Keep up to date on all of the news surrounding our evolving response to COVID-19, including updates about future events on our website.
2-1-1 Kern County, a program of Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK), provides comprehensive information and referral services that link Kern County residents to community health and human services and support. Callers seeking assistance dial 2-1-1 and are connected with Information and Referral Specialists who utilize the same resource directory we make available here on our website. By responding to clients’ information and referral needs by phone or through our website, we ensure the information sought is provided in the most customer-friendly way possible depending on the client. CAPK has been designated by the California Public Utilities Commission as the 2-1-1 provider for Kern County. Services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to the close to 900,000 residents in the county.
Community Medical Assistance
- Dignity Health: The following options are available to access the program for arranging a virtual visit
- Adventist Health developed a special coronavirus advice line by calling 844-542-8840, which is available 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.
- Accelerated Urgent Care began exclusive Coronavirus testing at the medical facility in southwest Bakersfield located at 212 Coffee Road.
- The Mobile Evaluation Team: MET is dispatched by law enforcement when a mental health crisis is identified in the community. MET provides crisis intervention, voluntary and involuntary assessment for psychiatric hospitalization, and follow-up in the community. Active suicidal thoughts with a plan in Kern County call 661-327-7111
Mental Health Assistance
- BC Student Health Wellness Center: The BC mental health providers are still available for all enrolled students to make personal and confidential virtual appointments. Please call (661) 395-4336 or email BCStudentHealth@bakersfieldcollege.edu.
- Kern Behavioral Health & Recovery Services (KernBHRS): Understanding the anxiety, stress, and uncertainty that this situation is causing across our community and beyond, they are providing a 24-hour Crisis Hotline which will remain fully staffed and operational at 1-800-991-5272 to help residents work through any anxiety and uncertainty they may be experiencing during this time.
- Pacific Health Education Cognitive Center Inc.: A new service to help reduce the anxiety created by social distancing due to the coronavirus. Tele-connection services are free to Cognitive Center clients and to the residents of Kern County. The COVID-19 Support Group toll-free number is 1-888-415-0604.
- CCC Health & Wellness Resources: Providing California Community College students, faculty and staff with resources, best practices, and opportunities.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. In English - 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or in Spanish - 1-888-628-9454
- National Alliance on Mental Illness: NAMI to help millions of Americans who face mental illness every day.
The CalFresh Program, federally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), can add to your food budget to put healthy and nutritious food on the table. The program issues monthly electronic benefits that can be used to buy most foods in many markets and food stores. The CalFresh Program helps to improve the health and well-being of qualified households and individuals by providing them a means to meet their nutritional needs.
- Apply online by visiting www.c4yourself.com.
- Apply in person at your local Human Services Office, especially if you need benefits right away.
- Request a CalFresh Application by calling (661) 631-6000 by phone.
CAPK WIC Provides:
- Healthy Foods: WIC benefits to purchase healthy foods like bread, eggs, and milk to supply you and your family with essential nutrients like calcium, iron, and protein.
- Nutrition Education: Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, and trained professionals who can help inform, educate, and counsel you on the best nutrition for you and your growing family.
- Breastfeeding Support: Personal, group and peer support from Lactation Educators to help you meet your breastfeeding goals.
- Referral Services: Referrals to important and necessary community resources, which can help you and your family, find health care, child care, housing, etc.
Search for free or reduced-cost services like medical care, food, job training, and more.
In response to the national emergency and to protect our employees, America’s taxpayers, communities and our partners, the IRS has temporarily closed all Taxpayer Assistance Centers and discontinued face-to-face service throughout the country until further notice. The IRS is continuing to process tax returns, issue refunds and help taxpayers to the greatest extent possible.
As you navigate this public health crisis, Edquity is here to help you support students, offering efficient, online access to emergency funding and other resources at the click of a button. Food insecurity. Housing insecurity. Insufficient financial aid. We know the day-to-day financial issues for college students are real. Edquity for College helps you manage the money you have and find the emergency supports on- and off-campus – as well as emergency dollars – when what you have just isn't enough.
Bakersfield Food Banks
- MLK Community Initiative Food Distribution: The next food distribution will take place on April 20th at the 116 East California Ave location.
- All BCSD & KHSD Schools: Will resume until schools open again. Unsure if they will be providing lunches during spring break (the week of April 6th - 10th) but will resume afterward.
- Gleaners Food Bank: They are still open to the public, but are unsure about future dates because it is a “day by day” situation.
- Blessing Box Foundation: Can be reached via Facebook or call 661-432-1664.
- St. Vincent de Paul Church: Serves those most in need free, hot meals throughout the week and can be reached at 661-323-7340, or visit them at 320 Baker Street, Bakersfield, California.
- Bakersfield Family Church: Can be reached at (661) 387-1778.
Internet Connection Resources
Several companies including Charter, Spectrum, and Comcast have announced plans to offer free internet service for 60 days to households with students as classes are moving online amid concerns about COVID-19. Beginning March 16 Charter Communications will make its internet and WiFi services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company. WiFi hotspots will also be open to the public. Please contact the companies at the phone numbers below directly to arrange services if you are interested.
If your place of employment is closing or at least reducing his number of hours due to state mandates, both the California and US governments are preparing resources to help with those out of work or working reduced hours due (only) to the Coronavirus.
Cellular Companies Responses and Support
California State Resources
- California Volunteers: Every Californian can safely help their community during these difficult times. Here are some ways you can make a difference.
- Meals on Wheels America: Vulnerable seniors are at greatest risk amid COVID-19. Let’s help keep them safe and cared for. Contact your local Meals on Wheels organization
Kern County Resources
- Kern County of Department of Human Services: All Critical services will be provided to the public through minimal staffing during the hours of 7:30 AM to 1:00 PM. Services or information may be available by calling (661) 631-6000. Applications for benefits may be made online at www.c4yourself.com. Applications for CalFresh may be made at (661) 631-6062 and applications for Medi-Cal benefits can be made by calling 1-800-300- 1506. If you suspect child abuse or neglect, please call the Child Abuse Hotline at (661) 631- 6011 (can be made at any time).
- Public Safety: Fire and Sheriff emergency services will be fully staffed. In case of an emergency, call 911. Substations will remain open unless the courts close.
- Kern County Library: Checked out materials will not be due during the days the library is closed. eLibrary is always open! Visit kerncountylibrary.org/elibrary to get started checking out eBooks, eAudiobooks, and more!
- Kern County Parks and Recreation: County Parks will be open and Park Rangers will be patrolling. Overnight camping is not available at this time. Rangers and park attendants will be at gates.
- Kern County Probation: Facility will remain fully-staffed unless the court closes. If they close, minimal staffing.
- Public Defender's Office: All cases and court dates will continue as previously scheduled unless the court closes. If courts close, buildings will also close and run minimal staffing. Phone appointments where possible.
- Kern County Department of Public Health: Closed to the public. Labs will remain open and birth and death certificates will be processed. The call center and EMS will remain fully functional.
- Kern County Public Works: Roads and landfills will be operational, a building inspection will be done with minimal staffing. Construction Inspection, Transit Cash Counting, and Transportation Permit all available.
- Street Repair Requests: Kern County Public Works will maintain essential services -road maintenance and flood control as needed.
- Waste and Recycling: Landfill and collection services will continue at regular staffing.
- Kern Transit: All local fixed routes in the Kern River Valley area have been suspended. In their place, they are offering curb-to-curb Dial-a-Ride service with additional buses as needed. Route 150 (Lake Isabella – Bakersfield) and Route 227 (Lake Isabella – Ridgecrest) will continue to operate on their regular schedule. Beginning Monday, Kern Transit is making route changes for the Bakersfield-based routes listed on their website.
- Golden Empire Transit (GET): Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, GET will implement reduced service using the Weekend Service Schedule, 7-days a week.
Helpful Smartphone Applications
- Safety Plan: Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can help you cope and keep you safe. Through this app, you can customize your own warning signs that a crisis may be developing; coping strategies for dealing with suicidal urges; places for distraction; friends and family members you can reach out to; professionals you can call; methods of making your environment safe; and you own important reasons for living. Download for iPhone or Android.
- Sanvello: Popular app for stress, anxiety, and depression. Use Sanvello to manage daily mental health with tools like mood and health tracking, mindfulness meditation, and cognitive behavior therapy.
- Anxiety Coach: A self-help app that addresses fears and worries using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy strategies. The app walks you through making a list of feared activities and helps you master them, leading to less fear and worry. The app includes tools for a severity self-test, making a plan, anxiety tracking, and viewing your progress.
- PsyberGuide: PsyberGuide is a non-profit project that aims to help people to use technology to live a mentally healthier life.
- What’s Up?: A free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance Commitment Therapy methods to help you cope with depression, anxiety, stress, and more. The app features a beautiful, modern design, simple headings and easy-to-follow methods to help you navigate to what helps you the most. Download for iPhone or Android.
- MY3: You define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.
- DownDog for School: Due to the current outbreak, many people are avoiding gathering in large groups, including yoga studios and other fitness spaces. We believe that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and we are committed to doing our part to help out.
- SAM: SAM will help you to understand what causes your anxiety, monitor your anxious thoughts and behaviors over time and manage your anxiety through self-help exercises and private reflection.
- Bakersfield Homeless Shelter
1600 E. Truxtun Ave
Bakersfield, CA 93305
- The Mission at Kern County (Men Only)
- Alliance Against Family Violence
(Secure shelter for battered women and children)
1921 19th St.
Bakersfield, CA 93301
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