Champlain Community Services (CCS) leadership (our management staff and Board) continues to work hard to protect the health and safety of the people we serve, and of our staff. We support a coordinated community response during this unprecedented health emergency, even as we develop, test, and monitor protocols for a return to more “in-person” services.
CCS has remained open and delivering services from the onset of the crisis. We have worked diligently and creatively to continue to deliver essential, person-centered supports prioritizing the needs, health and safety of our consumers while maximizing the health and wellness of our staff and community.
CCS transitioned to primarily remote service delivery and virtual meetings, but as essential workers our Direct Support Professionals have delivered and continue to deliver.
While we roll out more in-person supports, we recognize this remains a “fluid” public health emergency. As such, our response remains a work in progress as far as details (many outlined in documents an updates below), but our direction and commitment remain clear.
We are monitoring and complying with emergency recommendations and protocols from federal, state and local government and health care officials and we refine in-house protocols and procedures based on these guidelines and our own experiences. We’ll continue to emphasize maximizing the health and safety of everyone associated with CCS and our community.
We will continue providing regular updates and offering links to important information on this page.
CCS RESPONSE TO COVID-19
- General Return to Direct Support Work Guidelines
- CCS Coronavirus/COVID-19 Response Plan
- Planning for increasing threat levels
- CCS building entry pre-screening protocol
- Transition to Direct Services Plan
Updates from our Executive Director
- From the Director (LATEST): Update 1/14 at 4:24 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 1/13 at 10:09 a.m.
- From the Director: Update 1/06 at 7:44 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 12/09 at 10:50 a.m.
- From the Director: Update 12/04 at 1:45 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 12/01 at 9:59 a.m.
- From the Director: Update 11/24 at 3:06 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 11/20 at 3:09 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 11/19 at 6:01 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 11/13 at 5:41 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 11/03 at 4:24 p.m.
- From the Director: Update 11/02 at 7:02 p.m.
- Earlier posts: (see archived posts here)
State of Vermont Resource Sites
- Vermont Dept. of Health COVID-19 response
- Dept. of Disabilities, Aging & Independent Living (DAIL) COVID-19 webpage
- VT Mental Health & Developmental Services: General Guidance and COVID-19 FAQs
- VT DAIL Memo to providers of home-based supports
- VT DAIL Recommended Precautions for Caregivers
- VT DAIL COVID-19 Guidance to Independent Employers & their Employees
- Vermont agency of Human Services Preventing and Addressing Burnout during COVID-19
GMSA Self-Advocates Tool Kit
The Coronavirus or COVID-19 is changing our lives in many ways for a while. As of March 9, 2020, Green Mountain Self-Advocates (GMSA) has been co-hosting three zoom meetings a week. In response to our conversations we have created this toolkit about the Coronavirus. It focuses on “need to know” information. Our goal is for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have plain language information during this national crisis.
Links to important additional information
- COVID-19 Precautions for Caregivers
- Guidance on using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Mask wearing 101: How to use and re-use a mask
- Social Distancing Poster
- Plain language info. COVID-19 (English)
- Plain language info. COV/ID-19 (Spanish)
- Helping Families Cope: Parent/Caregiver Guide
- Sustaining well-being for healthcare staff
- Webinar for DSP on COVID-19 risks and protocols
Resources to stay connected with the world while sheltering at home:
- The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections: the list compiled by MCN!
- Staff Connection Stuff: the list we made together!
- CCS Staff Facebook Group
- Employee Assistance Program, Invest EAP