As we Stay Home for Nevada, all therapy, evaluation, supervision, consultation, and coaching appointments with me will continue to be conducted by telehealth through April 30, 2020. The State of Nevada has extended all emergency actions to mitigate spread of Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) until the end of April, while directing state residents to stay home. Accordingly, I will continue following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and ethical best practices of the American Psychological Association for everyone’s safety during the ongoing pandemic.

To protect your health and the health of those around you, please comply with the State and local directives for all residents to stay home and shelter in place unless leaving your residence is absolutely necessary. The Nevada Health Response COVID-19 website provides Nevadans with resources pertaining to the current status of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact within the state of Nevada. Washoe County residents can stay up to date with your developing local health crisis through the Reno Sparks Washoe COVID-19 Regional Information Center.

If you have flu-like symptoms or have come in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, the Novel Coronavirus 2019, please contact your primary care doctor’s office immediately by phone. Your primary care team can provide appropriate screening and assistance. If you have severe symptoms that require immediate attention, please go to your nearest emergency room. The Washoe County Health District Hotline can be reached at (775) 328-2427.

Disaster related behavioral health support resources are available. The Disaster Distress Helpline is available for immediate crisis counseling for persons experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster, including COVID-19, by calling (800) 985-5990. As always, you may also call Crisis Support Services of Nevada at (800) 273-8255 or text CARE to 839863. The Substance Use Disorder Hotline can be reached at (800) 450-9530 or my texting IMREADY to 839863. In addition, the Nevada 2-1-1 Program connects individuals and families to essential health and human services information and resources at www.nevada211.org.

Scheduled clients will continue to receive the automated appointment reminders via SMS text message, phone calls, and/or Emails with a link to join our sessions at the scheduled time. If you would like to reschedule or need to cancel your appointment, please notify my office at (775) 200-0626 at your earliest convenience. You may also make scheduling changes through your online portal account up until 24 hours of the appointment, at which time you will need to contact the office at (775) 200-0626.

Please continue to reference the CDC’s dedicated 2019-ncov website for additional information, and maintain awareness of the situation by checking the official communications from the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization.