State health leaders announce Support Services program

State health leaders announce Support Services program
N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen will hold a media briefing on COVID-19 Tuesday, Aug. 25. (Source: WBTV)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WECT) - ADLA, Inc., which serves nine counties including Bladen and Columbus, was awarded one of four contracts by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services to administer its new COVID-19 Support Services program.

State officials say the program will support North Carolinians in 20 targeted counties who are asked to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19 and need help such as food, relief payments, or access to medical care.

“Treating any health matter, including COVID-19, is much more than arriving at a diagnosis. We have to treat the whole person and that includes making sure they have enough food to eat, have a safe place to isolate, and can meet basic living expenses while missing work,” said NCDHHS Secretary Mandy K. Cohen, M.D. “This is an investment in our community well-being and slowing the spread of this devastating virus.”

This program is expected to run through late 2020 and DHHS will assess its impact.

“When someone tests positive for or has been exposed to COVID-19, they receive a call from a health professional providing guidance on what to do to protect themselves, their families and their community,” a NCDHHS news release states. “In these 20 counties, people who need help to successfully meet that guidance will be connected to a Community Health Worker who will coordinate needed services.”

These services may include:

  • Nutrition assistance
  • A one-time COVID-19 relief payment to assist the individual and his or her family in meeting basic living expenses
  • Safe, private transportation to and from essential locations such as testing sites, non-congregate shelter and medical visits
  • Access to primary medical care via telehealth
  • Medication delivery
  • COVID-related over-the-counter supplies, such as a face mask, hand sanitizer, thermometer or cleaning supplies

The following organizations were awarded contracts for the Support Services program: 

  • Region 1: Quality Home Care Services doing business as Quality Comprehensive Health Center (Mecklenburg, Gaston)
  • Region 2: Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency (Chatham, Lee, Montgomery, Stanly, Randolph, Rowan)
  • Region 3: Duke University Health System (Durham, Granville, Vance)
  • Region 4: ADLA, Inc. (Duplin, Bladen, Columbus, Greene, Johnston, Robeson, Sampson, Wayne, Wilson)

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