To provide ongoing support and access to treatment, The Barry Robinson Center’s Adolescent Substance Use Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) groups are transitioning to telehealth during the week of March 23, 2020.
“We understand many people are experiencing stress with the uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re dealing with many of the same issues as our clients and their families,” said Jennifer Stolpe, CSAC, IOP program manager.
“We also understand how this kind of stress can negatively affect people who struggle with substance use. We’re supporting our current clients, accepting new clients and taking the best possible care of them and their families,” she said.
Moving to telehealth enables staff to continue providing quality care and ensuring the safety of clients and staff. BRC works within the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization DC guidelines
Some of the specific steps being taken to prepare for telehealth include:
- BRC nurses provided infection prevention and control training for all staff.
- Staff educate all clients on social distancing, self-monitoring, and minimizing risky behavior.
- Staff contact all families weekly to ensure communication and transparency.
- The IOP group treatment model, The 7 Challenges, is easily modified for use with multiple delivery systems.
BRC’s leaders continue to monitor the situation and will update policies as necessary to ensure the health and safety of all clients and staff.