COVID-19 News & Updates
Dear Family Member and Community,
We continue vigilant efforts to minimize the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) . We are working closely with The Office for People With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) who is directing actions related to operations in OPWDD programs. The most recent guidance from OPWDD required that effective 5pm on 3/25/20 all individual community outings and home visits be suspended for people living in ICF’s, IRA’s, CR’s and Private Schools.
This is a very difficult time for all the people we support and all of our families. We are committed to working with you to provide opportunities to visit using Computers, iPad, and other smart devices capable of video chat, Skype, Zoom, etc. If you require assistance in order to access equipment, please advise your family members program and we will do everything possible to support getting equipment to help you maintain visits via video chat and other media.
We do know that some families will choose to take their family member home during this time. This is completely understandable and we will support you through this transition. If you do take opt to take your family member home you will need to do so for the remainder of the COVID-19 restriction. This is the directive of OPWDD and is being implemented to reduce exposure to other vulnerable persons that may reside in the home. OPWDD has advised that families that take their family member on an extended home leave during this period of restriction will face no loss of bed due to the time out of the residence.
OPWDD recognizes that the temporary loss of residential services or restrictions and the ability of individuals to have community outings is a significant hardship for the individual and their family. It is OPWDD’s goal and our goal to ensure we are providing for the protection of the health and safety of all individuals, families and staff. These restrictions will be lifted as soon as possible. You can continue to visit our website here for the latest updates and the OPWDD website for information pertaining to OPWDD guidance on actions surrounding COVID-19
Geno DeCondo Kathy Klosner
Executive Director Chief Program Officer
Upstate Cerebral Palsy Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Latest News and Closures (Updated 3/20/20)
We are committed to ensuring the health and safety of our staff and those we support - we continue to monitor the evolving situation and all relevant guidance, including Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local regulatory agencies, which informs program closures. We will continue to communicate with our staff, those we serve and the community at large about the operating status of our essential programs - most recent updates will be posted here on our website and our Facebook.
Program specific COVID-19 statements and procedures are listed below in alphabetical order by program.
Community Health and Behavioral Services (CHBS) Clinics: Community Health and Behavioral Services (CHBS) clinics in Utica and Rome remain open during our usual operational hours. However, we strongly encourage the use of our temporary telephone care services – appointments can be made by calling 315-798-8868 (Utica) or 315-337-0773 (Rome).
If you come in person, to ensure the health and safety of others:
1. You will be asked COVID-19 screening questions
2. If you are an adult, we are not allowing guests to accompany you to your appointments
3. You will be required to wear a facemask
Day Habilitation Programs: Day Habilitation programs are temporarily suspended. Staff will continue to report to their assigned work site.
Education Programs: All school programs at Upstate Cerebral Palsy are closed until April 14th, 2020 in accordance with the County guidelines. Programming on our Education campus continues only for those that live with us, residentially, and the daycare program, in accordance with all regulatory directives.
Pre-Vocational Programs: Pre-Vocational Programs are temporarily suspended. Staff will continue to report to their assigned work site.
Residential Programs: Notice to families about temporary suspension of visitation activities here.