New Mental Health screening program comes to Bertie County

Published 9:42 am Tuesday, November 7, 2017

WINDSOR – A first-of-its-kind mental health-screening tool for Bertie County was unveiled on Thursday during a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Albemarle Regional Health Services office.

This screening kiosk comes as part of the Access Point Screening Program from Trillium Health Resources, the behavioral health and intellectual and developmental disabilities management authority for 25 eastern North Carolina counties.

“Many people with mental health and substance use challenges go without treatment—in part because their

A mental health screening kiosk, similar to this one in the lobby of the Gates County Courthouse, is now in operation at the Albemarle Regional Health Services office in Windsor. | File Photo

disorders go undiagnosed,” said Cindy Ehlers, Vice President of Clinical Operations at Trillium. “Part of Trillium’s mission is to increase access to services and resources where they are needed most. We are proud to launch the Access Point program in Bertie County.”

The Access Point Screening Program is designed to provide people with access to anonymous, evidence-based screenings for mental health and substance use challenges. This tool will provide immediate results and connect users to resources, including local referrals and educational materials. Users may use the screenings for personal assessment, or as a tool to assess and access resources on behalf of someone else.

The Access Point kiosk is equipped with an online screening platform, and has a dedicated phone line (VoIP) that will connect the user to the Trillium call center if they so choose. The kiosk is wheelchair accessible, and features a privacy filter that makes on-screen data visible only to persons directly in front of the monitor.

In addition to the kiosk, the Access Point Screening Program is available online from personal computers and is accessible on all mobile devices. The program screens for the following: depression, generalized anxiety disorder, adolescent depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol use disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, eating disorder, and substance use disorder.

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