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.

Mpox Health Alert

If you have:

  • Traveled in the past 21 days to an area where mpox is currently being spread
  • Fever, headache, muscle aches, exhaustion, backache, swollen lymph nodes or any rash
  • Had recent contact with someone with a known mpox case

Please tell us immediately and ensure you are wearing a face mask. We are happy to assist you in protecting your health and that of others.

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 - Effective September 16, 2022

  • Two visitors per patient may visit at the bedside during routine visiting hours 8 AM – 8 PM.
    • Only one parent or caregiver can room-in at a time.
  • Visitors do not have to be designated prior to admission and do not need proof of vaccination.
    • The four visitors per patient has been lifted.
    • We strongly encourage parents/caregivers/legal guardians identify visitors and any visitor restrictions with our Security Desk located in the lobby. 
  • Children/siblings under 18 years of age may visit if accompanied at all times by a responsible adult or guardian.
    • Children/siblings 12 years of age and younger may visit at the bedside; however, they may not visit the playroom, therapy areas, or any patient shared areas.
  • 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 you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 at any time during your child’s admission, please contact the Charge RN at 443-923-9433 and follow their instructions.

*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 September 16, 2022.

  • Two visitors per patient may visit at the bedside during routine visiting hours 8 AM – 8 PM.
    • Only one parent or caregiver can room-in at a time.
  • Visitors do not have to be designated prior to admission and do not need proof of vaccination.
    • The four visitors per patient has been lifted.
    • We strongly encourage parents/caregivers/legal guardians identify visitors and any visitor restrictions with our Security Desk located in the lobby. 
  • Children/siblings under 18 years of age may visit if accompanied at all times by a responsible adult or guardian.
    • Children/siblings 12 years of age and younger may visit at the bedside; however, they may not visit the playroom, therapy areas, or any patient shared areas.
  • 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 you think you may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 at any time during your child’s admission, please contact the Charge RN at 443-923-9433 and follow their instructions.

*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.

Neurobehavioral Unit

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

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.

  • Only two support persons at a time may visit on the unit. 
  • In-person visits will be coordinated with your child’s primary behavior therapist to ensure your child attends all scheduled therapy sessions.
  • 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 - Effective February 9, 2022

  • 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 and for breastfeeding infants. 
  • Everyone coming to the Institute will be screened upon entry.
  • All patients and accompanying support people must wear face coverings, with the following exceptions:
    • Children under age 2
    • Anyone who is otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance
    • Patients unable to tolerate a mask behaviorally. 
  • All support people shall be subject to screening for COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival at Kennedy Krieger.
  • 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.