Last updated: May 5, 2020
Last week, the New York State court system continued to expand the operations of its virtual courts beyond the limited category of essential and emergency matters, allowing certain pending “nonessential” proceedings to be heard by video or telephone. Nevertheless, the existing prohibition on the filing of new, nonessential matters, or filing of papers by parties in pending nonessential matters, will continue. (For the most current information on the courts, check their Web site.)
This does not mean that the need for legal aid during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic has diminished; if anything, it is even more pressing. While their physical offices may be closed, most legal assistance organizations remain committed to serving their clients through this health emergency. The Pace Women’s Justice Center (PWJC), for instance, remains fully operational, albeit remotely; and while they cannot accommodate walk-in consultations, they have two phone numbers you can call for legal guidance: 914-287-0739 and 914-422-4188. Attorneys are there to provide assistance with a variety of legal issues, from safety, Orders of Protection, custody, visitation, support, and divorce; to wills, Powers of Attorney, health-care proxies, and immigration. And if you feel that you have been the victim of a COVID-19 scam, or you are feeling unsafe at home because others are not abiding by social distancing rules—especially if you are over 60—they can help. The PWJC has also put together this directory of other legal and mental health resources in Westchester.
WESTCHESTER COUNTY OFFICE FOR WOMEN (OFW) (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM)
White Plains tel.: 914-995-5972 (English) / 914-995-6581 (Spanish)
Yonkers tel.: 914-231-2882
FAMILY JUSTICE CENTER (FJC)
For assistance, tel.: 914-995-1880
WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PROBATION
White Plains tel.: 914-995-4762
Any person seeking an OP should contact Probation at the number above before going to court.
WHITE PLAINS FAMILY COURT
HOPE’S DOOR (24/7)
LEGAL SERVICES OF THE HUDSON VALLEY (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM)
Intake tel.: 877-574-8529
Mount Vernon tel.: 914- 813-6811
Peekskill tel.: 914-402-2192, ex. 193 / 159
White Plains tel.: 914-949-1305, press 0 for the operator or ex. 100 / 127
Yonkers tel.: 914-376-3757, press 0 for the operator
THE LOFT: LGBT COMMUNITY SERVICES CENTER (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM)
Helpline tel.: 914-948-2932, ex. 13
MAKE THE ROAD NEW YORK (Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM)
Services include Immigration Legal, Family Law Legal, Employment Legal, and Health Advocacy.
MY SISTER’S PLACE
Hotline (24/7) tel.: 800-298-7233
Intake (counseling, safety planning, advocacy) tel.: 914-358-0333, ex. 201
Legal Intake (family law or immigration) tel.: 914- 358-0333, ex. 201 or 914-683-1333, ex. 108
PACE WOMEN’S JUSTICE CENTER (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM)
Legal Helpline tel.: 914-287-0739
Legal Clinic tel.: 914-422-4188
PUTNAM NORTHERN WESTCHESTER WOMEN’S SHELTER
Hotline (24/7) tel.: 845-628-2166
VICTIMS ASSISTANCE SERVICES OF WESTCOP
Helpline (24/7) tel.: 914-345-9111 (press #2 for Spanish)
WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER
Sexual Assault Abuse and Victims Empowerment (SAAVE) Program 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline tel.: 833-220-2444
WOMEN’S ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT CENTER (WEDC)
Small business information & help.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH (Monday–Friday, 8 AM–8 PM)
tel.: 914-995-1900 (Number is checked regularly on off hours and throughout the weekends. People will receive a call back.)
COVID-19 Text Support Line: 914-461-7281
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH HOTLINE
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS)
District Offices will remain open for emergency walk-in assistance as needed, using appropriate social distancing.
UNITED WAY 2-1-1
WELL-BEING RESOURCE INFORMATION:
THE MENTAL HEALTH EMPOWERMENT CENTER / RISE CENTER
Extended hours for MHEP Peer Support line and 24/7 online peer support meetings.
Online Peer Support Group for individuals living with mental health challenges or social isolation.
“Social isolation does not mean you are alone.” Anyone and everyone is able to join this online peer support group as of March 27 at 6 pm.
For Zoom link and password, please call the office at: 914-664-3444 or e-mail one of the facilitators:
Victor at: email@example.com
Hussein at: HRazi-Bey@mhepinc.org
John at: firstname.lastname@example.org
MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION OF WESTCHESTER
SAINT VINCENT’S CRISIS PREVENTION RESPONSE
WESTCHESTER INDEPENDENT LIVING CENTER
Online gatherings for mutual peer support and discussion for people with disabilities.
WESTCHESTER JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES (WJCS)
Grief counselors tel.: 914-761-0600 (Monday–Friday, 9 AM–5 PM)
WJCS’s Trager Lemp Center provides therapy for adults and kids affected by family violence, and continues to treat patients, using TeleHealth.
Hartsdale clinic tel.: 914-949-7699
Peekskill clinic tel.: 914-737-7338
Mt. Vernon clinic tel.: 914-668-8938
Yonkers clinic tel.: 914-423-4433
Follow the prompts, and a member of our TLC staff will get back to the caller.
NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS (NAMI) OF NYC-METRO
Online peer support groups.
OTHER IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
Medicaid eligibility processes during the COVID-19 emergency period.
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS
Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
NY STATEWIDE CHILD ABUSE REGISTRY
NEW YORK STATE COVID-19 HOTLINE
For questions about COVID-19 testing, tel.: 888-364-3065
If you think you may be infected and have symptoms, tel.: 855-626-7662
NEW YORK STATE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE