July 7, 2020 – A Message from Bridgewell’s President & CEO

Published: July 7, 2020

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Dear Family, Guardians and Bridgewell community,

On July 2, 2020, EOHHS released guidelines and protocols regarding the reopening of day programs. This coincides with Massachusetts entering Phase 3 of its reopening plan on July 6th.

In preparation for Phase 3, Bridgewell has been working to develop safety protocols and standards so that we are ready to re-open in a fashion that ensures that everyone is safe. As you can imagine there is a great deal that needs to be in place to ensure the safety of each person in our services and our staff. Our goal is to open our day programs slowly and thoughtfully, one at a time, starting later in July.

When we do re-open, we will focus on limiting on-site capacity and keeping a healthy distance during service provision. Bridgewell is working to develop a hybrid approach to day programing, combining on-site and remote services as well as developing services that can be delivered in a family’s home.

The reopening will start with people who are living at home with loved ones coming back to day programs. That will be followed by people who live in shared living and/or their own apartments and lastly people who live in residential settings.

In the coming weeks, I will provide more detail regarding the reopening of day programs. For now, I appreciate your patience as we work to build and then communicate detailed plans for a smooth, safe and successful reopening!

 

Christopher Tuttle
President & CEO