In the wake of growing nationwide concern over the Coronavirus outbreak, we wanted to take a moment to address some of those concerns as they pertain to Agency for Community Treatment Services, Inc.
We find ourselves in a unique position: We’re a medical facility with a population of immune-compromised individuals who have come to us for addiction and alcoholism treatment, as well as for shelters and permanent housing. Our goal is to keep our employees and clients healthy.
(updated June 15, 2021)
We have been closely monitoring CDC updates, the roll out of COVID-19 vaccines, and the declining rates of COVID-19 in the communities we serve. Yet, the pandemic isn’t over, and we must remain vigilant. As an agency that provides essential services to vulnerable people, it is imperative that we continue to closely follow CDC recommendations for healthcare providers to ensure we keep all clients, staff, and visitors safe. As such, we will continue our daily disinfection, client and staff screenings, and social distancing.
Effective Monday, June 14th, 2021, ACTS moved into our Pandemic Recovery Status Phase, which includes these modifications across the agency.
Masks & Face Coverings
We will continue to mandate universal masking for all clients and visitors at all of our programs/facilities, regardless of vaccine status.
Additionally, all staff, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear masks when in any client service area.
However, staff who show proof that they are fully vaccinated, as defined below, may choose to go mask free outside of client care spaces, such as in offices, breakrooms, meeting rooms, etc. as long as they are not providing care or interacting with clients, families, visitors, etc.
Per the CDC, people are considered fully vaccinated:
If you don’t meet these requirements, you are not fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
For staff to be eligible to go mask free, you must bring your card in person to your Program Director for review. Please do not email, provide a copy, or leave copies of your card for your managers. Vaccination cards are considered protected health information, so we will not be keeping or filing them. Please only show your Program Director the original.
All staff who have provided proof that they are fully vaccinated may choose to go mask free during socially distanced staff meetings, trainings, luncheons, events, etc. where clients and visitors are not present.
All staff, clients, and visitors will continue daily screening protocols regardless of vaccine status.
Universal masking of staff will be implemented, regardless of vaccine status, at any facility with a positive or presumed positive client. In this situation, staff will closely follow full PPE requirements.
We will resume visitation at all applicable programs using the following protocols:
Meetings & Trainings
Agency & Program Meetings & Trainings:
- In person staff meetings and trainings may resume.
- Fully vaccinated staff who have presented proof of vaccination may choose to go mask free during staff meetings and trainings.
- If remote community meetings or trainings are offered, staff must attend remotely.
- If community meetings or trainings are offered in person, staff must submit a request to their supervisor for clearance to attend.