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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:

Understanding Your Healthcare Rights NCCDD One-Pager

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

  • Today, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) began distributing a one-time supplemental payment to families enrolled in the Work First Cash Assistance program with one or more children. These payments are intended to help vulnerable families during the economic disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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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

NCCDD Future Planning Webinar: Recording Now Available Here

$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)

NADSP Survey on Impact of COVID-19 on DSPs

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.

NCCDD Position Statement Rationing Letter to Gov Cooper 4/23/20 (pdf) (doc)

NC Medicaid Receives Federal Approval of Flexibilities for HCBS (see details)

Providing Access through Sign Language & Text for Low Vision & Tactile Communicators During the Coronavirus Pandemic from the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative

COVID-19 Resources for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and DeafBlind People

The N.C. Department of Information Technology’s Broadband Infrastructure Office has developed an interactive map to help North Carolina residents find free and low-cost internet and mobile service offerings in their area. The online map is updated daily with new offerings, which include free public Wi-Fi access points for remote learning and working. This is part of the state’s efforts to help students and schools bridge the digital divide during the state’s response to COVID-19.

Things to Do During COVID-19

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.

COVID-19 Toolkit For DSPs: Resources to help DSPs take care of themselves during the crisis.

The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals website

Video DSPCoronavirusThe 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.

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Coronavirus 101 sheet for Direct Support Professionals by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD) in California (pdf)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

NC DHHS COVID-19 Website

Administration For Community Living COVID-19 Website

Items of Interest

LATE BREAKING COVID-19 SPECIAL ALERTS!

NC Moves to Safer At Home Phase 2

After two weeks in Phase 1, the state’s overall key indicators remain stable but the continued increases in daily case counts signal a need to take a more modest step forward in Phase 2 than originally envisioned.

Medicaid and RA Protections during COVID-19

Flexibilities during COVID-19 – TBI Innovations Waiver Appendix K Update(s)

 Safeguard Against Disability Discrimination


Important Health Care Guidance for People with Disabilities during COVID-19

Click here to stay up-to-date on COVID-19 in NCor text COVIDNC to 898211.  

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