COVID Recovery Iowa grant extended through end of 2021

Iowa State University Extension
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AMES, Iowa – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has extended COVID Recovery Iowa's grant through December.

The grant was last set to expire at the end of May. The Iowa Department of Human Services administers COVID Recovery Iowa, and five providers, including Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, operate it across the state.

COVID Recovery Iowa offers free virtual counseling and assistance to any Iowan. An additional $154,704 was provided to ISU Extension and Outreach to maintain its outreach, educational and virtual crisis counseling services as a part of this project.

COVID Recovery Iowa first became available to all Iowans when the national emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic was declared on March 13, 2020. Since that time, the initiative has been helpful in distributing information on COVID-19, as well as providing Iowans with mental health resources during this difficult time.

COVID Recovery Iowa provides Iowans with information on resources such as housing, utilities and food security. The program also offers groups and activities on their dedicated social media platforms including their COVID Recovery Iowa Facebook page.

All services are free of charge to all Iowans in all 99 counties. Services also can be accessed by contacting the Iowa Concern Hotline at (515)477-1985, the Iowa Warm Line at (844)775-9276 or the Spanish Line at (531)800-3687.  

“COVID Recovery Iowa services are still available to help guide anyone impacted by COVID-19 to resources,” said David Brown, behavioral health state specialist with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. “We are still here offering stress counseling, outreach and other supportive services. We continue to provide information about COVID-19 because the disease continues to impact Iowans.”

Visit https://covidrecoveryiowa.org/ for more information.

Other resources

Iowa Concern, offered by ISU Extension and Outreach, provides confidential access to stress counselors and an attorney for legal education, as well as information and referral services for a wide variety of topics.

With a toll-free phone number, live chat capabilities and a website, Iowa Concern services are available 24 hours a day, seven days per week at no charge. To reach Iowa Concern, call (800)447-1985; language interpretation services are available. Or visit the website, www.extension.iastate.edu/iowaconcern/, to live chat with a stress counselor one-on-one in a secure environment. Or email an expert regarding legal, finance, stress, or crisis and disaster issues.