Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has continued to send updates to individuals, families, providers, and county boards through email and via its website. Communications have been compiled to centralize information and is located on the DODD COVID-19 Resources and Support.
COVID-19 Emergency PPE and Sanitization Supply Fund
The Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Deepwood has established an emergency fund for the purposes of purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning/sanitization supplies in the event of an outbreak of COVID-19.
This program is available to all Providers (independent, agency and ICF). To be eligible to receive requested supplies, the Provider must meet the following criteria:
- Actively providing Developmental Disabilities HCBS waiver and/or ICF services in Lake County
- The setting is located in Lake County and serving Lake County individuals
- Actively experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak in the setting
- Expenses for supplies/services requested are not reimbursable through any other means
Providers may make application to request assistance and all applications will be approved prior to purchases being made on behalf of the provider. These funds would be limited and once exhausted, the emergency funding program would end.
The Deepwood Foundation and Deepwood Run have been working to establish much needed assistance due to the COVID-19 crisis. If needed, Providers may contact to request availability of required PPEs when individuals served are suspected to or have been diagnosed with the Coronavirus. PPE supplies will be distributed based on availability of requested PPE and confirmation of need, along with consideration of other requests received. To submit your request, please complete the Provider Request for PPE Form. Send completed forms via e–mail to Deepwood.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit Deepwood Foundation Rapid Relief Effort Grant Information and Application.
It is imperative that you are keeping up to date on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out in order to know what is available to you, your staff, and the individuals you serve. Here are a few recommended resources and contact points for you to look into and monitor, if you have not already done so:
- Ensure that you are subscribed to receive communications from DODD. You can do this by clicking subscribe on the bottom of the DODD homepage ( https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/) and selecting what communications you want to receive.
- Check with the local health department of the county(s) in which you provide services to see what the vaccine plans are on a local level. The Lake County General Health District (LCGHD https://www.lcghd.org/ ) has a variety of information available including COVID data, resources, testing and vaccines. Vaccine specific information can be found here: https://www.lcghd.org/2019-novel-coronavirus-ncov/covid-19-vaccination/.
- Contact the pharmacy(s) that supply medication for your individuals and talk to them about any processes that may be in place for vaccinations to be given.
For the most up to date information on COVID-19 and Public Health, please visit the Centers for Disease Control website, the Ohio Department of Health website or call ODH’s Coronavirus line 1-833-4ASKODH (1-833-427-5634).
As COVID-19 evolves, the LCBDD/Deepwood Provider Support department continues to monitor best practices statewide and asks providers to help us target specific information so that we can better understand your needs during this time. In order to do so, we have links to two surveys that we are asking you to complete, as appropriate.
- If you have additional staff that are available and willing to work in residential settings, regardless of their current setting (Adult Day Support, Vocational Habilitation, etc.), please complete this survey: Staff Availability
- If you are looking for additional staff to help during this time, please complete this survey: Staffing Needs Survey
NOTE TO INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS: If you are interested in helping during the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to connect with Providers who are hiring additional staff, please contact County Board Provider Support at (440) 350-5123 or email Samantha.Crookall@lakebdd.org.
Background Check Locations
As of 4.3.20 these locations are open however, due to COVID-19, please call ahead before traveling to any location to verify they are providing fingerprinting services at this time. Review the Background Check Locations List.
Small Business Support
We know you are facing challenging times in this current health crisis. The U.S. Small Business Administration is committed to help bring relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations suffering because of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
On March 27, 2020, President Trump signed into law the CARES Act, which provided additional assistance for small business owners and non-profits, including the opportunity to get up to a $10,000 Advance on an Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). This Advance may be available even if your EIDL application was declined or is still pending, and will be forgiven.
If you wish to apply for the Advance on your EIDL, please visit www.SBA.gov/Disaster as soon as possible to fill out a new, streamlined application. In order to qualify for the Advance, you need to submit this new application even if you previously submitted an EIDL application. Applying for the Advance will not impact the status or slow your existing application.
Also, we encourage you to subscribe to our email updates via www.SBA.gov/Updates and follow us on Twitter at @SBAgov for the latest news on available SBA resources and services. If you need additional assistance, you can find your local SBA office and resource partners at www.SBA.gov/LocalAssistance. If you have questions, you may also call 1-800-659-2955.
Below are various resources to help increase your understanding and preparedness during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
- Coronavirus and PPE Training
- COVID-19 Public Health Webinar Series – This 4-part webinar series, review what is currently known on disability inclusion as it relates to this emerging issue. Each session will be 75-minutes.
- FREE abbreviated DSP Training Curriculum – Developed by OADSP in accordance with DODD’s recent guidance that can be used to quickly onboard new staff during the public health crisis caused by COVID-19. This information is intended to be widely distributed to all providers. OADSP encourages each provider to include their own agency specific information with regard to reporting incidents, along with other agency and client specific information. The training curriculum can be found on the special “DSP Abbreviated Training” tab at oadsp.org.
- DSP Abbreviated Training Webinar – OADSP has published a recorded webinar-style version of this training. Please be sure to provide participants with the supplemental materials that accompany the video, found below the video link. This video may also be used in whole or part to refresh current DSPs on MUIs, UIs, and/or Universal Precautions.
- Handwashing Video with Some Funk
- Teaching Individuals with DD to Wear a Face Mask
- Speaking to Individuals with DD about COVID-19 – Material with pictorial content to help guide discussions about COVID-19 with individuals who have developmental disabilities.
- Health and Welfare Alert DODD – Know the Facts about the COVID-19 Vaccine January 2021
- DODD Well-Informed: COVID-19 and Down’s Syndrome
- Explanation of Adult Day and Vocational Habilitation Model to Return to Services
- Supporting Individuals with DD in Residential Settings
- Return to Services Model for ADS & VH Presentation
- Health and Welfare Alert DODD – Coping with COVID-19 May 2020