Choptank partners with KCPL to expand access to behavioral health services

CHESTERTOWN — Choptank Community Health is expanding access to behavioral health services through a new partnership with the Kent County Public Library and its Chestertown and North County branches to provide safe spaces and the use of iPads for telehealth appointments.

The program, funded through a grant from the Mid-Shore Health Improvement Coalition, aims at providing expanded avenues to health care to people without access to technology, including those in the Mid-Shore’s most rural areas.

Behavioral health patients will need to make appointments with Choptank Health before using the iPads.

When arriving at the Chestertown (408 High St.) or North County (119 N. Main St., Building E,  Galena) library branches, patients will be provided with an iPad and a safe space in a Cubicall study pod to conduct video appointments with their Choptank Health provider.

Cubicall is a U.S.-based company that provides modular spaces for isolated, private communications in health care offices, libraries, court systems, businesses and more.

The iPads will be returned to the library’s front desk at checkout for others to use after each session.

The installation of the Cubicall study pods at KCPL’s Chestertown and North County branches in 2023 was made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums.

“The library is a community resource for our residents to use for more than just books. We’re proud to partner with Choptank Health on this project to help strengthen our communities and help bring this access to health care to Kent County,” KCPL Executive Director Arnessa Dowell said in a news release.

Choptank Community Health System provides medical, dental and school-based health services to more than 30,000 adults and children in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot counties. Services include primary health care, women’s health, pediatrics, behavioral health, chronic health management, lab services and care navigation.

New patients are welcome.

For more information, see choptankhealth.org.

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