This morning Bristol-Myers Squibb announced an expanded Patient Assistance Program to help patients impacted by the virus. This should provide help to Alabamians who are now unemployed due to the crisis. Here is a link to the press release they released https://news.bms.com/press-release/philanthropy-news/bristol-myers-squibb-expands-patient-support-programs-help-newly-uni
The Moulton-Lawrence Counseling Center has started providing some therapy appointments along with routine check-ins with the doctor and nurse via phone services, depending on the individuals insurance. Starting next week, March 30th, the office will only consist of minimal front office staff and at least one therapist on site each day for emergencies. All other staff will be working from home. We are still scheduling intakes through our Treatment ACCESS office @ 256-355-5904.
Amanda Hawkins, LPC, NCC
Moulton-Lawrence Counseling Center
Mental Health Center of North Central Alabama
Office: (256) 974-6697
Fax: (256) 974-6685
Free rural health COVID-19 “Call First” Communications Toolkit
As rural health leaders, you’ve been working diligently on communications regarding important issues such as social distancing, handwashing and overall messaging around practices to flatten the curve. An additional concern is taking all steps possible to not overburden our rural health facilities, while demonstrating leadership in our communities to promote a sense of vigilance, but also an environment of security and calmness.
In this spirit, NRHA through donated services of partner Legato Healthcare Marketing, is providing NRHA members free access to a communications toolkit -- designed to allow customization and branding for your facility -- with messaging focused on:
Toolkit components include items such as print and digital ads, radio scripts, social media posts and media materials. Legato is donating its services not only for the production and use of these materials, based on CDC messaging and input from a rural health taskforce, but also for complimentary assistance in helping to download materials. Visit here. When entering this site, you will be asked to provide your email so that updates to the toolkit can be sent to you immediately, allowing you to respond promptly to this ever-changing situation.
Kids and Kin:
From Kelly Dowdy: As of right now, March and April Kids and Kin classes and recognition days in all counties are cancelled until further notice.
From Lori Lincoln-Swaim: Community Action (CAPNA) is currently seeing utility assistance (LIHEAP) clients (limited to 1 per household) with previously scheduled appointments at all three CAPNA offices. Client appointments have been spaced out to allow social distancing in reception areas. This situation is fluid and we urge everyone to check our website for the most up-to-date information. Other than LIHEAP services our offices are closed to the public. Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion services are suspended at this time.