abuse preventionWOOD RIVER – To help keep children safe from abuse and neglect during the COVID-19 pandemic, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) encourages Illinoisans to become familiar with the warning signs of abuse and explore the resources available to protect children living in potentially violent households.

“Being confined to an abusive household under the state’s Stay at Home order could be a traumatizing situation for children,” said Crowe. “While prioritizing social distancing, it is critical to check in on younger family members, friends and neighbors to ensure their health and wellbeing during isolation.”

Signs of child mistreatment include unexplained injuries and poor hygiene, according to the Mayo Clinic. Children suffering from abuse may also exhibit withdrawal from friends, changes in school performance, rebellious or aggressive behavior, and depression or anxiety.

Anyone who suspects a child is being abused or neglected can call the Child Abuse Hotline 24/7 at 800-25-ABUSE (22873) to report the situation. All calls are confidential. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911.

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services offers guidance, programs and volunteer opportunities to enable Illinoisans to reduce the risk of child abuse and neglect in their neighborhoods. For more information or to take advantage of these resources, visit their website.

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telehealthTelehealth location in Alton ready to treat Metro East residents

ALTON – To digitally connect pandemic health workers with patients experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in the comfort of their homes, OSF Healthcare is launching eight telehealth locations statewide — one of which is in Alton, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) announced Saturday.

“By funding and utilizing telehealth technology, we’re working to prevent overcrowding in hospitals which goes hand in hand to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” Crowe said. “I commend the experts at OSF Health Care for bringing this innovative idea forward and state officials for bringing this project to life. We are all in this together.”

“I applaud the medical staff around the region that are addressing the pandemic proactively by collaborating together to help during this crisis,” Bristow said. “As we see cases rise across the state and country, we need to continue preparing locally to tackle this virus at home, helping prevent community spread and protecting our frontline workers as they battle this pandemic.”

According to OSF, this pandemic health worker approach safeguards hospitals from being overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, limits the spread of contagion and protects access to quality healthcare for all. 

To start this process, patients are encouraged to call the OSF COVID-19 Nurse Hotline (833-OSF-KNOW) and be digitally triaged by a nurse.

This collaboration was made possible through a partnership with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services and OSF HealthCare.

For more information, visit OSF Healthcare’s website: https://www.osfhealthcare.org/.

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parkWOOD RIVER – To create more areas for people of all ages to be active outdoors, the city of Alton received a $600,000 state grant to expand Gordon Moore Park in Alton, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) and State Rep. Monica Bristow (D-Alton) announced Wednesday.

“It is always important to get outside and be active in order to live a healthy and substantial lifestyle,” Crowe said. “By funding local projects to build safe, public spaces for activities, we’re not only helping residents live that lifestyle, we’re also attracting economic growth and other tourism to the Riverbend region.”

"The release of this grant money will give the Riverbend Region a boost after months of economic uncertainty and strain," Bristow said. "After this project is completed, sports teams from around the region and state will be able to come and see the best Alton has to offer."

Grant funds will be used toward the excavation and site prep of two fields as well as a drainage system. Construction work will include grading the field surface and removing vegetation.

The grant is funded by the state’s Build Illinois Bonds.

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abuse preventionWOOD RIVER – In recognition of April being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, State Senator Rachelle Crowe (D-Glen Carbon) wants to remind residents of resources and services available to people experiencing domestic violence or living in fear of it.

“With more people working from home and children not being in school during the COVID-19 pandemic, its critical for everyone to feel safe,” Crowe said. “State officials have prioritized funding these essential emergency services, ensuring access and availability to programs to help domestic violence and sexual assault survivors.”

On Thursday, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) announced it is launching a $1.2 million plan to increase the capacity of its current statewide network of services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

The plan expands the role of the Domestic Violence Helpline by creating a one-stop access point for shelter needs. Survivors may call the helpline directly at 1-877-863-6338 and be connected to shelters through existing Domestic Violence Prevention and Intervention (DVPI) shelter services or to emergency shelter through available hotels and motels.

Survivors also may contact their local domestic violence programs for shelter assistance.

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