A MESSAGE FROM BEACON HOUSE’S CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, DR. LEE GOLDMAN, BOARD-CERTIFIED ADDICTIONOLOGIST SPECIALIZING IN ADDICTION MEDICINE

March 27, 2020

It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago, many of us had never even heard of COVID19 and its impact on all of us.  Today is a very different day and one that requires us to band together to make sure that we stop this pandemic that is spreading throughout the world.  As the leading provider of substance use disorder treatment in northern California, we have taken this pandemic very seriously from the beginning.  Our priority has been the health and safety of our patients and staff.   To achieve this we have been following the directives and recommendations of the CDC and our public health leaders for all personnel and patients as well as community partners.  While this terrible pandemic continues to spread across our nation we must also remember that approximately 130 people die of an overdose every day.  As our health system becomes increasingly stressed with new patients, we cannot forget that our services are needed now more than ever.   We are prepared to continue providing our life-saving addiction medicine treatment and have taken the following steps to do so:

  • Our medical and nursing staff have been screening and monitoring every patient in our care.
  • Any new referrals are screened prior to admission and at the time of arrival at the facility.
  • We have instituted “stay-at-home” policies across our entire workforce for any staff that is ill or has had either direct or indirect contact.
  • We have virtualized all of our outpatient services starting last week.
  • Within our residential treatment program, we are providing treatment in smaller groups and making other modifications to reduce the size of gatherings.
  • Our locations (Pine Ave. and Lighthouse) have been deep cleaned and stocked with needed supplies.
  • Visits from families and all outside partners have been suspended until further notice.

Please remember to follow the instructions of our public health leaders:

  • If you are feeling sick or have any symptoms, please stay home.
  • If you have a health condition that can make you vulnerable or are elderly please do not leave your home.
  • If you must go out for essential activities, please wash your hands, do not touch your face and maintain social distancing when in the presence of others.

Remember that this situation is likely to increase stress, anxiety, and trauma among those we serve – we need to ensure that this is not a time to ignore the vulnerability of those with the disease of addiction.  Please know that we are considered an essential health service and it is our intent to remain operational to meet the needs of our patients and continue supporting those struggling with the disease of addiction.  I remind everyone that social distancing doesn’t have to mean isolation – please stay connected to your family and friends, your support network and anyone that you rely on – we are fortunate to have social media outlets to help us do this.

Beacon House remains steadfast in our mission – to continue our life-saving addiction medicine treatment.

Thank you and be safe.

Lee Goldman MD

Medical Director, Addictionologist

Beacon House

 

HEALING THROUGH A GLOBAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

March 26th, 2020

For over 60 years, Beacon House has provided Addiction Medicine that heals and sustained “Recovery for a Lifetime” for thousands of people. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we understand the importance of continuing the work of evidence-based treatment for substance use disorder and alcoholism now more than ever. The Beacon House team is prepared to support you and those who are in need during this extremely difficult and isolating time.

As we as a nation struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, Beacon House is here to support all the communities we serve and everyone we impact. As always, the health and safety of our clients and our workforce is our top priority. We have implemented system-wide strategies that reduce the risk of exposure while preparing us to respond effectively and keeping our services accessible as this crisis unfolds. I urge everyone to keep in mind that while this crisis is taking lives, overdose-related deaths continue every day and for this reason, we must be vigilant about doing everything we can to support those in active treatment, those in recovery, and those seeking help.

YOU ARE NOT ALONE, WE ARE HERE TO HELP

We are monitoring the directives and guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as local health officials to continue integrating new best practices as they come. As we support and promote social distancing we are also taking steps to provide opportunities to engage virtually with existing clients, their families and those who are members of our alumni community. It is most critical that we don’t forget that people with substance use disorder are especially vulnerable and could be more susceptible to this virus – but they must also feel connected. Part of a successful life in recovery is the connections made with other members of the recovery community and we are doing our part to ensure that our clients are offered ways that they can engage with us and others during this time.

PERSONALIZED, INTEGRATIVE ADDICTION CARE

Our programs and services are fully operational. If you or a loved one is seeking treatment please visit Beaconhouse.org or call 800-215-4733. If you are an alumni or a person in need or know someone who is in need of help, please call us – our expert staff are available 24/7 and will get you to the right level of support based on your individualized needs.

WE GET YOU BACK TO YOUR PRIORITIES

Beacon House is continuing the healing process for those who are in need during this unprecedented crisis. We are optimistic that through this challenge we will all come out stronger and with a heightened awareness of our interconnectedness and need for each other.

In partnership and solidarity with everyone in a time like no other, we stay true and steadfast to our mission.

Sincerely yours,

Susan E. Cowen

Executive Director

Beacon House

 

A MESSAGE FROM OUR DIRECTOR REGARDING THE COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK

March 23, 2020

Beacon House, like the rest of the nation, is very concerned by the threat COVID-19 presents to those we serve. As always, the health and wellbeing of our clients is our main priority. We have implemented system-wide strategies that reduce the risk of exposure while preparing us to respond effectively in the event the current threat level escalates. If you have questions about the specific practices we are implementing, please give us a call.

Please know that at this time Beacon House is fully operational and continuing the great work of treating those who suffer from substance use disorders. Call an Admissions Counselor today 831-273-1386 to get started at Beacon House.

March 16, 2020

Given the current incidence of Coronavirus in California, we wanted you to know what precautions we are taking to keep our patients safe and healthy during this time.

At Beacon House, patient health and wellbeing is our priority. We are a state-licensed and CARF accredited behavioral healthcare provider and follow safety and infection control protocols at all of our programs. In response to the recent threat of COVID-19, we are monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) information sites daily to stay current on all national and local healthcare trends and concerns. We have a plan in place to ensure the proper response to COVID-19.

Beacon House utilizes products that are pre-approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and we employ full-time staff members who are devoted to cleaning and maintaining our facilities. We use standard precautions to minimize the spread of any viral pathogens through hand washing protocols, making hand sanitizer readily available and using gloves as needed. Our nurses, doctors, clinicians, and staff follow approved infection control and safety procedures.

We have recently implemented an additional screening protocol for everyone who seeks admission into our program. Beacon House has been successfully treating clients for over 60 years, and patient health and facility hygiene, and safety will always be our priority.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 831-273-1386.