COVID-19

As of March 26, 2020, a Stay-At-Home Order has been issued. This Order will remain  effective through April 11, 2020.  However, under the Order, critical businesses, such as Aspire Behavioral Care, are exempt, subject to certain limitations, to this order. As such, we are providing services with as little interruption to families as possible. This means there may be attempts to offer in-home services to families that are capable, as well as looking into the possibility for providing Telehealth services if in-home/in-center cannot be conducted.  In the case of exposure at the Center, we will follow appropriate guidelines for closure, decontamination and clearance testing before returning to normal operation. Should that happen, we will update you with additional information as appropriate.

 

In the meantime, please remember these basic precautions regarding preventing exposure to the virus:             

  • Wash hands frequently during the day and for a minimum of 20 seconds each time and minimize contact with your mouth, nose and eyes

  • When sneezing or coughing, try to remain at least 6 feet from those around you and sneeze/cough into your sleeve if possible

  • Practice social distancing

 

Communication will be key during this time of uncertainty. Understanding and patience will also play a major role in the days and weeks to come.

 

As this event progresses, we will try to update you as soon as we obtain new and relevant information. You are always welcome to ask your BCBA or supervisor any questions, but please remember that this is a fluid situation and new information will take some time to digest and determine the direct impact to Aspire.

Here is an update from our Compliance Director:

 

  1. We are currently following the CDC guidelines when it comes to cleaning and ensuring that others are staying home when they are sick.

    1. We are practicing social distancing, keeping places clean and ensuring that those that are sick are sent home and must be symptom free for 48 hours.

    2. No more than 8 people in a room. 

  2. Per the BACB guidelines, oversight is needed for any services in which the BCBA and the RBT have no previous experience or training. All of the BCBAs have been able to review proper guidelines for conducting sessions via telehealth and updating programs as needed for kids that have moved to telehealth. Telehealth will only be used if the client is unable to do in-home or in-center, insurance approved, and the client will benefit from the service. The BCBAs have reviewed webinars and documentation for implementing telehealth from various sources.​

  3. When conducting telehealth sessions, it is required that staff are on site during sessions should there be an issue that comes up during this time. And per our Clinical Director: While at the center, there are multiple BCBAs on site that are available to assist with a client should an issue arise. This would not be the case if the technician is conducting the session in their home. Issues would not be able to be addressed effectively should the supervising BCBA be unavailable. We also have materials in center when conducting telehealth. 

    1. This is to ensure that we can provide supervision in the moment and should any questions comes up, BCBAs are able to answer them in the moment and ensure treatment fidelity when we are using this new system.  

  4. We are currently making judgments on a case by case basis on which clients will benefit from telehealth/in home sessions. We are ensuring that clients will benefit from these changes and that families are able to accommodate these changes. We are also helping families as needed so that they can continue services.

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to any of the admin staff or the BCBAs. We will try to answer your questions to the best of our abilities and do research if we do not have those answers.

 

The current CDC guidelines can be found here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/organizations/cleaning-disinfection.html

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf

 

The BACB ethics guidelines during this time can be found here:

https://www.bacb.com/ethics-guidance-for-aba-providers-during-covid-19-pandemic-2/

Documents from the Colorado Public Health website regarding Corona Virus as well as a flyer from the CDC.

For the most accurate and up to date Corona Virus (COVID-19) information please visit:

CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Colorado Department of Public Health: https://www.colorado.gov/cdphe

"Doing My Part, Help Colorado Now"

https://sites.google.com/state.co.us/helpcoloradonow

Colorado Department of Education Resources for Schools

http://www.cde.state.co.us/safeschools

School Lunches

For our families who may be affected by kids not being in school during this time and not getting regular meals

 

https://www.kktv.com/content/news/Free-food-for-children-under-18-during-school-closures-offered-at-multiple-sites-568790551.html 

Preventing Illness

Helping prevent the spread of illness

It is important to take precautions and stay informed to help keep your students safe and lower the risk of spreading germs and disease.

Resources for avoiding the flu

We encourage all our families to review and implement the recommendations from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) so students stay healthier. Below are some resources to help you be prepared and reduce health risks this season.

Links and resources

Please review the following helpful resources and links:

Being prepared

The CDPHE recommends that we continue implementing the same practices as we would during flu season which include:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water,

  • covering coughs and sneezes,

  • cleaning frequently touched surfaces and objects,

  • staying home if you are sick,

  • avoiding close contact with other people,

  • getting a flu vaccination, and

  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

To reduce the spread of germs and bacteria, we have reinforced efforts to clean and disinfect high contact areas, such as lunchrooms, classrooms, hallways, locker rooms and bathrooms. This practice will remain a high priority in all Academy District 20 facilities.