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GENERAL SUPPORT HOTLINE: (716) 304–0003 Mon – Fri:  8AM – 12PM, 4PM – 8PM
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BEHAVIOR SUPPORT HOTLINE: (716) 371–1027 Mon – Fri:  8AM – 5PM
(after hours: leave a message with phone number, your call will be returned)

NEWS & RESOURCES (INCLUDING COVID-19 UPDATES)

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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2020 HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING POLICY AND COMPLIANCE

2020 has been a year like no other. We have all changed much of our lives as the pandemic has spread through our communities. However, at the onset of this holiday season, I write for three reasons.
 

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TESTING INFORMATION FOR STATEN ISLAND EMPLOYEES

Due to rising levels of COVID in the area, Staten Island has been designated a Yellow Zone by Governor Cuomo. For the safety of all, the Agency is requiring all employees in Staten Island to have the Antigen PCR Rapid Test for COVID-19 within the next 7 days.

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GIVING TUESDAY (#GIVINGTUESDAYNOW) EACH WEEK THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Once again, #GivingTuesday is upon us. This year, more than ever 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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"BACKWARDS" BILL REILLY IS AT IT AGAIN, TACKLING THIS YEAR'S VIRTUAL NYC MARATHON

Congratulations to our friend "Backwards" Bill Reilly as he conquered his 50th (give or take) marathon to raises awareness for athletes with all abilities. 

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A LETTER TO FAMILIES AND STAFF RE: COVID-19 FROM PRESIDENT AND CEO, SUSAN CONSTANTINO

Dear Staff and Families,

As we are moving into the late Fall and perhaps another COVID wave, I am writing to you for three purposes. First, I would like to thank you for all you have done since last March to keep our individuals safe.  Your work in the heart of NYC’s COVID outbreak was one of the most courageous actions I have ever seen.

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LETTER TO FAMILIES REGARDING COVID-19

Here you will find a letter and update from our Executive Director, Joseph Pancari regarding an uptick in COVID-19 Hotspots in and around the NYC Metropolitan area, what this means for those we support and the individuals providing care.

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COMMUNITY LIVING SERVICES

Our Visitation and Home Visit Protocols 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 DOH's press release issued on October 3, 2020 regarding the identification of zip codes/neighborhoods with an increased positivity rate of COVID-19, policies have been developed and updated to address residential settings that are located in the "hot spots".  

 

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SENATOR DAVID CARLUCCI, FIGHTING FOR DSPs

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and organizations across our state have taken huge financial hits. Unfortunately, the service providers who care for our state's most vulnerable are not immune from these financial difficulties.

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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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A CONVERSATION BETWEEN RICK GUIDOTTI OF POSITIVE EXPOSURE AND OUR PROGRESSIVE VISIONS PHOTO CLUB MEMBERS

We are thrilled to be able to share video footage of an interview conducted by Rick Guidotti of Positive Exposure and our very own Jim Interlicchio and Charles Scaturro from the Progressive Visions Photo Club.

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PHOTOS DURING QUARANTINE FROM THE PROGRESSIVE VISIONS PHOTO CLUB

Have a look at some of the amazing photos captured during Quarantine by some amazing people!

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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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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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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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OPWDD GUIDANCE RE: VISITORS TO FACILITIES TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19

The following guidance is applicable to all residential and nonresidential facilities certified or operated by the NYS State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and is based on the most current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and NYS Department of Health (DOH) recommendations for prevention of the spread the novel coronavirus of 2019 disease (COVID-19)

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