Keeping Patients and Staff Safe: Testing, Contact Tracing and Cost Savings

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect our communities and how we deliver services, community behavioral health organizations continue to provide critical crisis and outpatient services to patients. However, we need quick and effective ways to address symptomatic patients and staff to promote safety, support continued operations and reduce disruptions in services during these unprecedented times.

On Thursday, July 23, attendees had the opportunity to hear from staff at Connections Health Solutions in Arizona and learn from their successes, lessons learned and continued plans to provide testing for patients and staff so they can continue to provide services to their community and support their staff. They shared how they identify symptomatic patients and staff, use contract tracing, share data with staff, use a staff survey and the cost savings they are seeing because of these new processes.