Pend Oreille County Counseling Services Alerts

Effective October 14, 2020 our lobby is closed to the public to help minimize the spread of COVID-19.

For assistance, please call 509-447-5651.

Pend Oreille County offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 & 27, in observance of Thanksgiving.

Pend Oreille County offices are open to the public, but it’s recommended to continue to use on-line options to conduct business.  Social distancing will be observed and mask-wearing is required.

Washington Listens

 Washington Listens FAQ

COVID-19 Resources

Crisis Line Information

COVID-19 Testing Information 3-27-20

Pend Oreille County COVID-19 Call Center

 COVID-19 DSHS Disaster Cash Assistance Programs FAQs

COVID-19 DSHS Response Overview

Internet and Phone Service Resources

Pend Oreille County Counseling Services

Mission Statement

Pend Oreille County Counseling Services provides treatment, education and support services, promoting individual choice, community and belonging, for wellness and quality of life.

~ Making a difference with compassion, integrity, and hope ~

AGENCY GOALS:

Provide quality services.

Maximize and effectively use our resources.

Actively collaborated with community partners.

AGENCY VALUES:

Maintain high standards of ethical and professional conduct.

Maintain high standards for service delivery.

Be culturally responsive, inclusive, and welcome diversity.

Promote workplace satisfaction, staff development, and staff retention.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION GUIDANCE STATMENT

ASSUMPTIONS:
We recognize pain and generational trauma caused by systemic racism.
Feeling safe and valued is an essential part of our mental health.
We understand advocacy and justice for any marginalized group is advocacy for all oppressed.

VALUES:
All staff are role models and share the responsibility to foster a culture of compassion, respect, equity, and inclusion for all.
We embrace the resiliency, tradition, and the richness of diverse cultures and human experiences.

Our offices will be closed in observance of the following 2020 holidays:

New Year’s Day                                           January 1, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr. Day                        January 20

President’s Day                                          February 17

Memorial Day                                            May 25

Independence Day (observed)                July 3

Labor Day                                                   September 7

Veterans’ Day                                             November 11

Thanksgiving                                              November 26 and 27

Christmas Eve                                            December 24

Christmas Day                                           December 25

Administrative

  • Annabelle Payne – Director and County Coordinator
  • Jennifer Stout-Willett – Clinical Director
  • Kandy Alley – Crisis Services Manager

Business

  • Jodi Rumph – Account Services Specialist
  • Kris Martin – Business Manager
  • Carla Shirley – Compliance Officer
  • Kelly Alliger – Business Administrative Assistant

Front Office

  • Jill Samuelson – Business Office Assistant
  • Michele DeNune-DeMent – Receptionist

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

Pend Oreille County Counseling Services offers professional, confidential behavioral health services. For questions or to schedule an appointment, call 509-447-5651.

** Client emails and texting is not available at this time **

Upcoming Trainings

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 Privacy Policy
POCCS Notice of Privacy Practices 1-1-2017

Intake Packet
The link above gives you a printable version of our Mental Health Intake packet.

Links to MCO Benefits:
MCO Enhanced Benefits Summary
MCO Enhanced Benefits

The link below tells you how to access interpreter services:

Interpreter Services

Autumn Bloom 5K/10K 2018 in Newport.

Team “Holders of Hope” in the Out of Darkness Suicide Awareness Walk in Spokane.

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

  Suicide Resources

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:

http://www.onlinecolleges.net/for-students/mental-health-resources/

http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/top-5-mental-health-problems-facing-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.

Yourlifeyourvoice.org

www.crisistextline.org/join-our-efforts/partnerships

866teenlink.org

www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

 www.mental-health-matters.com 

www.samhsa.gov 

www.calmclinic.com 

www.nami.org

www.nimh.nih.gov

 www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/children 

www.aging.com

www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life

 www.asaging.org 

 www.mentalhealth.va.gov 

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.