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What's New From The State

Plans had to be changed for the 2020 conference. Due to the current state of emergency throughout New York State the possibility that we would not be able to hold this year's conference forced some tough decisions. All the membership looks forward to the annual conference and this is the first time for a situation like this. We may be able to have other presentations that fit the times we are in now. See conference page for more information. Be on the watch for more details.   

What's New From The Zones?

Zones have had to delay regular meetings but plan to get back to them as soon as possible. Sharing info during this difficult time is even more important. If you want a link to the google chat line please contact Edie, Trish or information Hopefully zone meetings can restart as soon as we are notified from the state that gatherings can resume.       

What's New From OPWDD?

Information has been coming out as things become known on the COVID 19 situation. If you have not received these directives please check with your supervisor or visit the OPWDD website. Guidelines have been given to provide protocols for care, visitors, PPE and many other topics.  Allowances have been made for trainings, particularly a shortened med course. Extensions are allowed for AMAP recertification and new employee TB testing. This is to minimize need for face to face contact for improved infection control.

What's New From Our Members?

OFFICERS Officers for 2020. Edie Smith-President; Mary Jean Keegan-President Elect; Martin Gleeson-Corresponding Secretary; Carol Kruegar-Recording Secretary; Karen Jarvis-Treasurer. We had some members express interest in being involved on the zone or state level which is great to hear. New people can share new viewpoints.  Some have tried the abbreviated med course to provide AMAP's to fill needs while we are under the COVID 19 restrictions.        

What's New From In The News?

Everyone waits to see what will help and be the appropriate treatment for COVID 19 symptoms. Some have tested positive without symptoms. Residence of ID/DD facilities have been seen to be susceptible to COVID 19 and all staff are paying close attention for any concerns . Different companies are hard at work to get a vaccine through trials.  On another front-news states that a flu vaccine to last more than one season is close to approval. 

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