A family-based organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities

COVID-19 Guidance & Resources

 

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The Arc New York is actively monitoring information and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the New York Department of Health (DOH), and working directly with OPWDD to address concerns specific to our field and the people we serve. We are regularly reviewing our response plans and procedures to ensure the health and safety of our families, individuals and staff, while minimizing disruption of our operations, and continue to emphasize best practices for infection control. 

We remain committed to providing The Arc New York Chapters with up-to-date and accurate information. Trusted resources and guidance for responding to COVID-19 can be found below, and will be updated regularly as the situation evolves. 

 

A Message from The Arc New York Executive Director Mark van Voorst regarding State Office and Trust Services Operations during the health crisis 

Please direct any questions about COVID-19 to Josh Christiana, Associate Executive Director for Quality, Compliance & Chapter Relations.

The Arc New York Updates
  • April 2 - Return to Work Guidance, Telehealth FAQ, NYDA Advocacy, Barclay Damon Webinar, MCCOP COVID-19 Compendium, Employee Benefits Summary, Unemployment & Sick Leave Guidance, CARES Act, Wage and Hours Guidance, 2020 Census, Talking to People With I/DD About COVID-19 
  • April 1 - AHRC NYC on NY1, Letters to the Governor, Interim Training and Recertification Guidance, Temporary Emergency Respite Capacity, Regional Update Crisis Contacts, DMEPOS Policy Changes, Medicaid Revaildation Suspension, OPWDD Meeting Summary, Federal Sick Leave Law Applicability, Barclay Damon Webinar, NYC HRA Medicaid Modifications, Employee Leasing Agreement, OSHA Guidelines 
  • March 30 - AHRC NYC on NY1, Letters to the Governor, Interim Training and Recertification Guidance, Temporary Emergency Respite Capacity, Regional Update Crisis Contacts, DMEPOS Policy Changes, Medicaid Revaildation Suspension, OPWDD Meeting Summary, Federal Sick Leave Law Applicability, Barclay Damon Webinar, NYC HRA Medicaid Modifications, Employee Leasing Agreement, OSHA Guidelines
  • March 29 - Executive Director Update: PPE Procurement 
  • March 28 - 1135 Waiver Flexibilities & Appendix K Status, Retainer Days for ComHab & Respite, AMAP Training, PPE Strategies, Executive Order 202.11, School Closures & Special Education Guidance, Essential Business Guidance, CARES Act, Right to Equal Access to Medical Treatment, COVID-19 Screening Tool, Furlough vs. Layoff 
  • March 27 - Executive Director Update 
  • March 27 - Legal Update on Federal and State Leave Laws, Notification of Medical Professional Directive to Quarantine, Supply Order Process, PPE Burn Rate Calculator, Tax-Free Payments to Employees
  • March 26 - COVID-19 Update: Day Program Emergency Response Template Clarification
  • March 26URGENT - OPWDD Clinic Provider Survey, Staff and General Guidance for the Management COVID-19 in OPWDD Programs, Respiratory Illness in Intermediate Care Facilities, Article 16 Clinic Management of COVID-19, Guidance on Closures of Special Class Programs, ESD Guidance on Essential Businesses, Overview of OPWDD Webinar, LHD Orders of Quarantine, Implementing Pay Differentials, Interim Telecommuting Policy, Hand Sanitizer Orders 
  • March 25 - Suspension of Community Outings and Home Visits, OPWDD Interim Billing Guidance, Disclosure of COVID-19 Information to First Responders, Family Care Guidance  
  • March 24 - Executive and Administrative Advocacy, Executive Order 202.10, No Visitor Policy Complaints, OPWDD Residential Site Survey, Court Activity on Hold, OPWDD Training Guidance, Telehealth Guidance, Matilda's Law, OPWDD/PA Meeting Clarification , Chapter Governance, Upcoming Webinars, COCA PPE Webinar, Combat Price Gouging, Free Comcast Internet  
  • March 22 - OPWDD and Provider Association Meeting Summary, Latest Executive Orders, Telehealth Update, OPWDD Webinars, Extension of AHA CPR Requirements, TBI Service Deliver Guidance, Emergency Childcare, Essential Employee Verification Letter, IRS Deadline and Paid Sick Leave 
  • March 20Workforce Reduction, Family Home Visits, Guidance on Community Habilitation, Alternative No Visitors Poster, IMU Notification Updates, CFR Due Date Extended, Waiver of HIPAA Penalties, COVID-19 Cyberscam, Helping Individuals Understand COVID-19 
  • March 18 - Program Closure Materials, Notification Letters on Closure and Confirmed Cases, Group Day Hab in IRAs and Life Plan Addendums, IMU Contact Tracking Form 
  • March 16 -Template Day Program Closure Letters, Background Checks, Telehealth Services, Contact of Contact Info
  • March 15 - ICF Directives, CCO Face to Face Requirements, Large Gatherings and Public Spaces, Non-Public School Closures, Supply Information, Innovation Trainings Suspended
  • March 12 - OWPDD-Specific Clarification of NYSDOH Guidelines
  • March 9 - Managing Staff Exposure; Education and Communication with Stakeholders; Informational Videos, Webinars and Posters
Managed Care Community of Practice
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD)

The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) is providing speific guidance to caregivers, families, and provider agencies of services or support to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

New York State Department of Health (DOH)

Department of Health 24/7 Hotline: 1-888-364-3065
Directory of Local Health Departments

New York State Executive Orders 
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
World Health Organization (WHO) 
ANCOR
Johns Hopkins