CP of NYS is aggregating resources and guidance on COVID-19.
Here you will find guidance from OPWDD, OMH, OASAS, CMS and other state sources, as well as federal actions, and helpful resources from private institutions.
If you have questions or need help accessing a resource, please email Bill DeVoe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Background checks waived for qualified individuals
In the Governor’s most recent Executive Order, the state will allow current employees of OPWDD or OPWDD approved providers who have previously undergone background checks to be employed by a different OPWDD approved provider and/or OCFS licensed or certiﬁed program and/or OASAS certiﬁed, funded or authorized program and/or OMH licensed, funded ‘or approved program without undergoing new background checks.
These provisions are also waived to the ‘extent necessary to allow providers the discretion to permit, already qualiﬁed individuals and who are not listed on the Staff Exclusion List to work unsupervised while an updated background check is completed.
Information and Guidance for Schools
Schools closed until April 15, Cuomo waives 180-mandate
Governor Cuomo just announced, on his daily press briefing, that he will be extending school closures until April 15, as well as the waiver of the 180-day mandate.
This means that your school will be closed and you will continue to bill on enrollment until April 15. Those 20 days ofCOVID-19 closure will be waived from the 180 mandate for school days. Therefore, the mandate will be 160 days of school days (unless he extends the closure further).
We will provide further detail as soon as we have it.
COVID-19 Interim Guidance Related to General Management of COVID-19, Staffing Guidance, Respiratory Illness, and Article 16 Clinic Management
OPWDD has released the below interim guidance related to General Management of COVID-19, Staffing Guidance, Respiratory Illness, and Article 16 Clinic Management:
- Staff Guidance for the Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Facilities or Programs Operated and/or Certified by OPWDD
- Respiratory Illness in Residential Settings – Presumption of COVID-19
- General Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Facilities or Programs Operated and/or Certified by OPWDD
- Article 16 Clinic Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Article 16 Clinic Closure Guidance
In the event of an Article 16 Clinic closure, OPWDD will require Voluntary Agencies to submit the date of temporary closure and locations of Article 16 Satellite Clinics, and subsequently, (2) the date that they have re-opened, once that is known. Click here for more information.
Community Outing and Home Visit Guidance
OPWDD has released the below interim guidance related to Community Outings and Home Visits:
Coronavirus Guidance for OPWDD Service Providers
The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is providing guidance to caregivers, families, and State/Voluntary provider agencies which provide services or support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Department of Health 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
- Management of Coronavirus/COVID-19 in OPWDD Family Care Homes
- Covid-19 Phone Notification Requirements for OPWDD Providers Effective 03/17/2020
- OPWDD Guidelines for Implementation of Quarantine and/or Isolation Measures at State-Owned and Voluntary Providers in Congregate Settings
- Visitor Guidance
- Visitor poster issued by DOH
OPWDD Guidance on Use of Telehealth:
- Interim Guidance on the use of Telehealth
- Coronavirus Preparedness Act
- Comprehensive Telehealth Guidance (Vol. 36, No. 5)
Find more guidance on COVID-19 at the following link: https://opwdd.ny.gov/news_and_publications/coronavirus-guidance-opwdd-service-providers
OPWDD Guidance on Intermediate Care Facilities:
OPWDD Interim Guidance Regarding Site Visits (3/13/20)
NYS DOH Information for Providers
Updated Information and Guidance on status of Direct Support Professionals
From OPWDD and SED:
Direct Support Professionals are essential and integral employees to OPWDD’s provision of services, and that is especially true during this public health emergency. OPWDD has remained in close consultation with our partners at the New York State Department of Health and the New York State Education Department, as well as with those at the federal and local level, to ensure the health and safety of all staff.
In guidance issued by the NYS Education Department, found at: Additional Guidance on Statewide School Closures Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak in New York State – March 17, 2020, DSP’s are classified as essential health care workers:
“Essential health care workers may include licensed health professionals such as physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, LPNs and nurse assistants or laboratory personnel and direct support professionals. First responders may include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, and firefighters.”
As you know this is a rapidly evolving situation. Please check the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Novel Coronavirus webpage for frequent updates.
COVID-19 information from NYEIS including the use of telehealth
- Interim Guidance for Home Care Services Regarding COVID-19
- Guidance to Early Intervention Providers
- Consent for the use of Telehealth during COVID-19 emergency
Federal Policy Response to COVID-19 to Date
World Health Organization COVID-19 Q&A
Centers for Disease Control Steps to Prevent Illness
There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Read more at the CDC website.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
ANCOR has assembled great resources for education and best practice guidelines for: preparing, preventing, identifying and managing outbreaks of COVID-19 virus as we better understand the virus.
COVID-19 Toolkit for DSPs – NADSP & ANCOR
Self-Care for DSPs in a Crisis – The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has created an important webinar targeted to help direct support professionals understand their value and offer them some practical ideas to use for their own self-care during this crisis.
The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do Video: What actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do?