As our families, communities and nation work through this situation, LINC is here to provide you with specific information relating to Idaho and disability issues. Although our offices are physically closed, LINC is still working hard to provide resources and help.

We make every effort to provide accurate information. We will also continue to build this page as the situation changes. Please check back as your needs change as well.

General COVID-19 Information 

Need help paying rent?

Need help paying rent? IHFA’s Housing Preservation Program may be able to help. Click HERE to visit their website for more information.

Covid Help Now Hotline info

Call or Text 986-867-1073 or Toll Free 866-947-5186 

8am to 8pm MT, 7 days a week 

www.ioem.idaho.gov/covidhelpnow 

About COVID Help Now: 

As Idahoans feel the many impacts of COVID-19, the need for behavioral health support and services increases.  

The COVID Help Now Line offers statewide support for anyone challenged by the stress associated with this global pandemic. 

  • Available via phone, text, or chat. Callers may also leave a message during off hours and receive a return call the following day. 
  • Anonymous. Responders do not classify, label, or diagnose people, and no records or case files are kept. 
  • Accessible to hearing and speech impaired via TTY and TRS services. 
  • Help you understand your current situation. 
  • Provide language assistance and interpreter services. 
  • Help reduce your stress and provide emotional support. 
  • Help you with your immediate crisis needs and connect you with community resources. 
  • Help you identify coping strategies. 

State of Idaho’s Coronavirus page

This is the Governor’s plan for our state as we manage this COVID-19 epidemic. Many people with disabilities have physical conditions where COVID-19 poses a higher risk to them. Therefore, they are considered part of the “vulnerable population” in the order and recovery plans. Here is more specific information about what it means —

State of Idaho – Official Resource Page for Covid-19

The Stages of Re-Opening as well as requirements for business and updated information about that process can be found at their website: 

Stages of Re-Opening – Idaho Rebounds

Questions about COVID-19?

Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW) has announced a new toll-free number for Idahoans to call with questions.

Visit: https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/contact/

or call: 1-888-330-3010

Available Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

State Independent Living Council

Our State Independent Living Council (SILC)’s website has links to information on disability-specific help, mental health resources, as well as getting your basic needs met. 

Idaho SILC

Crush the Curve Idaho

Providing COVID-19 testing to workers deemed essential during this global pandemic.

Click here to visit their website.

Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS)

For participants and providers in the HCBS programs, there is a website for you with COVID-19 Updates. Click the link below to visit their site for more information.

Idaho Dept of Health & Welfare

Caregiver Information

A great resource for those caring for others during this time. They cover a variety of topics including new COVID-19 symptoms, keeping those with Alzheimer’s safe from COVID-19 and more. Please check out their blog.

In the Know

Basic Information plus Questions and Answers 

From the World Health Organization, the people working on the COVID-19 issue worldwide: 

World Health Organization

Puzzled by the words people are using during this time?

This website gives good, basic definitions of terms we hear a lot lately… 

Hopkins Medicine

How to Prepare 

This is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) specifically on COVID-19. Links to find local information, how to avoid scams, signs & symptoms, having a plan, etc.  Even if you have not been able to prepare before now, it’s never too late!

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Beware of Scams! 

There is a lot of misinformation about what our government agencies are doing and not doing during this crisis. Please be aware that Social Security payments will continue as they have. Do not try to visit government offices without calling first; most are closed to in-person visits to help stop the spread of the virus. Government office staff are still working to answer calls and emails. 

Social Security Administration

Need answers about your Social Security benefits during this time? Click here to be directed to their website.

US Dept of Health and Human Services

“The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“Scammers are offering COVID-19 tests to Medicare beneficiaries in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, the services are unapproved and illegitimate.(from the HHS website) Click here to read the full article and find out how to report fraud.

FEMA’s Coronavirus Rumor Control

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also has a webpage with good information about what is and is not happening regarding food and supplies, stay-home orders and more. Click here to visit their webpage for more information.