The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) wants to be a resource to share valuable information about the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, to help people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families stay safe and healthy.
For the latest news, information, webinars and resources from North Carolina, check the sidebar on the right:
Preparing for Hospitalization During COVID-19 Pandemic: A Checklist for People with Disabilities Edition 2.0, 2020 NEW: You should do everything you can to stay out of a hospital, but if you have no choice, these tips help you prepare for what you may face. It will NOT be business as usual.
ADA Compliance with Visitations in Healthcare Facilities: Coronavirus Pandemic Guidance for Advocates Edition 1, 2020 NEW: Offers tips for advocating for visitations and working with healthcare facilities and state governments during current pandemic crisis about how to ensure healthcare facilities comply with Americans with Disabilities Act.
NCDHHS Provides One-Time Payment to Families with Children in Work First Cash Assistance Program
NCDHHS – Federal Stimulus Payments Issued Include Individuals with Disabilities
Federal stimulus payments are being issued and this includes payment to individuals with disabilities. Providers/licensees that also serve as Representative Payees for Social Security Administration (SSA) beneficiaries with disabilities should ensure payees understand that federal stimulus checks, known also as “Economic Impact Payments (EIP),” belong solely for the use of and by the beneficiary –not the payee. We have posted guidance under the Individuals guidance page on our COVID page.
COVID-19 Self Advocate - Link to Resources from California State Council on Developmental Disabilities
$2 million Emergency Grant will Support Behavioral Health Response to COVID-19
A $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will support NCDHHS’ efforts to address the growing needs of people with mental health issues and substance use disorder as it relates to the COVID-19 crisis, along with the mental health needs of the general public and health care workers who are on the front lines of this pandemic. Keep reading.
Telehealth Helping North Carolinians Access Care
Using telehealth, North Carolinians can receive services while avoiding the risk of exposure to COVID-19. Doctors and other clinicians across the state are using telehealth to deliver primary care and prenatal care; help patients manage asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure and other chronic conditions; and provide behavioral health counseling, physical therapy and more. All insurance companies in the state, including Medicaid and Medicare, are covering healthcare visits through telehealth. DHHS and NC Medicaid have developed a video and a flyer to help alleviate concerns and encourage people to talk with their doctors about using telehealth to get the care they need to stay healthy.
Requesting Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
From Deputy Secretary for Behavioral Health & IDD Kody H. Kinsley to the Local Management Entities and Managed Care Organization Chief Executive Officers – We recognize a lot of our providers are in need of PPE. Please use this form.
Example of Telehealth In Action: (8 Minute Video on a Telehealth Appt for a Woman with DD)
The National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) in partnership with the Institute on Community Integration at the University of Minnesota has developed a survey for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on this workforce and identify the most effective ways to protect DSPs and the people they support. The results of this survey will be shared widely with policymakers, services providers, direct support professionals, families, and stakeholders. Information from this survey can prove useful to state systems as they construct plans for recovery and future disaster planning.
Please feel free to forward this survey [z.umn.edu] to providers or other entities who employ direct support professionals. Their answers will be anonymous.
Providing Access through Sign Language & Text for Low Vision & Tactile Communicators During the Coronavirus Pandemic from the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative
Disability Rights North Carolina – Accessing Special Education during COVID-19 Fact Sheet
Center for Dignity in Healthcare for People with Disabilities – Safeguard Against Disability Discrimination During COVID-19
NC-Interim Guidance for BHIDD In Home Service Providers from NC DHHS:
Share Your Stories!
Here are a few opportunities for self advocates to participate and share their stories about their experience during this Coronavirus pandemic. Please see the following:
Plain Language Tips for Working with Support Staff during COVID-19
SARTAC (Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center) released a new plain language booklet written by and for self-advocates. The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing our lives in many ways for a while. Self-advocates wrote these tips to help people with developmental disabilities deal with changes in how they are getting services. The suggestions are about working with support staff during COVID-19.
The Role of the DSP and the Coronavirus (video): The current worldwide news about the emergence of the Coronavirus is on everyone’s list of concerns, questions and insecurities. The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals created this webinar specifically for Direct Support Professionals to provide them with guidelines for understanding the virus, protecting the individuals they support in the community and offering reliable resources for ongoing news and practices.
Coronavirus 101 sheet for Direct Support Professionals by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) in California (pdf)