Dr. Jeffrey J. Magnavita
Due to the Stay Safe, Stay Home executive order from Governor Lamont, we will not be seeing patients in our offices until Monday April 6, 2020 at which time we will review the situation.
We will continue to serve all of our patients via telephone and telehealth platforms.
Thank you for your understanding and don’t hesitate to contact us.
We have been on the forefront of technology and mental health and have been offering mental health services and coaching using video technology such as Skype and Zoom for over 5 years. While we prefer to see you in-person in our offices, we believe that the next best thing is using a variety of platforms to deliver telehealth services. We are happy to walk you through the process so that you will be ready when you want to schedule your session. We prefer Zoom as it is encrypted and your privacy is ensured. When we schedule a session we email you a link and you only have to click on and download and we are ready to start your session. Make sure you plan to have your session in a private and quiet place to take full advantage of your time and so you are not distracted or interrupted. Click on the following link to download Zoom. There is no charge, our offices have a subscription.
We have been in close and regular contact with our medical colleagues to keep us up to date and informed. When we resume in office visits and to assure your safety, as well as the safety of other patients, our clinicians, and administrative staff the following police will be in effect. Since transmission of the virus is from those infected who can spread the virus through coughing, sneezing, and touching surfaces, we all need to be vigilant about attending to our own behavior and health. Reducing the transmission of the illness is crucial for all of us so that we can resume our normal lives as soon as possible. If you have any symptoms which can include fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing, tiredness, or sneezing you should assume that you have the virus and should immediately contact your family practitioner and follow his/her advice.
Currently, we have limited our office hours for those who qualify and continue offering telesessions. This will allow us to continue your care while the offices are shut even if you are quarantined. If you were exposed to someone who was diagnosed with COVID-19 the recommended time for quarantine is 14-days. The federal government has relaxed HIPPA regulations to allow mental health practitioners to provide treatment with Skype and other non-encrypted platforms. We have purchased a Zoom subscription, which is encrypted and easy to use. We will send you a link via email to click on and download Zoom. After the first session, you just need to click on to sign into the session. We have been offering telesessions for several years and most users find them to be preferable to phone sessions, though we also offer phone for those who don’t have computers or internet access.
When we resume in office sessions, we will be sanitizing our offices on a regular basis to reduce any chance of transmission from door handles and hard surfaces.
Policy for those coming to our office
Until further notice, we discontinued our regular office hours. When you do return to the office, please follow the following guidelines:
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