The Fight Against Trauma Takes on New York
The Cannabis Health Program at COIT is facilitating their first NEW YORK MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM CARD DRIVE for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder(PTSD)
To all those effected by trauma and seeking alternative and naturopathic relief- On Saturday August 22, 2020 from 12pm-7pm, The Cannabis Health Program at COIT and their team of NY therapists and social workers will be available via tele-health video to assist in providing a brief intervention program to assess, diagnose, counsel and refer eligible PTSD sufferers to the New York State Medical Marijuana as an alternative medication to assist in stabilizing their symptoms.
1 in 11 individuals cope with PTSD, approximately 3.5% of adults. During the current COVID-19 health pandemic, trauma related symptoms are more prevalent and have increased in all communities, leading many individuals to struggle with the detrimental emotional and mental impairment to their overall functioning that is caused by acute, chronic or complex traumas.
Some of the most common symptoms of PTSD include the following:
*Intense feelings of distress when reminded of a tragic event
*Extreme physical reactions to reminders of trauma such as a nausea, sweating or a pounding heart
*Invasive, upsetting memories of a tragedy
*Flashbacks (feeling like the trauma is happening again)
*Nightmares of either frightening things or of the event
*Loss of interest in life and daily activities
*Feeling emotionally numb and detached from other people
*Sense of a not leading a normal life (not having a positive outlook of your future)
*Avoiding certain activities, feelings, thoughts or places that remind you of the tragedy *Difficulty remembering important aspects of a tragic event
During the New York Brief Intervention Tele-Health Medical Marijuana Program Card Drive for PTSD, sufferers of PTSD will have the opportunity to report their symptoms to their evaluating therapist through psycho-metric testing and a comprehensive mental health evaluation. A diagnosis, clinical referral and specialized counseling session will be provided to assist them in becoming certified medical marijuana patients with the State of New York.
All services for the drive will be conducted electronically via our HIPAA health care compliant tele-health video platform and an electronic medical record. To participate, individuals are required to access this service through a smartphone, tablet or computer with a camera and have the ability to engage in the evaluation in a safe and private manner. This includes a private setting where you can secure your confidentiality and be able to discuss your mental health.
TO GET STARTED: Send your full name(as it appears on your NY State ID), your telephone number and preferred email to email@example.com with the subject line, NY MMP DRIVE.
Prospective medical marijuana patients who are seeking to participate in the MMP Drive will receive an email with access to your Client Portal, where they will be able to fill out the required electronic forms and also schedule their brief intervention MMP evaluation. If you require any additional help, please call 732-508-0052.
What is the cost of the NY MMP Tele-Health Drive for PTSD?
MMP Drive Price: $300 ($50 reduced price)
*Normal cost for this service is $350 but discounted during the day of the drive
(4% additional charge for Credit Cards) HSA plans Accepted
All services can be paid for in your Client Portal. You will receive an invoice for your evaluation via email prior to your appointment that will be automatically generated from us. Please have your evaluation paid for before the start of your appointment. You can call 732-508-0052 for assistance.
Are their any more costs after I complete the drive?
Getting evaluated during our NY MMP Drive is the first step to becoming a certified medical marijuana patient and receiving your medical marijuana card. The next and final step includes having your condition certified and registered in the State of New York Medical Marijuana Program by our Medical Marijuana Doctor for 5-15 minutes and then submitting your application to the State Department. Once the doctor approves you for medical cannabis, the doctor’s office will send a patient certification form on your behalf to the State of New York. Once you’ve received your patient certification from our doctors, you will need to fill out an online patient application for the medical marijuana program. The State of NJ charges $100 as the application fee, which is included in the doctor’s total fee of $139.99. You will also receive detailed instructions on how to do this, post-appointment, via email. After completing an evaluation at the MMP Drive, you will be mailed your medical record via email to submit to the doctor during your visit.
How long does it take to get my medical marijuana card after the drive?
Typically 1-4 weeks. You can schedule your medical marijuana certification appointment for as soon as the same day, for any day and time after your complete your evaluation during our MMP drive and are rendered a referral. The doctors office will send your application to be a Medical Marijuana patient the same day that you complete your certification.
How long is the MMP evaluation?
Expect to be in your evaluation for a maximum of 2 hours.
This drive is open to anyone who has been struggling with the signs and symptoms of PTSD.
PLEASE NOTE: To receive a referral for entry into NJ’s medical marijuana program, individuals must be assessed and evaluated to cope with PTSD.
NO PREVIOUS TREATMENT HISTORY is required for our assessment or referral. (Full history of your experience and treatment for your symptoms will be gathered during your visit)