Governor Proclamation and Joint Resolution in State Legislature Commemorate the Milestone
Montgomery, AL March 14, 2017 –The Alabama legislature recognized Dental Lifeline Network • Alabama through House Joint Resolution 64, acknowledging the hundreds of volunteer dentists and laboratories who together donated $5 million in comprehensive dental care through the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program. Governor Robert Bentley also proclaimed March 8, 2017 as Donated Dental Services (DDS) Recognition Day in the State of Alabama. Volunteers in the DDS program, a flagship program of the national nonprofit Dental Lifeline Network (DLN), exceeded $5 million in donated comprehensive dental treatment contributed by dentists and laboratories to people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and cannot afford dental care.
“Alabama DDS is successful because of the wonderful dentists who donate their time and services to improve the lives of people suffering daily from severe dental problems and cannot afford care,” said Dr. Michael Robinson, Executive Director, Alabama Dental Association, DLN • Alabama leadership council co-chair and active DDS volunteer, Studstill,. “We actively encourage our member dentists to volunteer.”
The governor’s proclamation recognized the contribution of more than 250 volunteer dentists, including specialists, and 75 dental laboratories volunteer time and resources and served over 2,000 people since the program launched. DLN • Alabama. DLN • Alabama was founded in 1998 in partnership with the Alabama Dental Association, and receives support from the Alabama Medicaid Agency. This collaboration is one more way to assist older Alabamans with critical dental care, which is crucial to maintaining overall health.
“DDS is my way of giving back and helping those who have no other options,” said Dr. Robinson. “It is a way of bridging access to care for disabled patients with limited resources. Our DDS program in Alabama speaks of the heartfelt kindness of our volunteer colleagues and reflects well on our profession. You only have to treat one patient and you will experience the feel-good nature of this program.”
Alabama residents who qualify can apply for the program at www.DentalLifeline.org/Alabama however, due to lengthy wait lists, applications are only being accepted in some counties. Applicants must lack adequate income to pay for dental care and:
A DDS volunteer dentist sees patients in their own office on their own schedule and determines his or her own treatment plan. The Coordinator serves as liaison between the dentist’s staff and the patient, ensures that the patient arranges for assistance from specialists and laboratories and handles all paperwork. To volunteer or apply for Alabama DDS, visit www.DentalLifeline.org/Alabama or contact Teresa Lioudakis, Alabama Coordinator, at 334.834.1114.
Dental Lifeline Network is a national dental charity providing access to comprehensive dental care for people with disabilities or who are elderly or medically fragile and have no other way to get help. Through the overwhelming generosity of 15,000 volunteer dentists, 3,700 volunteer laboratories, dental products manufacturers and distributors and local communities, DLN transforms lives through the delivery of life-sustaining and even lifesaving care. These volunteers have provided over $350 million in dental treatment to more than 117,000 people in all 50 states and the District of Columbia since the start of the first program in Colorado 32 years ago.
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