Continuing and/or starting mental health care for your child and adolescent during the pandemic as we all navigate the emotional distress many have experienced. It is important to me to be able to offer mental health services as safely as possible. Currently, I am offering either in-person or teletherapy appointments, whatever is most comfortable for you. I also don't mind sharing that I am fully vaccinated.
My office is in a large office building with many other tenants. Below, I have outlined precautions for my personal office space and have also included the precautions the building has put in place.
The below information will also be provided via an informed consent form upon intake or returning to in-person therapy.
Decision to Meet Face-to-Face
If there is a resurgence of the pandemic or if other health concerns arise, I may require that we meet via telehealth. If you have concerns about meeting through telehealth, we will talk about it first and try to address any issues. If I believe it is necessary, I may determine that we return to telehealth for everyone’s well-being.
If you decide at any time that you would feel safer staying with, or returning to, telehealth services, I will respect that decision, as long as it is feasible and clinically appropriate. Reimbursement for telehealth services, however, is also determined by the insurance companies and applicable law, so that is an issue we may also need to discuss.
Risks of Opting for In-Person Services
You understand that by coming to the office, you are assuming the risk of exposure to the coronavirus (or other public health risk). This risk may increase if you travel by public transportation, cab, or ridesharing service.
Your Responsibility to Minimize Your Exposure
To obtain services in person, you agree to take certain precautions, which will help keep everyone (you, me, our families, other patients, other office personnel) safer from exposure and sickness. Please only keep your in-person appointment if you are symptom free. If a resident of your home tests positive for the infection, please immediately let me know and we will then resume treatment via telehealth.
My Commitment to Minimize Exposure
During the sessions, the therapist will be wearing a mask and would appreciate you doing so as well. Physical distance, by spacing seats more than 6 feet apart, will also be used for minimizing exposure. Hand sanitizer is available in the therapy room and at the reception counter. Lysol wipes and fabric sprays are used on commonly touched areas (door handles, couches, chairs, etc.) between clients. Tissues and trash bins are easily accessed. Trash is disposed of on a frequent basis.
If You or I Are Sick
If you or your child show up for an appointment and I believe that you or your child have a fever or other symptoms, or believe you have been exposed, I will have to require you to leave the office immediately. We can follow up with services by telehealth as appropriate.
If I test positive for the coronavirus, I will notify you so that you can take appropriate precautions.
Your Confidentiality in the Case of Infection
If you have tested positive for the coronavirus, I may be required to notify local health authorities that you have been in the office. If I have to report this, I will only provide the minimum information necessary for their data collection and will not go into any details about the reason(s) for our visits.
4400 E. Broadway Blvd Building Precautions
Together with the 4400 property ownership team we are following CDC guidelines to develop protocols and measures to transition our building's occupants safely back into the work environment with enhanced security and sanitation, while we are simultaneously implementing many new initiatives in the building in response to the COVID-19 crisis including:
Enhanced daily professional disinfection services using Level 1 EPA disinfect and in all common areas high touch areas provided by our janitorial contractor's day porter services.
New air filters (over 80+) were recently installed throughout the building
Hand sanitizers are installed near every entry point and by all high touch areas in the Main Lobby including the elevators, restrooms, hair salon, and bank
Hand washing signs are posted in all restrooms throughout the building
Social distancing signs will be posted by the Elevators limiting occupancy to two people per cab at one time, staying at least 6' apart at all times, and highly recommending wearing face masks and other proper PPE at all times as well.
Disposable face masks will be offered and dispensed near the Main Lobby entrance soon based upon availability (while supplies last)