• INFORMED CONSENT FOR IN-PERSON SERVICES DURING COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

    This document contains important information about our decision (yours and mine) to resume in-person services in light of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Please read this carefully and let me know if you have any questions. When you sign this document, it will be an official agreement between us.

    Decision to Meet Face-to-Face

    We have agreed to meet in person for some or all future sessions. If there is a resurgence of the pandemic or if other health concerns arise, however, I may require that we meet via video. If you have concerns about meeting through video, we will talk about it first and try to address any issues. You understand that, if I believe it is necessary, I may determine that we return to video for everyone’s well-being.

    Risks of Opting for In-Person Services

    You understand that by coming to the office, you are assuming the risk of exposure to the COVID-19/coronavirus (or other public health risk). This risk may increase if you travel by public transportation, cab, or ridesharing service.

    Your Responsibility to Minimize Your Exposure

    To obtain services in person, you agree to take certain precautions which will help keep everyone (you, me, and our families, and other patients) safer from exposure, sickness and possible death. If you do not adhere to these safeguards, it may result in our starting / returning to a telepsychiatry arrangement

     
    • You will only keep your in-person appointment if you are symptom free.
    • If you have any symptoms of the coronavirus, you agree to cancel the appointment or proceed using video.
    • You will wait in your car or outside in the hall maintaining social distance until no earlier than 5 minutes before our appointment time.
    • You will wash your hands or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when you enter the building.
    • You will adhere to the safe distancing precautions we have set up in the office/waiting area
    • You will wear a mask in all areas of the office
    • You will keep a distance of 6 feet and there will be no physical contact (e.g. no shaking hands) with me
    • You will try not to touch your face or eyes with your hands. If you do, you will immediately wash or sanitize your hands.
    • If you are bringing your child, you will make sure that your child follows all of these sanitation and distancing protocols.
  • I may change the above precautions if additional local, state or federal orders or guidelines are published. If that happens, we will talk about any necessary changes.   Aspen Leaf HMH Commitment to Minimize Exposure Aspen Leaf Holistic Mental Health has taken steps to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus within the office and we have posted our efforts in the office. Please let me know if you have questions about these efforts.   If You or I Are Sick You understand that I am committed to keeping you, me, and all of our families safe from the spread of this virus. If you show up for an appointment and I believe that you have a fever or other symptoms, or believe you have been exposed, I will have to require you to leave the office immediately. We can follow up with services by video as appropriate.   If I or any providers at Aspen Leaf HMH test positive for the coronavirus, we will notify you so that you can take appropriate precautions.   Your Confidentiality in the Case of Infection If you have tested positive for the coronavirus, I may be required to notify local health authorities that you have been in the office. If I have to report this, I will only provide the minimum information necessary for their data collection and will not go into any details about the reason(s) for our visits.  By signing this form, you are agreeing that I may do so without an additional signed release.   Informed Consent This agreement supplements the general informed consent/business agreement that we agreed to at the start of our work together.
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