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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:

Community Outing and Home Visit Guidance

OPWDD has released the below interim guidance related to Community Outings and Home Visits:

Suspension of Individual 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

Guidance on Telehealth

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

COVID-19 Toolkit for Direct Service Providers

https://nadsp.org/covid-19resources/?fbclid=IwAR3_aN3We_-o1eWw0JDxr6bKxIQq81Un0RaaxGqWeoubxej89gfT680Bf88

Self Care Resource Video for DSPs during a crisis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CL95EsnLFuo&feature=youtu.be

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