Coronavirus Updates

 

 

Brevard Family Partnership is committed to the safety and health of the children and families that we serve, in addition to our workforce. Pertinent information and relevant links to external agencies regarding the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus can be found below.

For the health and safety of our employees, we are currently limiting access to our facilities. Our offices remain open, but we ask that any planned visits be coordinated through a staff member.  This limitation excludes those who routinely pick up or drop off mail, packages, or checks.  Thank you for your consideration during this unique time.   You may contact our main office at 2301 W. Eau Gallie Blvd by calling (321) 752-4650. 

 

Information for Foster Parents and Link to FAQ

To Our Foster Parents,

We value our partnership with you in service to the youth and families of our community. We know that as a caregiver, your first concern is how to protect and take care of your children and family.  We want you to know that this is our highest priority as well. We will maintain consistent communication with you all throughout this event and update you as we receive information in this evolving situation.

We have created a special page to respond to Foster Parent Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).  Please click here to review FAQs.

We are implementing recommended preventative measures to maintain safe work conditions and prevent the spread of the virus. We request, if you have not done so already, you do the same. This includes reviewing each child’s case with child and family teams (includes caseworker) and identifying essential needs and what service and functions are required.

During this time, we request that  you:

  • Utilize social distancing techniques (i.e.. 6 feet rule, no handshaking, etc.)
  • Limit travel to those essential functions needed to maintain the safety and health of children.
  • Be prepared with basic provisions for at least two weeks of quarantine. This includes essential medicine and prescription medications.

Home Visits, Parent Contacts, and Home Studies

We are working with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) on guidance documents regarding social distancing safety practices for visitations.  These guidelines may include virtual visits utilizing technology such as FaceTime, Skype, etc.

Prior to Home Visits,  our case managers will contact you, asking the 3 questions below:

  1. Is anyone in your household sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  2. Has anyone in your household come into contact with someone who is sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  3. Has anyone in your household traveled outside the United States or to any “hot spots” in the last three weeks? Hot Spots in Florida could include hospitals, international airports, and the cities of Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and/or Jacksonville.

Status of Trainings

All face-to-face trainings and meetings are discontinued until we schedule an alternative solution. We are working on ways to make such trainings and meetings virtual; please stay tuned for forthcoming information.

It is times like this that your commitment is so greatly appreciated.  You are the backbone of our system of care.

Information for Providers

** Read Administrative Order AOSC20-18  from the Supreme Court of Florida ** (posted 3-27-20)

** Please read Amended Administrative Order 20-16 COVID-19 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES JUVENILE DEPENDENCY VISITATION PRACTICES ** Posted 3-25-2020

To Our Provider Network,

Please be assured that the BFP Family of Agencies are doing everything we can to keep you and children and families we serve informed and safe.  This is a unique and constantly evolving situation and we are committed to efficient, effective, real-time communication.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive direction from state officials.

When possible, all providers should educate children and families served on the prevention and transmission of the virus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.  We want all providers to be cautious and until further notice the following practices are allowable to be put in place.

General Practices

  • BFP offices are open with limited staff on site. BFP staff are working from home when possible (when planned and approved by their supervisor); if staff are in the office, BFP is observing the social distancing the CDC recommends, ensuring 6 feet between staff and others with group sizes no greater than 10 people.
  • All face-to-face business meetings have been changed to phone conferences, this includes Family Team Conferences, Permanency Round Tables, Permanency Staffings, Out-of-Home Care reviews, Case Transfer Staffings, etc.
  • Bodily contact is being avoided. Sanitize and/or wash hands after contact with others. Avoid shaking hands, giving high fives/fist bumps, or hugging.
  • Please see the CDC recommendations on protection from the virus.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Prior to services delivered in the home, home visits, and parent contacts; please contact the caregiver, parent, or young adult and ask the below 3  questions.

  1. Is anyone in your household sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  2. Has anyone in your household come into contact with someone who is sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  3. Has anyone in your household traveled outside the United States or to any “hot spots” in the last three weeks? Hot Spots in Florida could include hospitals, international airports, and the cities of Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and/or Jacksonville.

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” and/or you have concerns regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms, a plan should be developed to  contact the client.

Until further notice the following services may be provided via Telehealth if the provider chooses to do so:

  1. Behavior Management
  2. Individual Counseling
  3. Tutoring
  4. Life Skills Coaching
  5. Medication Management
  6. Mentoring
  7. Anger Management
  8. Parenting Education

Any other requests for telehealth services must have prior approval of  the BFP Senior Executive of Programs.

Although HIPAA related issues are always a concern, HHS has loosened HIPAA requirements during this state of emergency. Please continue to practice standard privacy practices and procedures as practicable.

BFP will hold a weekly conference call for all providers starting Monday, 3/25/2020 at 11:00 AM. Conference Call line  515-606-5162 PIN 150912. The purpose is for BFP to hear provider concerns and answer provider questions so that together we can continue to provide services to our children and families in a manner that is safe for all.

Court-At this time all non-essential Court hearings have been cancelled. BFP is awaiting an administrative order from the Court as to how visitations will proceed. At this time all visitations are currently in progress.

Information for Employees

** Please Read Administrative Order AOSC20-18  from the Supreme Court of Florida ** (posted 3-27-20)

** Please read Amended Administrative Order 20-16 COVID-19 EMERGENCY PROCEDURES JUVENILE DEPENDENCY VISITATION PRACTICES ** Posted 3-25-2020

**  Posted below is the original email sent on 3/17/2020 to all Family of Agencies staff regarding COVID-19.  Please check back for the development of an FAQ page. **

To All Staff,

Please be assured that the leadership of the family of agencies are doing everything we can to keep you, your family, and the families we serve informed and safe.  This is a unique and constantly evolving situation and we are committed to efficient, effective, real-time communication.  We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we receive direction from state officials.

When possible, we should educate our clients on the prevention and transmission of the virus. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed.  We want all staff to be cautious and until further notice the following practices should be put in place.

General Practices

  • Staff should practice working from home when possible (when planned and approved by their supervisor); if staff need to be in the office, please observe the social distancing the CDC recommends, ensuring 6 feet between you and others with group sizes no greater than 10 people.
  • Please change any face-to-face business meetings to phone conferences, this includes Family Team Conferences, Permanency Round Tables, Permanency Staffings, Out-of-Home Care reviews, Case Transfer Staffings, etc.
  • Avoid bodily contact. Sanitize and/or wash hands after contact with others. Avoid shaking hands, giving high fives/fist bumps, or hugging.
  • If you are sick: stay home and notify your supervisor.
  • If you come in contact with someone who is sick: please notify your supervisor.
  • Please see the CDC recommendations on protecting yourself.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Home Visits, Licensing Visits, Parent Contacts, and Home Studies

Prior to your Home Visits,  you should contact the caregiver, parent, or young adult and ask the below 3  questions.

  1. Is anyone in your household sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  2. Has anyone in your household come into contact with someone who is sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  3. Has anyone in your household traveled outside the United States or to any “hot spots” in the last three weeks? Hot Spots in Florida could include hospitals, international airports, and the cities of Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and/or Jacksonville.

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” and/or you have concerns regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms, you should reach out to your supervisor to develop a plan to contact the client.

If the answer is “no,” then staff should schedule the visit.  Staff can complete a quick walk through of the home, if required (i.e. to check sleeping arrangements of a baby or to check food if concerns are present that there isn’t enough, to check med logs, home studies, etc.).  Then, the interview part of the visit can be conducted outside of the home, ensuring that staff are 6 feet from the client.

**We have received word that some facilities are not allowing visitors at this time.  If you run into this situation, please let your Program Director know and document all efforts to see the client in FSFN.  Since the Home Visit can’t be completed, then a skype, facetime or other video conference or phone call must occur and the contact must be noted as a Telephone Contact. This is only for facilities who will not allow visitors**

Supervised Family Time Visits

Prior to your Supervised Family Time Visit, you should contact the caregiver and parent to ask the below 3  questions.

  1. Is anyone in your household sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  2. Has anyone in your household come into contact with someone who is sick, feverish, or experiencing ongoing coughing or sneezing?
  3. Has anyone in your household traveled outside the United States or to any “hot spots” in the last three weeks? Hot Spots in Florida could include hospitals, international airports, and the cities of Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and/or Jacksonville.

If the answer to any of these questions is “yes,” and/or you have concerns regarding the prevalence of COVID-19 symptoms, you should reach out to your supervisor to develop a plan to contact the client.

If the answer is “no,” then staff should schedule the family time session.  Staff should remain 6 feet from individuals during the visit.  Visits should not occur in restaurants, movie theaters, the zoo, or other locations that gather a large crowd. 

Resources for Families

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