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Several of our schools will be operating entirely remotely until further notice, and several will be reopening soon. View the list of school closings/openings here. (Updated 4/28)

ADAPT's Response to COVID-19

As our community continues to be affected by the COVID-19 outbreak, many of our programs have been affected. We will be keeping this page up-to-date with how our programs are currently operating, and with resources for those affected by the changes. We hope to resume normal operations as soon as is safe.

Vaccine Updates

  • Staff Vaccine Mandate – Please click here to learn about staff vaccine mandate (11/22).
  • We’ve updated our COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ! Click here to see frequently asked questions and answers about the COVID-19 vaccines.
  • The NYC Department of Health has increased eligibility guidelines!
    Getting vaccinated is the best way to protect yourself and others from COVID-19. Click here to review eligibility requirements. You can also find COVID-19 vaccine locations in your area by entering your address.
  • On January 19th, we hosted a live Q&A Webinar about the COVID-19 Vaccine. Hopefully this insight from our medical community can help dispel any confusion or concern about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine. You can view the full hour-long webinar here.
  • Making It Plain: What Black America Needs to Know About COVID-19 and Vaccines. Please check out this insightful video from BlackDoctor.org, where Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett lead a host of top medical professionals as they discuss the vaccine, distribution, and next steps for Black Americans.

Departmental Updates

Education We are continuing to follow the guidance and direction of the Center for Disease Control, the NYS Department of Health, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as well as our oversight agencies (State Education Department and the Department of Education). Click here to view our COVID safety plan (Updated 1/26) >> Click here for updated school closures/reopenings (Updated 4/28) >>
Day Habilitation Adult Day Habilitation Programs are providing full virtual services and in-person services in some locations that have been closely inspected to ensure the safety of those we support. Please check in with your Program director for updates on closures as this is an ever-changing situation. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Project Connect information line (877-827-2666) or email us at ProjectConnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org so we can best support your needs. We are taking applications for Adult Day Program in all boroughs, as well as conducting virtual tours and intakes. For additional information please reach out to Karen Liebman at kliebman@adaptcommunitynetwork.org We continue to follow the guidance and direction of the Center for Disease Control, the NYS Department of Health, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Click here to view our COVID safety plan >>

Family Support ADAPT’s Family Support Department is striving to maintain a high level of continuity and support during these uncertain times. We continue to provide resources and referrals through our Project Connect information line (877-827-2666). Please clearly leave your name and contact information, or email us at ProjectConnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org. A Project Connect Coordinator will get back to you with the support information requested.

We recognize this is an unprecedented time for everyone, and understand how this changing situation impacts the people we support and their families. In response to the current situation, we have implemented new ways to provide support services, which include Telehealth technologies. These precautionary measures have been taken to protect the people we support as well as staff. We are happy to announce we are taking applications for all of our supports and services including home modification, family reimbursement, housing advocacy, Community Habilitation, Independent Living, and Rent Subsidy Service(ISS). The processing time for applications may be extended, but we will update you regularly on the status. Our senior leadership team is continuing to monitor the rapidly evolving situation and quickly respond as conditions change. We are committed to providing the supports and services you depend on.

Healthcare Article 28 Clinic services are currently being provided through Telehealth and telephonic means. Our Primary Care providers have access to our Electronic Medical records, so if you have a medical need during this crisis, they can review your record (including your health history and medications) to best advise and treat you. If you have a medical need, question, or need a refill for your medications, please call your clinic location and follow the telephone prompts. We will do best to call you back within the hour. Our after hour service remains in operation after 5 pm.

Article 16 Clinic clinics are currently providing Mental Health Counseling by Telehealth or Telephonic means. For additional information on how to receive Mental Health Counseling or about any other A16 services, please contact the Treatment Coordinator in your borough.

Article 28 Contacts
BRONX Clinic: (718) 993-3458 (press 2)
BROOKLYN Clinic: 718-436-7600 (press 1)
Article 16 Contacts
Bronx A16: (917) 620-0547
Brooklyn: (718) 344-0358
Manhattan: (718) 344-0358
Staten Island: (718) 541-2818

Residences In our residential locations, we are continuing to follow best practices for infection control measures, routinely cleaning and taking steps necessary to minimize the spread of infection. We are ensuring all our staff have the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), so they remain safe and limit exposure. Our dedicated staff is continuing to support people both in ADAPT’s residential locations as well as those living with family or on their own. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your director or our Project Connect information line (877-827-2666) or email us at ProjectConnect@adaptcommunitynetwork.org so we can best support your needs. We are continuing to follow the guidance and direction of the Center for Disease Control, the NYS Department of Health, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, as well as the Office of Persons with Developmental Disabilities. Thank you for your continued cooperation while we are required to restrict the visitation of all visitors and non-essential health care personnel during this time. Your Program Director will continue to work with you on ways you can stay in touch with your loved one via video conferencing and phone calls. We will continue to evaluate the situation and will remain in contact as the situation evolves. Click here for our updated Visitation Guidelines for Residences >> Click here to read our letter to families about residence visitation and updated OPWDD guidelines (10/30) >>

Recreation In accordance with both New York City (Department of Mental Health and Hygiene) and ADAPT Community Network the Recreation programs are currently closed. The afterschool programs in Manhattan and the Bronx will resume when the Department of Education resumes educational programming.

Both the Saturday Recreation and Friday Night EXPLORE Club Disco programs are currently suspended pending the re-opening of Day Habilitation.

Contacts
Alicia Angevine Director of Recreation Services 347-585-8331 aangevine@adaptcommunitynetwork.org
Carmen Orellana Assistant Director of Recreation Services 646 625 5000 corellana@adaptcommunitynetwork.org

Technology Our Brooklyn and Manhattan TechWorks TRAID centers are currently closed to the public. In order to assist those in need, we are currently working to prepare, clean and sanitize commonly requested pieces of DME and assistive technology in our lending library. We are working on a plan to have items available for pickup to accommodate individuals in emergency situations.

Contact
Phone: (718-436-7979 x 711)
Email:
TechWorks@adaptcommunitynetwork.org

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