Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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.
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UPDATED: January 8th, 2020

UPDATE: Day Habilitation Programs Still Suspended

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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 dayhab@nj.easterseals.com.


UPDATE: Developmental Disability Residential Programs

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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:

Amack@NJ.easterseals.com
Angela Mack, MSW
Director of Employment Development

palbano-capano@nj.easterseals.com
Pamela Albano- Capano, BA
Workforce Operations Coor. Millville

jblair@nj.easterseals.com
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

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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

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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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Program Closure

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).

Easterseals NJ Packaging & Fulfillment and NJ FileSave Imaging services will be CLOSED until further notice as of Monday, March 23, 2020.

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These closures are in response to Governor Murphy’s Statewide Stay at Home Order, Closure of All Non-Essential Retail Businesses. Learn More

Click here to view or print the Essential Employee Letter.


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.

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2 thoughts on “Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)”

  1. CMH, thanks for update. Good luck to everyone. Stay well. We will pray for you. Hope to see you in August. Scott Russell, Montville Rotary

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  2. On behalf of the Huff family in Hackettstown, New Jersey – we wish to congratulate Brian Fitzgerald and staff on a job well done to keep his employees safe and volunteers well informed in this COVID 19 crisis.

    We are looking forward to the announcement of Camp Merry Heart in Hackettstown re-opening schedule and our family’s continued support at this facility. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.

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