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YAP's Response to COVID-19

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YAP has been closely monitoring The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to inform our practices and ensure that we are taking appropriate precautions to keep our staff and families safe and healthy during the Coronavirus pandemic.  

Some steps we have taken include

  • Developed a Coronavirus Contingency Plan and other resources to assist staff in following recommended guidance
  • Educated staff and families about the virus and how to stay safe  
  • Convened an Emergency Response Team to respond to any questions or concerns around about the virus and our response
  • Limited Staff Travel 
  • Ensured staff stay home if or when sick 
  • Offered remote work for YAP staff where possible 
  • Worked to accommodate families who wish to receive services remotely
  • Implemented protocol for office-based or in-home services that include the following: 
    • Screening Questions  
    • Temperature checks (not required in every situation) 
    • Social Distancing minimums of 6 ft apart  
    • Requiring Masks that cover the nose and mouth  
    • Frequent handwashing or use of hand sanitizers  
  • Implemented additional cleaning and disinfecting practices  
  • Offered virtual services to those families who desired them as an alternative to in person services (and assisted with access to technology and internet access when needed)  
  • Created a COVID-19 Relief Fund

Please help us by:

  • Letting our staff know if you or your child are sick and staying home 
  • Washing and sanitizing your hands frequently, especially before and after contact with YAP staff, other families or while in the office 
  • Wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth while with YAP staff and families 
  • Adhering to our social distance guidelines  

We also recognize that this pandemic has been difficult for many of us economically, socially, and psychologically. If you are struggling, please talk with your local staff member so that we can help you or check out some of the resources below. 

We are committed to supporting the health and wellbeing of young people, families and communities we serve. Thank you for partnering with us in this effort. 

COVID-19 Information and Guidance

National Crisis Support

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio: 1-888-628-9454
  • Veteran Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
  • Get Help Now Hotline (for substance use disorders): 1-800-662-4357
  • Pennsylvania Sexual Assault Helpline – 1-888-772-7227


Media/Press Inquiries

Ryanne Persinger,
National Communications Director

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