Very Important information
o Your utility services will NOT be shut off during this state of emergency – even if you have already received a shut-off notice. The Public Utility Commission has prohibited all Water, Natural Gas, Electric, Wastewater, and Steam utility services from terminations, as long as the “Proclamation of Disaster” (State of Emergency) issued by Governor Wolf related to the Coronavirus on March 6th is in effect. Source
o Blue Ridge Communications (Internet & Cable): has stated that they will remove data caps for all speed levels for the next 60 days (starting March 16, 2020). For customers that contact them and let us know they can’t pay their bills because of the coronavirus pandemic, customer care specialists will provide flexible payment options and they will not disconnect services or assess late fees for 60 days. Phone: 1-800-222-5377
INFORMATION FROM THE IRS: Individuals: Income tax payment deadlines for individual returns, with a due date of April 15, 2020, are being automatically extended until July 15, 2020, for up to $1 million of their 2019 tax due. This payment relief applies to all individual returns, including self-employed individuals, and all entities other than C-Corporations, such as trusts or estates. IRS will automatically provide this relief to taxpayers. Taxpayers do not need to file any additional forms or call the IRS to qualify for this relief.
Governor Wolf confirmed the first two presumptive positive cases of 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Pennsylvania. One is an adult individual from Wayne County who recently travelled to a country where COVID-19 is present, and the other is an adult individual from Delaware County who recently traveled to an area of the United States where COVID-19 is present. Both individuals are in their homes in isolation. Following the announcement, the Governor signed an emergency disaster declaration to provide increased support to state agencies involved in the response to the virus. As the commonwealth continues it preparation and response efforts, we want to ensure that you have the most up to date information and resources to protect your employees and the older adults you serve.
With that said, the most accurate and timely information regarding this outbreak is available through the Department of Health’s (DOH) Coronavirus Webpage as well the CDC’s website and social media channels. DOH is continuing to update their Coronavirus Webpage with any new information and guidance for the public. There are multiple resources on the page including a FAQ, fact sheets, infographics, information for travelers, businesses, and healthcare professionals and facilities. In addition to DOH’s website, they will also post any updates on their Facebook and Twitter pages. The following CDC link also contains resources that provide information focused on a variety of situations, including home, work, large community events/mass gatherings, healthcare settings and first responders: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html
In an effort to reduce exposure to the risk of COVID-19 all previously scheduled APPRISE appointments will be changed to telephone appointments. A Counselor will call you at the date & time arranged. New callers, please leave a message including your name, phone number and a brief reason for your call. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.
The Pike County APPRISE Program thanks you for your patience and cooperation while we work through these challenges together.
Thank you so much,
The APPRISE Coordinator Chris.
The NAMI Family - to - Family education Program.
This Free 8 week course is taught by trained NAMI members who have lived with this experience and offers education and support for families and friends of people with mental illness. The course teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need cope more effectively. Attend with other family members just like you in confidential setting.
Gain insight into how mental illness affects your relative
Take an eye-opening look inside some of today's current brain research related to mental illness.
Learn how families can become advocates for better treatments for their relatives.
Learn about the mental illness medication issues available and the latest treatment option.
Learn to cope with worry and stress: learn to focus on care for your as well as your loved ones.
many describe the impact of this program as life-changing. Join the more than 200,000 individuals just like you who have gained information, insight, understanding and empowerment. Classes fill up quickly, so contact
Next evening Family- to Family class:
Pike County Training Center April 1, 2020 call 570-342-1047 or email :
Pennsylvania Veterans Registry!
This application allows veterans, family members and people who work with veterans to connect with DMVA to request information related to the valuable state benefits, programs and services offered.
We are taking appointments for Tax Help from February into April. Call us for hours and locations. See Newsletter for more information.
If you need help paying your heating bills, or have a heating emergency
LIHEAP can help.
INCOME GUIDELINES 2019-2020
1 person…. $18,735
2 people ….$25,365
3 people…. $31,995
Add $6,630 for each additional family member
LIHEAP is a cash grant. You do NOT have to repay it.
Apply online at or call the LIHEAP hotline at 1-866-857-7095 or PA
Relay at 711 for the hearing impaired.
You will need:
Names, date of birth, social security number and proof of income for all household
members as well as a recent heating bill.
Apply between Nov 1st 2019 and Apr 10th 2020.
Applications are available at your local County Assistance Office and all of our centers.
Please call 570-775-5550 to schedule an appointment to have someone at our
Blooming Grove office assist you with your application.
Info from the APPRISE Program
Mark your calendars with these important dates for those on Medicare:
January 1, 2020: New coverage begins if you made changes to Part D Prescription
Drug Plan OR Medicare Advantage Plan.
If you kept existing coverage, any changes in your plan’s cost or benefits will begin now.
January 1-March 31, 2020: If you are in a Medicare Advantage Plan you can change to a
different Medicare Advantage Plan or switch back to Original Medicare (and join a stand-alone Medicare Prescription Drug Plan)
Call Chris 570 775 – 5550 x 1313 with questions