Shelby County offering free teletherapy to county employees, official says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County government is offering free teletherapy services to all county employees amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Mayor Lee Harris announced the expansion of employee benefits to include virtual counseling services for all Shelby County employees, according to a press release.

The new program allows employees to receive unlimited video, phone or in-person counseling services as they continue to provide critical services to residents in Shelby County.

Employees are not required to have health insurance through Shelby County to receive free counseling. In addition, in-person and urgent appointments remain available for anyone who needs them.

The teletherapy program is a part of the Employee Assistance Program, which is managed by Concern.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledge that stress and anxiety result from crises like the global novel coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to teletherapy services, Shelby County government has taken a variety of actions in response to COVID-19, including implementing SCG’s first Alternative Work Solutions program, expanding paid sick leave opportunities for employees, and reducing the jail population to reduce spread.