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Updates to Service Delivery by Heartland RADAC due to COVID - 19

 

It is the intention of Heartland RADAC to continue serving clients to the best of our ability, while adhering to the restrictions of the Statewide Stay at Home Order No 20-16, issued by Governor Kelly, which went into effect on March 30, 2020.   https://governor.kansas.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/EO20-16.pdf

In order to continue providing services, Heartland RADAC has made a few adjustments to allow us to continue working with clients by phone and telemed/video, while maintaining the social distancing requirements due to COVID – 19.   

All Assessments, Case Management, Peer/Recovery Coaching and Treatment will be performed via phone and/or video depending on the technology available. 

When you call in to the agency main number, our schedulers will ask you a series of questions to make sure you have the ability to complete an assessment.  Once scheduled,  our staff will assist you in getting connected to you based on your responses to the following questions.   

Questions re: technology will include: 

1) Do you have the ability to download an app on your computer or phone? 

2) If yes – are you willing to download the app needed to complete a service via video. 

3) Do you have an email? Are you currently able to retrieve emails? 

4) What is your contact number we can reach you? 

5) Is there an identified Voicemail, where we can leave a confidential message? 

Please call us at 913-789-0951 or 1-800-281-0029 to schedule an assessment.

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  • Beautiful things grow when we work together for good.

How Doing Good Can Get Us Through Hard Times

How Doing Good Can Get Us Through Hard Times

With a pandemic waging hardship across the world for more than a year now, every person has experienced challenges, sadness and a multitude of emotions as a result. It can be difficult to find the good with so much turmoil and uncertainty surrounding everyday life. Yet in order to get through the hard times, a surprising tactic may be the ticket to finding relief: helping others.

Studies have shown that when we give a part of ourselves, we receive so much more in return. Helping others can provide a new sense of purpose that may have been dwindling as a result of the new way of life we’ve endured in 2020. So in order to breathe new life into 2021 and beyond, it’s time to look outside ourselves and focus on others. 

 

It’s Science

Researchers at Harvard have stated that having a purpose can lead to a longer life. Given the connections to happiness and an altruistic lifestyle, these findings aren’t surprising. 

That’s not the only research that’s been done linking our happiness to supporting others. Dr. Laurie Santos is a professor at Yale University who teaches one of the most popular courses of all time. Her course on the science of well-being and happiness garnered thousands of students interested in taking the class from around the world. 

One of those top insights to lead a happier life involves being kind to others, especially during the events of 2020 and now 2021. 

“Research shows that we get happiness from doing nice things for other people,” Dr. Santos said. “The people who self-report being happiest are focused on those in need—they donate more of their time and money to charity and engage in random acts of kindness.” via Newsweek

 

How to Get Involved

Volunteering with a local organization is a great way to take the first step in your journey to do good. Many organizations have pivoted their operations to offer virtual volunteering opportunities or socially distanced offerings. Start by identifying a cause that you’re passionate about and then reach out to see how you can get involved. 

Encourage random acts of kindness among your friends. Hold a competition and hold each other accountable. Start a fundraiser for an organization in your community and ask others to match your donations. The possibilities are endless with doing good and giving back. 

Focusing on others during these difficult times is a way to take your mind off of anxieties and stresses going on in your everyday life, all while providing a positive outcome for somebody else. That’s a win-win for everybody involved. 

 

Don’t forget, it’s science! Study after study shows that your sense or purpose and fulfillment, along with happiness, directly contributes to boosting your own happiness.