As with many, if not most of you, we’ve been monitoring closely the outbreak of the COVID-19 or Coronavirus.
We wanted to reassure you that we are taking this illness very seriously and have been working closely with our providers to ensure that they are able to follow and document their COVID-19 response and protocol in their facilities.
While the risk to our population remains very low, we want to ease any concerns our participants may have in entering a Beat It! Approved Provider for treatment of a substance abuse or mental health issue. All providers are now required to follow the CDC COVD-19 guidelines for a health facility and we will only refer our participants to providers that can demonstrate and/or document their implemented procedures until this health crisis is over or substantially subsides.
These procedures include the following:
- Providers will follow the guidelines and advice provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), especially, but not limited to, Steps Healthcare Facilities Can Take Now to Prepare for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
- Clients and staff will be oriented to the facts, provided by the CDC, concerning the transmission and prevention of COVID-19
- Provider staff or clients who become ill with Upper Respiratory Illness (URI) symptoms or any other potentially communicable illness will be advised to stay home. They will not be allowed to return to the provider until the symptoms of their illness have resolved according to CDC guidelines for Employers and Businesses and Healthcare Facilities
- Provider staff and clients will be oriented to CDC guidelines for the prevention of COVID-19 (and any other communicable disease) by the practices of personal and environmental hygiene such as proper hand washing, covering of the mouth and facial area with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, the cleaning and disinfecting of community areas and other guidelines outlined by the CDC.
- Provider will provide disinfecting hand wipes for clients and staff.
- Clients will be asked for now not to hold hands, hug, etc. at the end of each group session.
There are currently no reports in any of our provider facilities but we are monitoring the situation daily and want to reassure our participants that there are no barriers to the treatment of substance abuse or mental health issues.
For the most updated information, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html