Coronavirus Guidance for Members

    The NY Alliance is actively monitoring information and guidance from leading agencies and experts, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). 

    We are also monitoring and providing you information from the NYS Department of Health with regard to policies and necessary actions in New York State, as well as any potential guidance from NYS OPWDD, OMH, OASAS, CMS and other sources. Please note, the NY Alliance is providing this information as a public service. Reference to specific information does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation by the NY Alliance.

    New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
    Coronavirus Guidance for OPWDD Service Providers
    - Community Habilitation, Day Program Suspension, DSPs Deemed Essential Employees, Employee Time and Attendance, Essential Businesses, Family Care, Health Homes, Intermediate Care Facilities, IRA's Community Residences and Private Schools, Large Gatherings and Public Spaces, No Visitors Poster, Quarantine and Isolation Measures, Site Visits, Telehealth, Training & Recertification, Billing for Day Services, Community Outings & Home Visits

    PPE: Emergency Operations Centers Contact Information (For Providers needing personal protective equipment supplies)
    NEW YORK CITY: Personal Protective Equipment Supplies Request Form - Email to: [email protected]

    New York State Department of Health (DOH)
    Information for Providers

    General Information and Updates

    NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene Guidance Documents
    Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19) Home Visit Considerations for Staff of Organizations that Provide Services that Necessitate Prolonged, Close Contact

    CDC Guidance Document: Update and Interim Guidance on Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019

    DOHMH Preamble to CDC Guidance

    Price Gouging Consumer Complaints
    The NYS DOH has a hotline (1-800-697-1220) or consumer complaint form to report unfair price increases of products such as household cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

    New York Housing Resource Center (NYHRC) Resources
    The NYHRC has developed a list of helpful resources for people we support who live in the community and who are employed, have been laid off and have no income. Resources include information on: stimulus package & SSI participants, unemployment guides, food locators and SNAP, EITC, ISS, mental health.

    Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation Trainings & Discussions
    The Regional Centers for Workforce Transformation (RCWT) has begun a series of online learning and discussion sessions for connecting with the workforce during this time of crisis. All providers of services to people with disabilities are encouraged to attend these trainings and discussions.

    Managed Care Community of Practice Compendium
    In order to make your search for up-to-date information simpler, the Managed Care Community of Practice (MC-COP) have compiled all official COVID-19 guidance and resources released to date. This page will be updated to include timely information as the crisis evolves.

    NY Alliance Updates to Members: The NY Alliance is continuing to update members in real-time as new information is received. If you are a NY Alliance member and would like to receive this information directly, please email [email protected].

    April 7 - Face Shields - PPE Available, State Education Department - Regents Exam Guidance, Fox 5 Interview - Bill Guarinello, Executive Order 202.14, Payroll Protection Program - Small Business Administration Loan

    April 6Appendix K/1135 Waiver, Emergency Response Template, OPWDD List of Non-Residential Providers, PPE Availability, CARES Act - PPP, Article on COVID-19, DOH PPE Guidance, NYS Budget, SSI Benefits and CARES Act Stimulus, Hospital Visitation Guidance - Forthcoming

    April 3 - Appendix K/1135 Waiver, Temporary Emergency Residential Capacity, Hospital Visitation, Incident Report and Management Application (IRMA), NYS Budget

    April 2 - Update Guidance from OPWDD (Return to Work, Home Isolation Release, Training and Recertification), NYS Budget Update, Social Security Payments, ACCES VR VR-370 Reports, Open Future Learning

    April 1 - Appendix K/1135 Waiver & Other Updates, MC COP Guidance Compendium, Small Business Administration - Manatt Webinar, DOH Telehealth Frequently Asked Questions, UI FAQ from CareDesign, Updated Return to Work Guidance, NY Alliance Webinar - Covid-19 Experiences from Providers for Providers, NYS Budget Update

    All March 2020 Updates

    Paid Family Leave & FMLA Resources
    Employment Law & COVID-19 Webinar on March 26 - Presented by Shepard Mullin

    SEMP Billing During COVID-19
    Webinar on March 27
    - Presented by NYS APSE, NY Alliance, CHSE, DDAWNY, CP of NYS, IAC, The Arc New York & Dowling Law PLLC
    Download Powerpoint

    COVID-19 Experiences from Providers for Providers
    Webinar on April 1 - Presented by AABR, FREE & Liberty Arc
    Download AABRs Powerpoint

    CARES Act: What You Need to Know
    Webinar on April 8 - Presented by the Small Business Administration & Great Tie Consulting
    Small Business Administration Payroll Protection Program (PPP) FAQ Document

    MC COP / OPWDD Guidance Webinars
    Day Services Guidance and Implementation During the COVID-19 State of Emergency - On Tuesday, March 24th, OPWDD hosted a webinar focused on Day Services Guidance and Implementation, including a focus on the closure template details and billing allowances/options.

    General Overview of Comprehensive COVID-19 Response for I/DD Providers - On Monday, March 23rd, OPWDD hosted a webinar to provide an overview of the provider guidance. A comprehensive list of Coronavirus Guidance for OPWDD Service Providers is available here.

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    HCP Use of Homemade Facemasks:
     In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.
    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Risk Assessment and Public Health Management Decision Making
    Information and Guidance
    Information for Communities, Schools and Businesses
    Workplace, School and Home Guidance

    World Health Organization (WHO)
    VIDEO: Novel Coronavirus
    Latest Updates
    Advice for the Public
    Q & A

    For Families and Self-Advocates
    This easy to read booklet about the Coronavirus is from SARTAC. It is in English and Spanish. It was written by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on "need to know" information (not "nice to know" information). Please share it widely. Our goal is to keep people with disabilities healthy during this national crisis. (Created by the Self Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center)

    Coronavirus Coping Strategies

    “Fatal Five Fundamentals: Infections” VideoA free 22min training video on “Infections”, taken from our Fatal Five eLearn series on the topic. We have removed all the knowledge checks and testing and kept it strictly to information. Good information for anyone/everyone. 

    Dowling Law PLLC Resources
    Newsletter Sign-Up
    March 23 Newsletter - Families First Coronavirus Response Act

    For DSPs
    Webinar - The Role of the DSP and Coronavirus - Recorded webinar offered by NADSP

    COVID-19 Toolkit for DSPs - NADSP & ANCOR

    Self-Care for DSPs in a Crisis - The National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has created an important webinar targeted to help direct support professionals understand their value and offer them some practical ideas to use for their own self-care during this crisis.

    The Coronavirus Explained & What You Should Do VideoWhat actually happens when it infects a human and what should we all do?

    Preparing for Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Influenza: Free Online Training & Resources
    Relias is offering free, unlimited access to relevant resources to help healthcare professionals and individuals prepare and prevent the spread of infection.