The past few weeks have brought us all challenges never before imaginable, but we have also witnessed the amazing strength of character, spirit and dedication of the many LCBDD and Provider direct-service, professional, support, and management staff who have worked together valiantly, selflessly, and with remarkable innovation, enhance the education and assure the health and well-being of individuals served by the LCBDD.
Late Friday (5-8-2020), the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) issued Guidance regarding the re-opening of Adult Day Support (ADS) programs. The Guidance includes restrictions on group size (no more than 10 people in a group, including staff and individuals receiving services), as well as restrictions on physical environment for each group of 10, as noted below:
- Must have separate entrance/exit
- Must have separate bathroom facilities
- Staggered times to use entrances/exits and/or bathrooms are not permitted
- Must have unique staff assigned to each group (no sharing of staff) in each space
- Each group’s space must accommodate people being at least 6-ft apart
- Each group’s space must be completely segregated from other groups by solid walls
While we recognize that many individuals are eager to return to their ADS programs, the restrictions on group size and physical environment cannot be accommodated in most LCBDD programs, as they were previously structured. At this time, under these restrictions, the LCBDD will only be able to open the JCR Imagine Program and the Vocational Guidance Center (limiting VGC participants only to residents of ARC and JCDC) effective May 18, 2020.
Willoughby Branch and Broadening Abilities cannot be opened until (if and when) the restrictions on physical environment are changed by DODD.