Steven A. Girelli, Ph.D.
Updated March 19, 2020
Klingberg continues to monitor the threat of COVID-19 to our clients and families, staff, visitors, and surrounding communities. Frequent and thorough cleaning of surfaces throughout the agency continues, as does the emphasis on handwashing and other behaviors to minimize spread of the virus. Since handwashing has been demonstrated to be the single best prevention of the spread of COVID-19, we have posted instructional notices from the CDC throughout our locations.
The Raymond Hill School remains closed until at least March 31, and we are preparing during this week, which is a school vacation, to begin sending work home to students and creating distance learning opportunities.
The Extended Day Treatment Program is closed at least until March 31. We are inviting children and families from that program to continue to receive therapy services through our outpatient clinic.
All of our other programs are open, though we have implemented safeguards within them to contain the virus. For example, we are allowing only virtual visits to our group homes in order to protect the welfare of our residents. Therapeutic Foster Care and our in-home programs are providing many of their home visits virtually instead of in person.
Our outpatient clinics in New Britain and Hartford continue to provide services to those communities, and we are aggressively developing the capacity to provide those services through teletherapy in order to increase the access to children and families.
Signs have been posted at all entrances of our public buildings cautioning our visitors and staff to screen themselves for the COVID-19 risk factors before entering.
As a reminder, these risk factors are:
- Foreign travel within 14 calendar days.
- Contact with any person under investigation for possible exposure to COVID-19 within 14 calendar days OR with anyone with known COVID-19.
- Symptoms of a respiratory infection (i.e., cough, sore throat, fever or shortness of breath).
Many of our employees are working from home with the approval of their supervisors in order to minimize contagion risk.
Klingberg is a member of several national and statewide human service associations, many of which have been providing announcements and updates on a frequent basis, and we are participants in virtual meetings hosted by these associations on an almost daily basis.
We continue to work extremely hard to provide excellent services to our clients and families, while protecting their health and the health of our employees and the community. I could not be more proud of how Klingberg’s employees have leaned in and stepped up to meet the needs of the people we serve.
Until my next update, be safe and be healthy,