COVID-19 Resources

Advocates is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and prioritizing the health and safety of the people and families that we support and our employees.

Click here for Advocates’ Employee COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Click here for Q&A on this policy

Upstate Covid Vaccine Information Hotline: (315) 464-3979 option #2


NY State Department of Health 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

New York State has established an in-home vaccination program through counties for those who are homebound due to physical limitations, cognitive impairment, other chronic conditions, a lack of transportation, and/or visual impairments, and who do not have access to supports that may help them physically go to an existing vaccination provider. Click the link above for more information if you are in need of a COVID-19 vaccination in your home.

Employee Resources

Click here to view our Safe Activities for Social Distancing Guide

All Advocates team members have access to over 300 elective courses in our online Relias training library!

Full-time Mentors are eligible for 40 paid work from home Professional Development hours per year and are encouraged to use this time to enhance skills and knowledge by enrolling in topics of interest.
Click here for instructions and a list of elective courses recommended for Advocates employees.

Community Resources & Advocacy

New York Connects

Link to long term services and supports. Phone: 315-435-1400, Website:

211 CNY

211 provides human services information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone: (315) 251-1400, Website:

Contact Hotline

Confidential, anonymous, free 24-hour/7-day a week telephone counseling, suicide prevention and crisis counseling hotline.  Available 24/7 from Contact Community Services and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Onondaga County phone: 315-251-0600 

Cayuga County phone: 877-400-8740

National Resources

Lifeline 24/7 Online Crisis Chat

Available 24/7 across the U.S. Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat.


Lifeline 24/7 Mental Health Support Line

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.

Phone: 1-800-273-8255

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