COVID - 19 Resources Page

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NEMCSA is working hard to provide you with the best resources available. 


State of Michigan Launches Online Map of Free Wi-Fi Hotspots 
to Help Residents Lacking Access to Broadband Internet 

LANSING, MICH.  The State of Michigan, in partnership with the Connected Nation Michigan, released a statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map today to assist residents who currently lack internet access at home.    




Governor Whitmer and Headspace launch website to Offer Free Mental Health Resources During COVID-19 Pandemic.

Read more information HERE

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.  Michigan businesses and operations must temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life, and all Michiganders must stay in their homes unless they’re a part of that critical infrastructure workforce, engaged in an outdoor activity, or performing tasks necessary to the health and safety of themselves or their family, like going to the hospital or grocery store.

For a summary of what not to do, please visit Michigan’s coronavirus website HERE.

Resources that deal with anxiety and COVID for parents:

How To Talk To Your Kids About Coronavirus (via PBS) (Hold Ctrl button and click on link)

"Rest is Best" Strategy Song (VIDEO)

Germs Germs Go Away With Handwashing (VIDEO)

Crisis Services are available for everyone in the community. A crisis is self-defined – YOU determine if it is a crisis. Learn More

Call us if an individual is…

  • Experiencing out-of-control behaviors that place him/herself at risk of harming self or others,
  • Expressing thoughts of suicide,
  • Experiencing severe stress that is resulting in a significant decline in daily and/or family functioning, or
  • You just don’t know what else to do.

The NLCMHA Warm Help Line is a non-emergency number for people who are experiencing stress, anxiety or depression during the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to speak to a mental health professional. Call 800-492-5742 during business hours for support.  

MDHHS has also launched a new “warmline” operated by Certified Peer Support Specialists to aid persons with mental health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The warmline will operate seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m., at  888-PEER-753 (888-733-7753). Individuals calling the warmline will be provided with support by peers who have their own lived experience with mental health issues. The peers will provide wellness supports and a listening ear.

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DHHS Updates 4-23-20

MDHHS is able to help with the coordination when families are in crisis and they have developed a network of community partners who can help out when challenging situations arise in our communities. 

Cash Assistance                                                          Assets Declaration 

Child Development + Care (CDC)                              Assistance Application

Food Assitance Program                                           New Application

Healthcare Coverage                                                 Retroactive Medicaid Application 

State Emergency Relief

Consumers Energy Updates:

Consumers Energy wants to continue to provide meaningful and timely support with utility bills and other challenges created by the pandemic.  Additionally, we are here to help businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic and the attached flyer provides more information and additional resources that may be available at the state and federal levels.  If there are questions or if businesses need assistance from Consumers Energy regarding bills and additional short term resources, please contact 1-800-805-0490.   

Small Business Relief Info

One resource you’ll find is the Michigan Small Business Relief Program that has been promoted recently by many Chamber of Commerce’s and Michigan Works offices in our region.  Below are the links to the three Economic Development Organization’s (EDO’s) that are serving the northeast Michigan region and can assist you further.  

Otsego County Economic Alliance - Otsego, Crawford, Roscommon, Montmorency, Ogemaw and Oscoda County’s.  Application deadline is Friday April 3, 2020 

Target Alpena - Otsego, Crawford, Roscommon, Montmorency, Ogemaw and Oscoda County’s.  Application deadline is Friday April 3, 2020

Saginaw Future - Arenac, Bay, Midland, and Saginaw County’s.   Application deadline is Wednesday April 1, 2020

Consumers Energy to Suspend Shutoffs for Seniors, Low Income Customers in Wake of COVID-19. 

Media Contacts: Katie Carey, 517-740-1739, or Roger Morgenstern, 517-499-6320
For more information about Consumers Energy, go to

Full News Release HERE

Get Help With Your Energy Bill HERE

Seniors Can Count On Us HERE

Michigan Works! Service Centers Now Open "By Appointment Only"

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19, until further notice all Michigan Works! Northeast Consortium offices will be open by appointment only. Please call ahead.
Alpena 989-356-3339
Alcona 989-736-6082
Cheboygan 231-627-4303
Gaylord 989-732-3886
Grayling 989-348-8709
Mio 989-826-6107
Onaway 989-733-8548

UIA, Michigan Works! Urge Residents to Avoid Offices and Use Online Resources- Read more HERE

Governor Whitmore's Executive Orders and Directives