No decision yet on re-opening DD service programs
Although Ohio's current extended stay-at-home order is set to expire this Friday, May 1, 2020, no decision has been made yet on the re-opening of DD service programs, which includes adult day programs/centers.
DODD Director Jeff Davis sent a message last week to remind county boards of DD, providers, and families that the
March 21 public health order
concerning the provision of Adult Day Services (ADS) in Ohio remains in effect at this time. This means that—unless it is rescinded or replaced by another order by Governor DeWine—Ohio's adult day service programs must continue to operate under current restrictions until further notice.
In his message, Director Davis shared: "The uncertainty of this time has been difficult for everyone, and the struggle to overcome this challenge will continue as we work together through a very gradual and multi-phased process of reopening day services. The timeline for this process will look much different from other businesses in the general public (elective surgeries, non-essential business, etc.), as the support system in Ohio depends on many people, in many different environments, to keep people receiving services healthy and safe."
Cuyahoga DD understands that people may be anxious to return to adult day service programs. However, public health officials continue to caution that in order to avoid coming into contact with COVID-19, it is best for individuals who are more vulnerable to continue to stay home for as long as possible.
As providers of adult day services begin to plan for the re-opening of their facilities, they will need to assure us that they are in compliance with mandatory public health guidelines, including social distancing, cleaning and sanitation, maintaining proper hygiene, and adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE). Cuyahoga DD will use a team approach and person-centered planning to decide when it's appropriate to authorize adult day services on a person-by-person basis. Consideration will be given to factors like the person’s living arrangement and health status as well as the ability of the adult day service agency to meet the mandatory public health guidelines and other relevant factors.