MARCH 30, 2020

OFFICES CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELEHEATH SERVICES CONTINUE

Unfortunately, the WSP/MTC offices will remain closed until further notice.  


We will continue to roll out and offer tele-health services in our practice. Thank you so much for your support and patience as we navigate this new normal.


We will continue to offer distance learning opportunities to those currently enrolled in our certificate programs.  


We appreciate your understanding during this difficult time.

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WSP COURSE UPDATE - MARCH 23, 2020 3:15 p.m.

WSP Course Update

ALL CLASSES WILL MEET THIS WEEK AT THE REGULARLY SCHEDULE TIME VIA ZOOM.


PLEASE CONTACT YOUR FACULTY CHAIR WITH QUESTIONS.

A MESSAGE FROM THE WSP BOARD OF DIRECTORS - March 20, 2020

Dear Members of the WSP/MTC Community:


We want to convey our appreciation as a Board to staff and faculty at this time. We are all learning new skills and rethinking how we both provide and receive services. I believe we will emerge from this with lessons learned in both areas... and a much better idea of how to be successful in an increasingly digital world.


Thank you for your continued support. 


Board of Directors

Washington School of Psychiatry

Olivier Russell, Chair

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WSP/MTC UPDATE - MARCH 19, 2020 2:04 p.M.

WSP Course Updates

CLINICAL PROGRAM:

CLINICAL I & II will be held at is normally scheduled time via Zoom.   Please contact program chair Carolyn Curcio, Chair at curcios@aol.com with your questions.


ISTDP PROGRAM

ISTDP I & II will be postponed this week.  Classes will tentatively resume on Friday, March 27, 2020 att the regularly scheduled time. 


MEYER TREATMENT CENTER

We are delighted with the new flexibility provided to support tele-health.   We are working on our systems for managing our clinic patients through telehealth.  Managing this is no simple task for our organization. We have a complex set of regulations and operating deficits to navigate.  We are asking for patience.


University partners.  Wendy Alias (walias@wspdc.org) has been tasked with contacting all of our university partners, if she has not done so already, to make sure do what is necessary to support our students and trainees. 


We want to make sure that we give everyone clear guidance.  We will have some more definitive answers early next week. Please direct your questions to your individual therapist.  Medication patients should contact the main office and leave a message for the Clinical Director on 202-537-6050 ext 100.


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WSP/MTC update - March 18, 2020 9:46 a.m.

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Meyer Treatment Center Patients

There are no changes to report.  All procedures remain the same

Courses to be held Today

Principles of Group

Principles of Group will be held via Distance Learning  at its scheduled time, please contact you instructor  Farooq Mohyuddin at farooqmohyuddin@yahoo.com or Steven Van Wagoner, Chair at slwagoner@verzion.net.


Child and Adolescent

Cancelled today classes will resume on March 25, 2020.


WSP/MTC UPDATE

March 16, 2020

MEYER TREATMENT CENTER PATIENTS


EXISTING PATIENTS: 

Please contact the main office on 202-537-6050 and leave a message on the general mailbox.  Your call will be returned in the order it is received. 


THERAPY PATIENTS: 

If you have an emergency that requires you to speak with your therapist, please contact them directly or leave a message in the general mailbox and we will return your call. 


NEW PATIENTS: 

We are not scheduling any new patients at this time.  If you have questions contact 202-537-6050 and please leave a message on the general mailbox.


WSP COURSE UPDATES:


Certificate granting programs are the priority.  We are working on developing mechanisms for the deployment of technology to support distance learning. We have surveyed the faculty to assess capacity to support this instruction.


Elective programs will be rescheduled and subject to the priority of certificate granting programs. No new programs will be scheduled until further notice.  Any elective program currently on the schedule needs to determine if it can be delivered via a distance learning platform.


COURSES WILL BE HELD TODAY:  VIA ZOOM


Observational Studies:  This course will be held tonight you need to contact your faculty chair Nydia Pieczanski at n.I.pieczamski@gmail for more information.  



UPDATE: MARCH 13, 2020 10:24 am

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY THE MEYER TREATMENT CENTER AND WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF PSYCHIATRY IS CLOSED

PLEASE CHECK THE TREATMENT CENTER  AND PROGRAM PAGES FOR DETAILS

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What we are doing in response...

UPDATE WSP RESPONSE 

CDC Guidance on the Prevention of COVID-19 Exposure


1. Promote the daily practice of everyday preventive actions.


CDC Recommendation: Use health messages and materials developed by credible public health sources such as your local public health department or CDC to encourage your event staff and participants to practice good personal health habits.


How we are responding:

  • WSP has placed recommended signage and hand sanitizer in all of its treatment rooms;
  • Placing signs throughout the office to encourage handwashing and good hygiene;

CDC Recommendation: Promote everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, which include:


How we are responding

  • Encouraging staff, students, and faculty to stay home when if they are sick, except to get medical care.
  • Encouraging staff, students, and faculty to cover their coughs and sneezes with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. We have tissue placed in all treatment rooms and waste cans;
  • Reminding everyone to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; Placing signs throughout the office to encourage handwashing and good hygiene
  • Encouraging everyone to avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; Placing signs throughout the office to encourage handwashing and good hygiene; 
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily. We will ask all treatment members to wipe down phones, tables, door knobs, etc. after using a class or treatment room;
  • MTC/WSP will not host events or meetings that involve 10 or more participants;

2. Provide COVID-19 prevention supplies at your events.

 CDC Recommendation: Plan to have extra supplies on hand for event staff and participants, including sinks with soap, hand sanitizers, tissues, and disposable facemasks (for persons who start having symptoms).


How we are responding: 

  • We have had difficulty acquiring supplies due to shortages and inflated pricing; 
  • Face masks have been ordered and will not be delivered until March 31, 2020; 
  • Hand sanitizer is currently in all rooms, but we have had to order limited supply for back order
  • Those who become sick will be required to wear a mask immediately isolated from staff and participants who are not sick and given a clean disposable facemask to wear.

3. Plan for staff absences. 

CDC Recommendation: Develop flexible attendance and sick-leave policies.


How we are responding: 

  • Staff are asked to work from home if they are sick, or need to stay to care for a sick household member;
  • Staff will be provided flexibility to care for their children in the event of school dismissals;
  • Faculty we are working on developing an online mechanism for holding courses in the event of an office closure;
  • Clinicians we are working a plan for coverage for patients in therapy and medication clinic;
  • We are identifying critical job functions as well as a plan for alternative coverage by cross-training staff; 

4. Promote messages that discourage people who are sick from attending events. 

CDC Recommendation: This should include messages requesting that people leave events if they begin to have symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, and shortness of breath.


How we are responding

  • Ask patients, students, faculty, and staff to leave the event and seek medical advice should they exhibit any symptoms;
  • Encourage patients, students, faculty, and staff to seek medical attention and advise them to call ahead to a doctor’s office or emergency room to get guidance;

4. Identify a space that can be used to isolate staff or participants who become ill at the event.

CDC Recommendation: Designate a space for staff and participants who may become sick and cannot leave the event immediately. How we are responding

  • We will identify a space in the office designated for participant isolation

5. Develop flexible refund policies for participants. 

CDC Recommendation: Create refund policies that permit participants the flexibility to stay home when they are sick, need to care for sick household members, or are at high risk for complications from COVID-19.How we are responding

  • WSP will not charge patients a cancellation fee for cancelling an appointment due to potential exposure to the virus; 
  • WSP will promptly refund payments to all participants for scheduled events with anticipated attendance greater than 10; 
  • WSP will promptly refund payments to all participants for all events scheduled to occur during a compulsory closure; 

If you have any questions.  Feel free to contact our office Kim Y. JonesExecutive Director

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Executive Director

Kim Y. Jones