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 The Refuge, A Healing Place 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 The Refuge, A Healing Place.

  • 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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Jason Foundation Affiliate Offices in Ocklawaha and Navarre

Ocklawaha and Navarre, Fla., Dec. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Jason Foundation, Inc. (JFI), a nationally recognized leader in suicide awareness and prevention, proudly announced today the opening of their newest JFI Affiliate Offices at The Refuge, A Healing Place in Ocklawaha, Florida, and Twelve Oaks Recovery Center in Navarre, Florida. The Affiliate Offices will serve as hubs where parents, teachers, guidance counselors, students, churches, and other community organizations can obtain educational materials and learn about the training programs available through JFI. All programs and materials are available to the public at no cost.

According to a recent CDC survey, 15.6% of Florida’s high school youth said that they “have seriously considered suicide in the past twelve months.” Suicide is the third leading cause of death for Florida youth ages 10-24, with more than 300 young lives lost 2018. Additionally, the mental toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has taken on the public has not yet been fully realized, and its impact could be significant. Suicide has, however, been declared a leading cause of PREVENTABLE death.

“The Jason Foundation is elated to begin working with The Refuge and Twelve Oaks Recovery Center to provide communities with our programs and resources,” said Brett Marciel, Chief Communications Officer of The Jason Foundation. “This represents an important step to combat youth and young adult suicide as we join numerous other organizations supplying the state with the tools and resources needed.”

“The Refuge is honored to become a Jason Foundation Affiliate Office,” remarked Shea Kimbrough, Director of Business Development for The Refuge, A Healing Place. “By providing additional resources for suicide prevention, we have the opportunity to make a difference within our communities.”

“Twelve Oaks Recovery Center is pleased to be working with The Jason Foundation to provide programs and resources to youth who are in crisis,” said Twelve Oaks Recovery Center CEO Joe Holland. “Suicide is one of the leading causes of preventable death in Florida, and we are committed to helping families in need.”

About the Organizations:

The Jason Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting the “silent epidemic” of youth and young adult suicide through educational programs for young people, educators, parents and other community groups. Since their inception, The Jason Foundation has never charged a school, family, or community for use of their programs or materials. For more information or to find the closest JFI Affiliate Office, visit JFI’s website.

The Refuge, A Healing Place is a nationally respected provider of treatment for adults who have been struggling with substance use disorders, the effects of trauma, eating disorders, and mental health concerns. Located on 96 acres amid the beautiful Ocala National Forest in Ocklawaha, Florida, The Refuge’s campus is an ideal treatment environment for clients to step away from everyday stress to focus on their health. Treatment options at The Refuge, A Healing Place include residential care and a partial hospitalization program, along with medical detoxification, a relapse prevention program, and four-day intensive retreats that incorporate family and friends.

Twelve Oaks Recovery Center is a leading provider of comprehensive treatment for adults who are struggling with substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health concerns. Located on five scenic beachfront acres off the Emerald Coast in Navarre, Florida, the facility offers a serene atmosphere that promotes lasting recovery. Treatment options at Twelve Oaks Recovery Center include residential care, drug and alcohol detoxification services, a partial hospitalization program, and an intensive outpatient program, along with a specialized military program that serves active-duty service members, veterans, and retirees.

Shea Kimbrough, Director of Business Development
The Refuge, A Healing Place
(352) 512-8877

Joe Holland, Chief Executive Officer
Twelve Oaks Recovery Center
(850) 916-8003 ext. 252

Brett Marciel, Chief Communications Officer
The Jason Foundation, Inc.
(615) 264-2323

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