Partners Sponsors Mobile Free Pharmacy in Morganton

by Abby Cole, Public Relations Project Coordinator

On Friday, Nov. 16, Partners sponsored NC MedAssist’s mobile free pharmacy in Morganton, NC at the Collett Street Recreation Center. The mobile free pharmacy events are open to any low-income individual or family needing over-the-counter medications and free health screenings.

This was the first opportunity for NC MedAssist to reach Burke County and approximately 629 Burke County citizens were served at this event. Local providers and community groups from Burke County including A Caring Alternative, ALFA, Burke County Health Department, Burke Health Network, Burke Integrated Health, Burke Recovery, Catawba Valley Behavioral Health, Good Samaritan’s Clinic, and High Country Community Health volunteered and worked hand-in-hand with Partners employees to provide free medication, mental health screenings, HIV, HEP-C, and blood pressure checks for attendees. Burke Recovery also distributed over 340 medication lock boxes and medical disposal materials.

(Left-right) Mandy Mayhue, Kenneth Gehrig, Jennifer Greene, Jerry Campbell, Danielle Kincaid, and Lachelle Freeman are a few from Team Partners who volunteered at the NC MedAssist mobile free pharmacy event in Morganton on Friday, Nov. 16.

This event was initiated by Partners’ Whole Person Integrated Care (WPIC) department. Thanks to Jennifer Greene, the WPIC team, and the 13 other Partners employees for bringing this resource to Burke County residents and representing #TeamPartners in our community.

Partners will be sponsoring additional events with NC MedAssist in May 2019 in Iredell and Surry counties.

Court Date Notifications via Email and Text

Get up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders

Through the new Court Date Notifications service at www.NCcourts.gov/services, You can now get up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS/text messages.

You will be immediately notified of court date changes. You will also be reminded of your upcoming court dates seven days before and again one day before your court date.

The Court Date Notifications system is the latest addition to the suite of online services offered as part of eCourts, the larger initiative to modernize the North Carolina court system.

How to Subscribe

Anyone can subscribe to court notifications (for criminal cases only) through the Judicial Branch website at www.NCcourts.gov/services.

To subscribe, you must provide the following requirements:

  • A valid North Carolina criminal court case number
  • The county in which the case was recorded
  • Valid contact information (email address or cell phone number)
  • Agree to the terms of use

You must complete this process for each case you want notifications for.

When subscribing to notifications for a criminal court case, you will receive an initial message asking you to confirm your intent to opt-in.

For both email and SMS/text messages, you must click on the link sent to you to confirm.

Once opted in for a court case, you will receive a message anytime the criminal court date, room, or session changes.

Once you opt in for notifications on a court case, you will remain opted in until you opt out. If a case is closed/ disposed and you have not manually opted out, you will remain subscribed to that case, and will resume getting notifications if the case is reopened in the future and the court date, time, or session is changed.

Each message you receive will provide a means of opting out for that case. For emails, click on the unsubscribe link to opt-out of receiving further emails for that case. For SMS/text messages, text STOP at any time to 82483 to globally opt out of all future text notifications about any cases from the N.C. Judicial Branch.

For more information, and to see the Terms of Use, visit https://www3.nccourts.org/onlineservices/notifications/menu.sp

Enrollee Navigator – Medicaid or locally-funded services

We provide crisis help to anyone, anytime regardless of income or insurance
Call 1-888-235-HOPE (4673)

Which do you qualify for?

Partners covers mental health, substance use disorders, and intellectual and developmental disability services for people without health insurance, people who are underinsured, and people with Medicaid. Currently, people on Medicaid have access to more services. Here’s how to find out which group you are in.

Determine Medicaid Eligibility
The first thing you should do is check with your local Department of Social Services (DSS) to determine if you are eligible for Medicaid. To be eligible for Medicaid-covered services you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen or provide proof of eligible immigration status
  • Be a resident of North Carolina
  • Have a Social Security number or have applied for one
  • Apply and be approved for Medicaid at your local DSS office
  • Qualify for one of the Medicaid aid categories

Already receiving federal assistance?
If you are currently receiving Social Security Insurance (SSI), Special Assistance to the Blind, Work First Family Assistance, or Special Assistance for the Aged or Disabled, you are automatically eligible for Medicaid and do not have to apply at the DSS.

For those not eligible for Medicaid
If you don’t have Medicaid, you may get services funded locally with state and county dollars. Locally-funded service eligibility is based on these factors:

  • Consumer or family income
  • Number of dependents
  • A documented medical need for services

Consumers and families who receive locally-funded services are subject to a sliding fee scale and may have to pay a part of the service bill. Partners has a limited amount of state funds to pay for treatment services. Therefore, service entry requirements and benefit maximums may be different than the Medicaid requirements for the same service.

Already have insurance?
You should tell Partners and your provider if you have insurance other than Medicaid. This could include Medicare or private insurance. Federal law requires your other insurance to pay the claim before Medicaid will cover the rest.

If you have any questions about what services you might need and what help you may get to pay for them, call the Partners Access to Care Department at 1-888-235-HOPE (4673).

In the Community 

Connections Chili-Pottery Fundraiser

Connections Clubhouse invites you to their annual Chili-Pottery Fundraiser Wednesday, December 5, 2018, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., at Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ, 217 2nd Ave. NE, Conover, NC. Your $15 ticket includes a homemade chili lunch and a piece of pottery. You can also take part in the pottery raffle. Dine in or get your meal and pottery to go. Can’t make it on Friday? An early pottery buying opportunity is available TODAY, from 5-7 p.m., for $20 (pottery and chili not included). Tickets are available at the door, or in advance by calling 828-466-0030.

How Work Affects Social Security Benefits

The next free webinar will be on Monday, December 10, 2018, from 12-1 p.m. Community Work Incentives Coordinators from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services as the presenters. The Work Incentives Planning and Assistance (WIPA) program is a grant-funded program which allows benefits counselors, also known as Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs), to provide information to Social Security Administration (SSA) disability beneficiaries on how SSA benefits and other benefits are affected by work. Register online to listen to the webinar.

Family Partner Training

Parents Supporting Families: An Introduction to Peer Support for Families with Children Who Have Mental Health or Substance Abuse Issues” is a week-long opportunity to learn how to use your personal experience parenting a child who has mental health or substance abuse issues to support other parents. Training is December 10-12, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., at Catawba Valley Behavioral Health, 20 4th St. NW, Hickory, NC. A two-day follow-up will follow the training and complete the certification requirements.  This training is mandatory for National Certification and future NC Medicaid billing. To register, call NC Families United at 336-395-8828 or email Renee Cordero at CorderoRH@gmail.com.

Hickory Brain Injury Support Group Christmas Celebration

Don’t miss one of the support group’s biggest events of the year! The Christmas Celebration is on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, from 6-7:30 p.m., at NY Hibachi Buffet, NY Hibachi Buffet 2128 US Highway 70 SE Hickory, NC 28602 (In the same shopping center as Academy Sports and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet). Each brain injury survivor member and one guest will receive a free buffet and a drink. RSVP with Travis Glass at 828-781-0778 or travis@crossroadscounseling.org by December 7 so the group can ensure the group party room and purchase enough gifts for Dirty Santa.

Youth Mental Health First Aid

A young person you know could be experiencing a mental health or substance use problem; learn an action plan to help. Youth Mental Health First Aid is highly recommended for teachers, coaches, social workers, faith leaders, and other individuals who regularly have contact with young people ages 12-18. Sometimes first aid isn’t a bandage or CPR or calling 911, sometimes, first aid is YOU. Training is Wednesday, December 12, 2018, from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., at Partners Behavioral Health Management, Multipurpose Room, 1985 Tate Blvd. SE, Hickory, NC. You must be at least 18 years of age to attend. Register online by Friday, December 7, 2018. Contact Kim Rhoads at 828-323-8049 or krhoads@partnersbhm.org, for more information.

Understanding Resilience

This two-part presentation is Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 4-6:30 p.m., at Grace Baptist Church, 1939 Paul Shuping Ave., Morganton, NC. The night begins with a viewing of the powerful documentary, “Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope.” The documentary will be followed by an hour of application through facilitated learning entitled, “Beyond Adversity: Now that I know, what do I do?” by Allison Sturtevant-Gilliam. Pastor Jaime Torres, of Jaime Torres Ministries, will make closing remarks. Register online, or contact Kim Rhoads at 828-323-8049 or krhoads@partnersbhm.org, for more information.

Behavioral Health Focus is published on the first and third Tuesday of each month and is intended to be a source of information for those working or interacting with behavioral health care in Burke, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Surry and Yadkin Counties. If you would like to contribute, contact Jeff Brucato at 704-884-2564 or jbrucato@partnersbhm.org. Items should be submitted by Wednesday at 3 p.m. for the next week’s issue.

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