COVID-19 Resources

Resources for Families During the COVID-19 Closures

Child Care Information

For all parents who are considered essential workers, check out these important child care resources:


COVID-19 and Child Care in Pennsylvania



This site includes information on child care centers that are currently open and accepting the children of essential workers.

New COVID-19 Supports for Mental Health

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has launched the statewide Support & Referral Helpline staffed by skilled and compassionate caseworkers who will be available 24/7 to counsel Pennsylvanians struggling with anxiety and other challenging emotions due to the COVID-19 emergency and refer them to community-based resources that can further help to meet individual needs.


The toll-free, round-the-clock support line is available at. 1-855-284-2494. For TTY, dial 724-631-5600.



Many other resources also remain available to Pennsylvanians in need of support, including:


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Crisis Text Line: Text “PA” to 741-741
  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
  • United Way of Pennsylvania: Text your zip code to 898-211 for resources and information in your community.

Information from Representative Tom Murt

State Representative, Dr. Tom Murt, provides information for families struggling during the COVID-19 outbreak. From unemployment benefits to information for local businesses, check out his official site for more information.


Representative Tom Murt

PA Benefits

Do you need to apply for benefits? From Medical Assistance, Cash Assistance, and SNAP, the Department of Human Services has a one-stop portal for obtaining benefits for you and your family members.


Department of Human Services Website

Office of Special Education and Student Services

Dr. Michelle Lutz, Director of Special Education and Student Services

mlutz@umtsd.org


Mrs. Valerie Adair, Supervisor of Special Education

vadair@umtsd.org