Wonderful Veterans

Everyone deserves good healthcare. Wonder Years was founded on the principle to provide high quality care while keeping the costs of care fair to both the patients and the healthcare providers. In keeping with this vision, Wonder Years has followed a ‘hybrid model’ i.e. we offer services both via insurance and private pay. After being in existence for four years we are now ready to take the next step to make this vision even more accessible and affordable. Starting July 4th 2020, I have decided to offer my services to Veteran families who are not in network with Aetna or Cigna for a token fee of $1. For the Veteran families who are in network with Aetna and Cigna, I will waive off all co-pays & any unmet deductibles. I am calling this initiative ‘Wonderful Veterans’.


My vision is to make ‘Wonderful Veterans’ a collaborative initiative i.e. to have as many healthcare providers in every domain be a part of this program. I value the time of the various providers that will eventually participate in this program and so would request each provider to take up only one family at a time. Your work would be independent of Wonder Years and you can continue to function independently in ways you feel best works for you. Even though ‘Wonderful Veterans’ is Trademarked to Wonder Years, healthcare providers are free to use it on their website without any permission.

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COVID 19: Resources & Referral options for patients

Wonder Years has compiled an extensive list of resources and referral options for our patients during this pandemic.

Stay safe and Healthy.

Coronavirus Info Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
• NYS Coronavirus response updates: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
• CDC, updates/information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
• CDC, What to do if you think you have been exposed to COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/steps-when-sick.html

Crisis Situations:
• Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for English; 1-888-628-9454 for Spanish
• National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
• NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence 1-800-942-6906
• Child Abuse Hotline: 800-342-3720
• SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (English/Spanish); TTY: 1-800-846-8517
• Veterans mental health/suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255, or text 838-25

COVID-19 Volunteering:
• Health care workers: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/get-involved-how-you-can-help
• General Public, NYC: https://www.newyorkcares.org/projects/support-covid-19-relief-efforts
• General Public, NYS: https://www.volunteernewyork.org/
• Blood Donation site locator: https://donate.nybc.org/donor/schedules/zip

Peer Support:
• Veterans Peer Support Call – DAILY at 1p.m. EST: 1-800-767-1750 x99873
• NAMI-NYS helpline: 518-248-7634
• Mental Health Empowerment Project warm line for people with mental illness: 1-800-643-7462
• Alcoholics Anonymous online: http://aa-intergroup.org/directory.php

Accessing Treatment and Services:
Medicaid / Food Stamps / Cash Benefits Online Application
• Identifying Supports:
If they are in NYC, 1-888-NYC-WELL or text “WELL” to 65173
NY Connects, statewide social services finder: https://www.nyconnects.ny.gov/welcome
The website Aunt Bertha (www.auntbertha.com) allows you to locate supports by zip code. Click here for instructions on using the site.
NYS and nationwide health and human services information and referral: dial 2-1-1

• Employment-related:
Unemployment: 1-888-209-8124
COVID Emergency Paid Sick Leave: https://www.governor.ny.gov/paid-sick-leave-covid-19-impacted-new-yorkers/emergency-covid-19-paid-sick-leave, Hotline = 1-888-364-3065
NYC Small Business Financial Relief: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/sbs/businesses/covid19-business-outreach.page
Remote Jobs As Contact Tracers
Search for Medical Care / Food / Job Trainings / Work / Legal Assistance

• Homelessness: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dhs/shelter/shelter.page
• Food Security:
Food Help / Food Banks / Community Kitchens
Food banks/pantries locator:
NYC: https://www.foodbanknyc.org/get-help/
NYS: https://www.foodpantries.org/st/new_york
Assistance with SNAP (food stamp): https://hungersolutionsny.org/find-a-noep/
WIC (Women, Infant, Children) food assistance: https://hungersolutionsny.org/wic-help-ny/

• Income Related:
NYC Cash Assistance: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/cash-assistance/, Infoline 718-557-1399
Social Security and COVID: https://www.ssa.gov/coronavirus/
• Health/Mental Health/Substance Use:
Mental Health Treatment: OMH Customer Relations: 1-800-597-8481
Substance Use Treatment: OASAS Treatment finder https://findaddictiontreatment.ny.gov/
County Health Office finder: https://www.nysacho.org/directory/

• Call assistance for persons with hearing and speech disabilities: dial 7-1-1

• Discounted internet service:
Spectrum: https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist.html
Comcast: 1-855-8-INTERNET (1-855- 846-8376)

• Seniors/Elderly:
Senior service (senior centers, meals on wheels, etc) locator for NYC: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/dfta/services/find-help.page
NYC Grocery Delivery for Elderly, Disabled: https://www.invisiblehandsdeliver.com/about-us
County Offices for the Aging locator (scroll down for filters): https://aging.ny.gov/local-offices
NY Connects, statewide social services finder: https://www.nyconnects.ny.gov/welcome
US Administration on Aging Eldercare Locator: https://eldercare.acl.gov/Public/Index.aspx or 1-800-677-1116
Dementia Support: Alzheimer’s Association web-page, “Coronavirus (COVID-19): Tips for Dementia Caregivers,” https://www.alz.org/help-support/caregiving/coronavirus-(covid-19)-tips-for-dementia-care

• Children:
Talking with children about Coronavirus: CDC Guidelines
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19: NASP guidance
How To Ease Children’s Anxiety About COVID-19: NAMI guidance
Young Children and COVID – what to say, tips on home time: https://www.zerotothree.org/resources/3210-tips-for-families-coronavirus
Family Readiness and Child/Teen Anxiety: https://www.nctsn.org/sites/default/files/resources/fact-sheet/outbreak_factsheet_1.pdf
Taking Care of Your Family During Coronavirus: https://www.cstsonline.org/assets/media/documents/CSTS_FS_Corona_Taking_Care_of_Your_Family.pdf.pdf
Free Pick-up Meals for NYC children locator: https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/default.aspx
Digital learning resources: http://www.nysed.gov/edtech/digital-content-resources
Brooklyn Public Library, virtual storytime: https://www.bklynlibrary.org/calendar/list?age%5B0%5D=12986
Virtual field trips: https://adventuresinfamilyhood.com/20-virtual-field-trips-to-take-with-your-kids.html

• Veterans:
VA facility locator: VA locator
Veterans metal health/suicide hotline: 1-800-273-8255, or text 838-25

• First Responders/Essential Workers:
CDC Self-care Guidance: https://emergency.cdc.gov/coping/responders.asp

• Social Distancing, Quarantine, Isolation:
SAMHSA Tip Sheet: https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/tips-social-distancing-quarantine-isolation-031620.pdf

• Mental Health:
Anxiety management, various populations: https://omh.ny.gov/omhweb/guidance/covid-19-managing-stress-anxiety.pdf
Mental health strategies: AFSP, Mental Health and COVID
12 Strategies for Anxiety Management during COVID: https://www.popsugar.com/fitness/how-do-i-manage-coronavirus-anxiety-47313611?stream_view=1#photo-47313715

• Meditation:
Headspace is offering free meditations on their website and on their app
The Insight Timer app has free guided meditations
NYAPRS will offer a daily meditation at 8am M-F on YouTube, access via their site: https://www.nyaprs.org/

• Online Yoga:
Yoga with Adriene on Youtube – always free online
YogaWorks – free online classes during this time

• Online Exercise:
Planet Fitness free live workout sessions – during this time
Les Mills Free Workouts – during this time
Pamela Reif on Youtube – always free
Popsugar Fitness – always free
Fitness Blender – selection of free workouts

• Online Classes:
Free courses online for adults: https://www.classcentral.com/collection/ivy-league-moocs
Free classes in variety of subjects: Khan Academy – https://www.khanacademy.

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