Effective Date: 24 October 2023
This policy outlines the guidelines and measures to ensure the safety and well-being of our clients, staff, and visitors during in-person meetings at Restoration Family Services Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IFS-IOP) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This policy applies to all clients, staff, and visitors participating in in-person meetings at Restoration Family Services Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (IFS-IOP) located in Smithfield, North Carolina.
1. Health and Safety Protocols:
1.1. COVID-19 Symptom Screening:
● All clients, staff, and visitors must complete a daily COVID-19 symptom screening questionnaire upon arrival.
● Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who has been in contact with a confirmed case should not enter the facility and should follow isolation/quarantine guidelines.
1.2. Face Coverings:
● All individuals, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask or face covering while inside the facility.
● Masks should cover both the nose and mouth at all times, except when eating or drinking.
1.3. Physical Distancing:
● Maintain a minimum of six feet of physical distance from others whenever possible.
● The seating arrangement in group therapy sessions will be adjusted to ensure proper distancing.
1.4. Hand Hygiene:
● Hand sanitizing stations will be available throughout the facility, and all individuals are encouraged to use them regularly.
● Handwashing facilities with soap and water are also available, and individuals should wash their hands frequently.
1.5. Facility Cleaning and Disinfection:
● High-touch surfaces and common areas will be cleaned and disinfected regularly.
● Clients are encouraged to clean their personal spaces and equipment after each use.
2. Client and Staff Responsibilities:
● Clients must comply with all health and safety measures outlined in this policy.
● Report any COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to the program staff immediately.
● Follow guidelines provided by healthcare professionals in case of exposure or a positive COVID-19 test result.
● Staff members must adhere to all safety protocols and serve as role models for clients.
● Staff members should report any COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to their supervisors and follow the organization’s guidance on testing and isolation.
3. Visitor Restrictions:
● Non-essential visitors are discouraged from entering the facility.
● Essential visitors must adhere to all safety protocols, including symptom screening, mask-wearing, and physical distancing.
4. Program Modifications:
● Restoration Family Services may modify the program schedule and format to accommodate safety measures, including virtual meetings when necessary.
5. Reporting and Communication:
● Any confirmed COVID-19 cases among clients or staff will be reported to local health authorities as required by law.
● Clients and staff will be notified of potential exposure to COVID-19 while maintaining confidentiality.
6. Compliance and Enforcement:
● Failure to comply with this policy may result in suspension of in-person participation in the program for clients and disciplinary action for staff.
● Restoration Family Services will actively monitor and enforce this policy to ensure the safety of all individuals.
This policy is subject to change based on the evolving COVID-19 situation and guidance from local health authorities. Restoration Family Services is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for our clients while prioritizing public health. We appreciate your cooperation in adhering to these guidelines.
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