SAFE Program Developments
Thanks to recent funding through an OVS VOCA subcontract through Connecting Communities in Action we have expanded resources to the SAFE Providers. We are happy to have dedicated examiners at each of our SAFE Centers at UPMC Chautauqua in Jamestown, NY, Olean General Hospital in Olean, NY and Jones Memorial Hospital in Wellsville, NY.
Also, in June 2020, OVS released new guidelines for reimbursement for Forensic Rape Exams. STHCS has been working diligently with each of the hospital’s billing departments to ensure the proper documentation is being submitted to OVS. We are looking forward to receiving payments and this new reimbursement rate allowing us to better serve the sexual assault survivors in our area. We would like to thank the billing department and administration at each facility for working with on these new requirements!
This week I was able to meet with the WNY Rural Area Health Education Center (Rural AHEC)’s Executive Director, Melanie Rhodes, about potential ways our organizations can collaborate in the future. It was shared with me the AHEC Scholars program provides an opportunity for college students, currently enrolled in a health professions program, to work as an interdisciplinary team while experiencing community-based training activities as well as receive supplemental learning through online modules will be taking place this summer. This program is a great opportunity for students working toward careers in healthcare, and more information can be found here.
Moving Forward Together
In partnership with CAReS, ACASA, Clarity Wellness Community, and the Cattaraugus County Department of Community Services, the WNY COVID-19 Community Response Fund has awarded CAReS funding for the “Moving Forward Together” initiative.
This initiative will increase access to internet service in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties to allow individuals in treatment for Substance Use Disorder to access telehealth counseling services essential for their recovery. With the larger goal of enhancing access to other health services in our rural county via telehealth programs. We have been going through the interview process of potential candidates to be our Project Director.
I was honored to serve on a panel for a presentation on Catchafire to Group foundation sponsors. During the panel discussion, I shared how the services available through Catchafire had supported Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
We have completed over 20 Catchafire projects ranging from logo design and website redesign to grant proposal review and organizational narrative review. These volunteers have helped us continue to serve our mission, and we are thankful to them for their help, to Catchafire for a great platform, and the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation for sponsoring our membership!