COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness

June 4, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on the importance of practicing empathy

Empathy is defined as the ability to recognize, understand and share the feelings of someone else.

In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., discusses the importance of putting yourself in another person’s shoes. Poyner suggests that, in your efforts to be empathetic, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. What is this person feeling? 
  2. Have I ever felt this way? 
  3. How would I want to be treated if I felt this way?

Poyner says, “Empathy doesn’t mean you have to agree with the person. You’re just trying to have a better understanding of how they are feeling.”

 

June 1, 2020

Helpful tools/resources for families and caregivers during COVID-19

Reminder: As individuals and communities continue to practice good hygiene and social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, Devereux has gathered tools and resources to help you and your loved ones manage stress and anxiety and stay safe during this challenging time.

Look below for a list of coping strategies and activities; school and education resources; behavior supports and discussion strategies; and more.

Coping strategies/activities to do at home with children

School-related information

Social stories, behavioral supports/videos and discussion strategies

Remote work resources
State Resources

 

May 29, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on the importance of making time for quiet

With many families working and learning from home, it may be challenging to find time for quiet in your day, let alone a quiet space to get things done.

In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., discusses the importance of pressing the pause button on life and making time – even if it’s just a few minutes – for quiet. Poyner explains that you can use that time for meditation or self-reflection. She says, “In those moments of quiet, just become closer to you. Make time to be still – and be you.”

 

May 22, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner offers a strategy for nurturing relationships

Strong, healthy relationships are key to building your resilience.

In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., offers a strategy to strengthen relationships with family members while you may be physically apart. Poyner suggests selecting a “family member of the week,” and asking everyone else in your family to do something special for that person every day, such as send a letter in the mail or an electronic greeting card, or leave a small gift at his/her front door if you live nearby.

Poyner says, “If all goes well, keep going – keep choosing family members of the week. The selected family members may not know what’s going on, but hopefully, they will feel the love.”

 

May 19, 2020

Tips for helping youth, adults with special needs adapt to wearing face masks

As we work together to flatten the curve, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends wearing face masks in public. For parents and caregivers of youth and adults with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences, it can be challenging to establish this new routine. Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, offers the following tips to help individuals with special needs adapt to wearing face masks.

  • Talk with your child or adult about the pandemic in a developmentally appropriate way. Explain to him or her that wearing face masks can help stop the spread of the virus.
  • Utilize visual supports, such as social stories, coloring books and plain language booklets, to help reduce fear and anxiety.
  • Model the behavior you want to see. Use natural supports – wear a face mask and ask family members and friends to share photos of themselves wearing masks. Use these images to talk to your loved one about how we are all in this together.
  • Find creative ways to ease the discomfort of face masks for those with sensory processing challenges. For example, sew a button on each side of a baseball hat, directly above the ears, and attach the mask to the buttons.

 

May 15, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on using music to practice self-control

Musician Keith Richards once said, “Music is a language that doesn’t speak in particular words, it speaks in emotion.”

Music has the power to reduce stress and anxiety, and promote feelings of well-being. In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., discusses the important role music plays in our lives, and shares how we can use music to regulate our emotions, thoughts and behaviors.

Poyner says, “There are so many ways we can use music to encourage ourselves, no matter where we are in this journey of life and how we’re feeling.”

 

May 8, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on the importance of morning rituals

The way you start your day can have a significant impact on how the rest of the day unfolds.

In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., explains the importance of morning rituals. Poyner suggests setting aside time each morning to do something that matters to you, such as writing in a journal; practicing mindfulness activities; or listening to music. She says by adding one or two rituals to your morning routine, you increase the chances that your day will be a good one.

The Devereux Center for Resilient Children wants to know how you are staying positive and resilient throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to participate in this brief survey to share your personal strategies for staying resilient.

May 6, 2020

Human Rights Campaign donates more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the leading LGBTQ rights and advocacy organization in the nation, donated more than 7,000 face masks to Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health to help protect the individuals in its care, along with its outstanding and dedicated team members, as part of the “HRC Gives Back” campaign.

HRC Gives Back is a digital campaign designed to raise funds for the critical fight for LGBTQ rights, while benefitting essential workers and a wide variety of community organizations. In its week-long pilot, HRC Gives Back received nearly 7,000 membership contributions and donated nearly 15,000 cloth face masks to 50 organizations. HRC Gives Back donates two masks on behalf of every new member who joins the HRC community through this promotion.

Read an HRC press release about this campaign and learn how you can get involved.

Look below to watch a video of Devereux President and CEO Carl E. Clark II, thanking the HRC for its generous donation.

 

May 1, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on turning the ordinary into something extraordinary

Research shows resilience is “ordinary magic” – and can be learned.

In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., explains the importance of taking ordinary moments throughout the day, such as dinner time or a walk around the block, and making them extraordinary. Poyner says, “There are things you and I can start doing right now that may seem ordinary, but are rather extraordinary when you think about doing them with intention. Look for those ordinary moments and try to make them magical. I challenge you to see how many you can find each day.”

 

April 30, 2020

Podcast: Devereux’s Amy Kelly shares tips for helping families with special needs cope during a pandemic

For many families, maintaining a regular schedule during school closures and social distancing can be challenging, especially if you are caring for a child or adult with emotional, behavioral or cognitive differences.

Devereux National Director of Family Engagement Amy Kelly, MBA, MNM, a mother of three children (one with autism and intellectual and developmental disabilities), shares tips to help parents and caregivers navigate this new normal on WXPN’s Kathy Chats. During the podcast, Kelly suggests creating a schedule for every family member; limiting news and social media coverage; and most importantly, practicing patience and self-compassion.

Listen to Kelly’s full interview.

April 27, 2020

Helena T. Devereux’s niece donates handmade face masks to Devereux Pocono’s front-line staff

More than 100 years ago, our beloved founder, Helena T. Devereux, led the organization through the Spanish flu (with far fewer resources than we have at our disposal today).

As we work together to stop the spread of the current pandemic, we are receiving an outpouring of support from so many community supporters, including one very special person, Miss Devereux’s niece, Emily Brown. Emily recently donated her time and talents to make cloth faces masks for front-line staff at our Devereux Pocono center. Look below to read a letter of gratitude Executive Director Tina Skoda shared with team members.

“We are deeply honored that Miss Devereux’s niece, Emily Brown, put her talents to work to make face masks for our center. We were equally as honored to have had the privilege of caring for Emily’s sister, who was an adored Devereux resident for many years until her passing in 2019. Emily and her family have been great supporters of Devereux throughout the years, and were a great source of love and guidance to Emily’s sister.

Miss Devereux would be very proud of Emily, as well as all Devereux staff and family members who continue to lift each other up each and every day so that we can emerge stronger than ever before.

We wish to offer our sincere thanks to Emily, and to all of our generous sewers, for these much-needed masks. We are incredibly grateful to them for keeping us safe and healthy, so we can continue to keep their loved ones safe and healthy.”

April 22, 2020

Devereux Center for Effective Schools releases free, online training modules for educators

With schools across the U.S. shifting to online learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Devereux Center for Effective Schools (CES) recently developed a series of free, online training modules to help educators successfully adapt to this new reality and engage students through remote instruction.

These six training modules address the following topics:

  • An introduction to engaging students through remote instruction
  • Delivering remote instructional activities
  • Teaching behavioral expectations for remote learning contexts
  • Using a lesson agenda and effective transitions in remote instruction
  • Providing frequent opportunities for students to respond during remote instruction
  • Providing academic and behavioral feedback during remote instruction

Each training module takes between 15 and 40 minutes to complete, and several modules are supplemented with example materials and handouts.

To access these modules, follow the steps below:

  1. Participate in a quick survey.
  2. Write down the class code shown at the end of the survey.
  3. Go to Google Classroom.
  4. Log in with a Google Account – this can be a personal Gmail Account (name@gmail.com) or a Google for Education School Account (name@schooldistrict.org). Please e-mail continuingeducation@devereux.org if you experience access difficulties.
  5. Enter the class code from the survey to gain access to the training materials.

“Educators across the country are demonstrating unwavering dedication and commitment to serving and supporting students – and their families – during this challenging time,” said Devereux Center for Effective Schools Director Barry McCurdy, Ph.D., NCSP, BCBA-D. “These training modules are designed to provide instruction and assistance to teachers as they guide students through this process and help them embrace this new way of learning.”

The Devereux Center for Effective Schools is here to support you during COVID-19. Please contact the CES team with questions or support needs.

April 17, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on using humor to build resilience

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

Sometimes, humor is the best medicine.

In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., explains how we can use humor to build and nurture our own resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic. Poyner says, “If you’re not ready to laugh, at least find something, or do something, that makes you smile. Keep going we will get through this together.”

 

April 10, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on the importance of time management

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

With many employees across the U.S. working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic some for the first time – they may be facing a new set of challenges, including how to manage their time most effectively.

In this video, Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., explains the Pomodoro Technique, a time management tool developed by Francesco Cirillo in the late 1980s. This technique uses a timer to break down work into intervals, traditionally 25 minutes in length. Between each interval, there is a five-minute break. Poyner discusses how this method can help team members work more efficiently by “doing fewer things better.”

April 7, 2020

Take virtual tours of national parks, museums and zoos while you’re at home

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

With social distancing measures in place due to COVID-19, museums, theme parks, zoos and beaches across the U.S. and around the world are closed, but that doesn’t mean the exploring has to stop. Many of these places are offering live webcams and virtual tours to keep you and your family educated and entertained during this pandemic.

Look below for a list of field trips you can take from the safety and comfort of your own home.

National parks and wildlife

Zoos and aquariums

Museums and theme parks

Skylines and beaches

Concerts

 

April 3, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner on the importance of doing something kind for someone else

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

The Dalai Lama once said, “The root of happiness is altruism – the wish to be of service to others.”

As we take care of ourselves and our family during the COVID-19 public health crisis, we also should make an effort to do something kind for someone else.

Watch this video featuring Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., as she discusses the importance of practicing altruism. Poyner reminds us of how good it feels to call, text or write a family member or friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, or purchase groceries for a neighbor. If you happen to get a “thank you” or a smile in return, Poyner says, “That’s just the icing on the cake.”

 

March 30, 2020

  • Help supply face masks and other protective gear for Devereux team members

    Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

    As we fight the COVID-19 crisis, heathcare professionals across the U.S. are facing a critical shortage of face masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE).  

    Like other hospitals and healthcare providers, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is in need of PPE to help protect our frontline staff as they continue to serve and support the children, adolescents and adults entrusted to our care.

    We are asking our families, caregivers, friends and supporters to help us during this uncertain time by:

    • Sewing face masks and/or other protective gear
    • Creating PPE (e.g., goggles and face shields) via 3-D printers

    Join our PPE for Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health Facebook group for more information on how you can help our team members and the individuals we serve stay safe and healthy.

March 30, 2020

Tools/resources for families and caregivers during the COVID-19 public health crisis

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

Reminder: As local, state and federal officials work to combat the coronavirus in our communities, Devereux has gathered tools and resources to help you and your loved ones manage stress and anxiety and stay safe during this public health crisis.

Look below for a list of coping strategies and activities; school and education resources; behavior supports and discussion strategies; and more.

Coping strategies for caregivers

Coping strategies/activities to do at home with children

School-related information

Social stories, behavioral supports/videos and discussion strategies

Remote work resources
State Resources

March 27, 2020

Finding inspiration in times of uncertainty

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we believe it is important to find hope and inspiration in these unprecedented and uncertain times.

We invite you to access our “Sharing messages of hope” webpage where we have compiled letters and testimonials from Devereux family members, caregivers and employees, offering kindness and positivity. On this page, you also can view inspirational and educational videos from our Devereux Center for Resilient Children team on the importance of building and nurturing your own resilience as we strive to emerge from COVID-19 safer, stronger and healthier than before.

March 27, 2020

International SEL Day: Devereux Center for Resilient Children shares resilience-building resources

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

In honor of the inaugural International SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) Day, the Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) is sharing tools and resources to help you and your family build and nurture your resilience during the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

Look below to access videos and blog posts from the DCRC team, promoting the importance of resilience and social and emotional learning.

 Learn more about the Devereux Center for Resilient Children.

March 27, 2020

Video: Devereux’s Nefertiti B. Poyner discusses nurturing social connections

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is encouraging all of us to practice social distancing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, that does not mean we should compromise our social connections.

Watch this video featuring Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., as she explains the importance of keeping in regular contact with friends and family during this crisis. Poyner reminds us that social connections may not happen organically with social distancing measures in place. She suggests carving out time each week to connect with those important people in our lives via text, phone or video chat.

 

Devereux CT: COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness Resources and Updates

Facebook page:
Connect with our Devereux CT COVID-19 Facebook page, where parents, family members and caregivers can find the latest information. This is a closed (private) group page. Note: To access this page, you will need a Facebook account. If you do not have a Facebook account, please visit www.facebook.com/r.php and follow the instructions. 

To join our Facebook page …
Step 1: With your computer mouse, select the link below. You may also copy and paste this link into your web browser (top of web page where the web address is noted).
https://www.facebook.com/groups/DevereuxTGSprepared/ 
Step 2: Select the blue “Join Group” tab on the top left corner under the Devereux banner.
Step 3: A Devereux page administrator will grant you access to the page.
Step 4: Once you join, be sure to check the page regularly for updates. 

Toll-free number
If you do not prefer to connect with us online, we have a toll-free number that offers regular, pre-recorded messages about the availability of our programs and services. 

Devereux Glenholme’s toll-free number is (833) 351-0770. 
We encourage our families to check daily to learn if there are any changes to programming or services.

March 23, 2020

Good Afternoon Glenholme Families,

I hope you all are well and adjusting to the many changes that have so rapidly and drastically impacted us all.

First and foremost, we know that child and family needs will differ and encourage you to find the balance and routine that works for you, your household, and your child. We recognize that this process is a marathon and not a sprint, and we must prioritize health, safety and well-being at this time. In addition to the daily check-ins and communications from our Social Workers, we have updates from other departments as well as a interdisciplinary approach that will be available going forward to customize and support you all in an individualized manner. 

The Behavior Department will be reaching out to all families in conjunction with Social Workers in the next day or two. They have developed several materials to support students, including updated contract and interventions, reinforcement for the home environment, a daily check-in and schedule template, and modified token systems and accountability/feedback forms to assist students and families. They will be available to assist and support all students and families as well as working to set limits around common distractions, such as electronics, and conflict resolution strategies and facilitation as needed.

Our Clinical Director, Dr. Nakia Hamlett, has led the development of some skill/strategy materials to support the practice of DBT and other regulation strategies as a resource and for proactive practice as part of the daily routine. Clinical supports will continue to be provided by phone and tele-health (Zoom or Skype) weekly (more frequently as needed or broken into shorter sessions if that is what works best for your child to be positively engaged).  Our clinical team will remain on call 24/7 as usual and can be reached by calling the main number: 860-868-7377 x200251.

We continue to develop distance learning tools and strategies as well. Initially we sent home work for all  of each student’s classes and gave directions for the assignments.  Students and parents were encouraged to reach out to teachers via e-mail with any questions and concerns that they had.  Teachers were checking in with students on how the work was going, asking for work to be submitted and were giving feedback to students regarding the work done.   It was a beginning. During this time we have discussed changing the format and scope of school work that we are giving our students.  Additionally, several parents have been in touch and their concerns and comments  have helped to shape the some of the adjustments.

Here are some of the changes to come:

* We are going to create a template that will go to each student with the assignments from all teachers in one place for your child.  We hope this makes this process more streamlined and easier to understand for all parties.

* We are going to be focusing on 4 core areas:  English, which will include reading for our middle school children, Math, Social Studies and Science.

* There will be a mix of synchronous and asynchronous instruction.  We will use Zoom on the computer to do class lessons.  Because our student computers do not have cameras they will not be able to see the teacher unless they have pre-recorded a lesson for the students.  However, they will be able to hear the instruction as well as engage with questions and responses.
* Teachers will be continuing to check in  and  answer e-mails from students regarding any questions and concerns. 

Checklists for self and home care, daily schedules, daily routines, and organization tools can be provided by our boarding team. These tools can assist in the continued development of independent living skills and provide consistency and structure for your child if necessary. Checklists for a variety of independent living, executive function, and self-care routines are available.

I want to thank you for your continued flexibility as we all adapt to the current circumstances. We are hopeful that taking swift action now in accordance with Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont’s Executive Orders and guidance will allow us to resume normal operations as soon as possible. Please know that our campus will remain staffed and open for essential functions and Supervisors are available 24 hours a day at 860-868-7377 and can help direct you however needed. 

Be well,

Noah Noyes, M. Ed.  |  Executive Director

 

March 23, 2020

TAKE ACTION: Tell Congress #WeAreEssential amid COVID-19 public health crisis

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

As families and communities cope with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, help Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health continue to provide critical support for youth and adults living with emotional, behavioral and cognitive differences.

At this time, legislation is moving quickly through Congress to address the Coronavirus pandemic. According to The Arc, Congress must hear from the disability community about how people with special needs, their families, and the direct support professional workforce will be impacted by COVID-19 to ensure that the needs of individuals with disabilities are not left behind.

We need your help to ask members of Congress to pass a new bill to address the ongoing needs of individuals with disabilities, their families and direct support professionals during this crisis. This legislation must include:

  • Additional funding to create a Medicaid grant program
  • Permanent reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person program
  • Raising Medicaid, Supplemental Security Income and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program asset limits for stimulus payments
  • Boosting Social Security and Supplemental Security Income benefits for the crisis
  • Paid leave for caregivers for people with disabilities
  • No limitations on disability rights protections

How to connect with Congress
Follow the steps below to take action TODAY:

  1. Send a message to your members of Congress now (through the Arc website).
  2. To send your own message to Congress, click here to find your local leaders.
  3. Post a video of yourself on social media explaining why legislation to support individuals with disabilities is so important. Use the hashtag #WeAreEssential.

Please visit The Arc of the United States for more information.

March 20, 2020

Good Afternoon,

We hope this note finds you well.

As you may know, there were several significant developments this afternoon related to the COVID-19 virus. Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued an Executive Order restricting all nonessential employees and businesses. This is in conjunction with similar Executive Orders issued today in New York, Illinois, and other states as well. This is a significant development in the efforts to slow and contain the spread of the virus. At this time, the restrictions do not have a definite timeline.

At this time, our team is recommending that all students that can safely travel home do so. This recommendation is intended for us to best comply with the Governor’s orders and support our staff, students, families, as well as do our part in the broader effort to “flatten the curve” and keep critical health care infrastructure capacity available for those in need. We also hope this effort will allow our staff and their families to remain healthy so that we can resume normal operations as soon as possible.

Many members of our leadership team and staff have been individually reaching out to families this afternoon to communicate as efficiently and directly as possible. Please know that our staff will remain available 24/7 via email and at the main school number (860-868-7377). Distance learning and tele-support will be available for all students away from campus. Additional tools and details are under development for our families and will be ready by Monday. We want to emphasize the importance of prioritizing needs for your individual child – some families may prioritize behavioral, independent living, or social skill goals over academics and this is fine. Please do not feel undue pressure to fit more than is possible into your daily routine and know that the Governor has excused absences for this situation and there is ample time our summer program to make up potentially lost ground. HEALTH AND SAFETY IS THE GREATEST PRIORITY FOR US ALL.

We recognize how difficult and dynamic this situation is – for all of us. As such, your cooperation, flexibility, trust and understanding is valued more than you may know. Should you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Be well,
Noah Noyes

Noah Noyes, M. Ed.  |  Executive Director
Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health – Connecticut
81 Sabbaday Lane, Washington, CT 06793
T: (860) 868-7377 x200229 |   F: (860) 868-7894 

 

March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: Nefertiti B. Poyner video on the importance of rules

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

In times of crisis, rules can help keep us safe.

Watch a video featuring Devereux Center for Resilient Children Early Childhood Specialist and National Trainer Nefertiti B. Poyner, Ed.D., as she helps her 5-year-old daughter understand why her school was closed and her activities were canceled because of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and how those important and necessary actions will protect the health and safety of students and the public.

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: Resources to help families stay connected online

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements. 

At Devereux, our most important task is to continue providing essential services during this complicated time, while ensuring our programs remain safe and healthy for our staff and the individuals we serve. 

As we follow guidelines from federal and state authorities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – which has led to Devereux’s no in-person visitation policy across all programs – our team wants to make sure families stay connected with their loved ones through the use of remote/tele-health technology. 

Remote/tele-health tools require the use of the internet or a Wi-Fi signal. Look below for a list resources that can help you stay connected during this public health emergency. 

In addition, click on the following links for additional resources and information on how internet and wireless providers are keeping Americans connected during the coronavirus pandemic.

March 17, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: Tools and resources for families

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

As local, state and federal officials work to combat the coronavirus in our communities, Devereux is offering tools and resources for families, caregivers and others to help you and your loved ones manage stress and anxiety – and stay safe – during this public health crisis.

Look below for a list of coping strategies and activities for adults and children.

Coping strategies for caregivers

Coping strategies/activities to do at home with children

School-related information

Social stories, behavioral supports/videos and discussion strategies

March 16, 2020

Good Afternoon,

I hope this note continues to find you well.

As you may know, there were several updates yesterday and today regarding the status and management of COVID-19 in Connecticut. Some of the updates include additional Executive Orders from the Governor and mandatory closing of restaurants, gyms and movie theatres beginning tonight. Additional orders included the mandatory closing of public schools and restrictions on gatherings of 50+ people (although exemptions are provided for organizations such as Glenholme.)

Our programming has continued largely as normal at Glenholme with activities and academic classes on a regular schedule. PLEASE NOTE THAT WHILE SOME STUDENTS ARE ON VOLUNTARY HOMESTAY, PROGRAMMING AND CLASSES ON CAMPUS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. SIMILARLY, DISTANCE LEARNING AND TELE-SUPPORT FROM OUR STAFF ARE ARRANGED FOR STUDENTS THAT ARE AWAY FROM CAMPUS. This situation will continue to be dynamic as we receive updated guidance from local, state, and national partners and we will continue adapting our plans accordingly in order to care for our entire community – staff, families, and students.

In addition to the visitor restrictions and protocols shared previously, we continue to teach, practice and reinforce social distancing and hygiene on campus. As such, all environments are sanitized throughout the day, students are prompted and reminded to avoid any contact and close proximity, hand washing/cleaning is prompted throughout the day, and we are eating meals in the cottages to avoid all campus gatherings in the Dining Room at this time. Again – we have no known concerns on campus currently.

We thank you tremendously for your continued support, partnership, flexibility, and understanding during this challenging and unprecedented time. Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

Be well,
Noah Noyes

March 16, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: Community-based services update

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

As you are likely aware, a Federal state of emergency has been declared in the effort to combat the nationwide spread of COVID-19. Additionally, every state in which Devereux provides services is now under individual, state-wide declarations of emergency.

Effective immediately, in alignment with the best-practice guidance of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, Devereux will stop providing in-person behavioral health services in the community, including in client homes and in public schools, many of which are already closed across the nation. Our goal is to continue providing as many of these services as possible, using tele-health tools. We are working urgently to establish remote/tele-health services to replace these in-person services for you and your child.

Devereux is focused on finding effective, alternative means to continue supporting your family and ensure you and your child receive the care you need during this national emergency. We ask for your cooperation during this time, as we make many adjustments in real time. Our hope is we will very quickly be able to provide your family the same amount of service time at the same level of quality as you have always received. Your Devereux therapist or targeted case manager will be contacting you directly within the next 48 hours to assess any barriers to remote services such as phone and computer technology and access to Wi-Fi.

For more detail, please read a letter from President and CEO Carl E. Clark II (Spanish version).

Next step: Devereux will provide an update to all families and caregivers related to our child welfare case management series.

Thank you for understanding and supporting these efforts to keep our clients and staff members healthy.

March 15,2020

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: 800-numbers for families/caregivers

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

To assist our Devereux parents, families and caregivers, we have launched toll-free numbers (800-numbers) for all centers. These 800-numbers will offer regular, pre-recorded messages about the availability of our programs and services.

Toll-free number: Devereux Glenholme School – (833) 351-0770

We encourage all Devereux families to save the toll-free number associated with the center or campus in which your loved one is receiving services, and to call back regularly to learn if there are any changes to programming or services.

March 14, 2020 

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: Nationwide visitation policy

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

Devereux Parents, Families and Caregivers: 

As you are likely aware, a Federal state of emergency has been declared in the effort to combat the nationwide spread of COVID-19. Additionally, every state in which Devereux provides services (with the exception of Rhode Island) is now under statewide declarations of emergency. Our most important task at Devereux is to continue providing our essential services during this complicated and unprecedented time, while ensuring our programs remain safe and healthy for our clients and staff. We know this is best for the individuals we serve and that it’s also what you, our families, expect of us. As such, effective immediately, a NO IN-PERSON VISITATION policy has been put in place at every Devereux program nationwide.  

Devereux is acutely aware of the importance of family connectivity, and we are universally committed to family support and engagement in care. Given the extraordinary and unprecedented situation we are currently in, we must prioritize the physical health and wellness of our clients and staff. We are working urgently to establish Zoom visitation rooms, so families can continue to visit with their children on their regular schedules, and hopefully even more frequently, using technology. We will absolutely be maintaining face-to-face connection for families, but we must now do this via remote technology, for the safety and good health of all. 

Please read this letter (Spanish version) for additional detail. 

Thank you for your continued support as we continue to take great care of the individuals we serve.

March 12, 2020

COVID-19 Emergency Preparedness: Letter from the President and CEO

Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health is closely monitoring the progress of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members. Look below for the latest news and announcements.

Please see this letter (Spanish version), from Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health President and CEO Carl E. Clark to all families regarding our COVID-19 preparedness actions.

March 5, 2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Emergency Preparedness

For the past several weeks, Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health’s leadership team has been monitoring the progress of the novel Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19. Every member of the Devereux staff is committed to ensuring the safety and health of the individuals in our care, and our dedicated team members.

Please read this letter (Spanish version), from President and CEO Carl E. Clark II, to learn more about what Devereux is doing to maintain healthy and safe programs, along with what we all can do personally to keep our families and friends healthy. In addition, please click on the links below to see policies we are implementing across our organization, in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Policies Being Implemented at Devereux per CDC Recommendations

 

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