As Mental Health Awareness Month wraps up, I thought I would take a moment to discuss one of the key components to our Behavioral Health services at the Grafton-Taylor County Health Department.
As I have mentioned in previous articles, we now have a Board-Certified Family Nurse Practitioner, Diana Boyle, on staff. In addition to running our Public Health section, Diana has become an integral part in our Behavioral Health practice.
One of her roles in the Behavioral Health practice involves Harm Reduction. In case you didn’t know, Harm Reduction is a free and confidential program that reduces the risks of IV drug use. Harm Reduction programs provide resources, education, and rehabilitation opportunities. Harm Reduction serves people who use drugs, while also protecting community members and visitors. This program encompasses a variety of programs such as Needle Exchange Clinics. In an effort to reduce the spread of transmittable diseases such as HIV and Hepatitis, these clinics provide sterile needles and syringes. The Grafton-Health Department also collects used syringes and disposes of them safely.
Through this program, Diana offers the following services: psychosocial evaluations, physicals, wound care, contraception, Naloxone kits (which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose), referral to treatment facilities, education, and more.
In addition to Harm Reduction, Diana evaluates all Behavioral Health patients for existing physical ailments that may be affecting their mental health. Optional services including physical examinations are available for all Behavioral Health patients. Diana can also prescribe medications for mental illness disorders such as depression or anxiety. Please note: she does not prescribe narcotics. The Grafton-Taylor County Health Department does not, and will not stock or prescribe narcotics.
As mentioned, our Nurse Practitioner, Diana Boyle, also runs our Public Health Section. This section offers a variety of services available to everyone. So, if you’re not a Behavioral Health client, you can still stop by and be seen! Diana’s other services include: Well Child visits, Family Planning services, consultations, sports/work physicals, Breast Cancer and Cervical Cancer Screening (BCCSP) services, acute to chronic illness treatment, preventative care, disease management, eye exams, and more. All services are available to the community regardless of income or insurance status.
If you’re interested in seeing Diana, take a second and call our office. We are currently accepting new patients, so don’t hesitate to make your appointment today by calling the office during normal business hours (Monday-Friday; 8AM-4PM) at 304-265-1288. We look forward to hearing from you, and aiding in your healing journey.