Re-Entry in a Post COVID World

Re-Entry in a Post COVID World

Season 2, Episode 8

Host(s): Dr. Larry Force, Andrew O’Grady, Elisa Gwilliam

Guest(s): None

In this episode of INTERSECTIONS Policy, Program, and Practice Exchange, Andrew O’Grady and Dr. Larry Force discusses the mental health impacts of COVID-19 and suggestions to ease the re-entry process using technology.

Topics Discussed

  • Collective mental health effects of COVID-19
  • Difficulties with re-entry into the world after quarantine
  • Impact of COVID on family dynamics
  • New technology born from the pandemic
  • Effects of social isolation on mental health
  • Public libraries as a community hub


Key Quote(s)

  • “They say that prolonged exposure to something negative can impact you in a very negative way, and that’s what leads to PTSD-type symptoms…we as a country have been inundated since the beginning of COVI with graphic images [that have led to a collective experience of PTSD symptoms].” – Andrew O’Grady
  • “People have been exposed to something very difficult. What do you walk away with?” – Dr. Larry Force


INTERSECTIONS is an innovative, peer delivered, modular self-care program developed by the National Organization of Adult Addictions and Recovery (NOAAR) and Mental Health America of Dutchess County.

Addiction, chronic illness, and mental health are dimensions in our lives that isolate us. They isolate us from ourselves, from others, and from our spirit. INTERSECTIONS helps us connect and reconnect to reach our full potential.

INTERSECTIONS promotes the reduction of reoccurrence, improved maintenance of recovery plans, and success within family systems and the community.

Modules include:

  • Orientation
  • Meditation
  • Movement
  • Nutrition
  • Mindfulness
  • Personal Visions and Goals
  • Spirituality

INTERSECTIONS is based on a theoretical orientation called The Theory of Dimensionality and is rooted in a Practice-Based Intervention, Dimensional Solution Based Treatment (DSBT).

“We cannot fix you because you are not broken … everybody has stuff. We are all in Recovery from something.”

About MHA Dutchess County

Mental Health America of Dutchess County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making sure nobody gets left behind in our community due to lack of mental health services. Our staff and volunteers work day and night to:

  • Strengthen families
  • Overcome fear
  • Help people dealing with anxiety
  • Link individuals to the supports they need
  • Provide safe spaces to heal
  • Break down stigma
  • …and much, much more.