As of June 2, 2020, The Next Chapter will provide the opportunity to choose between in-person and TeleHealth for individual therapy sessions. Groups will remain suspended until further notice. Those who choose to return to in-person sessions will be provided informed consent regarding the transmission of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) and prevention measures as identified by the CDC. Clients of The Next Chapter that have known compromised immune symptoms will be strongly encouraged to remain with TeleHealth as a safe means to participate in ongoing mental health and substance abuse services.
As previously stated, we will continue to remain informed about the pandemic by following up-to-date information as announced by Governor Kelly and her staff in televised briefings, through Sedgwick County’s website, and from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
On March 9, 2020, The Next Chapter introduced TeleHealth as a means to provide immediate and continuous services and support to the clients we serve. The following services have been suspended including:
“Making Sense of Bipolar” group Tuesdays 9:30 -11 am
“Trauma and Connections” group Tuesdays 5-7 pm
Outpatient Substance Abuse group Thursdays 1-3 pm
We have continued to monitor the public health crisis in Sedgwick County, as well as nationwide, by following up-to-date information as announced by Governor Kelly in her daily briefings, through Sedgwick County’s website, and from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website.
This factual information coupled with the guidance of other mental health service providers in our county and state will be used in making ongoing decisions as to when The Next Chapter will return to “in-person” services.
In response to Kansas Governor Kelly’s plan to reopen the state, The Next Chapter will continue providing safe and structured services using TeleHealth. Continuous assessment of the data and trends in the pandemic will guide us in future decisions.
We are projecting to have updated this decision on or before June 1, 2020.