- Annabelle Payne – Director & County Coordinator
- Jennifer Stout-Willett – Clinical Director
- Kandy Alley – Crisis Services Manager
Provide quality services
Maximize and effectively use our resources
Actively collaborate with community partners
Confidentiality and HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices
Pend Oreille County Counseling Services is committed to protecting the confidentiality of medical information of our clients and is required to do so by law. The Notice of Privacy Practice describes how we may use and disclose your “protected health information” (PHI) (including information regarding alcohol or drug use or treatment, protected under the federal 42 CFR Part 2 regulations), to carry out treatment, payment, or health care operations, and for other purposes that are permitted or required by law. It also describes the rights of clients to access and control their protected health information.
We ask for the consent of clients to use and disclose their PHI, as outlined in our Notice of Privacy Practices, by asking clients to sign the Consent for Treatment form regarding their care and continued treatment at POCCS. Generally, unless specifically allowed by state or federal regulations without an authorization, POCCS will seek a signed authorization from a client or personal representative before disclosing PHI to a third party. All clients are provided a copy of the POCCS Notice of Privacy Practices when they begin care at POCCS.
POCCS Notice of Privacy Practices 1-1-2017
Potential Warning Signs
· Talking or joking about death, dying, or suicide
· Making a plan to die
· Not caring about things that used to matter
· Giving away important things, or hinting at not being around anymore
· Signs of depression, like sadness, moodiness, anger, hopelessness
· Abusing alcohol or drugs
· Changes in behavior, mood, or just not seeming like themselves
· Changes in appearance or performance
What You Can Do
· Show them that you care
· Ask how they are feeling
· Listen carefully
· Get help right away
· Never promise to keep this a secret
· Keep talking until someone listens
Where to Get Help
Pend Oreille County Counseling Services 509.447.5651
After-hours Crisis line 1.877.266.1818
National Suicide Help Line 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
Text HOME to 741741 to access the National Crisis Text Line
Mental Health is integral to overall health. Research shows that stress is closely linked to high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity. It also shows that people who feel depressed or chronically stressed may have a greater risk of physical illnesses. Take steps to protect and improve your mental health, such as eating healthy, exercising regularly, learn/use stress management techniques, having good social supports and getting help when you need it. Source: www.mentalhealthamerica.net/may
CRITICAL MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES for COLLEGE STUDENTS
With the pressures facing most people today, it is essential to take your mental health seriously. This is especially true for college students and young people whose lack of experience in the real world could lead to major mental health issues resulting from stress, overwork, fatigue, or even the onset of a more serious mental illness. In fact, up to 75% of college students with possible mental health issues do not seek help for what ails them.
MOST COMMON MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES FACING COLLEGE STUDENTS and young people are Depression, Anxiety, Suicide, Addiction, and Eating Disorders to name a few.
WHAT’S YOUR ANTI-STRESS?
For college students and young people who do not struggle with significant mental health issues, there are still actionable steps to take in order to relieve stress and anxiety. Some suggestions to take into consideration are Physical Activity, Sleep and Diet Changes, Therapy and Counseling, Relaxation Exercises and Psychiatric Care.
Follow these links to for more Mental Health Resources for College Students:
Healthline provides a very comprehensive overview of bipolar disorder as a critical starting point for individuals and/or their loved ones.
Check this link out for more information: http://www.healthline.com/health/bipolar-disorder
Below are links to a variety of websites on Healthy Minds, Substance Abuse, Mental Health Services Admin, Admin on Aging, Alzheimer Association, Veteran’s Administration, Suicide Prevention and other sites with valuable information about mental health awareness.
This website is a public site, do not send private information
It is the policy of Counseling Services that all programs and activities of the agency or any of it’s contractor will be conducted without regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, disabled or veteran status, sex, handicap, religion, creed or age.