A message from Andry:

[UPDATE 3.17.2020: All CHS offices are closed through March 29. At this time, ALL programs and services remain operational with necessary adjustments to help protect the health and safety of our children, families and team members. These include teleworking arrangements using Telehealth, Skype, Google Duo, Zoom and more.

If you have a CHS professional — like a Case Manager, Counselor or Family Support Worker — that you work with regularly, please reach out to them directly with any questions. For other inquiries or if you are unable to reach your assigned contact, please call your local office as we are checking voicemails daily.

For team member inquiries about working remotely, please contact your supervisor. ]

We have been closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and I understand you may have questions about what’s happening, what CHS and our partners are doing, and how it may affect you.

Please know we are taking this – and recommendations by federal and state officials – very seriously.

While COVID-19 has reached Florida, the immediate risk of being exposed is still low for most Americans, according to the CDC.

As we will continue to monitor the situation, here’s what you need to know:

ALL CHS programs are operating as normalthough we are encouraging our team members to work remotely whenever possible, and we are encouraging all meetings to be held virtually until further notice. We are closely working with our partners to ensure we are doing all we can to best protect our team members as well as the children, families and communities we serve. Healthy Families America is allowing our home visitors to conduct visits virtually via our HIPPA-compliant VSEE technology, and we are recommending that, whenever possible, our clinical counseling sessions be held online via telehealth during this time.

Of course, we are actively reminding all team members, kids and families of proper preventive measures, including hand-washing and avoiding contact with others when sick.

Prevent, prevent, prevent!

  • Clean your hands often
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Clean and disinfect
  • Stay home if you’re sick

And if you suspect someone in your care is sick, please direct them to your closest hospital for monitoring.

About events: Following recommendations by the governor to limit large social gatherings, we have made the decision to postpone all CHS events until further notice. I understand these decisions are difficult and, yes, even disappointing, but we are committed to protecting the health and well-being of our team members, families, children, supporters, friends, partners and others – your health is of utmost importance.

What’s next?

You have my commitment that we will continue to keep you updated as we monitor the situation.

Please also visit www.chsfl.org/COVID19 for the latest information on what CHS is doing and THANK YOU for your understanding and partnership as we work to help protect the health of all we serve.