Hillside is taking immediate actions to protect our clients and staff. Using the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and the Georgia Department of Public Health, the Coronavirus Task Force, comprised of Hillside’s leadership staff, meets several times per week to discuss and implement changes to programming, staffing and clinical care of our clients. Our campus access has been limited to only essential employees to reduce the risk of exposure at this time. We appreciate our families, visitors, referral sources and staff complying with the updated, and ever-adapting, policies and regulations as we protect our campus. Some staff not directly working with our clients will continue to work remotely while those providing direct clinical care and support are working on campus.
Below are some changes and updates to our campus and programming.
Hillside continues to admit clients to our Residential, Day Treatment, and Community Programs. Our Admissions Team is screening new referrals prior to admission to assess for symptoms of illness, fever, recent travel, and exposure to other individuals that may have coronavirus symptoms whether at the client’s home, school, community or other agency. All admissions coming from congregate care environments (i.e. acute hospitals or other treatment programs) will be admitted to the observation/quarantine cottage before joining their assigned permanent cottage. Upon arrival, the new admit from congregate care will be given the coronavirus nucleic acid test (nose swab) and remain in mask on the observation cottage until the result has returned, if the result is negative, the new admit will join the permanent cottage. If it is positive, a decision will be made based on safety and ability to return to the community whether the new admit will remain at Hillside on the observation cottage, return home, or seek additional medical treatment outside of Hillside. If a youth must remain on the observation cottage, the client will remain with mask until fully asymptomatic AND have 2 negative COVID tests greater than or equal to 24 hours apart.
All admissions arriving from their home in the community to residential and to the Day program, will be required to have a negative test in the past 3-5 days, with documented proof of such. All clients anticipating admission must quarantine once obtaining their test and before admission.
Tours and Visitors
At this time, we are not allowing visitors or tours of our campus in order to limit the risk of exposure to clients and staff. Please inform and orient yourself to campus thru our website, social media and video tours. Admissions will be happy to explain our campus and programming via phone.
Currently, we are not allowing family members on campus for our residential program post-admission. This restriction will directly affect weekly family sessions and visits, which now can occur via telehealth. Visits can be arranged via Zoom, Facetime, phone and other available apps. Some of the individual therapy and sessions with the physicians are being conducted through electronic means. Therapeutic passes have been canceled at this time. Our education program is operating on a modified schedule with clients in classrooms half of each day. Each cottage residential clients and staff are to maintain social distance from another cottages on campus. There will be no interactions between cottages.
Hillside has set aside an observation/quarantine cottage for new admits who are still waiting the result of their testing as well as for any current clients who may develop any symptoms and is being tested for infection.
All staff providing services on campus are required to wear KN95 mask in all buildings and when within 6 feet of any person, child or staff. All staff are also expected to practice physical distancing, wear mask in public, and avoid gather in large groups when they are not on duty or off campus. Daily screening for symptoms, including temperature check twice daily, of staff and clients are performed and reported to Director of Nursing, Assistant Medical Director, or Medical Director.
Experience DBT Day Program
Our Day Program has returned to in-person programming on June 15th, 2020. Our Day Program participants and staff are required to wear masks on campus and maintain social distance. All admissions will be required to have a negative test in the past 3-5 days with documentation of proof. The client and family of client anticipating admission to quarantine once obtaining their test and before admission. Our Day Program clients will not enter the main residential campus and the ancillary experiential therapeutic services (art, recreational therapy, horticulture therapy) will be provided in the Day Programming space instead. Each group will not exceed 10 clients in order to maintain social distancing protocol.
At this time, the in-home portion of our community-based services is being provided as telehealth sessions via Zoom. All other aspects of services remain unchanged, and we continue to process referrals as they come in.
Hillside is monitoring daily our procedures for Infection Control and maintaining a safe and clean campus. We have additional housekeeping staff to increase the frequency of cleaning practices on campus. Staff and clients are provided hand sanitizer and wipes to assist with wiping down surfaces. Dietary staff are ensuring the dining hall surfaces are disinfected throughout the day and updates to food service are made in response to infection control risks. Nursing is checking staff and clients daily for temperatures.
How You Can Help
As we all move through daily disruptions and many unknowns, please consider a financial gift to Hillside. Your support helps us sustain vital services for children and families during this especially challenging time of need.
Contact Hillside with Questions
Please contact our admissions office if you have further questions or concerns. We appreciate all families, referral sources, and friends accommodating and adjusting with us as we navigate through the coronavirus outbreak.