As we continue to monitor the latest developments with the 2019 novel coronavirus, called COVID-19, our first priority remains the health, safety and security of our patients, staff, and community. We are taking a measured response to minimize risk because we feel it is our obligation to do so as a responsible corporate citizen. Although Chester county has no known reported cases of this dangerous virus to date, all but one of our neighboring and adjacent counties have been impacted. Therefore, we have made the following decisions regarding Hazel Pittman Center (HPC) services.
We have been screening our staff and visitors for COVID-19 since March 16. Beginning Monday, March 23rd, our agency will not be accepting new patients, but we will continue to provide crisis management services to individuals as appropriate. Also beginning March 23, 2020, existing patients will be transitioned from receiving face-to-face counseling to receiving Telehealth services. Telehealth technology allows individuals to meet with their counselors virtually, via a HIPAA-compliant connection, at least twice a week. HPC staff are committed to remaining responsive and flexible during this time, as we know many factors associated with this crisis are a source of extreme anxiety and isolation for our most vulnerable citizens.
Narcan is still available for at-risk patients and/or other individuals who know someone at risk of an opioid overdose. To obtain Narcan, please come by or contact us at 803-377-8111.
Hazel Pittman Center’s leadership team is monitoring this situation daily. When circumstances regarding health and safety allow, we will resume onsite assessments, outpatient and intervention services, and begin accepting new patients again. When safe and feasible to do so, community outreach and prevention services will resume as well.
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