As the number of those affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States continues to rise, Bowen Center is now providing psychiatric, therapy, and community-based services over the phone. Governor Eric Holcomb and Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction director, Jay Chaudhary, J.D., worked to allow Bowen Center the flexibility to provide care over the phone instead putting its patients and mental health professionals at risk of transmitting the disease in face-to-face sessions.
Moving to phone-based appointments will increase Bowen Center’s capacity to see more patients and serve new and returning patients. The ability to meet the increased need will help guard the mental and physical health of those who need help. “During this difficult time, it is imperative that there are no disruptions in the services our patients receive, said Rob Ryan, Bowen Center Senior Vice President of Operations. “A national emergency of this magnitude can take its toll on anyone’s mental health and we need to continue being there for our current patients and new patients who are struggling during this extraordinarily stressful time.”
Bowen Center also partners with schools and businesses in the state via its Student Assistance Program and Employee Assistance Program. Through the programs a number of pre-paid sessions are available to students and employees. Those pre-paid sessions will now also be held over the phone. A list of the schools and businesses covered under the Bowen Center SAP and EAP programs along with more information can be found on the BowenCenter.org website under Services.
Bowen Center will continue to follow the guidance from the Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction, plus the CDC to ensure the health and safety of its patients and staff and provide on-going, uninterrupted, life-changing care. To make an appointment or for more information, call (800) 342-5653.
Bowen Center is a non-profit Community Mental Health Center serving 28 Indiana counties and growing. Founded in 1961, the center is named in honor of former Indiana Governor, Otis R. Bowen, MD. Bowen Center strives to strengthen its communities and to improve the health and well-being of those it is privileged to serve. For more information visit, BowenCenter.org.