The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) has received nearly $1 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to offer free crisis counseling to any Iowan who has been affected, in any way, by the COVID-19 public health emergency. The program, called COVID Recovery Iowa, is now available. Counseling will take place via virtual sessions, chat, or phone call. People of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn new strategies to cope with the effects of the pandemic in a variety of creative ways.

Iowans can access services through the following options:

– Call (800) 447-1985 to connect with a counselor specializing in rural issues and agriculture 24 hours a day, seven days a week

– Call the Iowa Warm Line, (844) 775-9276, to connect with a peer counselor or request to get in touch with a COVID Recovery Iowa counselor

– Visit www.COVIDrecoveryiowa.org and complete a contact form and a counselor will get back to you

DHS has contracted with providers throughout the state to provide counseling, virtual activities, referrals, and help finding resources. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce additional programs in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.