(Sudbury, April 3, 2020) – The following is a statement from Patty MacDonald, CEO of Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA-S/M), regarding measures the organization is taking to protect the health and safety of clients and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic:
“Deemed an essential service by the Ontario government amid public health concerns related to COVID-19, Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin remains open and is ensuring community mental health and addictions supports are safely available.
“To support the homeless and under-housed population, and to protect the health and safety of both our clients and staff, CMHA’s Off the Street (OTS) Emergency Shelter has put in place several preventative measures to mitigate any potential spread of COVID-19. Specifically:
1. Active screening, using the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 self-assessment tool, for staff and individuals prior to entering the shelter.
o During screening, we’re ensuring adherence to social distancing guidelines (keeping six-feet of distance), as well as appropriate staff use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
o We’re also instructing all staff to self-monitor for COVID-19 and to be aware of the early signs and symptoms.
2. Per ministry guidelines, surfaces, cots and linens are cleaned and disinfected on a routine basis.
3. Cots have been reorganized to permit social distancing.
4. Staff are trained on the safe use, care and limitations of PPE.
5. Shelter hours of operation have been extended from 10 p.m. – 10:30 a.m., and bagged breakfasts are provided.
“CMHA-S/M is committing as much of its time and resources as possible to collaborate with community partners and explore all options for our individuals to remain safe and well. We’re monitoring information from public health authorities closely and will continue to implement best practices and guidelines as set out by the Ministry of Health as new details become available. We have the best interests of our staff and clients in mind at all times, and we’ll inform the public of any new developments as necessary. We appreciate the support and patience of our community as we work through these challenging times.”
About Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin
The Canadian Mental Health Association – Sudbury/Manitoulin (CMHA-S/M) was established in 1984 and is a not-for-profit organization with a volunteer board of directors. The branch is mandated to provide services to individuals with mental health issues or a diagnosis of a mental illness within the Sudbury and Manitoulin districts. Our purpose is to support healthy people and communities through advocacy and the provision of safe, inclusive and accessible mental health
and addictions services. CMHA is primarily funded by the Ministry of Health and also receives funds from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services and the City of Sudbury.
For more information, contact:
Health Promotion Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association, Sudbury/Manitoulin
T: 705-675-7252 ext. 236