August 20, 2020
Hello Neighbors! Here at MIRCI, we continue taking the COVID-19 pandemic very seriously. We are reaching out to provide you with a quick update of what we have been doing over the past few months to protect the health of our patients, residents, and staff as we continue to provide crucial services to some of our community’s most vulnerable populations.
At the end of May, our Homeless Outreach team resumed making scheduled visits to shelters, along with providing outreach services throughout the community – including on the streets, in parks, and visits to encampments. While we are restricting the numbers of youth inside our Youth Drop-In Center at any one time, we have been welcoming new youth to the YDC with an invitation from our Youth Homeless Outreach Worker, or through referrals from partner agencies. In June, our psychiatrists and clinicians increased 1-to-1 in-person services. We are exploring ways to reintroduce group therapy and reopen our Friendship Center, but are still limiting services to 1-to-1 until we have evidence of the reduced spread of the virus (i.e. lower % positive cases). Even then, our groups will be much smaller to allow physical distancing.
We continue to monitor guidance from DHEC and the CDC, and adhere to their recommendations. Adjustments will be made as necessary to ensure that our patients receive the care and support they need in an environment that is safe for all.
We are excepting donations to continue serving our patients during these uncertain times. If you’d like to make a donation, click the button below.