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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. 


Program Modification Update

(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:

  • 2 weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine


 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. 


Visitation
We will resume visitation at all applicable programs using the following protocols:

  • Clients may have visits for a maximum of a 30 minute scheduled visitation.
  • Visitors must be screened and signed in and out using a log.
  • We will not be asking client visitors for their vaccine status. This question is reserved for staff, clients, and those providing services, such as NA or AA, to our clients.
  • Prior to visitation, every visitor must be educated on infection control measures, screening, hand hygiene, social distancing, and use of face coverings
  • A face covering is required for all parties at all times during visitation, regardless of vaccine status.
  • Visit spaces must be disinfected between visits.
  • Visitation will only occur at facilities with no cases within 14 days and will immediately cease if a potential case is reported.


Client Vaccinations

  • All clients should be educated on and provided resources to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine if they would like one.
  • We should attempt to arrange a COVID-19 vaccination for all clients who desire the vaccine in residential programs.


 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.

Community Meetings
- 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. 


Resources

Here are some helpful resources about Coronavirus from the CDC and Florida Health Department, as well as links about substance use and the Coronavirus.