Your health and safety are our top priorities. As our communities begin to reopen, we want you to know how we are diligently working to minimize the risk of anyone contracting the coronavirus causing COVID-19 while visiting or working at Kennedy Krieger Institute. We want you to feel confident about your safety when you are at any of our locations.

Maryland Department of Disabilities Resources

The Maryland Department of Disabilities provides resources and information on its website to help individuals with disabilities stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. For the latest information, please visit http://mdod.maryland.gov/.

COVID-19 Visitation Guidelines - Updated July 12, 2021

  • For outpatient clinics at all locations, two adult support persons (>18 years of age) per patient OR one adult support person and one sibling under the age of 18 are allowed to accompany each patient.
  • Inpatient units permit two designated adult caregivers. Siblings are not permitted at this time.
  • An additional two adult visitors (18 yrs old or >) who are fully vaccinated may now come to visit a patient on the inpatient unit (i.e. grandparent, stepparent).
  • Provisions will be made for individuals with disabilities requiring additional people to accompany them to Kennedy Krieger. For individuals requiring additional support people to accompany them at Kennedy Krieger, this request should be made in advance.
  • Total number of visitors per patient remains at two. 
  • Everyone coming to the Institute will be screened upon entry and will be required to wear a mask.
  • All patients and accompanying support people must wear face coverings, with the following exceptions: Face masks and cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, on anyone who has trouble breathing, or on anyone who is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • All support people shall be subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at Kennedy Krieger.
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to serve as a support person and must immediately leave the hospital.
  • All support persons shall comply with hospital policies regarding the use of personal protective equipment, including universal masking.

*A support person is defined as a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions.

If you have questions, please contact the director of guest relations at GuestRelations@KennedyKrieger.org or 443-923-2640.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

In order to protect our patients, we are implementing the following changes to our visitation policy, effective July 12, 2021.

  • Each patient may have a total of four visitors for the duration of the admission.

    • Each patient may identify two parents or caregivers for duration of the admission.   Only one parent or caregiver can room-in at a time. Both parents or caregivers must present either proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test result within 48 hours of the patient’s admission.

    • Each patient may also identify two -  vaccinated only - additional adult visitors (ex.  grandparent, stepparent) for the duration of the admission.  The two additional visitors may not room in and must present proof of COVID-19 vaccination.  It is preferred that these 2 extra visitors be identified prior to admission so we may add them to the approved visitor list at the Security Desk. 

  • Total visitors at one time, including parents and caregivers, remains at two.

  • Siblings and visitors under 18 years of age are not permitted to visit at this time.

  • All visitors, including parents, must pass a daily COVID-19 screening before visiting and follow proper infection prevention practices – including masking, hand washing/sanitizing and social distancing. Visitors, including parents, who have symptoms of illness will not be permitted to visit.

  • Rooming in parents or caregivers must go to the lobby by 9:30 am for a daily COVID-19 screening and display the daily corresponding dot on their visitor badge.

  • All visitors, including parents, must pass a daily COVID-19 screening before visiting and follow proper infection prevention practices – including masking, hand washing/sanitizing and social distancing. Visitors, including parents, who have symptoms of illness will not be permitted to visit.
  • Rooming in visitors, including parents, must go to the lobby by 9:30 am for a daily COVID-19 screening and display the daily corresponding dot on their visitor badge.

If the parent/caregiver/support person thinks they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 at any time during their child’s admission, they should contact the charge nurse at 443-923-9433.

1A support person is defined as a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decision.

Neurobehavioral Unit

The unique clinical setting of the Neurobehavioral Unit (NBU), coupled with shared patient rooms, does not allow for rooming in. Admission to the NBU is elective and we encourage parents/caregivers to reach out to their admissions coordinator if this visitation limitation is a hardship.

  • Two support persons, defined as a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions, should be identified at the time of admission. In-person visits will be coordinated with your child’s primary behavior therapist to ensure your child attends all scheduled therapy sessions. Siblings and visitors under 18 years of age are not permitted to visit at this time.
  • An additional two adult visitors (18 yrs old or >) who are fully vaccinated may now come to visit a patient on the NBU (i.e. grandparent, stepparent).
  • Total visitors at one time remains at two.
  • All visitors, including parents, must present evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or have a negative PCR COVID-19 test 48 hours prior to visiting.
  • Parent/caregiver education and discharge training will be conducted either remotely or in-person and coordinated by your child’s primary behavior therapist.
  • Your child’s primary behavior therapist will help you stay in touch by phone, laptop, tablet and video visits. In addition, phone calls can be scheduled daily to speak with your child. Finally, therapists are in regular (i.e., at least weekly) contact by phone with parents and caregivers to discuss their child’s progress. Please ask your child’s primary behavior therapist for ideal remote or phone call visiting times.

All visitors, including parents, must pass COVID-19 screening before entering our hospital and follow proper infection prevention practices – including masking, hand washing/sanitizing and social distancing. Visitors, including parents, who have symptoms of illness will not be permitted in the hospital.

Outpatient Clinics at all locations

  • Two adult support persons (>18 years of age) per patient OR one adult support person and one sibling under the age of 18 are allowed to accompany each patient.
  • Total number of visitors per patient remains at two.
  • Provisions will be made for individuals with disabilities requiring additional people to accompany them to Kennedy Krieger. For individuals requiring additional support people to accompany them at Kennedy Krieger, this request should be made in advance.
  • Everyone coming to the Institute will be screened upon entry and will be required to wear a mask.
  • All patients and accompanying support people must wear face coverings, with the following exceptions: Face masks and cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, on anyone who has trouble breathing, or on anyone who is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.
  • All support people shall be subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at Kennedy Krieger.
  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted to serve as a support person and must immediately leave the hospital.
  • All support persons shall comply with hospital policies regarding the use of personal protective equipment, including universal masking.

*A support person is defined as a family member, personal care assistant, similar disability service provider, or other individual knowledgeable about the management or care of the patient who is authorized to assist the patient in making decisions.

Outpatient Visitation Policy (pdf)

If a parent or caregiver thinks they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 at any time during their child’s hospital stay, they should contact the charge nurse at 443-923-9433. The charge nurse will contact the Institute’s Infection Control and Employee Health office.