NEWS & RESOURCES (INCLUDING COVID-19 UPDATES)

NYC DISABILITY ADVOCATES RALLY RECAP

On Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 10:45 a.m. the New York Disability Advocates, NYC FAIR, SOS, family and self-advocates, DSPs, and other speakers discussed the state’s workforce crisis of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) that is impairing the quality of care for New York’s I/DD community.
 

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THANK YOU FOR CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF CP OF NYS

Thank you to everyone who helped us commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Cerebral Palsy Associations of NYS at our Annual Conference from Oct. 25-27!
The conference is a wonderful way to share information and celebrate staff from our Affiliates. We hope you found it valuable and enjoyed yourselves.

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GIVING TUESDAY (#GIVINGTUESDAYNOW) EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Once again, #GivingTuesday is upon us. Beginning in November and through the end of the year we are seeking donations to help provide the individuals we support with the necessary equipment and technology to help them live independently and continue to meet with success in all aspects of life. Since COVID-19 our traditional services had to be improvised, but we have come up with innovative ways to deliver these services to the people we support.

 

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HAPPY HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 86TH STREET LOCATION APPRECIATION DAY!

A VERY Special Thanks to those who helped to make this day and event such a fun and memorable one for those we support. From the catering to the staff, Thank You all. Both the staff and individuals were so very happy and excited for this wonderful surprise. Everyone had such a great time!

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TELL YOUR STORY! RISE UP TOGETHER TO ADDRESS THE DSP WORKFORCE CRISIS

Tell Your Personal Story and ask Governor Kathy Hochul to RISE UP for DSPs! There are NO Services without People to Staff Residences, Day Programs, offer Respite, Comm Hab, and be Job Coaches.

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THE CONVERSATION: KIDS & THE COVID19 VACCINES

W. Kamau Bell talks with Pediatricians about the COVID vaccines to provide facts and dispel misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccines in this FAQ video series.

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FIGHTING FOR OUR DSPs: WORKFORCE CRISIS AND HEARING RALLY (VIDEO)

Susan Constantino, CEO of CP Unlimited and President and CEO of CP of NYS, joined other executives, advocates, DSPs, and individuals with I/DD at a public hearing to evaluate the current workforce challenges of the I/DD service delivery system on Tuesday, September 14.

"What has the impact of our workforce crisis been on the people we support? Less staff who know and can provide the highest quality care/support to meet people's unique needs ...

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ADULT EDUCATION SERIES: MEET OUR COOKING CLASS CHEFS

CP Unlimited held their first virtual 10-week cooking course this past spring.   It was a packed class of 10 students who took the class very seriously and learned how to navigate the kitchen, use multiple appliances, use a variety of kitchen tools, practice kitchen safety, follow a recipe, create a grocery list, go shopping and most of all they learned how to prepare healthy foods independently.  

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SMILE FARMS & CPU PARTNER AT CORA HOFFMAN CENTER IN STATEN ISLAND

We are thrilled to announce the opening of Smile Farms 9th campus: Smile Farms at Constructive Partnerships Unlimited! 

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COVID-19 INFO & VACCINE UPDATES FROM DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES

NYC is offering an incentive to community and faith-based organizations to help get people vaccinated by awarding $100 for each referral for each first dose at a City-run site. When an individual makes an appointment ahead of time or arrives for a walk-in vaccination, they can identify which community organization referred them to get vaccinated.

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LOCAL ARTIST PAINTS MURAL FOR MOVE PROGRAM AT CPU/CORA HOFFMAN CENTER

Local Artist, Josue Mendez painted a mural at CPU/The Cora Hoffman Center. He is an active member of Staten Island's Giving Circle and recently volunteered his time and talent to paint a mural of a butterfly for our MOVE program. The butterfly is the logo of MOVE and signifies the transformation people go through when they participate in MOVE.

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STATEN ISLAND GIVING CIRCLE HONORS CPU/CORA HOFFMAN CENTER ESSENTIAL WORKERS

The Cora Hoffman Center is very thankful to the Giving Circle for honoring our staff today in such a beautiful way as well as for contributing so much to our staff and to the people we serve. The Giving Circle is a circle of people who give to others; their main goal is to help others.

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PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN THE GOOD NEIGHBOR ORGANICS PROGRAM & THE CORA HOFFMAN CENTER CREATE JOBS FOR OUR DAY HAB INDIVIDUALS

The Good Neighbor Organics program, located at our day program in Staten Island, The Cora Hoffman Center, have partnered with Smile Farms. We have developed a joint project in growing hot red peppers on site.  Once harvested, they would be utilized for a boutique hot pepper sauce developed by Smile Farms.  Our Day Hab individuals will have a unique opportunity to work on this process with Smile Farms and acquire skills needed to meet the challenges in the workplace.  We are literally “growing” together.
 

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COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES

Our Visitation, Home Visit and Testing policies have been UPDATED!!  We are committed to the health and safety of not only the people we support in residential and non-residential settings but also of our employees.  We are committed to ensuring policies are developed, modified or updated that are in alignment with recommendations from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NYS Department of Health (DOH), and NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) for prevention of the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).   Therefore, in alignment with OPWDD’s revised interim guidance issued on May 17, 2021, the following precautions and procedures will be implemented in all CP Unlimited residential settings during the ongoing public health emergency. 

 

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VACCINE INFORMATION UPDATE FROM CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER, DR. AZIMAH PILUS EHR, MD, MPH

This presentation shares with the audiences of CP Unlimited some additional information and updates on the Moderna Vaccine and virus mutation.

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VACCINATION CELEBRATION PHOTOS & THE 3 W'S

We are so proud and humbled by our staff and the persons we support. We all have a responsibility to do everything possible to block the ongoing transmission of this dangerous virus. Each of us needs to follow the three W’s: Wear a mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands often.
 

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FAQs & REASONS TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE

Be advised that the COVID-19 Vaccination Fact Sheets supplied by the FDA are specific to each manufacturer's vaccination. CP State is providing this general resource to all COVID-19 vaccines.

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ACCESS TO COVID-19 VACCINE FOR OUR STAFF AND PERSONS SUPPORTED

Given the recent news regarding the FDA approved Coronavirus vaccine(s) that will be available to New Yorkers in the next few weeks and months, the Governor's office has determined that persons supported in our programs, and staff that provide the support will be eligible to receive the vaccine.

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A RAY OF SUNSHINE FROM SMILE FARMS

The Good Neighbor Organics program, located at our day program in Staten Island at the Cora Hoffman Center, was originally preparing to develop a joint project in growing peppers on site.  Once harvested, they would be utilized for a boutique hot pepper sauce developed by Smile Farms with the support of Brooklyn Grange horticulturists and our day habilitation participants.

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COVID-19 FAQs

Please click through for a series of FAQs regarding Testing and Diagnosis, Sick Leave and Benefits, Employee Assistance Program, Paid and Unpaid Leave, Residential Procedures and Personal Protective Equipment and Precautions

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RESOURCES FOR RESIDENTIAL

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.

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MANAGING BEHAVIOR AT HOME AND IN A RESIDENTIAL SETTING

With the COVID-19 'Lockdown' still in place, are the people you support at home or in a residential setting getting bored? Not sure What to do? Where to turn? Here are some Helpful Tips for Residential Staff in Managing Behavior. Also, call the Behavior Support Hotline for some ideas on how to help. We can listen too. We are all in this together!

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