With each passing day, people with disabilities are becoming more vulnerable as they face uncertainty and a loss of services in this pandemic. Your funds will help us keep some critcal services in place right now, like our mental health services.
Program Updates & Resources from Easterseals NJ
For any general questions about COVID-19 in NJ, call 2-1-1 or text NJCOVID to 898-211 to receive text information and stay informed.
March 31, 2020
Social Distancing Guidelines Extended
In an effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), President Trump has extended the federal government’s social distancing guidelines into April. These distancing guidelines are crucial to stopping the spread of the virus and bringing this pandemic to a close. We encourage everyone to take them seriously and make them part of daily practice until notified to do otherwise.
March 27, 2020
Funding Opportunity for Individuals and Families
The New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities has modified an existing contract with The Arc of New Jersey in response to the current the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Arc of NJ will be processing requests from any individuals with I/DD, their families and any qualified community-based organizations that provide supports to people with developmental disabilities, who are affected by the statewide Coronavirus response.
Funds must be used to meet the needs of people with developmental disabilities and/or their families and promote health, activity and engagement with family, friends and peers, alleviate anxiety due to social distancing, and/or increase positive shared experiences. Applicants are required to exhaust other available sources of funding before submitting an application. What do people need now due to social distancing, quarantine, or self-imposed isolation that is not available from current supports and services? How will people remain engaged with their friends and family?
What will be funded?
- Activities to remain engaged during social distancing;
- Items that alleviate anxiety due to social distancing (technology/internet access); and,
- Other items needed for people experiencing social isolation and access to health care.
Funds will be made available for requests that assist one individual/family or multiple individuals/families. Requests are expected to range on average from $250 to $500 per request as approved by the Arc of New Jersey, in consultation with the Council. Agencies submitting requests for multiple individuals/families can combine requests into one application while providing individual/family level detail.
For information about the funding opportunity, we encourage you to read the Grant Policy, FAQ and other documents in this notice. The application and proposed budget must be completed and submitted to the following email address: MPearson@arcnj.org
March 23, 2020
All Easterseals New Jersey Work Centers will be CLOSED until further notice as of Monday, March 23, 2020 (This includes our Millville and Raritan Valley Work Centers).
These closures are in response to Governor Murphy’s Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses. Learn More
March 20, 2020
Easterseals and the leadership of Centerpath Wellness (CPW) have made the decision to close our Plainfield site as of Friday March 20, 2020.
March 17, 2020
Regarding Group Homes – Limited Visitation
Visitation Limitation Now Imposed effective today (3/17/20) at 5PM
By order of the Department of Health and in reaction to COVID-19, visitors to all facilities licensed under 10:37A (Community Living Services Residential Programs serving people with serious and persistent mental illness) shall be restricted until otherwise notified by the Department of Health.
If you or a loved one is participating in one of these Easterseals New Jersey programs, please note:
- Visitation to the facility where your friend/loved one resides will be highly discouraged until further notice
- ALL visitors will be screened outside the residence and asked specific health questions
If the visitor passes the screening and is allowed in the facility:
- You will be asked to wash your hands upon entering.
- You will be restricted to one area, preferably the consumer’s personal space, and not allowed to roam the facility.
- You will be restricted from touching objects or other people within the home.
- Visitation shall be under one hour.
March 16, 2020
All Day Program sites will be SUSPENDED until further notice as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (This includes our Bergen, Lakewood, Mercer, Rio Grade, Northfield, Oakhurst, Edison, Lacey, and Sayerville sites.)
All Extended Employment programming will be SUSPENDED until further notice as of Tuesday, March 17, 2020. This is in direct response to a directive from the New Jersey Department of Labor (DOL) and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR).
At this time we have not received a directive on when services should re-open. Please check back here for future updates or email us for additional concerns.
March 16, 2020
Tell Congress to Remember Disabled Americans in the Coronavirus Response
As our nation responds to the threat posed by the Coronavirus, Congress is taking action to help the nation deal with this pandemic. Please use the action center linked in this email to reach out to your members of Congress to remind them to ensure that the needs of disabled Americans are taken into account when they work on Coronavirus response and relief legislation.
Americans living with disabilities, whether developmental, intellectual, physical, emotional or psychological are particularly vulnerable to this disease. Their care must be assured during the difficult weeks and months that lie ahead. We will get through this time, and we will overcome this challenge, but we must work to protect the lives of those who need our help the most as well.
Additionally, be sure to follow all recommendations and guidance provided by the CDC and your state, county & local public health officials. Stay safe, be smart, and practice social distancing. Thank you for your time and your advocacy, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Easterseals New Jersey
March 9, 2020
Letter to Families Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Care Providers:
As you may now know, there have now been reported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) here in New Jersey. Both Easterseals and public health officials are working to keep our community safe and healthy. To do this, we need your help.
The most important thing you can do is to keep your service recipient home if he or she is ill. We strongly suggest you seek medical care and discuss the appropriate course of action with your medical professional.
Anyone who is sick should stay home until they have had no fever for 24 hours (without the aid of fever-reducing medicine). If any person in the home is sick with other symptoms, they should stay home at least one day to see how the illness develops and until completely well for 24 hours.
Here are three important things you and your family can do to help stay healthy and keep others safe:
- Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or into your elbow or upper arm.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers work too.
- When ill, stay home and seek medical care.
More information about COVID-19 is available at www.cdc.gov
Thank you for your patience and cooperation during this time. We will provide you with updates and information as needed. We also encourage you to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. You can also leave questions for us in the comments below. We will respond to them as quickly as possible.
Wendy C. Mirsky
Assistance Vice President Compliance
Easterseals New Jersey
For any questions about programs and services NOT answered in the updates below, either call 855.215.4541 or email us.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
- What to do if you think you are sick (CDC)
- Centers for Disease Control
- New Jersey Department of Health
- New Jersey Department of Children and Families
- NJ Division on Developmental Disabilities
- NJ Department of Labor
- Special Needs Considerations for Coronavirus (Covid-19)
- 7 Tips on Staying “Mental Healthy” During a Quarantine
If you receive Social Security Benefits, please note that all local offices are CLOSED and are only offering services by phone. To learn more, click here.