PATH Intl. COVID-19 Bulletin
April 24, 2020
COVID-19-Specific Updates for PATH Intl. Centers, Individual Members, Certified Professionals & Friends

This bulletin contains continuing education opportunities and a nod to the future as we strategize how to roll out plans for resuming services.
For all PATH Intl. Center Members and Individuals Continuing to Provide Services
It is important for you to reach out to your insurance agent to understand your specific liability coverage. In areas with mandates regarding stay-at-home orders and/or detailed definitions of essential workers, it is crucial for you to know your coverage. All insurance policies deny coverage for illegal acts of the insured.
PATH Intl. Virtual Conference Deep Discount for Members
Take advantage of social distancing while earning CEUs!  
  Register Soon, Space Is Limited! 
  May 7-8, 2020
If you have not yet experienced the virtual conference, this is the perfect time and it is the perfect opportunity to share, collaborate and gather with a global audience of equine-assisted activities and therapies professionals from the comfort of your favorite location.  Click here  to visit the virtual conference web page and read about sessions and presenters. 

Due to COVID-19, all virtual conference prices have been discounted for PATH Intl. Members!  
Member discount price: $219   $150     
PATH Intl. Center Member price: $438   $330  
(unlimited viewing; CEUs are good for three people):
Standard (non-member) price: $269 
Worker's Comp Insurance Savings Tip for Centers
 Nathan Harms, Executive Director of TREE House of Greater St. Louis, was able to successfully get the center's worker's comp underwriter to adjust salaries from the horse contact rate to the office/clerical rate during their transition to virtual programming. Mr. Harms reports in order for the adjustment to be approved, staff would need to have zero contact with the horses.

As regular programming resumes, the rate would need to be switched back to the horse contact rate. For those centers continuing this time, administrators might find it valuable to take advantage of the savings .
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Resuming Services Strategically and Safely
Approaching the future with mindful intention

Thursday, April 30, 2020
10:30 am-12 pm PT/11:30-1 pm MT/12:30-2 pm CT/1:30-3 pm ET

  • This free live webinar requires registration here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar
  • Before joining, be sure to check system requirements to avoid any connection issues.
  • Earn 1.5 CEUs (CE)

Join a panel of representatives bringing diverse perspectives from PATH Intl. Member Centers. The presentation will focus on answers and suggestions to help you plan for the delivery of services when stay-at-home mandates are relaxed in your area. Following a welcome and pandemic status updates from PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm, a diverse and accomplished panel will address frequently asked questions for re-opening in a strategic and safe manner.  

We want your questions!
Please submit questions you might have to the panel in advance by emailing  Kandis Branum  by Monday, April 27 so the panel has time to prepare their answers. The panel will address as many questions as possible and provide follow-up after the webinar with additional answers and information.

Emma Lean , MS HPCS, Physical Therapist, program manager, hippotherapy coordinator from JoyRide Center, Inc. in Magnolia, TX 
Saebra Pipoly,  Owner of Hoof Falls & Footfalls based out of Phoenix, AZ
Kitty Stalsburg , Executive director of PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center High Hopes Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Old Lyme, CT
Links to a Variety of Resources

NEW Resources for offering tele-health

  • The final webinar of Lead Now: a three-part series on leading your team through crisis is Wednesday, April 27, at 10 a.m. Eastern Time. The topic is how to determine your priorities and combat decision-making fatigue. Register here!
Payroll Protection Program
Many of you may have received Payroll Protection loans on the first round but for those who didn't, now is the time to reach out to your bank and find out what's needed to apply. This next round of funds is expected to go quickly so get your application in (or ready) now! If you applied previously, you do not need to reapply; however, it's a good idea to reach out to your bank to confirm your application is complete. Remember, these loans are forgivable as long as 75% of funds are used for payroll!
We continue to research and gather information to assist centers in maintaining operations during this challenging time. If you have suggestions or ideas, please email Kathy Alm . We might include those ideas in a future communication.