September 15, 2020 Update
Our Face Shield Policy
In some circumstances additional protection may be used to ensure the safety of staff and patients. In addition to wearing face masks/coverings when working in close proximity to patients, a face shield is recommended for situations that include but are not limited to:
- Completing a physical exam
- Collecting vital signs
- Sharing a computer screen
- Collecting lab work
- 1:1 interaction that is less than 6 feet
Each staff member is assigned their own face shield for extended wear daily. The staff member is responsible for writing their name on their face shield, cleaning it every day with alcohol and storing the face shield when not in use.
The team at DBH continues to monitor our COVID policies and update them as new information becomes available for the safety of our staff and patients.
June 5, 2020 Update
Because the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority, we have enacted a COVID Clean Commitment for all facilities. This means that we are committed to the following standards of enhanced environmental cleanliness at every facility:
- Frequent sanitizing of light switches, door handles and knobs
- Cleaning individual-use items after each use
- Cleaning group rooms after use and sanitizing the milieu at least once per day
- Screening each new admission multiple times prior to arrival at the facility
- Screening all staff, patients and visitors at the door prior to entering our buildings
- Requiring all staff to wear face coverings while in the facility; face coverings are strongly recommended for all patients and visitors
May 7, 2020 Update
Discovery Behavioral Health, Inc. continues to make patient safety and health our highest priority during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We have worked with industrial and cleaning experts to implement proactive cleaning protocols with the aim of reducing the risk of infection, illness and cross-contamination. Our staff is trained and supervised regularly to help ensure these cleaning protocols are fully implemented.
April 28, 2020 COVID-19 Update
We continue to make sure that the safety and health of our patients and staff is top priority. Please note the latest guidelines as it relates to face coverings and cleaning protocols at our facilities:
- We recommend that our staff wears face coverings/face masks if deemed appropriate based on the circumstances.
- We encourage clients to wear face coverings/face masks if deemed appropriate based on the circumstances.
- We have consulted with outside cleaning professionals to develop and implement preventive cleaning protocols for our facilities.
Coronavirus Update for ABHC – Effective 3/25/20
The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting all of us, especially here in the Puget Sound region. Associated Behavioral Health Care can help. We know that so many of us are currently experiencing an increase of stress, anxiety and depression.
ABHC, along with other healthcare providers, has been designated by the Governor as an essential service that can remain open. We have over 20 years’ experience as one of the region’s top counseling and mental health providers, with expertise in individually focused care for anxiety, depression, substance abuse and other mental health difficulties.
Our patient focused care includes being a leader providing TMS therapy—a transformative treatment for persistent depression.
We’re taking appointments now. Our caring and skilled team is ready to provide individual therapy, mental health medication management, and substance use appointments (individual & groups) with our confidential Online Telehealth conferencing sessions. The services we provide are generally covered by insurance.
You’re not alone in navigating these challenging days. We’re here for you. Please call or email us today.
Coronavirus Update for ABHC – Effective 3/16/20
There is nothing more important to the Associated Behavioral Health family than the safety and well-being of our patients. For that reason, with the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19) we are taking steps to address the advice of health experts to promote social distancing. To achieve that, Associated Behavioral Health Care will be transitioning applicable appointments to telehealth (via online video conferencing). In-office appointments will remain available for certain sessions that are not able to be performed via telehealth, however our goal is to help reduce the risk to our clients, staff and the community at large.
If you have a current appointment scheduled:
- Starting Monday, March 16th and beyond, please contact our offices to determine if we are able to administer your session via our telehealth platform.
- If you have a special circumstance or need to be seen in person, please contact our care center at 800 858 6702 to discuss and coordinate.
We recognize the value of in-person services, and we will return to normal scheduling as soon as we are able. As always, Associated Behavioral Health Care is committed to continuing to meet your behavioral health needs during this stressful time, and feel very fortunate to have a platform that allows us to do just that.
Here are the measures we are taking to prevent the spread of illness in our offices:
- Social distancing by spreading out in the lobby; the coronavirus spreads mainly between people in close contact (within about 6 feet).
- Increased cleaning of all hard surfaces.
- Increased handwashing- please stop at the restroom to wash your hands prior to entering our office, and on your way out.
- If you have any symptoms of illness, please stay home.
The health and safety, both mentally and physically, of our staff, clients and our community is our top priority, today and every day. Thank you for your partnership in keeping yourself, and the community healthy. Remember to keep washing your hands and stay safe.
Coronavirus Update for ABHC – Effective 2/1/20
We take the health and safety of our patients and staff very seriously. We are keeping up with the rapidly changing information around coronavirus (COVID-19). We are following the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations to help prevent the spread of any illness within our facilities.
We have enhanced our environmental cleaning within our facilities to include frequent cleaning of commonly touched surfaces and increasing hand hygiene for patients and staff. In addition to this we have also increased the deep cleaning that is being done daily within the facilities.
- We are educating and asking staff and clients to:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Wash hands on a regular basis
CDC Recommended Patient Screening
In January we began to implement CDC recommend patient screening for all new admission prior to arrival to the facility and once again when they have arrived at the facility. You will see new signage outside of our buildings asking those with symptoms to not enter.
As the situation continues to evolve, we will monitor and heed any recommendations from the CDC or local department of public health to close our facilities to those who are not there to participate in a patient’s therapeutic process.
As we continue to monitor the situation, we will keep you informed of any decision we make to modify treatment such as shifting to the use of telehealth or adjusting schedules of events. Our goal is to keep patients, their families, and our staff safe and informed during this time.