Coronavirus (COVID-19) Facility & Service Update
Information to assist with making care decisions
Disaster Program Gives Hoosiers Greater Access To Food Assistance Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana residents who need help feeding their families during the COVID-19 pandemic will have greater access to assistance from food banks and pantries through a Disaster Household Distribution program approved by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).
The disaster distribution program uses commodity foods from The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), which is administered by the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH), and is effective from today through May 14, 2020. The goal is to increase access to food assistance to those in need. Priority will be given to Hoosiers who are suffering significant economic losses.
During the COVID-19 response, food banks and partner agencies have largely shifted to drive-through distributions. Through the DHD program, current TEFAP food banks will use the network of new and existing mobile pantries to distribute food packages to families in need. It is anticipated a total of 250 sites, including mobile pantries, will assist with food distribution throughout the state, primarily in rural areas. Marion County will use Indianapolis Public School buses, community centers and a drive-through location at Gleaners Food Bank to ensure that families have easy access to food resources.
Each household receiving food through this program can receive one prepackaged 25-pound box that includes a variety of foods, including, but not limited to, canned and packaged fruits, vegetables, soups, sauces, noodles, beans, nuts, juices and meats. If frozen and/or refrigerated storage is available at a site, those items also will be distributed.
Individuals should contact their local food bank or pantry to determine whether they are participating in the DHD program. For additional information, please visit wic.in.gov or find a food pantry near you by using Indiana’s food assistance map.
Park Center Service Recognized as Essential Business
March 25, 2020 —Park Center’s mission is to restore lives. Our services are recognized as an essential business; therefore, we will remain operational during Indiana’s stay at home order. The services we provide are critically important and support a larger community healthcare system. We are relied on for the ongoing support and stability to the populations we serve. We have been, and will continue to be focused on protecting the health and safety of our employees, their families, as well as our clients and their families.
Here are some steps Park Center has taken to support these efforts.
- We are complying with Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order as much as possible by providing telehealth services to the extent in which compliance guidelines will allow.
- We are deploying extra technical tools with cell phones and tablets to further support outreach to our clients to limit face-to-face sessions.
- We suspended in person visitation to all residential homes and put in place video chat to enable our clients to stay in touch with family as we know how important family play in the treatment plans our clients are under.
- We have eliminated large meetings and maintain a strict 10 person or less gathering keeping the safe distance rule.
- Meetings that can be done by teleconferencing have been conducted as such.
- We have created alternative processes to follow in the case where staff do not have time off to cover absences in their time of need.
Park Center Uses Technology to Prevent the Spread of Coronavirus
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 — Park Center will be moving to telehealth services in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our community.
Park Center is not closing. We will continue to provide treatment during this time, and will continue to take new clients via phone and/or video technology.
If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, we will continue to provide in-person services at our Walk-In Clinic, located at 2710 Lake Avenue, Fort Wayne, or (260) 471-9440.
If you are scheduled for an injection, please plan to come to your scheduled location as normal.