Regarding COVID-19

06/26/2020

Happy Friday Everyone,

We will remain closed next week. Our clinics are being prepared for all the new guidelines. 

 

As an added measure we have contacted a company to provide on-site IgG and IgM COVID testing for all staff next week.

 

We'd like to add that if you are not planning to resume center-based services (when we can open) we need you to continue with Telehealth services for the remainder of your authorization period. Our waitlist has grown exponentially and we need to allocate services accordingly. 

 

We thank you for your patience and understanding during this trying time. And we wish you and your families all the best.

 

BC

06/19/2020

Alearninghub will remain closed throughout the months of July and August. This decision was not easy but due to the new restrictions and limits we have decided to remain closed till the end of August. We will consistently evaluate any changes in the EEC guidelines.

Behavioral Connections has released to our new guidelines for clinic services to parents and guardians for their review. Families will be reviewing our new guidelines and photos of the changes we have made to our clinics. Families are encouraged to begin building a future schedule for clinic services in addition to maintaining Telehealth services. Our staff will receive a formal training of the policies which will be released Sunday as part of our BCUniveristy. The staff will also attest to receiving the training and demonstrating protocols. Thank you for your continued involvement with BC and know that we are taking all precautions to keep everyone safe! We will maintain updating everyone on a weekly bases via one call, one call text and website.

 

BC

06/12/2020

Next week we will be sending out our reopening guidelines and policies for families. Visual images and a video walk through of the centers will also be sent out for everyone to see the changes we have made. Staff will be receiving a formalized training around the additional guidelines and policies.  We continue to make changes to our centers to be able to provide the highest quality of service and to meet all of the new guidelines to keep everyone safe and healthy. Telehealth will continue.

06/05/2020

Jason and I, being white middle-aged, middle-class Americans have struggled with what to say at a time like this. Being of privilege, we didn't think we should have a voice.  But then we realized, George Floyd, and many many others, no longer have a voice and so they need all of ours.  This goes past race or ethnicity, and the brutality....any brutality is not ok.  We are with you! All of you that have faced the injustice that comes from the color of your skin.  And we unite against cop brutality. The system must change!

Melanie & Jason

6/05/2020

Behavioral Connections will remain closed throughout next week. Though we are close to finalizing plans for re-opening, we are taking extra time to ensure the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff. There is still time to fill out the survey above if you have not done so already.

As always, please continue to utilize our telehealth services as much as you are able.

05/29/2020

To our families,

 

Our survey is still available, as we have not yet heard from all our families. Please take a brief moment to fill out the survey (link above) to help address our opening. We are working hard to create a safe environment with all the new state requirements by arranging classrooms differently and adding walls to rooms that were wide open. We are close to finalizing the date to reopen our clinics.  Before opening we will be sending out our new protocols and safety measures. Expect to receive this soon. 

Telehealth will continue and we encourage you to reach out to your BCBA if you would like more. We have additional RBTs available.

Thanks you,

BC

05/22/2020

Behavioral Connections will remain closed throughout next week. However, we are finalizing the structure of a system that will allow for the return of patients in the strictly safest possible manner. Please click the link at the top of this page to read more about these precautions and to take the survey. The survey has several fields related to personal preferences as to the amount of services sought as we begin to re-open as well as your family's availability. 

05/15/2020

To all families,

 

We will continue to be closed next week due to the Covid-19 outbreak. We continue to thank you   for your patience during this pandemic. We wanted to inform you at this time that we have secured a  piece of the PPP loan in order to bring our staff back from furlough. During this time their work will be all online. We have enhanced our online BCUniversity to take the opportunity to further educate our staff. In addition, we seek your help! We want to increase telehealth services for your family. We are encouraging everyone to try this form of assistance. We know it’s a little uncomfortable, but we want to continue to build bonds with you and your child. We will have the time and resources to build lesson plans to execute during zoom or FaceTime meetings with your child. We have rolled this out with many families and the response we have received is overwhelmingly positive. We ask that you give it a try!

In other news, we have continued to take steps toward altering our clinics to maintain social distancing. We have ordered disinfectant foggers, face shields, gloves, and are working on getting masks as well. We have put together strict guidelines that will be adhered to for your child’s safety. We are taking as many precautions as we can to ensure that we do not spread this deadly virus.

Please be on the look out for a quick survey to assess your current interest in center-based 

services. We hope that you and your families are safe, and healthy!

05/08/2020

Behavioral Connections will remain closed through next week. As always, we are closely monitoring federal, state, local, and medical advisories to guide our decisions, with the safety of our patients and staff remaining our foremost concern.

Please remember to continue to utilize our telehealth options and seek out the help of our BCBA's for any concerns you may have during this difficult time.

05/01/2020

We hope this message finds everyone safe and healthy!  Behavioral Connections will continue to keep our clinics closed next week.  We have a solid start on a strategy to re-open and hope to release that soon.  We will continue to provide telehealth services with parents and patients. As many of you know the telehealth direct services have been going well and have increased as the weeks go by. We want to thank all of you amazing parents for giving Zoom a try, and a time-slot in your chaotic day. We know this learning curve has really tested us all personally and professionally. We want to thank our caring and creative staff for stepping up to bravely attempt telehealth services...again nothing about the past 7 weeks has been easy for anyone and yet everyone is rising to the challenge. If you are a parent and looking for increasing your child's direct telehealth services please alert your BCBA. We cannot say thank you enough for keeping safe and healthy! We miss you!

 

A Learning Hub remains closed till June 29th, 2020 due to the governor's restrictions.

 

Stay safe and healthy,

 

Behavioral Connections

04/24/2020

Behavioral Connections

  1. On a positive note please view our message from our team members to our patients and families here or go to our Facebook page to view.

  2. ALearningHub will remain closed till June 29th, 2020 per governor Bakers extended restrictions

  3. BC will remain closed next week.  BC will be evaluating the pandemic from week to week.  We are working hard at developing a plan and guidelines to begin to provide clinic services in the near future.  Telehealth will continue and we encourage all patients and families to receive telehealth services, it will help maintain skills and develop new ones.  Yes, we understand its not the most ideal way of receiving services but its something.

04/17/2020

Behavioral Connections will remain closed through the week of 04/20-24/2020. We hope that everyone is staying safe and healthy. Again, we are emphasizing that our families should be reaching out and maintaining contact with our BCBA's during this time. They will be able to help manage this situation with you and address concerns.

04/10/2020

Another Friday, and, sadly, another week we need to close our clinics.

At this time, we'd like to remind and strongly encourage families to utilize our telehealth options. Please reach out to your BCBA to find out how they can help to make this time a little easier on you and your family.

As always, stay healthy.

04/03/2020

A Learning Hub will remain closed until May 4th, per the governor's order. Behavioral Connections will remain closed through the week of 4/6/2020-4/10/2020 and re-evaluate on 4/10/2020.

Please continue to reach out to our BCBA's about any and all concerns. They are an available resource to all of our families.

Stay healthy!

03/27/2020

  1. ALH will be closed till 05/04/2020 due to the governor's orders.

  2. BC Clinics will continue to be closed next week due to Coronavirus.  We continue to evaluate all federal / state and local guidelines on a daily/weekly bases.  We will update on the following weeks ahead on a weekly bases.  Hoping to get back open as soon as possible.

  3. BCBA tele-health will continue with each family.  
     

Stay safe and healthy,

 

Jason & Melanie

03/19/2020

 

Good Afternoon,

I'm sure everyone has heard the words from Governor Baker over the past 24 hours or so. He's closing all childcare facilities. This coupled with the continued, and worsening state of COVID-19 in Massachusetts makes it obvious that we need to remain closed next week. The health and safety is our first obligation to all of the families we work with and all of the team members we employ. Please stay home, and stay healthy.

 

For Families please request ideas, or resources from the BCBAs to assist you during this difficult time. 

We hope you are all well! And cannot wait for life, as we used to know it, to resume soon.

Please take care,

Behavioral Connections & A Learning Hub

03/15/2020

The safety and health of our Families and Team Members are our main priority in this unprecedented pandemic that our country is currently going through. Due to the recommendations from the CDC and the Department of Public Health we’ve made the difficult decision to close Behavioral Connections and A Learning Hub as of 3/16/20 and to reevaluate on 3/20/20. This decision has not come easy, but the fact that there are cases in Plymouth and Bristol counties has been the deciding factor. We feel that our primary obligation to the medically fragile population that we serve is to keep them and their families healthy. Although we’ve implemented increased disinfectant measures and health protocols, we cannot be assured that will be enough to keep everyone safe from this vastly spreading illness.

 

The Supervising BCBAs will be checking in with all families during the week of 03/16/2020-3/20/2020. 

 

We want to stress the following: 

*Our Team members on Friday disinfected high traffic areas and our classrooms.  

*Over the weekend additional disinfecting occurred by our janitors.  

*It’s extremely important to limit your social interactions during this time. It's advised that during this closing that all team members and families stay at home. Venturing out only for essential supplies.

 

*We will be updating everyone as the situation develops via one-call, website and one-call texts. Text ALERT to 22300 to receive text updates.

 

03/12/2020

LIMIT THE SPREAD OF GERMS AND PREVENT INFECTION

There are common sense steps we can all take to prevent the spread of any respiratory virus:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing and throw the tissue away after use. If a tissue isn’t available, cough or sneeze into your  hand and then wash them.  Not into you elbow.  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.

  • Practice other good health habits. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids and eat nutritious food.

  • Disinfect doorknobs, switches, handles, computers, telephones, bedside tables, bathroom sinks, toilets, counters, toys and other surfaces that are commonly touched around the home or workplace.

  • Follow the CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
     

    • CDC does not recommend that people who are healthy wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.

    • Facemasks should be used by people who are ill to help prevent the spread of the disease to others.

    • Self-quarantine for 14 days if you’ve been exposed to someone that has been diagnosed with Coronavirus.  

GET YOUR HOUSEHOLD READY

There are things you can do right now to be ready for any emergency, and many of these same tips will help you prepare as the coronavirus situation continues to evolve in the U.S.

  • Have a supply of food staples and household supplies like laundry detergent and bathroom items, and diapers if you have small children.

  • Check to make sure you have at least a 30-day supply of your prescription medications, and have other health supplies on hand, including pain relievers, stomach remedies, cough and cold medicines, fluids with electrolytes and vitamins.

  • Know how your local public health agency will share information in your community and stay informed. 

  • Learn how your children’s school or daycare, and your workplace will handle a possible outbreak. Create a plan in the event of any closings, event cancellations or postponements.

  • If you care for older adults or children, plan and prepare for caring for them, should they or you become sick.

  • Help family members and neighbors get prepared and share the safety messaging with those who may not have access to it.
    According to the CDC, patients with COVID-19 have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include fever, cough and shortness of breath. Call your healthcare professional if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have the disease or if you have recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of the disease.

UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION

For the latest information, please visit the CDC website at cdc.gov/covid19. 

 

WHAT BC AND ALH ARE DOING

 

  • We are closely monitoring the following agencies: CDC-federal level, Mass.gov-state level and NB and BW city level.    

  • Daily sanitization of all materials and surfaces.

  • Making sure the sick stay home.

  • Staff and Families: Please report any extended travel (2 days or more) to the front office for them to keep a travel log should an outbreak occur. This includes local travel like weekend ski trips to NH. This is recommended to keep everyone safe and healthy.

  • Self- quarantine for 14 days if you have been exposed to someone diagnosed with Coronavirus.   

 

 

*All subject to change based on federal, state and local government recommendations.  We will inform staff and families of any changes via building postings, flyers, one call, and or one call text.  One call text is the fast way to receive information from BC & AlearningHub.  

 

Text ALERT to 22300 to receive text alerts!

 
Behavioral Connections
Bridgewater
(P) 508-807-4996
(F) 508-994-4998
Norwood
(P) 781-352-8047
(F) 781-352-3367
1 Merrills Wharf
New Bedford, MA 02740
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