Assemblyman Schmitt Covid-19 Mental Health, Substance Abuse and Domestic Violence Resource List

Washingtonville, NY -- Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt (R,C,I-New Windsor) has put out the following resource list for those struggling with mental health issues, substance abuse issues or in a domestic violence situation during the COVID-19 crisis.

Mental Health and Substance Use Help

Access: Supports For Living will be launching a Virtual Mental Health and Substance Use Urgent Care. Therapy, psychiatry, and peer support services will be available by phone and through telemedicine, 24/7 to adults and children, regardless of insurance or ability to pay.

For help, call 888-750-2266, option 2.

The Orange County Crisis Call Center connected people in need of support for mental illness, substance use, developmental disability, sexual assault, or who need information/referrals with trained professionals can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-832-1200.

Text4Teens can be reached via text message for teens in need 24/7 at 845-391-1000.

The Rockland County Department of Mental Health can be reached at 845-364-2955 if anyone is experiencing anxiety and needs to talk to someone.

New York State Help Hotline: 1-844-863-9314 mental health professionals, crisis counseling related to mental health consequences of disease outbreaks and coping skills.

Domestic Violence Help

If you are worried about having to self-isolate from COVID-19 in a dangerous home situation or quarantine with an abuser, please reach out and contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline by calling 1-800-700-7233 or chat at or call the Orange County Fearless 24-Hour Hotline at 845-562-5340. Orange County Fearless offices are currently closed but the emergency shelter is still open. Rockland County 24-Hour Crisis Hotline is 845-634-3344.

The CDC recommends trying some of the following things to cope with feelings of stress and anxiety during the Coronavirus outbreak:

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.

  • Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
  • Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

Assemblyman Colin J. Schmitt stated, “There are many resources available for anyone who may be struggling during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. This outbreak has been a very stressful and overwhelming time and if you find it difficult to cope with free immediate help is available 24/7. Please take advantage of the available resources if you find yourself in need of assistance. I will continue to work around the clock and keep my constituents up to date on the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak.”