This page was updated on August 29, 2020.

There is so much information available online about COVID-19, and we’ve shared some relevant links and COVID-19-related content below. We cannot emphasize enough the need for the basics of infection control:

  1. Wash your hands regularly or use hand sanitizer,
  2. Avoid touching your face,
  3. Maintain as much social distance as you realistically can from others, and
  4. Stay home and call if you are ill (fever, cough, shortness of breath, or flu-like symptoms).

VERY IMPORTANT: If you have a fever and cough and are not having difficulty breathing, call your primary care provider so they can assess if you need to be seen or if you can should stay at home.

We are adjusting our procedures in all services and Navigation Center (888-793-3500) to screen for illness, and we will maintain services by phone and in person in the timeliest, most appropriate means possible.


"Talk It Out" Hotline to Help Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers who need help managing the stress and increased needs resulting from caring for their children during the COVID-19 crisis are invited to call Connecticut’s new “Talk It Out” hotline.

An initiative of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, the hotline provides support from a network of trained professionals, including Wheeler, who will listen and speak with people about their concerns and, if additional help is needed, make referrals to responsive services, including Mobile Crisis Intervention Services.

Call 1-833-258-5011 or visit

COVID-19 and Basic Needs Resources for Individuals Served by Wheeler Community Justice Programs

Bristol Area AA Online Meeting Resources
Bristol COVID-19 Resources Guide
Employers Currently Hiring in Bristol

Enfield COVID-19 Resources Guide

Meriden COVID-19 Resources Guide

Middletown COVID-19 Resources Guide
NA Phone and Online Meetings in Middletown and Statewide

New Britain
New Britain Area COVID-19 Resource Guide

Intimate Partner Violence Resources

General COVID-19 Resources and Information from Wheeler

The content below includes perspectives and insights from Wheeler clinicians, administrators, case managers, and other professionals to help individuals, families, and communities to navigate during this challenging time.

Top Workplaces: Sabrina Trocchi preaches transparency amid a pandemic at Wheeler Clinic

Wearing a blue surgical mask, Sabrina Trocchi stood outside the Susan Walkama Health and Wellness Center at the Wheeler Clinic’s expansive Hartford campus, not far from the center’s COVID-19 testing site. Trocchi, a former chief of staff with the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services a.nd previously Wheeler’s chief operating officer, was promoted to president and CEO in November 2019. Four months later, the coronavirus pandemic tested virtually everything she knew about leadership.

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The Back-to-School Season and COVID-19: Addressing Anxiety in Children and Youth

As families everywhere prepare for the return to school amid the COVID-19 crisis, there are many issues to consider and address, including back-to-school anxiety on the part of children, adolescents, or teens. Kim Nelson, chief program officer, Wheeler, shares some strategies for addressing your child's anxiety amid the uncertainty.

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COVID-19: Loving Foster Homes Needed for Children and Youth

Now, more than ever, loving foster homes are needed for hundreds of children and youth in Connecticut. In a short video, Wheeler's Allison Casinghino, foster care specialist, and Sharon Pendleton-Ponzani, LCSW, director, Community-based Family Services, highlight the pressing need for foster families amid the COVID-19 crisis.

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The COVID-19 Pandemic and Challenges for Young Professionals

For young professionals, the COVID-19 crisis is taking its toll in areas ranging from working remotely, to limited travel and social engagement, to worries about the safety of parents and other loved ones, and more. There are things that young professionals can do to manage these dynamic and challenging circumstances, which still may linger even as the state and country reopen.

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Managing Anxiety About Returning to the Workplace

With more employees returning to their workplaces after months of working at home, Dan Fallon, LPC, CEAP, program manager of Wheeler's Employee Assistance Program, offers tips to reduce anxiety for both employees and employers.

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Remote Learning: Tips for Parents and Caregivers

Home schooling—or a modified version of it—may be with us for a while longer because of the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some tips to help parents and caregivers to continue to navigate the at-home learning process.

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