COVID-19 Update: SACASA's Response
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and flu season, your health and safety are our top priority. We are taking extra measures to disinfect our facilities and have initiated infection control protocols to limit the spread of viruses, in addition to our standard universal precautions.
At this time, here are the additional precautions we're taking to limit the spread of COVID-19 for individuals utilizing SACASA's services (starting Wednesday, March 18, 2020):
1. The Country Club location/SACASA's offices are closed through 5/31/20. But, we're still here for you!
2. Advocates: SACASA Advocates will simply be working remotely. They'll still be answering the crisis line and, if you want, can do Zoom video chats with you to provide you with support, information, resources, etc.
If you have a computer or smart phone, we can use Zoom video conferencing for your appointment. Here are instructions for How to Use Zoom_When You're Invited to a Meeting
3. Therapists: SACASA therapists can still hold your regularly scheduled individual therapy appointments, they'll just be done over the telephone or via Zoom video chat if you want and are able. This way, you can limit any additional exposure to COVID-19 and still have your important therapy services.
4. Therapy Groups: Our two groups are now available virtually using Zoom!! Contact with an Advocate to get the details to join our virtual sexual assault-related Seeking Safety and Shame & Trauma Groups. Call (520) 327-7273.
In-person groups at SACASA and CODAC are still cancelled for right now. If you need some extra support from a therapist, please call us and we'll try to set up a telephone call or video chat (primarily for existing SACASA therapy clients). Feel free to reach out to your therapist or a SACASA Advocate via the crisis hotline.
5. Hospital Response: We are working closely with the Tucson Medical Center (TMC) Emergency Department (ED) where the majority of sexual assault victims are asked to go for medical care and medical forensic exams.
Currently, TMC is screening all individuals for COVID-19 in the parking lot; anyone at risk is being admitted into the ED through a back entrance - away from the designated SACASA Exam Room.
We have made arrangements with TMC leadership for sexual assault victims to be brought into the SACASA Exam Room as soon as possible, bypassing other typical ED waiting areas and services whenever medically possible.
With these precautions for victims and staff -- limiting exposure to COVID-19 -- our Advocates and Forensic Examiners will continue to provide in-hospital services. We will update this page if the protocol needs to change.
Why did we close the office? We are following CDC recommendations for employees to work remotely when possible. SACASA's Advocates frequently work out in the community -- out of the office -- so it was an easy decision for their health and the health of others.
Please don't hesitate to call us 24/7 at (520) 327-7273.
Thank you for joining us in our goal to keep SACASA clients and staff healthy!