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ChildSavers accepting new patients for mental health services during pandemic

The local nonprofit has seen a 524% increase in telehealth sessions since the implementation of the offering in April.

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Trauma-informed child therapy and child development services nonprofit ChildSavers continues to accept new mental health patients during the current health crisis. Since transitioning the majority of its mental health services to a telehealth model in response to the COVID-19 pandemic during the first week of April, ChildSavers has seen a 524 percent increase in virtual patient visits.

Virtual mental health sessions are held via Zoom with ChildSavers’ team of licensed professionals. The nonprofit accepts all Medicaid HMOs and most private insurance providers. ChildSavers will work with families regardless of their ability to pay. Sessions are about an hour in length once-a-week and focus on play therapy and building resiliency. Mental health therapy for Spanish-speaking children and families is also available.

“As the long-term mental health ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic largely remain to be seen among children, we want families throughout the Richmond community to know we are here for them,” said Katie Francis, program manager, mental health services at ChildSavers. “Our hope is that families who might be struggling with increased anxiety and stress during what are still uncertain times will take advantage of our telehealth services.”

In the past, federal holidays and winter and summer breaks have proved to be difficult times for ChildSavers’ clinicians and therapists to continue sessions with children. As a result of the implementation of telehealth technology, the infrastructure now is in place for the nonprofit to bridge the gap in reaching clients during traditionally difficult times to do so. Since implementing virtual sessions, ChildSavers is able to provide more per week: In April 2020 the nonprofit had 225 mental health sessions, compared to 183 sessions during the same time period in 2019.

“This has been a unique experience for everyone at ChildSavers, but we look forward to utilizing much of what we’ve learned during this time to be more effective in our work moving forward,” said Robert Bolling, CEO of ChildSavers. “We will continue to adapt our telehealth services as we work to bring trauma-informed care to a subsect of Richmond children who need us during this time and in the future.”

In addition to the teletherapy options, the nonprofit continues to offer therapy sessions from its East End location while taking precautions to help ensure the health and safety of families, children, and staff.

ChildSavers’ clinicians provide treatment for children and adolescents regardless of an ability to pay. For more information and to learn more about the organization’s mental health services, visit https://childsavers.org/ or call (804) 644-9590.

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New report finds Virginia Capital Trail generated $8.9 million in local economic activity last year

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

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The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation recently released an economic impact report by the University of Richmond in collaboration with the Institute for Service Research, the findings were significant.

The report concluded that the Capital Trail contributed approximately $8.9 million in economic activity during FY 2018-19. The Trail which has seen a 65% increase in trail usage in March and a 46% increase in April over last year, is a driving stimulus for local business, tourism, and economic activity, the report found.

The full economic impact report can be found here.

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No Kid Hungry Virginia offers families access to free meals for kids this summer via text message

The summer months are already one of the hungriest times of year for many children. The need will be even greater this summer with more than 10% of Virginians facing unemployment because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Free meal programs for children will continue to be available across Virginia during the summer. No Kid Hungry Virginia encourages families to text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 to find free summer food sites organized by school districts and community organizations.

Meal sites are offering a variety of distribution models to help safely connect students with meals and promote social distancing, including “Grab and Go” service and food delivery along bus routes while passing out multiple days’ worth of meals at one-time.

The summer months are already one of the hungriest times of year for many children. The need will be even greater this summer with more than 10% of Virginians facing unemployment because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recent estimates show that as many as 1 in 4 children could experience food insecurity in the aftermath of this crisis.

“A big challenge is making sure families know how to find resources,” said Sarah Steely, No Kid Hungry Virginia Associate Director. “Please share the texting number with family and friends and on social networks, and check with your local school division for the most detailed information. We need to make everyone is aware of free meal resources in their communities.”

The Summer Meals program is funded by the USDA and operated by school districts and local organizations. Schools have been utilizing the Summer Meals program to operate emergency meal sites throughout the pandemic. Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and type in a zip code to find nearby summer meal sites, along with operating days and times. No application or registration is required at sites.

Summer hunger can have a long-term impact on a child’s health, ability to learn, and general well-being. No Kid Hungry Virginia is focused on providing funding and strategic assistance to schools and local organizations implementing summer meal programs to help them reach more kids during the pandemic.

Visit va.nokidhungry.org for more information about No Kid Hungry Virginia’s work.

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Kroger offering drive-thru COVID-19 testing at Striker Park in Short Pump through Thursday

People who need a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible. Eligibility for testing is based on CDC, state, and local government recommendations.

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Through Thursday, Kroger Health will offer a COVID-19 Drive-Thru testing site at Richmond Striker Park in Glen Allen.

Community members can register here. People who need a test will use a virtual screening tool based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to see if they are eligible. Eligibility for testing is based on CDC, state, and local government recommendations.

Eligible people will then select the appropriate testing location and appointment time and receive an email confirmation with pre-appointment paperwork. When the patient arrives for a test, they should have a photo ID ready and leave their windows rolled up for check-in. A health care practitioner will approach the car and alert the patient when to roll down the window.

The drive-thru testing location has a self-administered nasal swab that must be ordered and observed by a provider. Kroger determined their testing methodology because it increases the number of tests that can be provided while conserving the personal protective equipment utilized.

This onsite testing is supported by the laboratory services provided by eTrueNorth, a contractor of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Test results are expected within approximately 48 hours. Kroger Health is expected to administer 150 tests per day.

The testing site is open June 23rd through 25th from 8:00 AM until 1:00 PM. Striker Park is located at 4801 Pouncey Tract Road near Short Pump Middle School.

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