COVID 19/Coronavirus Resources & Information for our Community
At this time, our community is facing a unique public health situation that is making all of us have to rethink how we go about our daily lives. At ELARC, we are here to support our community while ensuring we are following the guidance and direction of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), and state and local health departments. At this time, ELARC is open during our regular business hours at both our Alhambra and Whittier offices. This may change based on the changing circumstances of this public health event. ELARC will make information available regarding any changes to our operations via this website as well as via Facebook and Twitter. You may call ELARC anytime at (626) 299-4700. Our business hours are 7:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. However, individuals may call this number anytime 24 hours a day/ 7 days a week. ELARC does have a 24 hour on call service in the event of an urgent, not 911 level emergency, situation.
Our priority is the protection of the health and safety of every person we support. Whether staff, individuals we serve, their families, our service providers, or our community partners, please stay home if you are sick. Please remember to wash your hands regularly, cover your mouth when sneezing or coughing, and wash your hands again.
DDS recognizes that the current COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic has created the need for regional centers to be flexible in order to support the individuals they serve for their safety as well as the safety of the general population. Therefore DDS has waived certain requirements of the Lanterman Act and the California Early Intervention Act and/or certain provisions of Title 17 of the California Code of Regulations.
What does this mean? It means that ELARC may be doing business a little different than usual during these unusual times. For example, Service Coordinators will ask consumers and families if they would rather have a phone meeting instead of a face to face meeting. Read the directive regarding Requirements Waived here. As of March 18, 2020, DDS issued a new directive regarding additional requirements waived. Read the directive regarding Requirements Waived, Additional Guidance here. Also, DDS issued another directive on March 18, 2020 that relates to Regional Center staff who have to provide monitoring visits to certain settings where people live or are served. Read the Guidance for Regional Center Monitoring Staff here.
For our service providers, there is a specific directive regarding keeping individuals with compromised immune systems, those at higher risk of respiratory illness, and those in specialized residential settings at home at this time. ELARC has been and will continue to be in communication with our providers on this matter. Read the directive regarding Day Services for Consumers at High Risk for Serious Illness due to COVID-19 here. Also, Community Care Licensing issued a directive intended to increase the availability of Direct Support Professionals in licensed care on March 18, 2020: View the directive here.
Additionally, due to the state of emergency statewide, regional center will pay vendors for absences that are the direct result of the COVID-19 outbreak in California. Read the directive regarding the State of Emergency Statewide here
ELARC has either cancelled, postponed, or adapted all of our public meetings and training events through April. Please check our Calendar page as to the status of any meeting or training you may have planned on attending.
INFORMATION AND RESOURCES
The Department of Developmental Services has updated information on COVID-19/Coronavirus at https://www.dds.ca.gov/corona-virus-information-and-resources/
Updated information on COVID-19/Coronavirus in our community can be found at the websites of our local Southern California Public Health Departments:
- Los Angeles County Public Health at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov
- Pasadena Public Health at https://www.cityofpasadena.net/public-health/
Other Important Resources
Resources for People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
- DVU:Resources and Recommendations for People with Developmental Disabilities and their Families
- Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center
Resources for Providers
- California Department of Social Services (CDSS) Community Care Licensing Division Provider Information Notices, Adult and Senior Care (ASC) Program
- California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Center for Health Care Quality All Facilities Letters
N-95 Mask - Instructions/Information on the fit and use of N 95 masks are available on:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- PDF Instruction Manual
- Shelf Life of N95 Masks
This situation is evolving so check back with us. We look forward to returning to “business as usual” soon and meanwhile, take care of yourself and your loved ones.