus Wellness Rooms are individual, private rooms where students can relax at IU South Bend. Access to these rooms gives students a place to complete assignments, take care of personal matters or just have some time alone.

LGBTQ Center
The LGBTQ Center offers social groups, support groups, and is currently offering virtual support.

Mental Health Awareness of Michiana
Promotes education on a variety of mental health issues that affect the community. Provides resources and education.

My Strength
My Strength is branded as ‘a health club for the mind’ and uses an evidence-based framework to offer users an opportunity to tailor resources individually to improve and maintain mental well-being and resiliency. Free to create your account and all the info is confidential and made available through SJC Cares.

Oaklawn
Oaklawn provides a full range of mental health and addiction services for children, adolescents and adults in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties. Our services include skills training and case management, individual and group therapy, psychiatric services, intensive residential programs for youth and inpatient treatment for adults.

Oaklawn Open Access Clinics
Your ability to pay does not affect your ability to receive services at Oaklawn. Oaklawn’s Access Center specialists will work with you, and Oaklawn may even be able to help you apply for a variety of types of coverage, if eligible. They also offer an Ability to Pay Scale.

Riverbend Cancer Services
Riverbend Cancer Services improves the quality of life of cancer survivors and their families in our community through helpful advocacy, hopeful support and innovative educational programs.

Youth Services Bureau – 574-235-9231
Offering services such as emergency youth shelter, counseling in our programs, Drop In Center and programs such as transitional living programs, case management services, Safe Place presentations and sites, which are completely free to the youth. They work to help youth repair foundations which have been jolted by abuse, neglect, homelessness and lack of resources, by guiding youth into safety, ensuring they have shelter, and teaching them how to overcome various obstacles.

Suicide Help

Elkhart County Suicide Prevention Coalition
Phone: 211 to talk to an advisor

Suicide Prevention Center of St. Joseph County
Phone: 574-247-6047
United Health Services Suicide Prevention offers a Suicide Survivor support group and local outreach to survivors of suicide.

Domestic Violence Help

City of South Bend Police
Checklist and suggested actions

Domestic Violence Shelters
There are currently 3 domestic violence and abuse shelters and programs in South Bend, IN with 2 offering a hotline and 2 offering emergency shelter.

YWCA HELP | YWCA of St Joseph County | (574) 233-9491
Women’s Shelter Phone: (574) 232-9558
Location: 1102 Fellows St. South Bend, IN 46601
The YWCA of St. Joseph County is accredited by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Indiana Family and Social Service Administration for their residential and non-residential bilingual services for women and children escaping abusive relationships.

Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence | 1-800-332-7385
The ICADV works for the prevention and elimination of domestic violence—until the violence ends.

St. Joseph County Family Violence/Special Victims Unit | 574-235-7818
Location: 533 N. Niles Ave. South Bend, Indiana 46617
Hours: 8:00 – 4:30, Monday – Friday
The SVU is an investigative branch of the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office, part of a multi-disciplinary team in partnership with the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County and the CASIE Center. SVU is committed to serving families of St. Joseph County who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, or child physical or sexual abuse.

  • Assistance in filling out paperwork for protective orders.
  • 911 cellular phones
  • Individual case management/advocacy and referrals

Digital Resources

Disaster Distress Hotline
Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. Callers can also connect through 100 different languages through 3rd party translation services.

Psych Central
Psych Central is the Internet’s largest and oldest independent mental health online resource. Offers information, community forum, and support groups.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
SAMHSA: U.S. Department of Health & Human Resources. Find treatment, practitioner training, public messages, grants, COVID-19 guidance and resources and more.
Get Help – FindTreatment.gov
Millions of Americans have a substance use disorder. Find a treatment facility near you.

The Trevor Project
Provides suicide prevention and anonymous counseling for LGBT Youth by phone, chat, and text.

National Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline | 988 or 1-800-273-TALK
988 is a new national three-digit dialing code for reaching the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-TALK will also continue to be an option. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

Domestic Violence Hotline | 1-800-799-SAFE
Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET. 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org
The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.They offer a helpline, educational resources, and support groups.

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence | 1-800-537-2238
The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV) is a comprehensive source of information for those wanting to educate themselves and help others on the many issues related to domestic violence.

Crisis Text Line | Text HOME to 741741
Crisis Text Line is here for any crisis. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds, all from our secure online platform. The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.” People can also use WhatsApp. Texting might be more appealing to younger people than calling.

Last updated: 7/14/22 (Provided by Mental Health Committee)

Healthcare & Insurance

We all want to be healthy and to see our families grow and thrive. Health insurance is an important way to keep you covered. There are many Americans who are not currently covered by health insurance. If you are one of those individuals, now is the time to enroll. The Library can help!

Table of Contents
Healthcare.gov (Health insurance marketplace)
Community Health Workers
Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)
Free or reduced cost medical/dental care offices
Healthcare Providers
Medical Information Online
Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program
Connecting Kids to Coverage
COVID-19 Vaccine
COVID-19 News
COVID-19 Testing

Reach out to a librarian with any questions or for one-on-one assistance navigating these resources!

Call 574-282-4646
Email library@sjcpl.org
Visit any library location

Need Health Coverage?

Open enrollment is November 1, 2021 to January 15, 2022

Assistance with enrollment is available!
Visit GetCoveredAmerica.org or fill out the form below to make a virtual or in-person appointment.

Healthcare.gov (Health Insurance Marketplace)

Open Enrollment for 2023 Marketplace health insurance starts November 1, 2022
Healthcare.gov: Special enrollment period

  • You can now enroll in or change your Marketplace plan if you have a life event that qualifies you for a Special Enrollment Period.

Healthcare.gov:
Get ready to apply for or re-enroll in your health insurance Marketplace coverage


IN.gov: Find a Navigator
A certified navigator can assist you with the process to apply for your health insurance.


Digital Learn Course:
Using Healthcare.gov


CMS.gov resources for consumers:


Health Insurance Marketplace Calculator
Provides estimates of health insurance premiums and subsidies for people purchasing insurance on their own in health insurance exchanges (or “Marketplaces”) created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


Get Covered Connector
Need help with your health insurance application? Enter your ZIP code to find appointments with local application assisters.

Community Health Workers

The St. Joseph County Department of Health has placed Community Health Workers (CHWs) in specific neighborhoods throughout St. Joseph County to provide and connect community members to different resources. Read more here.

Please complete this form if you are in need of resources, such as transportation, food, childcare, etc. and someone will be in touch within two business days to connect and assist you.

Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)

Indiana offers several health coverage options for qualified low-income individuals and families, individuals with disabilities and the elderly with limited financial resources. Each program is designed to meet the medical needs of that specific group of individuals, and each program uses a different set of measures to determine if a person qualifies for that program.

For more information, visit the FSSA website or call 800-403-0864, for information.

How do I apply? 

  • Apply online health coverage here.
  • Apply by phone at 800-403-0864 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
  • Apply by mail (Division of Family Resources PO Box 1810 Marion, IN 46952)
    • Paper applications in English and Spanish are available at South Bend’s Division of Family Resources office located at the Commerce Center at 401 E. Colfax Ave. Suite 375 next to the East Race.

Need help?

  • Call 1-877-GET-HIP-9 (1-800-438-4479) for questions.
  • Call 1-800-889-9949 Hoosier Healthwise for questions about health plan options.
  • Make an appointment with a library staff member to help you fill out HIP forms by calling 574-282-5656 or emailing library@sjcpl.org.
  • Find a health care Navigator

What is the difference between HIP and the federal Marketplace?

Health coverage programs are available from both the federal and state governments. The federal Health Insurance Marketplace holds open enrollment period from November through January. Indiana offers health coverage called the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP). You can apply any time during the year. Both Marketplace and HIP coverage have eligibility requirements.

During the open enrollment process using the federal Marketplace, your eligibility for federal and state insurance programs will be assessed. If you are determined to be eligible for HIP, your information will be forwarded to the State of Indiana to further evaluate eligibility.

Free or reduced cost medical/dental care offices

(https://www.freedentalcare.us/ci/in-south_bend)

  • HealthLinc South Bend IUSB Campus
    • Medical – IUSB Vera Z. Dwyer Hall
      1960 Northside Blvd.
      South Bend, IN 46615
      Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Dental – IUSB Arts and Education building
      (Roger S. Pecina Dental Educational Clinic and Afdent Classrooms)
      1002 South Esther Street
      South Bend, IN 46615
      Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    • Toll Free & After Hours: (888) 580-1060
      Local Phone: (574) 307-7673
      Fax: (574) 234-4705
    • For those who qualify, HealthLinc has a sliding fee discount program to help provide high-quality affordable health care.
  • Heart City Health
    • Scenic: 148 W Hively Ave., Suite 1
      Elkhart, IN 46517
      (574) 350-2500
    • Simpson: 236 Simpson Ave
      Elkhart, IN 46516
      (574) 293-0052
    • Women’s Health: 1545 Cassopolis St
      Elkhart, IN 46514
      (574) 584-2501
  • Heart City Health Dental
    • 2100 Superior Street
      Elkhart, IN 46516
      (574) 970-1937
  • We are not a free clinic. We provide healthcare services for a fee. However, because we are a Federally Qualified Health Center, we are able to offer reduced rates to people without insurance as long as they qualify based on income. Everyone is welcome as a patient.
    • For anyone without health insurance, we offer services on a sliding-fee scale, which means you pay only what you can afford.
  • Cassopolis Family Clinic / Niles Community Health Center
    • Cassopolis Family Clinic
      261 M-62 North
      Cassopolis, MI 49031
      (269) 445-3874
    • Cassopolis Family Clinic Dental (Temporarily Closed)
    • Niles Community Health Center
      • 1951 Oak Street
        Niles, MI 49120
        (269) 262-4749
    • Niles Community Health Center Dental
      • 122 Grant Street
        Niles, MI 49120
        (269) 262-4364
    • Community Health Workers (CHW) are on staff to help patients who are uninsured enroll in Michigan Medicaid, Affordable Health Care Plans, or the Sliding Fee Discount Program.  Patients needing assistance are encouraged to meet with a CHW prior to their appointment.
    • Underinsured?  If you have Insurance with high out of pocket costs, you may be eligible for the Sliding Fee Discount Program.  Patients needing assistance are encouraged to meet with a CHW prior to their appointment.

Healthcare Providers

  • AtoZdatabases contains listings of Healthcare Professionals.
    • From the Databases page, click the link for AtoZdatabases.
    • On the main page, click the Get Started button (bottom left) for 12 Million Healthcare Professionals.
    • Use the headings on the left to search by geography and other criteria.

Medical Information Online

  • MedLine database – Information about health topics, drugs and supplements, genetics, medical tests, medications, dietary supplements, and healthy recipes
    • English and Spanish language resources
    • From the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program

  • The Indiana Pregnancy Promise Program is a free, voluntary program for pregnant Medicaid members who use opioids or have used opioids in the past. 
    • The program ensures individuals’ privacy and confidentiality.
    • The program connects individuals to prenatal and postpartum care, other physical and mental health care, and treatment for opioid use disorder. 
    • Now offering a child care benefit for all enrollees.
    • Enroll here, with FAQs
    • Community and recovery resources

Connecting Kids to Coverage

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID Vaccine Series with Robin Vida from St. Joseph County Department of Health (Feb. 2021)
Vaccines Q&A
Vaccine Myths Debunked
Vaccines: Public Health’s Greatest Achievement


FDA.gov: COVID-19 Vaccines
FDA COVID-19 Vaccine News and Updates


IN.gov: Vaccine Information and Planning
Find a vaccination site, see the Indiana Vaccine Dashboard, and read the latest vaccine news.
Myocarditis and COVID-19 vaccination fact sheet


Indiana COVID Vaccine Sites
To register, click on the icon for your local site and then “Click Here to Register.”

Individuals age 18 and older can register to receive any type of vaccine available. Parents must register and give consent for a 5- to 17-year-old and select a site that offers Pfizer vaccine. This is the only vaccine approved for ages 5-17. Parents may either go with their child to the appointment or provide written authorization that the minor may receive the vaccine if unaccompanied (IN.gov Teen Vaccine Fact Sheet)


How to Be Prepared: What to Bring When You Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine (English | Spanish)


What to expect when you get your vaccine


CDC COVID Data Tracker
Find maps and charts tracking cases, deaths, and trends of COVID-19 in the United States, updated daily by 8 pm ET


CMS.gov Coronavirus (COVID-19) Partner Resources
Resources to help you stay informed on CMS, HHS, CDC and other materials and resources available on the COVID-19 vaccine


HHS.gov COVID-19 Public Education Campaign
Sharable resources and outreach tools


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Funeral Assistance (FEMA/IN.gov)


Who is eligible to receive a vaccine?
Anyone age 6 months and older may now receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

No appointment is necessary for ages 6 months to 5 years while the registration system is updated. Please verify availability in advance by calling the site or contacting your healthcare provider.

For all other ages, please check the vaccination site details for registration information, or click here to register or call 211 (866-211-9966) if you do not have access to a computer or need assistance. You may also call the St. Joe County Public Library for assistance at 574-282-4646.

The CDC has posted a COVID-19 vaccination schedule, which includes booster doses and additional doses for people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, and vaccine recommendations for children and teens.

Please note that the FDA has also issued a statement limiting the authorized use of Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine to anyone 18 years of age and older if other approved vaccines are not available or clinically appropriate, and they would otherwise not get vaccinated.


V-safe After Vaccination Health Checker
Use your smartphone to tell CDC about any side effects after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. You’ll also get reminders if you need a second vaccine dose.


Proof of Vaccination
Access Indiana: Proof of vaccination. Scroll down to the “Indiana Vaccination Portal” tile, create an account, and download a vaccination certificate.


VaccineFinder.org
Look up your city or zip code, find an interactive map of all the places administering COVID-19 vaccines, and see which ones have vaccine doses in stock.

COVID-19 News

COVID-19 Testing

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