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Safety - COVID-19 Update
To Our Embark Family and Friends,
Embark Behavioral Health’s original program served its first family 25 years ago. Since then, we have prided ourselves in operating with the industry’s highest quality of care and safety standards.
I want to personally assure you that safety – emotional, physical and psychological – is the primary component in all that we do, and it remains of utmost importance to us now. Furthermore, as accredited and licensed facilities, infection control has always been a part of our programs’ every-day operations.
Despite evidence showing this new coronavirus is not particularly harmful to the population we serve, we want to do our part in ”flattening the curve” and slowing the spread. We are therefore taking this situation very seriously and instituting extra precautions.
Two weeks ago, we also proactively created the Embark Coronavirus Taskforce – comprised of a cross-section of doctors and nurses, clinicians and program operators – which has been meeting and communicating regularly with our programs since then. We are closely tracking the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and local health and licensing agencies for the latest developments and best practices related to COVID-19.
On the homepage of every one of our programs, you can access what we are doing within that particular program. This information is updated in real-time.
Despite these precautions, our front line teammates are working hard to maintain normalcy for our students. Particularly in times like these, we want our programs to be havens of safety: contained, many remote, full of loving and trained staff, and away from the anxiety-inducing media.
We are facing unsettling times. However, we are also provided an opportunity to root ourselves, even more, in our Core Purpose, Core Values and our Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG). Our BHAG remains the same, to lead the way in driving the levels of adolescent and young adult anxiety, depression and suicide from the all-time highs of today to all-time lows. Our Core Purpose is to create joy – the essence of joy is found through gratitude and humility, and in uncovering the meaning behind pain and suffering. During times like these, we must model empathy for those in distress, find creative ways to be of service to each other, lean on each other in trusting relationships, and take comfort in the growth that will come from this time of adversity.
Our team is honored to serve you.
CEO, Embark Behavioral Health