COVID-19 Update
July 24, 2020

White Paper on COVID-19 Support Guidelines 
The American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry released an excellent publication on the implications of COVID-19 for the I/DD population.  The paper is easy to read, and simple to understand and follow. The protocols on hospital and emergency room discharge developed by New York Disability Advocates (NYDA) are referenced on page 14. These protocols were previously shared in our May 4 COVID Update

Mid-Hudson Clinic Patient Communication Letter 
The Arc Mid-Hudson sent its Article 16 patients this well written and thoughtful letter communicating the efforts being taken to ensure the safety of clinic service recipients when attending an appointment. This letter could be used as a template for your own communications. 

School Reopening Plan Template  
Please feel free to download this very easy to use template for your Educational Program Reopening plan, due July 31, 2020. This was shared by an external party who gave permission for others to use for their own programs.

NYDA Panel Discussion With Senator Gillibrand
On Thursday, NYDA hosted a virtual panel discussion with Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to discuss the New York state service delivery system, negotiations around federal stimulus funding, and anticipated OPWDD cuts. A recording of the discussion can be viewed 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

This email was sent to:
  • President Jack Kowalczyk 
  • Board of Governors 
  • Chapter Presidents
  • Executive Directors 
  • Chief Operating Officers
  • Chief Financial Officers  
  • HR Directors 
  • PR Directors 
  • Quality & Compliance Staff 
  • Joint Committee on Quality & Compliance 
  • Guardianship Coordinators 
  • State Office Staff