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.
Because of growing concerns over the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are now limiting outside visitors at our addictions receiving facilities, residential treatment programs and our ALF. Visitors with official business reasons for being on site, must take our COVID-19 screening assessment, each time they want to enter a program. At our Outpatient Program, clients must call 813.246.4899 before entering the building for their initial assessment for the time being. Our goal is to keep our employees and clients healthy.
(updated May 4, 2020)
ACTS goal is to make sure our clients and staff are protected from the Coronavirus. With this in mind, program modifications are necessary at this time starting March 23, 2020. These have been updated in mid-April, and continue even with Phase 1 of Florida's Reopening beginning on May 4, 2020.
Housing/Firemen’s Hall Drop-In Center Program Changes
Treatment Program Modifications
This includes our Addictions Receiving Facilities, Residential Treatment Programs, ICP, ARRIS, ALF, VRSS and Drew Park.
Visual Protective Measures (VPM) are in place to coordinate and manage safe social distancing by placing tape on floors at a 6 foot distance in high traffic areas and plexiglass sneeze guards are now installed in programs. ACTS staff wear a procedure mask when providing direct client care across all programs. All staff at residential programs are required to wear a cloth mask at all times daily and must wear gloves when providing direct care to clients.
Our precautions begin before they even arrive at our facilities. We’re not admitting anyone who shows signs of the virus or who may be at risk for infection from admitting at this time. These include:
We have placed posters about the Coronavirus — means of infection, methods of prevention, signs and symptoms — around campus to educate our staff and our patient population. We have hand sanitizer stations in all of our facilities, and we’re discouraging personal contact — handshakes, hugs, etc. — between one another, as well as provided each employee with a pocket sized hand sanitizer. We’re emphasizing recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regarding hand washing.
In addition, ACTS has eliminated non-essential business travel four our staff, on-site public events and off-site patient activities for the foreseeable future. If our staff gets sick, we are strongly encouraging staff to stay home until they are free of fever. If our staff test positive for COVID-19, ACTS is providing two weeks paid leave, in addition to their normal time off. Also at all locations, we as are cleaning surfaces in high traffic areas every 2 hours.
Again, we are grateful for your support and your understanding during this time. We will continue to keep you updated, as we hear updates about this ever-changing situation. Our goal is always to help our clients reach their recovery goals.