COVID-19

Learn how WHS is adjusting services to protect Children, Families, and Employees

Awards and Scholarship Banquet Update

Due to COVID-19 and keeping with the government mandates set forth by Governor Whitmer and the Department of Health and Human Services, we are postponing our Annual Awards and Scholarship Banquet which was previously scheduled for April 24th, 2020.

We look forward to rescheduling this event in order to honor and celebrate our award winners with all of you. We will continue to update the WHS website and notify you as soon as we are able to secure a new date for the banquet.

If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email Stacey Fuller-Karson at 313-236-7713 or Fuller-karsons@wolverinehs.org.

March 20, 2020

20-037 COVID-19 Response-Child Caring Institutions Sleeping Rooms.pdf

  • MDHHS recognizes that Child Caring Institutions (CCI) may experience a need to designate or make alternate sleeping arrangements for youth residing within their facility.
  • Effective immediately if a CCI experiences a need to temporarily move youth from assigned sleeping rooms to other spaces, including non-traditional sleeping spaces or spaces in other buildings on a facility’s campus, a variance request must be submitted to the Division of Child Welfare Licensing (DCWL) for approval.

20-038 COVID Response-Guidance for Congregate Settings.pdf

  • The attached guidance can assist congregate setting facilities in Michigan with devising strategies to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases into the facility, manage known or potential exposures, and prevent widespread transmission of COVID-19 in the facility.

March 19, 2020

A Message from Paul Whitney, VP of Residential Programs

The spread of COVID-19 has become a national crisis, and Wolverine Human Services is committed to the continued safety of all clients, families, and staff members. The federal and state governments have issued guidelines to minimize the spread of the virus, and WHS has policies and practices in place that align with these guides.

  1. All WHS locations have implemented pre-screening measures with any individual seeking access in order to limit contact of clients to those that may have been exposed in the community. Only essential personnel are allowed on site and all staff are required to follow the pre-screening protocols including taking temperatures and asking the pre-screen questions:
    1. Is there any reason you have been instructed to self-quarantine or isolate? If yes, why?
    2. Have you had contact with any Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) for COVID-19 within the last 14 days, OR with anyone with confirmed COVID-19?
    3. Do you have any symptoms of a respiratory infection (e.g., cough, sore throat, fever, or shortness of breath)?
  2. WHS personnel that visit families in their homes have also implemented the pre-screening protocols. In the instance a family member may have exposed or is showing symptoms, alternate measure may be implemented for regular contact (video conference, phone calls).
  3. WHS has a well-established cleaning and sanitizing policy in place that includes using non-toxic sanitizing solutions in all living and communal areas (ie: restrooms, tables, chairs, door knobs, floors, etc).
  4. WHS stresses the importance of personal hygiene, particularly through hand washing. There is signage hung throughout facilities reminding clients and staff of the correct method for hand washing and the appropriate frequency as well as adherence to appropriate social distancing.
  5. In the event a client is diagnosed with COVID-19, established quarantine protocols will be followed to keep them separate from others to limit the spread to the rest of the clients in care.

We are following all guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the state government for containment and mitigation of this virus. The situation is constantly changing and evolving, and we know it can be scary to have you child out of your care during such uncertain times. Rest assured, though, that the primary goal of WHS is the health and safety of every client in our care.

March 24, 2020

Resources for Caregivers.pdf

  • Helpful resources and tips for caregivers to support the emotional wellbeing of the youth in their care as we continue to face challenges associated with the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 20, 2020

20-036 COVID-19 Response-Independent Living Skills Coach Contract and Education Training Voucher Updates (1).pdf

  • The Education and Youth Services Unit is providing updated information and resources for Independent Living (IL) Skills Coach Contractors, the Education Training Voucher (ETV), and participating students.
  • The highest priority is the health and safety of college students being served through the campus-based support programs, the ETV and the staff working with these students.
  • Please see the attached information which provides guidance regarding contacts and other resources.

March 19, 2020

View Caseworker Guidance PDF ›

MDHHS has provided specific protocols regarding face to face contact with our children in care, provider families and relatives.  Please understand that the guidelines below could and will change.  The guidelines also include information regarding various positions and programs within child welfare.  To avoid confusion please make sure to carefully review the entire document and plan to discuss your specific concerns with your WHS Agency Case Manager. (See attachment)

Community Visits

Effective 3/19/20  and in accordance with the DHHS CI – we will stop all non-emergent face to face visits with children, care providers and families in their homes and or community placements/locations until 4/6/20.

EMERGENCY RESPONSE

As required we will still respond to all emergency situations, placements and emergent medical needs. When responding we will follow the safety parameters identified by DHHS and the CDC.  

Family Visits

Although visits are suspended – In the event that the treatment team determines that a Face to Face visit must occur we will adhere to the safety guidelines outlined within the DHHS document and CDC guidelines.

Training/Events

We have suspended all Provider Orientation, CPR and Employee training and events.  We are still conducting New Employee Orientation. CWTI has been modified as well. Your supervisory team will provide guidance regarding a CWTI.

Offices

Our offices will remain open.

March 20, 2020

Resource Parent Letter 3_19_20.pdf

  • Please see the attached letter from Director Chang to caregivers, which was sent electronically on 3/19/20 through various outlets centrally. We wanted to ensure you have a copy of the letter, in the event that you receive questions.

March 19, 2020

All information for employees can be found in the Wolverine Human Services ADP portal: https://workforcenow.adp.com/workforcenow/login.html