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A Message From Our CEO
Developments around the COVID-19 pandemic continue to evolve, and we remain committed to keeping you up to date on all that Meadows Behavioral Healthcare is doing to follow the latest Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations for maintaining staff and patient safety.
We already had stringent infection control practices in place, and we have implemented additional measures in the past months to reduce the risk of infection. These include patient pre-screening with FDA-authorized rapid antigen tests prior to admission and during the first two weeks of treatment, an enhanced deep-cleaning regimen, ongoing patient screenings, the use of face masks indoors by both patients and staff throughout treatment, ongoing symptom monitoring, decreased group gathering sizes, and the implementations of online options for some outpatient treatment, workshops, and family programming.
As a behavioral healthcare institution, we have remained operational throughout this global health crisis, continuing to provide these necessary services in the safest manner possible. Now, as mandated shutdowns and safer-at-home recommendations are eased, we are seeing an increased need for mental health and addiction treatment. Several surveys, including those collected by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), have shown substantial increases in self-reported behavioral health symptoms, with rates nearly double what we would have expected before the pandemic. Nearly half of Americans reported the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll.
Statistics like that make us more committed than ever to our goal of offering unparalleled care. For more information on all we are doing, you can always find the latest programming modifications on this page. The safety of our staff and patients is always our highest priority. Thank you for putting your trust in us!
Sean Walsh, CEO
Meadows Behavioral Healthcare
COVID-19 Response: An Update From Our Chief Medical Officer
An update on what we are doing at Meadows Behavioral Healthcare to continue offering lifesaving treatment in the face of an ongoing global pandemic.
Enhanced Procedures & Programming Modifications
Patient Pre-Screening – During our intake process, all patients answer an in-depth set of COVID-19 Screening Questions to identify any risk factors. Potential patients who are vaccinated will be asked to provide proof of vaccination to admissions coordinators. Potential patients with recent COVID-19 infection or recent exposure to a person with COVID-19 will be required to quarantine, according to CDC recommendations, prior to admitting. We strongly recommend that all potential patients follow COVID-19-related safety measures when traveling to treatment. Once potential patients arrive at the treatment center, they will be administered a COVID-19 rapid antigen test prior to admission and results will be available within 15 minutes. Potential patients who test positive for COVID-19 will be invited to quarantine outside the treatment facility. If that is not possible, all attempts will be made to quarantine potential patients in an isolated room within the treatment facility.
Ongoing Patient Screening – Once admitted, new patients will be administered three additional COVID-19 rapid antigen tests within the first two weeks of treatment. All patients are required to wear a mask while indoors in public areas for the duration of their treatment and to follow recommended hygienic practices. Patients who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccination during treatment will be supported to do so. Employees have received extensive education and training regarding infectious disease transmission and treatment and are strongly encouraged to get vaccinated, practice all safety precautions, and avoid coming to work if they had a possible exposure or if they are not feeling well.
Visitation/Family Programming – We have temporarily suspended in-person visits and all in-person family programming. While we know the value and importance of family treatment in our programs, we acknowledge we have less ability to screen family members and mitigate the potential health risk they present. We are currently offering a variety of educational material by email and telephonic/virtual family treatment experiences to enable family members to participate in their loved ones’ recovery.
Our Facilities – In addition to following all CDC and WHO guidelines and infectious disease protocols, we are enhancing our maintenance and deep-cleaning regimens.
Decreased Group Gatherings – A large percentage of our treatment interventions and modalities already happen in groups of less than 10, but we have modified programming elements that traditionally congregate larger groups of patients.
Face Masks – All patients are required to wear a face mask throughout the entire course of treatment when indoors in public areas.
Social Distancing – We educate and promote opportunities to practice social distance in all relevant areas, including common areas and dining halls. We also make sure to provide adequate spacing and allow for empty seats and spacing our group rooms chairs.
Staff/Patient Hygiene – Our staff follow proper hand hygiene protocols at all times, wear masks while indoors in public areas, and closely monitor any potential exposures and symptoms. We proactively continue to educate staff and patients on CDC guidelines to ensure the highest level of safety.
Outpatient Programs – Outpatient treatment still falls under “essential healthcare business” and we are applying all the same safety measures described above for our outpatient treatment centers, including weekly testing for staff and patients with COVID-19 rapid antigen tests. Additionally, we have developed a variety of virtual outpatient services that can be effectively delivered to those ordered to shelter in place or who prefer to participate using a virtual option during this pandemic.
Traveling for Treatment – Once the difficult decision to seek treatment has been made, we never want getting to treatment to be an obstacle. Meadows Behavioral Healthcare can help solve transportation issues and find a solution for a safe transition to treatment. This includes assistance with ground transportation from most states as well as air transportation companionship with our staff and community partners.
For Alumni – In these uncertain times, staying connected to support systems and recovery groups is more important than ever. For our alumni, we have transitioned to conducting our Recovery Enhancement Group via Zoom online meetings. We have also launched our new alumni app, MBH Onward, that provides online resources, community, and connection at your fingertips 24-7.
Our experienced, compassionate Admissions team is here to help 24 hours a day and will treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve. Let our specialists help you create a road map to get you where you want to go: a healthier, more balanced, fulfilling place in life. When you call, you’ll be led through a series of questions to determine if the Claudia Black Young Adult Center is the right fit for your needs, and how soon your treatment can begin.
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