MV Community Services (MVCS) is working with other Island healthcare organizations closely monitoring the spread and impact of COVID-19, specifically adhering to the guidance of the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital.
Given the ever-increasing impact of COVID-19, we have worked hard to determine the best way to continue to serve our clients while keeping both them and our staff as safe and healthy as possible.
MVCS staff will be working remotely until May 4. There will be a small staff on campus available for emergency needs. In all programs, staff remains available via telephone, email or telehealth technology.
WHERE DO I GO FOR HELP?
We ask that anyone seeking services to please call first (508-693-7900) so we can best direct you for services, information or support. Please do not come to any of our facilities unless directed to do so by a clinician.
MVCS’ emergency services, enhanced urgent care, and domestic and sexual violence on-call services remain available to the community.
I have a mental health or substance use disorder emergency:
- From 8:00 am – 6:00 pm: call 508-693-7900 x247.
- From 6:00 pm – 8:00 am: call our emergency services 24/7 hotline at 508-693-0032.
If have a domestic or sexual violence emergency:
- Call our 24/7 crisis hotline at 508-696-7233 (SAFE).
I need food or other essential supplies:
- Call 508-693-7900 x410.
I am an existing client at the Island Counseling Center:
- Call your clinician directly regarding new protocols. Telehealth technology and telephone support have been put in place.
I am an existing client at CONNECT to End Violence:
- Reach out to your counselor directly regarding the new protocols for continued service. CONNECT to End Violence: 774-549-9667
I am worried about my substance use and need support:
- Call 508-693-7900 x451. Our Recovery Coaches continue to support individuals with substance use disorders via phone, email and video conferencing.
In response to the most recent Early Education and Care guidelines (EEC), our Early Education and Care Center will be closed through May 4th to ensure the safety of our children, families, and staff. We recognize that the closure puts families who rely on our care in an incredibly difficult position and are working to continue to support children and families throughout this closure. If you are an essential worker with unanticipated childcare costs due to Covid-19, call (508) 693-7900 ext. 281
The MV Family Center is providing virtual programming throughout this crisis. Our staff is also available to provide individualized supports and services. Please contact Kim D’Arcy at 508-687-9182.
Our Chicken Alley Thrift Shop is closed, but are selling items online and offering curbside pickup. Click here to view online channels and follow Chicken Alley Thrift Shop on social media: Facebook and Instagram to learn about Curbside pick up.
The Island Wide Youth Collaborative is closed, but staff members remain available to support clients remotely.
Disability Services programming continues to support individuals and families throughout this period remotely. Please contact Beth Wike for immediate assistance at 508-693-7900 ext. 252
As the reports on COVID-19 changes day to day, we encourage you to stay informed by following guidance from the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital as well as the practical actions you can take to stay healthy.
Text the keyword COVIDMA to 888-777 to receive updates related to COVID-19 from state and public health officials.
Other helpful resources:
- Jane Doe has a web page with resources specific to SDV service providers, which you can find here: https://janedoe.org/covid19/.
- The Boston Public Health Commission has downloadable fact sheets in multiple languages
- Tips on talking to children about COVID-19 can be found here:
Futures without borders
- Guidance on reducing risk and exposure to COVID-19
Please note, all MV Community Services programs/events are canceled through 5/4.
Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19
The outbreak of COVID-19 may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions.
Substance Use Support Resources During COVID-19
It is important to stay connected and take care of yourself during this time. Click here for a list of virtual meetings, support groups and more.
Food Resources and Support During COVID-19
Island organizations have come together to ensure community members have access to the food they need. Visit this page for a list of current resources.