The threat of COVID-19 is ongoing throughout the United States and worldwide. As a way to mitigate the risk of exposure to COVID-19, we have transitioned to providing most services via telecommunications technology. Use of telecommunications technology reduces the need for persons to come into close contact with each other or to be in areas where exposure to COVID-19 may occur. However, in some situations, teletherapy services may not be adequate, and in-person services may be more appropriate.
Decision to Meet Face-to-Face for In-Person Services
The decision about whether to engage in in-person services is based on current conditions and guidelines, which may change at any time. It is possible that a return to remote teletherapy services will be necessary at some point based on consideration of health and safety issues. Such a decision will be made in consultation with you, but your therapist will make the final determination based on a careful weighing of the risks and applicable health department guidelines.
It appears that insurance reimbursement for teletherapy services will likely continue in Michigan due to the Governor's signature enacting it into law. However, copayment and deductible amounts for your policy by your insurance company may vary or have changed. We encourage you to contact your insurance company directly regarding your coverage for teletherapy services so you fully understand your benefits and copay responsibilities.
Clinic’s Commitment to Minimize Exposure
Steps that have been taken to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus within the office include, but are not limited to the following:
- Improvements in the office’s HVAC heating/cooling system to have enhanced air flow circulation throughout the office suite
- Our office has been professionally disinfected to eliminate microorganisms that spread COVID-19, H1N1 Influenza, MRSA, GRSA, Hepatitis A & B, Salmonella, and more than 22 other viruses and contaminants
- Implementing social distancing guidelines by having patients/clients wait outside until appointment times instead of in the waiting room
- Hand-sanitizer with at least 70% alcohol content is readily available from clinic therapists and will be provided to each patient/client before entering the building
- Installing visible signage regarding safety protocols and regulations, including maintaining rule that face covering must be work by both clients and therapists while in the office
- All therapists/clients will wear face masks when entering the office, while in the therapy room, and until they have left the building.
- All therapists and patient/clients will maintain the 6' social distancing recommendations by the CDC.
- All patients/clients will complete a brief health assessment before each session as recommended by the CDC
- All patients/clients will sign a consent to in office treatment sessions prior to returning to the office for face-to-face sessions
- No touch motion sensor switches have been added to all restrooms
Therapists will accompany all patients/clients into and out of the building before and after their appointments
Please use the links below to print necessary forms for In-Office therapy sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic:
Informed Consent for Returning to In-Person Psychological Services
COVID-19 Check-In Health Screening Questionnaire