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POWER shall ensure the availability of preferential treatment to pregnant women. Priority is given to women as follows: (a) pregnant injection-drug users; (b) pregnant substance users; (c) injection-drug users; (d) overdose survivors; (e) veterans; and (f) all others.

 

POWER is diligently monitoring the situation around COVID-19 (coronavirus), paying close attention to CDC guidelines and updates from the Allegheny Health Department. The health and safety of our clients, staff, volunteers, and supporters is our top priority.

Updated March 24, 2020

On March 23, Governor Wolf announced a Stay-at-Home mandate for Allegheny County. While the order does not change that POWER is considered life-sustaining businesses, POWER is electing to take additional steps to protect the health of our clients and staff.

As of March 24, 2020, the following services will move to a telehealth model for at least the next two weeks.

POWER offices at 907 West St are closed.

All Intake services will be provided by telephone. Intake Specialists will continue to work from home managing all referrals, conducting urgent care screenings, referring clients for critical medical and/or mental health services when indicated, and scheduling all level of care assessments.

Assessment Specialists will conduct assessments over the phone. This includes assessments for Positive Beginnings. We have communicated this change with our community partners, and they are in agreement.

All Outpatient counseling will occur by phone. All Mentoring services will be conducted by phone as well.

While these services are currently only available by phone, we are looking into communication platforms that could include video and will keep you updated with any developments.

These changes DO NOT apply to POWER House. The House will continue to provide in-patient/residential treatment with the protocols and restrictions that we have put in place for now.

If you or someone you know is having trouble with alcohol or other drugs, we are still available to help. Call the POWER Line at 412-243-8755.

Updated March 19, 2020

Friends,

In response to the current COVID-19 situation, we have decided to postpone this year's POWER Promises event scheduled for May 19. We will continue to monitor the situation and update you with our plans as they evolve.

This annual event provides crucial funds needed to provide the best care for people with substance use disorders. While we are able to postpone the event, we cannot push pause on the needs of our clients.

Recovery cannot be postponed.

POWER provided essential services to 187 people last week.

Our staff remains committed to being here for the women and men working hard to maintain their recovery during this difficult time, but they can't do it alone.

If you are able to help, please give.

We will need support to maintain services and stability for those who need it most in this period of uncertainty.

Thank you for being part of the POWER community. In the coming days and weeks, it will be our connections to each other that give us strength.

We will get through this together.

Sincerely,
Rosa Davis
CEO

Updated March 16, 2020

We are not currently making any changes to the services we provide to people recovering from addiction. This includes POWER House, POWER New Day Outpatient Therapy, POWER Connections mentoring, and the POWER Line. All of our programs will continue to operate as normal until further notice.

We are suspending all volunteer activities at POWER.

We've implemented measures to address the current threat and reduce the spread of germs at all POWER facilities. This includes additional sanitzation stations, telecommuting for nonessential staff, increased infection prevention and control training, and enhanced screening protocols.

We are asking anyone experiencing symptoms of illness to avoid visiting any POWER facilities. This includes fevers, chills, headache, sore throat, body aches, cough, tiredness, and/or runny nose.

If you have any further questions about POWER's response or services, please contact POWER at 412-243-7535.

You can find additional resources for supporting your recovery during this time on our Facebook page.

    
For help, call the POWER Line: 412.243.8755
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