Mental Health Awareness Month

Covid-19 Update for Patients, Visitors, and Guests

We remain open 24/7 and our full range of mental health and addiction services are available.

We understand the importance of seeing loved ones receiving care, and we know the value visitors bring to our patients. However, given the concern about COVID-19 and the recommendations by the CDC, we are limiting outside visitors to reduce the risk of infection in our hospital. We ask that visitors adhere to these restrictions so that we can maintain the safest possible environment for everyone.

Effectively Immediately: We are temporarily canceling all visitation and non-essential onsite meetings and tours. We encourage patients and their families to communicate through phone and video chat.   Details for video chat will be provided. Our patients have 24 Hour access to telephones.

When it becomes necessary to visit the facility all individuals will be screened for temperature reading and questioning about illness or contact with any corona virus patient. This includes patient visitors, deliveries, scheduled and unscheduled visits by anyone.

As we implement these safeguards it is also important to remember that each of us has a role to play in keeping ourselves and others healthy. Wash your hands thoroughly. Avoid touching your hands to your face. Limit close contact with people who are sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow. Take care of yourself.

We thank you for your support in ensuring the safety of our patients and staff.

And, please remember this can take a toll on our mental health.  We will continue to provide a no charge assessment to help all ages through this difficult time. Call 24-7.

 


COVID-19 Patient, Family & Visitor Guide

Efforts to combat COVID-19?

Our facility is following CDC guidance, as well as that of state and local public health departments. We have developed an emergency plan in the event of local community spread of coronavirus and will work closely with the public health department to prevent spread within our facilities.

We monitor temperatures of staff every day and A COVID-19 Symptom Questionnaire is completed by every patient, staff, family member, and visitor who comes to our facilities.

Staff are monitored for symptoms of respiratory illness and are asked to stay home if they are feeling ill. Hand hygiene and environmental cleaning continue to be top priorities for us.

How does this impact patients?

We remain available 24/7 to screen and accept patients into all our inpatient and outpatient programs.  Mental health and addiction treatment should not wait, and we are taking every precaution possible while continuing to offer needed treatment.

How does this impact inpatient visitation?

We have suspended in-person visitation at this time at our hospitals.  However, in order to continue to offer an opportunity for friends and family to connect with their loved ones, we are making virtual visitation available to our patients via Zoom.  Visitation will be initiated by a phone call from the patient and he or she will provide the “virtual visitor” with a meeting number.

What You Can Do to Prevent Virus Spread

  1. Notify staff if you have a fever or are feeling sick. The hospital may ask you to stay home.
  2. Notify staff if you have reason to believe you have come into contact with an infected person.
  3. Wash your hands often with either soap and water or hand sanitizer.
  4. Routinely clean high-touch surfaces in your home (doorknobs, light switches, countertops).
  5. Follow all Government recommendations. Social distancing is significant at this time.


Additional Resources

HBM is Hosting a Mental Health Special Interest Group

Massachusetts Association of Occupational Therapy works with schools, hospitals, nursing homes and the Board of Allied Health about relevant concerns in our profession. This will bring the opportunity for professionals to get together and discuss relevant topics in health care.

Meetings will be held every third Tuesday of the month. Watch for upcoming topics of interest.

$10 for non-members, all disciplines are welcome.

First meeting to be held March 17th 5:30p-7:30p for our first meet and greet and planning session

To register, email Sean Hourihan @ [email protected]

Hospital for Behavioral Medicine is Celebrating our 1st Anniversary

February 15th, 2019 we started with a few patients. But now we are MANY and GROWING, not only in numbers, but also in talents, creativity and HEART.

In addition to celebrating our 1 year Anniversary, we are in the process of opening new programs for both inpatient and outpatient!

The achievements of this hospital are the results of the combined efforts of each individual working here.  Congratulations to the staff and families of Hospital for Behavioral Medicine.

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