Hello DDRC Community,
We hope this message finds you well during this ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency. DDRC continues to work to make prudent decisions in the face of uncertainty, and rapidly evolving information and directives from local, state and federal authorities. Additionally, a s you are likely aware, Colorado’s budget faces extreme shortfalls resulting from the pandemic. The Joint Budget Committee has been more than courageous and diligent in the face of this unprecedented challenge. Their recommendations to the legislature largely spared the IDD community from the most draconian cuts, but some cuts are inevitable. The legislature and the Governor now have the hard work of coming to consensus on the entire budget by June 30. We will provide updates regarding the ramifications of the budget later in the summer and as it is determined. In the meantime, we would like to share updates of our operations.

Our DDRC service delivery approach continues to be guided by health, safety and regulatory requirements. Most DDRC operations will continue “as is,” being delivered primarily though virtual telehealth/telecommunications until further notice.

Adult Vocational Services will gradually begin to reopen in a limited capacity. Initial services will all be virtual and will include community activities, educational/skill building activities and communication/connections access. We will also begin some limited activities outside of the family home, such as walks or in-home support.

Quality Living Options (QLO), our DDRC residential services, are ongoing . QLO staff continue to provide great support to residents and to implement the mandates, screenings, and precautions required by state agencies to help keep COVID-19 at bay. Residential settings still have mandated restrictions regarding outings and visitation. We appreciate the work and relationship with all of our family caregivers. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is conducting Infection Control surveys of all licensed group homes, and no deficiencies were issued for DDRC-operated group homes.

The majority of our many other services are and will continue to be delivered via telehealth/teleconferencing until further notice, per state and federal agencies. Discussions are taking place among these agencies and others regarding in-person services and the future role of telehealth.

Many DDRC office staff continue to work remotely, but we are carefully moving towards in-office staffing at 50% capacity with prudent safety measures. Essential visitors are required to complete a symptom screening, temperature check, and to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth while in the building. Non-essential visitors will be redirected to do business by phone. Anyone planning to visit DDRC is asked to call ahead to determine if their needs can be met through conferring by phone with the appropriate DDRC staff.

Please check www.ddrcco.com for any updates to our operations prior to the next monthly enewsletter.

With gratitude for your trust and support,
Beverly Winters
Executive Director