Effective immediately, all Peer Play programs are on hold. The only exception will be for Peer Play programs run with a sibling living in the same home.
In the past few days, the President of the United States has declared a national emergency and the Governor of North Carolina has declared a state emergency. Therefore, Priorities ABA will take additional steps to protect the health and well being of all employees, clients, and their families.
Where we can, we will continue providing in-home ABA therapy with the following requirements:
1 – Employees, clients, and others in the home should wash their hands frequently.
2 – Cancel therapy if the employee, employee’s family members, client, or client’s family members show signs of sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, or fever.
3 – All community outings are cancelled including short walks, walks to the local playground etc without exception.
4 – Services in daycares, schools, or other community settings must be moved to the home or suspended.
5 – Employees, their direct family, and client families must be following the President’s and Governor’s request to avoid large gatherings of 100 or more people.
6 – Avoid therapy if staff, clients, or family members are high risk individuals to include adults over 65 years, those with underlying health conditions including heart disease, lung disease, or diabetes, or with weakened immune systems.
If you feel unsafe providing therapy or receiving therapy, please notify your BCBA as soon as possible. Days missed due to the outbreak including personal safety, having the virus, caring for someone with the virus, quarantine, or school closures will not count against an employee’s allowed absences.
We are not sure how long this emergency will last. We are discussing how to help staff impacted by the virus. Legislation passed in the U.S. House of Representatives provides relief to many including employees missing work due to the coronavirus to include family leave, sick pay, and unemployment insurance.
We will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide updates as needed. For additional information please visit the following:
NC Department of Health and Human Services