Welcome to ELM. You are important to us and we are honored that you chose us to help you through this difficult time. You are even more important to God and we want you to know that.
We realize that an unplanned pregnancy, no matter how old you are, can be frightening. Decisions aren’t always easy. We want to make sure you are well informed about all your options, so that you can make an educated decision. You can also receive material support, as well as emotional and spiritual encouragement.
If you‘re a first time mom, we have a prenatal program that will explain the changes you are experiencing throughout your pregnancy. If you are looking for information about abortion procedures, we will give you all the educational materials available. *We do NOT refer clients to abortion doctors or clinics*. If you are someone who has chosen an abortion and is presently facing the aftermath, we are here to help. If you are a dad and have no clue about parenting, we will help you, too, by offering our parenting or guide to fatherhood programs.
Our services are FREE and confidential. Our primary focus is YOU!! We do offer support to the significant people in your life, but we always have your best interests at heart. We will offer different perspectives, challenge your understanding, and encourage you to look pass the crisis and to see what God can do.
We will not tell you what to do or make any decision for you; we will walk alongside of you, holding your hand (if you want us to). We will share our experience, strength, hope, knowledge and education-without judgment or condemnation. We will laugh, cry, and even pray with you.
So thank you for visiting us at ELM- where Every Life Matters (especially YOURS!!).
Free test done by trained staff. These pregnancy tests are only a preliminary to an actual limited obstetric ultrasound. It’s possible to get a negative result from a ‘home’ pregnancy test when you’re actually pregnant. This is known as
a false-negative — and it’s much more likely to occur than is a false-positive.
You might get a false-negative if you:
- Take the test too early. The earlier after a missed period that you take a home pregnancy test, the harder it is for the test to detect HCG. For the most accurate results, take the test one week after a missed period — when the
level of HCG in your urine is most likely to be detectable. If you can’t wait that long, ask your health care provider for a blood test.
- Check test results too soon. Be sure to give the test time to work. Consider setting a timer according to the package instructions.
- Use diluted urine. For the most accurate results, take the test first thing in the morning — when your urine is the most concentrated.Learn More
Family Ties & Parenting
Parenting class held at the Blair County Prison for the female inmates. Incarcerated moms learn how to make better choices, have healthier relationships, and break the generational stuff that plagues their family.
ELM’s Sexual Risk Avoidance program called “Why Wait?” was started in 2013. Our Relationship Educator, Erin Shubik, has presented to thousands of students from many different venues including college campuses, public schools, private schools, youth groups, weekend retreats, and summer camps throughout Blair County. Her goal is to educate and equip young people with information for healthy relationship development.
This interactive program is filled with visuals, fun activities, relevant statistics, and testimonials. The students’ response to this program has been extremely positive and many have stated how much they learned from the presentation, as well as changes they will be making to their lifestyles from that point forward.
If you are interested in having our Relationship Educator come to your school or event to present the “Why Wait?” program please call 814-650-7899. She will provide you with references from principals and teachers whose class she has presented in. There is no fee for the service provided.
Post Abortion Recovery
Group or individual support for those who are affected by abortion. Some of us have been right where you are. We thought it was the only option- we believed the lie. Well, it is time for us to let go and let God free us from the bondage of shame, guilt, remorse and regret. It’s time for us to be Forgiven and Set Free.
Notice of Privacy Practices
This notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review it carefully.
You have the right to:
- You can ask to see or get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record and other health information we have about you. Ask us how to do this.
- We will provide a copy or a summary of your health information, usually within 30 days of your request. We may charge a reasonable, cost-based fee.
- You can ask us to correct health information about you that you think is incorrect or incomplete.
- We may say “no” to your request, but we’ll tell you why in writing within 60 days.
- You can ask us to contact you in a specific way (for example, home or office phone) or to send mail to a different address.
- We will say “yes” to all reasonable requests.
- You can ask us not to use or share certain health information for treatment, payment, or our operations. We are not required to agree to your request, and we may say “no” if it would affect your care.
- You can ask for a list (accounting) of the times we’ve shared your health information for six years prior to the date you ask, who we shared it with, and why.
- We will include all the disclosures except for those about treatment, payment, and health care operations, and certain other disclosures (such as any you asked us to make). We’ll provide one accounting a year for free but will charge a reasonable, cost-based fee if you ask for another one within 12 months.
- You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
- If you have given someone medical power of attorney or if someone is your legal guardian, that person can exercise your rights and make choices about your health information.
- We will make sure the person has this authority and can act for you before we take any action.
- You can complain if you feel we have violated your rights by contacting us.
- You can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights by sending a letter to 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20201, calling 1-877-696-6775, or visiting www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/complaints/.
- We will not retaliate against you for filing a complaint.
You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:
- Tell family and friends about your condition
- Provide disaster relief
- Provide mental health care
- Market our services and sell your information
- Raise funds
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share. If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
- Share information with your family, close friends, or others involved in your care
- Share information in a disaster relief situation
- Include your information in a hospital directory
lf you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed fo /essen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases, we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
- Marketing purposes
- Sale of your information
- Most sharing of psychotherapy notes
In the case of fundraising:
- We may contact you for fundraising efforts, but you can tell us not to contact you again.
Our Uses and Disclosures
How do we typically use or share your health information?
We use or share your health information in the following ways:
- We use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
- We use and share your health information to improve our services, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.
Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.
- How else can we use or share your health information?
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your infomation for these purposes. For more information, see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
- We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
- Preventing disease
- Helping with product recalls
- Reporting adverse reactions to medications
- Reporting suspected abuse, neglect, or domestic violence
- Preventing or reducing a serious threat to anyone’s health or safety
- We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
- We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
- We are required by law to maintain the privacy and security of your protected health information.
- We will let you know promptly if a breach occurs that may have compromised the privacy or security of your information.
- We must follow the duties and privacy practices described in this notice and give you a copy of it.
- We will not use or share your information other than as described here unless you tell us we can in writing. lf you tell us we can, you may change your mind at any time. Let us know in writing if you change your mind.
For more information: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.
Changes to the Terms of this Notice
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our Website.