COVID-19 Resources Relating to Mental Health For Deaf, Hard of Hearing & DeafBlind Communities

COVID-19 Resources Relating to Mental Health For Deaf, Hard of Hearing & DeafBlind Communities (pdf)



Along with the below resources, further information and support can be obtained from:

DMH Statewide Coordinator for the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind and Late-Deafened

217-786-0023 Voice

217-303-5807 Video Phone

Jessena.Williams@illinois.gov 

State Resources:

The following agencies accept Medicaid and/or private insurance as payment.

Advocate IL Masonic Medical Center

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

Behavioral Health Services

928 West Nelson St

Chicago IL 60657

773-296-3260

Has culturally competent therapists and psychiatrist who works with an interpreter to provide behavioral health services

https://www.advocatehealth.com/immc/health-services/behavioral-health-care/ 

Anixter Center

2001 N Clybourne Ave

Chicago IL 60614

773-973-7900

www.anixter.org 

Psycho-social Rehabilitation Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Residential placements, Employment Assistance

Special services for deaf and hard of hearing clients include:

  • American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary building
  • Deaf and hard of hearing mental health professionals
  • Services delivered in ASL

Mt. Sinai Psychiatry and Behavioral Health-

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program

2653 West Ogden Ave

Chicago IL 60608

773-257-5300

https://www.sinai.org/content/behavioral-health

Individual and Group Therapy

Has culturally competent therapists and psychiatrist who works with an interpreter to provide behavioral health services 

Thresholds

4101 N. Ravenswood Ave.

Chicago, IL 60613

(773) 572-5500

Deaf Programs Director- Vicki Hall

Voice Phone: 773-537-3341

- Psychiatric and Medical Care

www.thresholds.org/programs-services/deaf-program


There are numerous private practice mental health professionals who are sign-fluent in Illinois. These professionals may only accept specific private insurance policies or cash for payment.

Contact the DMH Statewide Coordinator for further information.  



National Resources:

Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD) article on Resources to Manage your COVID-19 Blues:

https://www.csd.org/stories/national-deaf-therapys-resources-to-combat-your-covid-19-blues/

COVID-19: Video-Based Telehealth Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients

https://www.nad.org/covid19-telehealth-access-for-deaf-hard-of-hearing/


Centers for Disease Control:

...There are numerous ASL videos pertaining to COVID-19 resources and information. Mental Health-Related Topics Include:

Managing Anxiety

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zvxT3gBp3Yk&list=PLvrp9iOILTQatwnqm61jqFrsfUB4RKh6J&index=15&t=0s

Parents supporting Children

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jOq-8S_k7to&list=PLvrp9iOILTQatwnqm61jqFrsfUB4RKh6J&index=14&t=0s


Tips to Improve Communication with Your Deaf Teenager

https://www.nationaldeafcenter.org/news/seven-tips-improve-communication-your-deaf-teenager-during-covid-19


National Deaf Center has specific resources about mental health and well-being relating to the COVID-19 crisis:



Coronavirus Visual Tool:

...to assist Medical Professionals and Deaf and hard of hearing individuals communicate better during medical appointments. Developed by Massachusetts Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing, with contributions by Wisconsin Council for Physical Disabilities.

https://www.mass.gov/service-details/covid-19-card


Helen Keller National Center:

...Resources for Consumers who are DeafBlind and Professionals During COVID-19

https://www.helenkeller.org/hks/resources-consumers-and-professionals-during-covid-19