Updates June 28th - July 4th

Happy Independence Day!  We hope everyone finds a way to enjoy the weekend despite these challenging times. Individuals living in residences supported by CSS are having a special meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, pasta salad with veggies this weekend to celebrate. 
Updates on a variety of topics are below:
COVID Update
This week, no individuals supported by CSS showed any symptoms and no tests are pending. Nurses and teams continue to closely monitor everyone. It has now been over five weeks with no positive cases for individuals at CSS, and that’s in large part due to the new procedures we have put into place and the diligence of all employees in following all protocols. 
Advocacy Update
Thanks to everyone who reached out to Governor Hogan, Comptroller Peter Franchot, and State Treasurer Nancy Kopp, the Board of Public Works decided to make no budget cuts to the Developmental Disability Administration during their meeting this week.  This is very good news, however this is only a temporary “win.” Governor Hogan indicated that he intends to submit over $700 million in budget cuts via legislation for the General Assembly to consider in January, including the elimination of our 4% rate increase for FY21.  Since those cuts would be for the current fiscal year, they have the potential to be retroactive.  Great job making our voices heard and we have more advocating in our future. 
Updates from CSS’s Town Halls This Week

  • Craig Roberts, the Director of Adult Recreation Services gave us a taste of two classes. We met with Rakir and Brenton and learned a little about two destinations in the Carribean and Thelina showed us a picture of the Maid in the Mists at Niagara Falls. 
  • Angela Moulongo-Boussoukou, the Assistant Director of Community Life Services updated everyone about the knitting activities and we learned that sixteen residences now rotate through this activity throughout the week. Cindy Meredith, an Education Specialist has adapted different knitting activities to best suit every individual’s skill level
  • Alexandra Warren, the Director of Children Services, shared that virtual programs will continue over the summer and informed everyone that the school is surveying the families regarding options on how the school can offer in the fall.  The school staff is staying in touch with everyone during the summer break, and they are planning ice cream socials at the residences where the students live.
  • Cheyenne Frenz, the Clinical Director of Children’s Services shared that the Children’s Program continues to offer virtual and in person support and grow and adapt their services.
  • 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. The schedules 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 Patton Ridge, Ridge, Basil Place, Quail Valley and Clubhill. All of the teams featured enjoyed a pizza lunch and received personalized cards thanking them for their teamwork and outstanding care during this crisis.  

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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Meeting ID: 854 0326 1421
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Last Chance to Complete This Year’s Survey! 
The Annual Satisfaction Surveys have been emailed. If you haven’t completed it yet, you can find it here: 
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.

12:30 Town Hall

or call in:

     +1 301 715 8592 Meeting ID:
230 466 116

4:30 Town Hall

or call in:

+1 301 715 8592 US
 Meeting ID:
788 704 612

Previous Town Halls
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