The health and well-being of our clients, residents and staff are our guiding principles. Amid the global challenges presented by the novel coronavirus, Oaklawn’s emergency management team and executive leaders have worked together to follow the guidelines of local, state and national health agencies while continuing to provide essential mental health and addiction treatment services to our community.
1. We are now offering most services, including initial assessments, via telemedicine. Check with your provider for full details.
2. We continue to see clients for face-to-face visits. For your protection, our staff are wearing face masks and practicing physical distancing. Everyone entering our building is encouraged to wear a face mask, with the exception of children younger than two and adults with breathing difficulties. If you need to come into our office for an appointment, please be in contact with both your primary care provider and your Oaklawn provider if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. These symptoms include fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat or loss of taste/smell.
3. Our 24-hour programs in Goshen and Mishawaka remain open. In-person visitation to our inpatient unit in Goshen has been temporarily suspended. If you would like to reach your family member or friend in the inpatient unit, please call 574-533-1234, ext. 2500. Family visitation at our youth facility in Mishawaka has resumed with careful scheduling and extra precautions. For questions or more information about residential visits, please call 574-533-1234.
4. As we work to maintain these essential services, our staff continue to follow best practices regarding hand hygiene and are self-monitoring for symptoms. Our facilities staff are continuously disinfecting with special attention to common areas, and we have made modifications within our buildings to allow for at least 6 feet of physical distancing.
These represent some, but not all, of the steps Oaklawn has taken in response to COVID-19. Our leaders meet weekly to review new guidelines, assess our community’s current situation and plan next steps. We will continue to adapt our response as the situation evolves.
We highly prioritize the safety of our clients and staff and are committed to not only protecting them during this pandemic, but continuing the care they rely on.
Oaklawn has long believed that we are all on a journey toward health and wholeness – one we travel individually and collectively. We see that now more than ever, and we will continue to join our community in this extraordinary journey.