Message from Executive Director, Bob Butella
As Ontario enters a four week State of Emergency, and enacts a “Stay at Home” order, I’d like to confirm that ISAND will remain open for both virtual and in-person appointments and has put the following safety measures in place.
ISAND will continue to offer in-person assessment and treatment when it has been determined to be clinically necessary and when all parties agree to participate following all safety protocols (see Protocols on COVID-19 Tab of the website);
The determination of “Clinically Necessary” is made by the clinician when he or she has determined that teletherapy is ineffective. In this case, there are health (including mental health), safety (e.g. risk of aggression) and/or significant regression issues. There are also specific (e.g. psychological and medical) assessments that can’t be conducted remotely
In-person group sessions of no more than three participants can be considered where: it has been deemed clinically necessary; social distancing can be maintained; and PPE is worn; ISAND will continue to offer virtual assessment and treatment whenever possible.