Updates June 21-27
One individual supported by CSS was tested and had a negative test result. However, one employee was also tested and that test did come back positive for COVID-19. Nurses and teams continue to closely monitor everyone. CSS has now been over four weeks of no positive cases for individuals and that’s a large part due to the new procedures put into place and to the diligence of all employees at following all protocols.
This week the town halls focused a lot on advocacy. Both Montgomery County and the State of Maryland are making budget decisions that could have a detrimental impact on agencies and staff providing services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. You can still appeal to Governor Hogan this week and advocate for Maryland to keep the 4% mandate that is in the state budget. More information can be found at the end of this email.
This week a new Visitation Policy was issued. We continue to monitor the spread and recovery phases of COVID-19 in the state and Montgomery County. To date, CSS has not received any specific guidance from the state or the DDA as to when and how congregate living settings like the residences can allow visitors. We continue to take caution in order to help protect and prevent any negative outcomes. You can find the full document here: https://mcusercontent.com/6f38916cd33142064149d80ee/files/e7354976-1064-4195-b0d0-32ed5b4d87f7/CSS_Visitation_Policy_Update_June_24_2020.pdf
This past week our Virtual Programming added some new classes! We’ve expanded the Food for Thought series from Janice Goldschmidt. You can now join her on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Fridays. And we added additional fitness classes with another day of the very popular Zamdance and a Tuesday and Thursday Spirit Club Fitness. Starting this coming week we will also be adding another Music Appreciation group which you can find on Mondays at 10:30.
Cheyenne Frenz, the Clinical Director of Children’s Services announced that we received a grant for supplies for the summer program. This funding will provide individual Summer Camp kits since this summer will see a divided camp program and each participant will need their own individual supplies.
Travis Broaddus, the Assistant Director of Children’s Services and Keisha Johnstone, the Special Education Residential Teacher updated us on some summer activities. The Marcia D Smith school will resume on July 1st as students begin the Extended School Year. However, the residential education program has no days off and is implementing different weekly themes. This past week the theme was, “Family is Love” and students sent projects home to their families.
Day Services is consistently seeing above 90% attendance and in addition to the virtual schedule CSS is providing direct support services in the home and community. Currently there are twenty-nine schedules running with direct supports and the schedules continue to increase. These schedules are the ones that are the most effective. The schedules do run Sunday through Saturday and the hours for the individual schedules are dependent upon individual and family needs.
Five teams were recognized this week during our daily town hall virtual meetings. These spotlights feature the hard work that everyone has done over the last two months as we have had to adapt and change how services are provided while ensuring that everyone’s safety is at the forefront. We visited with Copley, Dalton, Cabin Branch, Longford Glen and Waterslanding. All of the teams featured enjoyed a pizza lunch and received personalized cards thanking them for their teamwork and outstanding care during this crisis.
Tell Governor Hogan that Maryland cannot make any budget cuts that will affect those with developmental disabilities. The Board of Public Works will be meeting on July 1st and they need to OPPOSE ANY CUTS to services for people with developmental disabilities. Maryland's budget shortfall cannot be fixed at the expense of DD Funding.
Governor Hogan : https://governor.maryland.gov/contact-the-governor/
Comptroller Peter Franchot : firstname.lastname@example.org
State Treasurer Nancy Kopp : Treasurer@treasurer.state.md.us
The DD Supplement is at Risk
Montgomery County Government has asked all departments and agencies to reduce spending in their upcoming budget and the Director of DHHS will be making decisions this week. Write letters now to let decisions makers know that the DD Supplement is not a negotiable line item.
FACE Meeting on July 7th!
The next parent FACE Meeting is scheduled for July 7th at 7:30 pm. It will be hosted virtually on Zoom and if you would like to attend you may join it here:
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County Virtual Recreation Opportunities
The Montgomery County Recreation Department is an upcoming event that you might enjoy, be sure to put this on your calendar!
Tuesday, June 30 5-6pm: ADA30 Celebration Kickoff Dance Party
Join us as we kick off our celebration of the Americans with Disabilities Act
Guest speakers, family fun, Swag bag raffles in partnership with M-NCPPC
Countywide Programs invites you to
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Have You Completed This Year’s Survey?
The Annual Satisfaction Surveys have been emailed. If you haven’t completed it yet, you can find it here: https://tinyurl.com/CSS-Survey2020.
Weekly Virtual Activity Schedule
Online Group Schedules and descriptions are attached.
Please discuss individual schedules with the case manager.
Enjoy your weekend and we hope to see you this week.