Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Cove Forge Behavioral Health Center.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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At Cove Forge Behavioral Health System, we understand that seeking treatment can be an intimidating process. For that reason, we have designed our admissions process to be as smooth and streamlined as possible.

Admissions Process Overview

We understand that the decision to enter treatment can happen at any time, so our admissions department is available to speak to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our team of dedicated and trained professionals are standing by to answer any questions you may have regarding admissions or the treatment approaches we use here at Cove Forge Behavioral Health.

Our commitment to individualized, personalized care begins with our intake process. During an initial intake phone call, you will speak with one of our highly trained admissions coordinators. This admissions coordinator will ask questions about your personal history, family history, and any medical or mental health complications you may have.

Recognizing the value in understanding each individual’s unique story, our medical director will also conduct a review of hospital records for those individuals who are currently in the hospital to ensure that we are able to provide the best possible care based on each person’s needs. Once the intake interview is completed and an individual’s records have been reviewed, the admissions coordinator will confirm an admission date and will help set up transportation to Cove Forge.

Who We Treat

We are happy to accept adults of all genders, ages 18 and older. While our staff does include a full medical team, we will review any medical complications that an individual has on a case-by-case basis to ensure that we are able to maintain our high standard of care for each person who is admitted. Unfortunately, we are unable to treat individuals with acute medical conditions, and we are also unable to provide care for pregnant and postpartum women.

At Cove Forge Behavioral Health, we honor the courage it takes to seek help, and we are proud to partner with each individual who comes to us for care. With the help of our caring and experienced treatment staff, it is possible to overcome substance use disorders, learn to manage the symptoms of a co-occurring mental illness, and move forward into a brighter future.

What to Bring to Treatment

Individuals are encouraged to bring the following items to the facility:

  • Clothing for 7-10 days (Cove Forge provides a free laundry facility and detergent so you can wash clothing as needed)
  • Necessary toiletries such as shampoo, conditioner, body wash (no bar soap), deodorant, toothpaste, etc. Please bring as many items as possible in unopened or clear containers/packaging
  • Make-up, hair products, and flat-iron/hair dryers, etc. (No aerosol cans)
  • Razors (other than straight edge)
  • Tobacco products. They must be store-bought, sealed packs or cans, or sealed bags of loose tobacco and rolling papers. Vaping is not permitted
  • Money (cash) or money orders made out to “White Deer Run” can be brought for the use of buying tobacco products, hygiene items, callings cards, or to use in the vending machines.
  • Stationery and stamps if you would like to write to family and friends
  • Reading material related to recovery or religion
  • Any medications in prescription bottles, in a plastic zipper bag with your name on it
  • Photo ID and insurance cards

What You Should Leave at Home

Individuals are not permitted to bring the following items to the facility. Please note that this list is not all-inclusive:

  • Aerosol cans (including but not limited to hairspray, body spray, hair mousse, etc.)
  • Alarm clocks
  • Baby powder
  • Bags that are not clear
  • Bandanas
  • Bar soap
  • Battery-powered items
  • Blankets and pillows
  • Books that aren’t recovery-related
  • Cameras
  • Cell phones and chargers
  • Clothing with alcohol, gambling, or drug-related logos, pictures, or sayings or other inappropriate messages or art
  • Drug paraphernalia
  • Drugs or loose medication
  • DVDs
  • E-cigarettes
  • Earbuds or headphones
  • Essential oils
  • Flags
  • Food or beverages
  • Glass from picture frames
  • iPods, iPads, tablets, MP3 players, or CDs
  • Irons and steamers
  • Lighters or matches
  • Loofas
  • Magazines
  • Medications (including over-the-counter and herbal)
  • Mirrors (including mirrors in makeup)
  • Nail clippers
  • Nail polish and remover
  • Pagers
  • Playing cards
  • Pornographic materials
  • Products containing alcohol
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • Scissors
  • Shorts that are too short
  • Stuffed animals
  • Tape recorders or players
  • Weapons

Due to health reasons, hair clippers are permitted for personal use only. Clippers will be confiscated if shared or used on other clients’ hair.

Marks of Quality Care
  • Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF)
  • Pennsylvania Department of Drug & Alcohol Programs
  • Glasser Quality Organization
  • The Jason Foundation