Webinar: How service agencies should address COVID-19
Date Recorded: Mar 24, 2020
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The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic has begun impacting our everyday lives in the US, and is a growing threat across the world. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are among the most vulnerable members of our communities. It is imperative that their rights not be compromised while they are supported to stay healthy and safe.

All service organizations will have to adapt their strategic and operational priorities to ensure continuity of support for those directing their own services. We must ensure the well-being of both people accepting supports and those providing support, including those that provide supports through a Fiscal Intermediary or an agency.

On Tuesday, March 24, we hosted a webinar to discuss actions and planning processes that service provider agencies can implement during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar was led by our Member Organization Values Into Action, which offers services in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Values Into Action is committed to the idea that no matter where, and no matter the service provided, people and their families lead the way.

Issues we covered included:

  • Practical ideas that agencies can implement to ensure continuity of support
  • Ensuring an engaged workforce including Direct Support Professionals
  • Administrative and coordination support
  • Creating a culture of collaboration
  • Building trust and commitment to ensure that people stay in control of their services, and stay healthy and safe

Watch the Meeting Recording here: