Next Round of LISC Rural Relief Small Business Grants Open from January 26th through February 2nd 2021
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) is offering Rural Relief Small Business Grants for up to $20,000. Grants support small businesses and enterprises affected by COVID-19 across the country, especially those in underserved communities, including entrepreneurs of color, women- and veteran-owned businesses that often lack access to flexible, affordable capital. Applications are being accepted in “rounds” and a new application for each round must be submitted to be considered for funding in that round. The next application round is January 26 through February 2.
Visit https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/rural-relief-small-business-grants for more information.
The New Mexico Department of Health today announced that the DOH hotline now offers support for questions surrounding vaccine registration.
Nearly 300,000 New Mexicans have registered for vaccine at the state’s website: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org
The registration process is straightforward: users create a profile, enter health and other information, and then wait to receive notification from DOH when vaccine is available to them.
Users who have questions or would like support with the registration process – including New Mexicans who do not have internet access – can dial 1-855-600-3453, press option 0 for vaccine questions, and then option 4 for tech support.
Users who have other vaccine-related questions can call 1-855-600-3453 and simply press option 0 for vaccine questions.
“New Mexico is working to deliver the vaccine as quickly and efficiently as possible. We encourage everyone to register – and we are pleased to provide in-person support to assist with that process,” said Dr. Tracie Collins, Secretary-Designate of the New Mexico Department of Health.
Please use this registration system to schedule your COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster. https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/
The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) is leading the State of New Mexico’s COVID-19 Vaccination Preparedness Planning in close collaboration with other state agencies, public, private and tribal partners throughout the state. For general covid vaccination information visit https://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Tuesday announced New Mexicans may now order free, at-home, self-administered COVID-19 saliva tests, with accurate laboratory-confirmed results returned within 24-48 hours of receipt of the sample.
The free tests are available to New Mexico residents regardless of exposure risk– whether they are symptomatic or asymptomatic, and whether they have come into close contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual or not.
Any New Mexican with access to online video-conferencing through Zoom can receive a test at home, self-administer the test with a virtual testing supervisor through a secure Zoom, and mail the sample back for laboratory processing, all free of charge.
The breakthrough in testing convenience for New Mexicans is a result of a public-private partnership between the state and Vault Health.
To order a test, and for more information, visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nm/.
“We need more New Mexicans to get tested,” said Gov. Lujan Grisham. “We’ve worked hard every single day this year to make testing fast, easy and accessible to everyone. We ensured, from the very start, that cost would not be an obstacle for New Mexicans needing a COVID-19 test. And right now testing is one of the best ways to get New Mexico from ‘red’ to ‘green.’ We can drive down county positivity rates, help more businesses and workers get safely back on their feet, and keep more New Mexicans healthy. But it all starts with you, and it starts with getting a test. This is a very, very promising development.”
“Testing is an absolutely essential tool in our fight against the virus,” said Health Secretary-designate Tracie C. Collins, M.D. “When we know who’s positive, we can isolate the virus and cut down on transmission. New Mexicans should have every confidence in the testing our state makes available. We will get through this crisis together, and testing is one of our best strategies for managing the pandemic.”
“When more New Mexicans get tested, we can understand better the scope of viral spread in our state,” said Human Services Secretary David Scrase, M.D. “We can fight the virus more effectively when we know where we stand in every community across New Mexico. I hope New Mexicans take advantage of this simple and accessible means of testing – and continue to undertake all COVID-safe behaviors in their day-to-day lives.”
Only a photo identification, email address and an internet connection – in order to connect via online video-conferencing with a testing supervisor while self-administering the test – are required to request an at-home test.
Individuals requesting a test will be required to share basic identifying information, like a date of birth, phone number and name. Individuals will be asked for insurance information, as well, but the testing will not cost you; the test will be sent free of charge even if a requester does not have insurance.
The test will be sent via expedited shipping. Once the test is received, the individual must log onto the Vault virtual waiting room, via Zoom, to connect with a testing supervisor while self-administering the saliva sample.
The test will then be sent for laboratory verification via a prepaid UPS package. Within 24 to 48 hours of arrival at the lab, results will be available to the patient. Please note that test pick-ups and deliveries may be affected by UPS holiday hours.
The state of New Mexico continues to make free in-person testing available at dozens of sites statewide each day. To find a testing location near you, visit togethernm.org.
For more information on the free at-home test kits, visit learn.vaulthealth.com/nm/.
Know your rights as a worker during the pandemic. You have rights to paid sick leave and family leave during the Covid 19 crisis. Find information about your rights, programs to help families, and advocacy to ensure that all New Mexicans have access to critical services at New Mexico Poverty Law Center. For Eviction Rights, Worker Rights, and Support Programs go to www.nmpovertylaw.org/covid-19-resources
A new digital resource, 5-Actions Program™ (NM5actions.com) is designed to help adults (18
years of age and older) address challenges associated with alcohol, other drugs, and behavioral addictions (e.g.,
gambling, sex, technology, food) is free for residents of New Mexico, announced the New Mexico Crisis and
Access Line (NMcrisisline.com) in partnership with ProtoCall Services, Inc., and with Digital Therapeutics
Group LLC. The funding for the program is provided by the New Mexico Human Services Department,
Behavioral Health Services Division.
“The 5-Actions Program offers an important, scientifically-based resource to all New Mexicans looking for an
immediately available resource to help them evaluate, and if they so choose, to take action that can alter a
pattern of substance use creating problems for them or their families,” said Behavioral Health Services Division
Director Neal A. Bowen, PhD. “It also offers the potential of supplementing the efforts of therapists, emergency
departments, and peers to accompany people undertaking the challenging path of change. We are pleased to
offer this unique resource to all our neighbors in the state at no cost to them.”
The program comes at a critical time with COVID-19 increasing rates of substance use and overdose. An
important benefit is that it can be accessed 24/7 from the safety of one’s home. It also helps address the
significant gap in those who could benefit from an intervention, but are unable to access care.
Violence In Your Home Is a Crime.
Here Are The Resources to Help
|If You Have A Disability and You Feel Unsafe, You Can Get Help…Do you have enough food to eat? Is your family member or caregiver treating you poorly? If you are not receiving care by the person who is supposed to take care of you or the necessities you need, you can get help today. You can call a family member or any agency below that can get you to a safer place immediately. Verbal or physical abuse isn’t acceptable treatment. You have options available despite what you may be thinking or hearing. We have a public health order in place but that doesn’t mean you have to remain in a living situation where you feel badly. Please consider calling the resources below if you fear for your life. Reach out today, you are not alone. |
For emergency situations, call 911.
If emotional or physical abuse is occurring, it is an emergency situation. New Mexico Crisis and Access Line at (855) 662-7474
New Mexico Adult Protective Services at (866) 654-3219
New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence at (505) 246-9240
National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-7233 Albuquerque Women’s Resource Center at (505) 242-7033
800 S. Robert Street
Silver City, NM 88061
El Refugio CRISIS HOTLINE
Toll Free: 1-888-538-2125 Child Abuse Hotline at (505) 841-6100
If You Just Want Someone to Hear You Out Call the Peer-to-Peer Warmline at (855) 466-7100· available to talk every day from 3:30p – 11:30p MT· available by text from 6:00p – 11:00p MT
If you are experiencing a Financial Hardship and you need assistance with Food, Rent, Utilities, Medical Care or etc. please go to:https://www.newmexico.gov/i-need-assistance/