PRESQUE ISLE – Aroostook County Action Program (ACAP) has been designated to provide additional social supports for individuals asked to quarantine related to Covid-19.
Staying apart from people for a period of time to protect the public health is a challenge for all, let alone for those who may have low incomes or struggle with housing, food security, transportation, mental or substance use disorders, or access to affordable healthcare and childcare. To address these challenges, the Maine Department of Health and Human Services is expanding funding for social supports designated for people isolated or quarantined because of exposure to COVID-19 by partnering with Maine Community Action Partnership (MeCAP) member agencies across the state, including ACAP to cover all of Aroostook County. Once finalized, these arrangements will offer individuals in isolation or quarantine social supports, coordinated remotely, such as delivered meals, prescriptions, and behavioral health counselling.
“Because of the great work and passion of our talented and dedicated staff, ACAP has been the go-to resource for County residents seeking assistance for a multitude of needs for nearly five decades,” said ACAP Executive Director/CEO Jason Parent. “This is a natural extension of that work, and truly represents the leading role we have played in this regard since the pandemic first impacted our region in mid-March. We are pleased to be able to assist our fellow County residents and are appreciative of state leaders who recognize our leading role as a key partner in this regard.”
ACAP anticipates that this effort will be led by a new team of navigators, with additional support from coaches and program staff across the agency as needed. “Community Action Agencies, including ACAP, currently work to ensure our friends and neighbors are connected with necessary services that help them to meet basic needs. This partnership allows our agency and those like us, from around the state, to respond to the emerging needs in our community”, said Jamie Chandler, Chief Operating Officer at ACAP.
Aroostook County Action Program continues to accept new clients as well as serve existing clients through a vast array of programming. To learn more about available services available contact the ACAP Team at 207-764-3721.
Aroostook County Action Program provides the people of Aroostook County with services and resources that help individuals and families achieve greater economic independence. As a leader, or in partnership with others, ACAP provides guidance to the community in responding to emerging human needs in the areas of community health, early care and education, energy and housing, and workforce development services.