JoshProvides directs its charitable spending in the following ways:

Support Groups
Support groups are an excellent resource for people living with epilepsy as well as their family, friends, and caregivers. Members of the group can share their experiences, ask questions, offer each other moral support and emotional comfort, and give practical advice that may help parents and caregivers along their journey. For those who have epilepsy, feelings of loneliness and isolation have been replaced with lifelong friendships and understanding that there are others going through the same struggles and challenges. Support groups can be an uplifting experience and a tremendous resource for support, referrals, and information. If you live in an area where there are no existing groups, JoshProvides may be able to assist with the formation of a support group in your community. Please email our staff at Info@JoshProvides.org for more information.

Education
JoshProvides has a volunteer speaker’s bureau. Depending on your location, we can offer presentations at schools, churches, clubs and associations, and the workplace to help people learn more about epilepsy or how to care for someone if a seizure should occur. If you are interested in being a speaker or helping share information in your local area, please contact our office at Info@JoshProvides.org.

Seizure Response Dog Program
Not only will they become a best friend, but they just might save the life of their owner. Dogs can be trained to alert someone when a seizure is occurring, lay between the floor and the person having a seizure to protect them from injury, get help, and some can even be trained to detect a seizure before it begins and alert someone else or signal their owner to get into a safe position. Learn more by reading our Seizure Response Dogs page. If you feel like a dog would be a good fit with your specific situation, if it is recommended by your neurologist, and if you need assistance paying for a dog and training, the please visit our “Apply for Assistance” page and complete an application.

Transportation
Everyone has a place they need to be at some time – school, work, a doctor’s appointment, and much more. For those with epilepsy, driving may not be an option. For some, the cost of alternative methods of transportation is beyond their financial reach. Check first with your local United Way (dial 2-1-1 in most communities) to see if transportation and/or financial resources for transportation are available in the community where you live. Also check with the county where you reside to see if paratransit options are available. If you still feel you need assistance, visit our “Apply for Assistance” page and complete an application.

Seizure Alert Devices
Epilepsy and seizures affect nearly 3 million people in the United States. Epilepsy is as common as breast cancer and is responsible for as many deaths. This can be a devastating condition for many individuals and their families. In addition, SUDEP (sudden unexplained death from epilepsy) is a real concern. Seizure alert monitors and devices can assist in detecting a seizure is occurring and will issue an alert to parents, friends, or caregivers. Talk with your/your child’s neurologist and research the monitors currently available in today’s marketplace. You can also visit our page, “Seizure Devices and Technology” for information. If you need financial assistance to purchase a device, visit our “Apply for Assistance” page and complete an application.

Medical Services
There may be times assistance is needed to pay for medical treatment, prescription anti-seizure medications, or other care recommended by a patient’s neurologist.

Prescription Medication Assistance: Many pharmaceutical companies have patient assistance programs and may offer medication at a highly discounted rate for those who do not have insurance or cannot afford the co-pay. If you do not know who makes the medication(s), simply do a Google search for the name of the medication and you will find the manufacturer. There are other programs that may also be helpful. Here are just a few possible links where you may find additional information. JoshProvides does not approve or endorse any of the following resources. Do your homework and research the programs, benefits, and any related costs:

If you have talked with the drug manufacturer and checked on other patient assistance programs and still have a cost or co-pay you are not able to afford, please visit our “Apply for Assistance” page and complete an application. You will need to provide specific information regarding the name(s) of the medication, prescribing physician, cost, and pharmacy that is fulfilling the prescription.

Treatment or Medical Care: For help with the cost of a neurology appointment or seizure-related treatment that is recommended by the patient’s medical doctor and not covered by private medical insurance, other reimbursement plans, or government-funded programs (i.e. Medicaid benefits and Medicare benefits), please visit our “Apply for Assistance” page and complete an application. You will need to provide specific information regarding the physician you will be seeing (include contact information), the cost of the appointment, and the number of appointments needed (is this a one-time appointment/treatment or is it ongoing?).