In an effort to provide life-giving care to those who need it, Origins’ campuses in West Palm Beach, FL, South Padre Island, TX and Dallas, TX will remain open. Our team is committed to the safety and the well-being of each patient, and we recognize that people with substance use disorders and their families may need us more than ever. We will continue to accept new patients and provide an environment in which each individual’s health is the top priority.
Highlights of Origins Behavioral HealthCare’s response:
As a whole, we have implemented precautions to lessen the opportunity for exposure to COVID-19. In order to accomplish this, we have executed the following safety procedures:
- Administration of COVID-19 testing to all admitting patients.
- All visitation to Origins’ campuses has been suspended. Presence on these campuses is limited to patients, treatment staff, and other essential team members.
- Our Family Program has moved to an electronic format. Origins’ therapists will continue to provide critical family services through virtual support.
- Community-based events that have been planned at Origins’ campuses are suspended at this time. Those that have been scheduled are being postponed with dates to be determined.
- All staff must report to nursing for a temperature check before entering any patient care area.
- Non-essential staff members will be working remotely.
- Site-specific plans to ensure the highest level of infection prevention and control, sanitation, and hygiene are being used throughout our campuses.
We will continue to monitor information and implement recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as state and local public health authorities.
FREE ALUMNI SUPPORT
In order to ensure the safety of our patients and staff, we have temporarily suspended all in-person alumni events. We now offer five digital meetings for our alumni every week. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom login information.
In these uncertain times, the Alumni Care Team at Origins would like to remind our alumni to stay connected. There are lots of ways to do this virtually – our Alumni Community is active on the Origins Connect App, and you can join the app for free by texting “ORIGINS” to 555888.
Our interactive “Life in the 12” webinar is also hosted every Wednesday at 11:30A CST/12:30P EST. We encourage you to listen to our previous webinars, as well as our Podcast “Origins: Something More”, co-hosted by Florida Alumni Director Cara O’Neill, for additional strength and hope. Please see the links below for accessing these resources. As always, our Alumni Team remains accessible by phone any time you need extra support. They are also happy to provide you Zoom access to our meetings and webinars.
WAYS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 IN RECOVERY
Support is an essential part of the recovery journey. Before heading to a recovery meeting, it is crucial to evaluate your overall health. Because the virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person, between people who are in close contact with one another, taking precautions can limit exposure to the virus and ensure safety to yourself and others. Below are steps you can take to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Put distance between yourself and other people if COVID-19 is spreading in your community. This is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick.
- Stay home if you are sick, except to get medical care.
- Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Origins will continue to monitor COVID-19, as well as prepare an environment that is safe for all current and future patients. We understand the risk of social isolation for those with substance use disorders, and while necessary during this time, we also are here to provide a clear path to healing and restoration. Our admissions specialists are always available to talk about help for you or a loved one. They can be reached at 561-841-1296.