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
Remote Learning to Continue Through End of 2019-2020 School Year
“School buildings will stay closed to students for this school year, but school isn’t over. The decision to finish the year by remote learning was not made lightly, but it is the right thing to do to protect our students, teachers and communities. This is a difficult time for many children and parents, and I am grateful for all the educators, administrators, support staff and parents who have gone the extra mile to keep children learning,” Governor Cooper said.
$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.
Example of Telehealth In Action: (8 Minute Video on a Telehealth Appt for a Woman with DD)
Providing Access through Sign Language & Text for Low Vision & Tactile Communicators During the Coronavirus Pandemic from the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative
NC Dept. of Public Instruction: Exceptional Children COVID-19 Parent’s FAQ
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:
New social distancing measures, long-term rules and streamlining the unemployment benefits process (4/9/20) Gov. Cooper Executive Order 131
Governor Cooper Signs Executive Order to Prohibit Utility Disconnections
On March 31st, Governer Cooper signed Executive Order #124: an additional step to help families by prohibiting utilities from disconnecting people who are unable to pay during this pandemic. The order applies to electric, gas, water and wastewater services for the next 60 days. The order directs utility companies to give residential customers at least six months to pay outstanding bills and prohibits them from collecting fees, penalties or interest for late payment. Read more here.
If you have an Intellectual/ Cognitive Disability and Need to Go to the Hospital:
Your caregiver may come with you in the ambulance or in the hospital.
Wondering if/how the stimulus checks will affect Medicaid eligibility?
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any refund (or advance payment with respect to a refundable credit) made to any individual under this title shall not be taken into account as income, and shall not be taken into account as resources for a period of 12 months from receipt, for purposes of determining the eligibility of such individual (or any other individual) for benefits or assistance (or the amount or extent of benefits or assistance) under any Federal program or under any State or local program financed in whole or in part with Federal funds.
Following is news from the State Council on Developmental Disabilities
During difficult times, we rely on our community. The State Council on Developmental Disabilities has been making resources related to COVID-19 so that you can more easily stay close to your community while staying safe and healthy. We have listed some of those resources here, and remember to visit the SCDD website for the additional resources.
1) 10 Tips to Support Someone During Times of Change / 10 Consejos para Apoyar a Alguien en Tiempos de Cambio: One of the tips and ideas to support someone during times of frequent change is creating a picture album. We created one for you to check out. Click the photo below to see the bigger version.
3) Ideas for Activities While Sheltering in Place / Ideas para Actividades Mientras Se Refugia en el Lugar: We have some creative ideas for activities to try while you are staying inside. When you do any of these activities, we would love to hear about them. Feel free to share your stories or photos with us by emailing us or tagging us on social media.
New Patient Fact Sheet Available – What to do if you feel sick
For people who think they might have COVID-19 and have mild symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now recommends they stay home and call their doctor if you need medical advice. Most people who get COVID-19 will have mild illness and recover at home. NCDHHS has developed a fact sheet to help North Carolinians know what to do if they are sick: Fact Sheet
Texting Tool Available to Access Food for Children
Parents who need food assistance for their children can text FOODNC to 877-877 to locate nearby free meal sites. The texting service is also available in Spanish by texting COMIDA to 877-877. Additionally, No Kid Hungry NC has created a map of local school sites, community organizations and food assistance programs across North Carolina where families can access food. The interactive map can be viewed at nokidhungrync.org/covid19/ and is updated daily: Press Release