Communications Memo #26
For Immediate Release
June 04, 2020
Dear Members,

ALIGN had our first virtual Annual Membership meeting on May 29, 2020. According to the feedback received, it was a success and we had a good turnout from members. The guest speakers from government were both informative and relevant as we look at relaunching services in Alberta.

Children’s Services Directives

Please find attached the revised Facility Guidance Document, also referred to as 
“COVID-19 Practice Guidance for Service Providers in Supported Independent Living, Group and Residential Care in Alberta” here: Updated June 3 2020 https://conta.cc/372KrzN .  Changes and any new information will be highlighted in yellow.

Personal Protective Equipment

QUESTION : ALIGN has been asked a few times, if the FRN will be ordering PPE the same as the CI folks do through the emergency management system? Can you let us know how to respond.

ANSWER : “Starting July 1, 2020, FRN agencies will not be ordering PPE the same as CI through Emergency Management. That said, there are a couple of resources for these agencies to assist them with obtaining their PPE if they cannot otherwise get it. For more information they can go to: Alberta BizConnect - https://www.alberta.ca/biz-connect.aspx where they will find two links to organizations that can assist with PPE ordering. https://www.rrpcanada.org/#/ & https://nexus.atb.com/products/list/ . Family and Community Resiliency Divisions will not be providing funding for this, although agencies can use their supplies surplus.”

Attached is this week’s COVID-19 Pandemic Q & A for the disability sector.  https://conta.cc/372KrzN  
Please remember that staying current regarding information from Alberta Health Services and Government is necessary in this pandemic and you can find all the current information you need at this link  https://www.alberta.ca/news.aspx.
Thank you,

Rhonda Barraclough, Executive Director
ALIGN Association of Community Services
780-428-3660 |  RhondaB@alignab.ca
Cell: 780 233 5459
#255 Bonnie Doon Centre
8330 82 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6C 4E3