Public Announcement RE: Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- July 2021
The following is the most up to date information regarding Freedom House services in relation to the COVID-19 Pandemic:
AGENCY UPDATE: All new hires at Freedom House must be vaccinated.
Halfway House Services: The Halfway House has continued to operate at full capacity; Halfway House Services including parallel care, MAT, and other services provided by medical staff (through Freedom House Outpatient Services) are being provided. All new admissions to the Halfway House level of care must be vaccinated.
Freedom House continues to prohibit all visitation at the Halfway House program until further notice. This includes family, friends, Recovery Support Sponsors, and Network support. The exception is DCP&P child visits (unless DCP&P suspends those visits), Probation and Parole.
OP & IOP Services: Traditional Outpatient and Intensive Outpatient Services including MAT and other services provided by medical staff are being provided. Staff is reinforcing prevention practices with staff and clients. Some services may be provided via telehealth.
Staff is making information available regarding vaccinations, including vaccination sites.
Recovery Housing: Programs are running at capacity. All Recovery Housing staff members are vaccinated. All new admissions to Recovery Housing must be vaccinated. Some services may be provided via telehealth, including clients accessing outpatient services through Freedom House Outpatient Services.
Recovery Support: All clients in all levels of care have been encouraged to access online Recovery Support Meetings such as Zoom and other platforms, pod casts, and recovery support apps to supplement the lack of in-person meetings in the community. However in- person meetings have been opening up and clients are beginning to attend AA & NA meetings in the community. Halfway House clients continue to have permission to have cell phones in the program to stay connected with their Sponsor/network and to access online resources.
Recreation: Freedom House clients are able to participate in recreational activities on the grounds of the program and at the Freedom House Community Center under the supervision of staff; no outside visitors are being granted access to the Freedom House Community Center.
Drug Court: Freedom House staff and clients are participating in Drug Court sessions via Zoom; as the courts open up to in-person sessions, Freedom House Halfway House clients will be transported to court. Recovery Housing clients are required to comply with hotline, urine screens, and any other activities mandated by Drug Court (including attending court if in session).