Northern Pines Mental Health gives computers to 100 families in Brainerd

The Brainerd Dispatch reports…

Northern Pines Mental Health is donating its old laptops and tablets to clients in financial need so they can do telehealth visits with their therapists during a time when mental health challenges are increasing due to the coronavirus pandemic while access to in-person care due to COVID-19 concerns is decreasing.

“When the coronavirus thing first hit, we just had like the perfect matchup because we had a large stack of equipment that we had phased out that gets used daily,” said David Gohl, director of information technology at Northern Pines Mental Health Center.

Northern Pines is offering the computers and tablets at no cost to those undergoing treatment at Northern Pines and who are in financial need for online telehealth (or videoconferencing) visits.

They gave out 100 computers…

Ten tablets with cellular internet and 90 refurbished computers were distributed by the health care provider among 100 families served by Northern Pines, which has an office on Northwest Fifth Street

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