COVID-19 Update
May 28, 2020

OPWDD Webinar Materials
On Friday, May 22, The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) presented "Service Authorization and Care Planning During the COVID-19 Emergency." The webinar reviewed service authorization and care planning doc umentation requirements for the Day Services Retainer and Community Habilitation Residential (CH-R) Programs, and described the COVID Life Plan and Staff Action Plan Addendum for day services and the CH-R Service Authorization Provider Letter.  The slides from the presentation and the recording can be found here
Employee Health Screening and Temperature Checks
OPWDD's April 20, 2020 " Revised Staffing Guidance for Management of COVID-19"  details the requirements for health checks for all staff working in certified residential settings. Some staff have raised concerns over the collection of temperatures and privacy.  In response to Chapter staff concerns, we reached out to OPWDD's Director of Statewide Services. OPWDD's position can be found here.

NYN Webinar on Effects of COVID-19 on Nonprofit Providers 
New York Nonprofit Media is holding a webinar on Thursday, June 4 at 2:30 p.m., focusing on the short-and long-term effects the COVID-19 pandemic will have on the nonprofit providers. AHRC New York City Executive Director, Marco Damiani will be a panelist in the discussion. We encourage all Chapters to register for this webinar. Registration can be completed here

COVID-19 Provider Webinar: Self-Direction Services
OPWDD is conducting a webinar on Friday at 10:30 a.m. titled "COVID-19 Provider Webinar: Self-Direction Services." Topics to be covered include:
  • Remote delivery of services
  • Billing and budget modifications
  • Retainer payments for self-hired community habilitation staff
  • Staffing issues
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Registration can be competed here.  

This and all related updates will be cataloged on  The Arc New York COVID-19 Resource Page   for future reference. Please contact us if you have questions regarding any of this information.

Josh Christiana , Associate Executive Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations

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