What is Great Heights Response to COVID-19?
On April 3, 2020 Great Heights CEO, Dr. Amy Cooper McComas wrote this letter to the families we serve:
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
I hope this message finds you well, and finding ways to enjoy the sunshine! As you may have heard, Governor Holcomb has extended Indiana’s stay-at-home order until April 20, 2020. Until that time, only essential businesses may maintain on-site/in-person operations. As I have continued to monitor the description of essential businesses and continue to evaluate all of the relevant information on this matter, I am currently maintaining Great Heights operations as an essential business. As I previously shared, this may look different for each patient as we consider each patient’s unique needs. I strongly encourage you to stay in communication with your child’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) to determine what supports will be best for your child and your family at this time.
If it is helpful for you to know, I rely heavily on the information made available from the state of Indiana on www.in.gov. More specific information on determining what is an essential service can be found at https://coronavirus.in.gov/249…. While ABA services are not specifically named, I do understand the ABA services that Great Heights provides to fall under a variety of areas listed, such as
Excerpt from Indiana Executive Order 20 — 08 (March 23, 2020)
For the purposes of this Executive Order, the phrase “Essential Businesses and Operations” means Healthcare and Public Health Operations, Human Services Operations, Essential Governmental Functions, and Essential Infrastructure, as well as the following:
Organizations That Provide Charitable and Social Services
Businesses and religious and secular non-profit organizations, including food banks, when providing food, shelter, social services, and other necessities of life for economically disadvantaged or otherwise needy individuals, individuals who need assistance as a result of this emergency, and people with disabilities.
Home-Based Care and Services
Home-based care for adults, seniors, children, and/or people with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, substance use disorders, and/or mental illness, including caregivers such as nannies who may travel to the child’s home to provide care, and other in-home services including meal delivery.
Again, we want to emphasize that we are here to support your child, you, and your family in whatever way we can through this challenging time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please feel free to contact me, or any of our Leadership Team, if you have any questions or would like to discuss this matter further. Also, I encourage you to follow Great Heights on Facebook or Instagram for messages of HOPE, support, and community resources.