Program Updates & Resources from Easterseals NJ
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Program status updates
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UPDATED: January 8th, 2020
UPDATE: Day Habilitation Programs Still Suspended
Due to the second rise in COVID-19 cases across the state, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) announced Thursday, January 7th that it has decided to extend its mandate that ALL congregate day habilitation programs stop in-person programming from November 26, 2020, until FURTHER NOTICE. We do not have an established date for re-opening currently. We will notify you when Easterseals is allowed to resume in-person Day Habilitation services.
While we cannot provide services in-person, Easterseals will continue to provide day habilitation services online through Zoom. We have created three groups (or cohorts) for providing virtual services:
- Cohort 1: Bergen, Edison, and Sayreville
- Cohort 2: Oakhurst, Lakewood, and Lacey
- Cohort 3: Mercer, Northfield, and Rio
Consumers that have enjoyed participating in Easterseals’ virtual services can continue to do so with little or no interruptions, and we welcome all participants to join us! Contact information and schedule can be found at eastersealsnj.org/dayhab.
Please send any additional questions to email@example.com.
UPDATE: Developmental Disability Residential Programs
The Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) is releasing Holiday 2020 Residential Visitation Guidance for licensed community residential settings. This guidance is intended to protect the health and safety of all individuals living and staff working in Division-funded licensed residential settings.
Individuals, their families and friends, and licensed community residential provider agencies and their staff, are urged to carefully review this information. Easterseals remains committed to providing the highest level of safety for its residents and their loved ones.
UPDATE: Millville & Raritan Valley Work Centers Update
We are happy to announce that the re-opening of Work Centers will be tentatively scheduled for the date of January 19th pending all NJ executive orders remain the same. Although the Work Centers will be open, your daily schedule will be based upon a hybrid A-Day, B-Day rotation at 25% capacity. Remote services will be available to those participants not eligible for onsite services due to reduced capacity.
Your Service Specialist/Career Exploration team members will be in contact with you to make you aware of your scheduled day and discuss the details of our strategic re-opening plan. Please review the Strategic Plan as it was be mailed out to you. Within the plan packet there was also an acknowledgment that needs to be signed and provided to your team upon return. As you all know, we are doing everything we can to make a safe return back to work so it is imperative that you thoroughly review the plan.
The Work Center Safety Measures that will be posted and shared will help give you a brief overview of what to expect upon return. We look forward to getting everyone back to work in the quickest and safest way possible.
If you have any further inquiries please reach out to the Director of Employment Development or our Work Center Workforce Operations Coordinators as listed below:
Angela Mack, MSW
Director of Employment Development
Pamela Albano- Capano, BA
Workforce Operations Coor. Millville
Jamail Blair, BA
WorkForce Operations Coor. RVW
Heroes Work Here – A Look at How Things Have Changed
Easterseals staff have continued to provide vital services to people with disabilities all throughout the state during this pandemic. This video shows us how we adapted to keep people safe and connected.
Camp Merry Heart PROGRAM UPDATE – Delayed Opening Until 2021
For more than 7 decades, Easterseals Camp Merry Heart has prided itself in providing campers & travelers with friendships and memories which will last a lifetime. It comes with a heavy heart that we must announce, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is not possible for us to operate Camp Merry Heart for the rest of 2020. We are forced to cancel all rentals, respites, and events for the summer and fall seasons. We are planning to resume operations in January 2021 on a limited basis with respite and hotel programs (to be confirmed at a later date).
We will continue to provide all program updates regarding Coronavirus-related closures/re-openings on this page.
#IAmEssential – An Honest Look at What it Means to Be on the Front Lines of The COVID-19 Pandemic
In our latest video series, we interviewed Easterseals case managers about how they are coping with the pandemic while still providing vital services to individuals with serious persistent mental illness. An eye-opening look into the impact the Coronavirus has had on essential workers and those they care for.
Disability-Related Legal Resources During the Pandemic
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many individuals with disabilities need legal assistance navigating issues related to:
- Housing, including rent and mortgage obligations, eviction, or need for repairs
- Stimulus check issues
- Unemployment benefits
- Health insurance coverage
- Food Assistance
- Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Directives
- Family matters such as child support, visitation, or domestic violence
- Other issues that may be affecting them during this crisis
If you are a person with a disability in need of legal help, please contact the Community Health Law Project for assistance.
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.
EASTERSEALS PROGRAM UPDATES/CLOSURES
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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
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.