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State of North Carolina Seeking Behavioral Health Volunteers

Monday, March 23, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
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A message from E. Benjamin Money, Jr. MPH, Deputy Secretary for Health Services of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services:

As you know we are facing an unprecedented crisis from COVID-19 that has already had devastating consequences internationally. With the virus now spreading in North Carolina, we need to bolster our health care system to ensure we can care for those impacted by the virus. A crucial component is recruiting volunteers to supplement our health care workforce. I am writing today to ask you to register as a volunteer. 

We are working through our State Medical Response System (SMRS), to recruit and manage volunteers in the following areas: 

  • Clinical (physicians, licensed behavioral health professionals, advanced care providers, nurses, EMS)
  • Clinical Support (pharmacy, imaging and respiratory care)
  • Non-clinical support (facility maintenance, safety, and administrative)

If you are able to volunteer, please register though the NC Training, Exercise, and Response Management System (NC TERMS). That system can be accessed through: https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/. We are also asking volunteers to provide medical supplies if they are able, including personal protective equipment.  

I have attached a letter from Secretary Mandy Cohen with additional information as well as a guide for the NC TERMS system. 

The response to COVID-19 will require action at every level of government. As a health care professional you are critical to helping us make sure our health care system is prepared and ready to respond to this unprecedented challenge. 

Thank you for your commitment to protecting the health and well being of all North Carolinians.

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