Dear Turning Point Community,
I am writing to share our plans for re-opening our Turning Point facility to clients.
It’s important to begin with the hope that you and your loved ones are well and safe and to thank you for your patience and understanding during this very difficult last fifteen months. We have tried very hard to make responsive and responsible shifts to our programs in order continue to serve our clients and families in the best ways possible, but I know that telehealth and remote services are not the same as in-person meetings.
Our decisions have been guided by our excellent Skokie Department of Health, consultation with community colleagues, advisories from the State of Illinois and most of all, by science. That is how we will continue to navigate the coming weeks and months.
At this time, we are planning a phased approach to re-opening, when a limited number of staff and clients will begin in-person services at our facility. We intend to proceed cautiously, ensuring that we have adequate room sizes for social distancing, time for cleaning and re-cleaning used spaces, and we will continue to require that masks be worn at all times if more than one person is occupying a space.
We are still evaluating the need for all clients to be vaccinated. For example, we serve many children and their families and some children are too young to receive a vaccination at this time. We continue to review all advisories from our state and local officials so that we can make the best choices for our community.
The first phase group of clients and staff will be determined based on space, provider schedules and the number of people allowed in our facility.
We anticipate that this first phase will commence near the end of July or beginning of August.
Of course, if any of these plans change, we will let you know immediately. Thanks again, each of you, for your understanding and support.
Ann Fisher Raney, AM, LCSW
Chief Executive Officer, Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center