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COVID-19 and Monitoring SUDs

27 Mar 2020 4:50 PM | Monica Feider

Good Afternoon,

I am interested in how monitoring programs are addressing screening participants who:

-Are on a Stay at Home/similar order and not working

-Are on a Stay at Home/similar order and working

Have you made other modifications to monitoring requirements?

What challenges and successes are you experiencing?  We are seeing collection sites and some treatment programs closing.

Thank you!

Monica Feider

 

 

 

Comments

  • 30 Apr 2020 12:02 PM | Rhonda Ruby
    The Iowa program worked in accordance with state guidelines to limit exposure. Our program delayed
    testing until April 30 with a plan to re-evaluate at that time. We received approval from our program advisory
    committee and legal counsel. We have not notified participants that testing is delayed and communicated
    to participants they should continue daily check in and test when selected. INAP also prioritized our
    working participants for testing. INAP notified participants they are allowed to attend online meetings and if they are unable to attend required meetings,
    individual sessions or groups due to the status of COVID-19 during the next 30 days, this will not be
    considered noncompliance They do need to list any cancelled or missed meetings, sessions, or groups on
    quarterly reports. After 30 days, the INAP will reassess to determine if this 30-day period should be
    extended.

    Rhonda Ruby
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  • 30 Apr 2020 7:32 PM | John Furman
    Are on a Stay at Home/similar order and not working - With supporting documentation place the nurse on a testing interruption. Then test shortly after release.

    Are on a Stay at Home/similar order and working - Same as above.

    Have you made other modifications to monitoring requirements? - Peer support groups are held using a virtual meeting application. Allow online self help group attendance.

    What challenges and successes are you experiencing? Some collection sites have temporarily closed or have limited hours, and some nurses are not able to leave work to test.

    John Furman, Washington State
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