COVID-19 Policy

Thank you for your commitment to the health and safety of your colleagues, patients, and their families.


Walden has a mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health of our patients and staff. The policy complies with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of Public Health, and all applicable state and local health orders. We strongly believe that this is the best path forward as a company. As of December 1, 2021, all Walden staff coming onsite must meet the requirements of the mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy.


Testing is available to staff and patients at the Walden Center for Recovery. If you would like to get a COVID-19 PCR test, please email Connecticut residents can visit Georgia residents can visit


Boosters are available to staff.

General Hygiene

Staff and patients need to be reminded to wash their hands frequently. Hand washing will be monitored regularly.


We encourage anyone traveling outside of the U.S. to have a negative COVID test upon return.


Effective May 11, 2023, masks will be OPTIONAL for staff, patients and visitors in all levels of care in MA, CT, and GA.

There will still be plenty of masks in the building for anyone that wants to continue wearing a mask.

Positive Tests

Staff who test positive, regardless of vaccination status, are required to take the below precautions:

  • Notify your direct supervisor and HR.
  • Staff who can work remotely should make arrangements with their direct supervisor.
  • Stay home for five days.
    • For symptomatic staff, day 0 is the first day of symptoms.
    • For asymptomatic staff, day 0 is the day of the positive test.
  • Return to work on day 6 if you have no fever for 24 hours and symptoms significantly improved, and a rapid test is negative.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask (KN95/N95s are preferred) around others through day 10; eat separated from others days 6-10.


When there is a positive COVID patient on the unit, ALL staff that work on that unit will wear a mask for ten days. Day 0 is the first day of symptoms or the day of the positive test. Masking for ten days after an exposure is highly encouraged for staff, patients and visitors in our Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient programs in MA, CT, and GA. At the Dedham Center for Recovery, exposed patients and staff will be tested on days 1, 3, and 5 after a COVID exposure.

Patients & Visitors

Per licensing regulations, healthcare organizations are not authorized to restrict visiting or access to care based on vaccination status.

For patients and families attending in-person PHP, please follow the policies in place for staff who test positive or who have been exposed to someone with COVID. Negative test still required for patient admission.

Updated May 16, 2023