As businesses scramble to make as many services as possible available online, Lifeways is no exception.
The community mental health provider is offering appointments via telephone and telehealth technology, to make sure people can still talk to a therapist or receive other mental health services even if they are sick or isolating themselves at home. As an "essential service," Lifeways staff also continue to provide services in residential and hospital settings, emergency rooms, out in the community and in their offices.
"At the same time, we are following CDC and Public Health guidance on social distancing, health monitoring, cleaning and (personal protective equipment) use," Chief Operating Officer Liz Johnson wrote in an email.
She said they have "garnered strength" from increased support and communication from their community partners, and are conducting an organizational-wide effort to monitor the situation daily and continue to make adjustments to meet demand.
To set up an appointment with Lifeways, call 541-567-2536 for Hermiston and 541-276-6207 for Pendleton.
Lifeways also has a 24-hour crisis line at 541-240-8030 and a less urgent "warm" line at 1-800-698-2392.
Information about crisis services can also be found online at www.lifeways.org/crisis-2.
Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the phone numbers for the Pendleton and Hermiston offices are to set up an appointment, not for a support line.