As part of the heightened preventive measures we have put in place in response to COVID-19, Cove Forge Behavioral Health in Williamsburg and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is now offering services via telephone and virtual communication platforms to ensure the safety of our patients, their family members, and our staff.
What Is Telehealth?
Learn about the benefits of telehealth
The term telehealth can be used to describe a variety of health-related services that employ phones, computers, or other devices to connect individuals with treatment or with loved ones who are receiving care. The many benefits of telehealth include:
- Access – Telehealth has the potential to greatly expand access to care. Individuals who live too far from a treatment center, or who are precluded from traveling due to mobility concerns or other reasons can take part in telehealth programming without leaving their homes.
- Safety – Participants whose health may be compromised by traveling, attending group therapy sessions in person, or otherwise being in the company of others can use telehealth solutions to remain safe while still receiving the care they need.
- Flexibility – Certain telehealth services, such as telehealth assessments, may be scheduled when most convenient for the individual.
- Support – For individuals who are taking part in residential programming, telehealth visitation sessions with close friends or family members who are unable to visit in person can be a source of significant support.
With an appreciation for the benefits of telehealth, and consistent with our goal of providing the highest quality of care to the greatest number of individuals and families, Cove Forge Behavioral Health is proud to now offer three types of telehealth services: telehealth assessments, telehealth programming, and telehealth visitation.
Telehealth assessment process at Cove Forge Behavioral Health in Williamsburg, PA
A telehealth assessment can be the first step on your path to improved health. The assessment process is designed to collect pertinent information so you can be connected with the programming that best fits your specific needs. When you choose the facility that’s right for you, the information that was gathered during your assessment can be used to guide the development of your personalized treatment plan.
Telehealth assessments may also be referred to as tele-assessments or virtual assessments. If they involve the use of videoconferencing software, they may be called video assessments. In any format or by any name, the goal will remain the same: to identify your needs and determine the type and level of care that will best prepare you to achieve long-term recovery.
The telehealth assessment option through Cove Forge Behavioral Health means you can take part in this process at the time and place that’s most convenient to you. You can begin the process by calling our facility. A friendly and knowledgeable member of our team is available to speak with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Your tele-assessment will consist of a conversation with a compassionate professional. You will answer questions about why you’re seeking treatment, what symptoms you’ve been experiencing, and how these symptoms have impacted your life. You may also talk about your goals for treatment and, if applicable, any previous treatment experiences you’ve had.
At the end of the conversation, the professional who conducted your tele-assessment will make a recommendation for the programming that can meet your needs and help you achieve your goals. The entire tele-assessment process is free of charge, and your participation does not obligate you to enter treatment.
Telehealth programming at Cove Forge Behavioral Health in Williamsburg, PA
Cove Forge Behavioral Health offers outpatient treatment for adults at two locations. Our main campus in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania, hosts a partial hospitalization program (PHP). Our outpatient location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the site of both a PHP and an intensive outpatient program (IOP).
Previously, adults needed to travel to one of these locations in order to take part in outpatient services. Now, our telehealth programming option allows adults to participate in PHP or IOP sessions from the safety and comfort of their homes.
Outpatient telehealth programming, or telehealth therapy, employs a virtual communication system to put participants in touch with treatment professionals. Depending upon individual need and level of care, telehealth therapy through our PHP or IOP may include individual and group sessions.
As with our in-person services, telehealth therapy provides a structured connection to superior clinical services, with the objectives of helping adults gain a solid foothold in early recovery and working toward successful long-term abstinence from alcohol and other addictive substances.
If you meet the criteria for our PHP or IOP and you wish to take part in treatment through the telehealth programming option, a member of our team can provide you with all the technical requirements and other details you need to participate.
Telehealth visitation at Cove Forge Behavioral Health in Williamsburg, PA
If you take part in residential programming at Cove Forge, you’ll benefit from round-the-clock care in a focused environment, where you can place your full attention on engaging in therapy and beginning your recovery journey. Stepping away from the pressures and distractions of everyday life can be a valuable component of residential care. But it’s still important to retain a connection with the members of your personal support network.
Our telehealth visitation service, which is sometimes referred to as televisitation or virtual visitation, uses videoconferencing software to allow you to see, hear, and speak with close friends and family members while you’re in our residential program. This service extends visitation opportunities to include loved ones who are not able to travel to our treatment facility in Williamsburg, Pennsylvania.
When you or your loved one enters residential treatment, one of our team members will be happy to explain our televisitation process in detail so you’ll be prepared to stay in touch with the people who are most important to you.