Dear PRI Partners,
With this post, we want to give everyone an update on where PRI is at related to the further expansion of facility–based in-person services along with a few other updates.
As shared in our last update, recent changes from DHS (Department of Human Services) expanded in-person DTH (Day Training and Habilitation) services to include those individuals who live in group homes (or congregate settings). Based on data, including the sustained drop in COVID cases in group homes, in-person facility-based services are now an option. This adds to the guidelines issued in June which gave this access to individuals who live with their family or in their own home. Based on DHS guidance our capacity to serve individuals is still limited to only serving up to 50% of our previous licensed capacity of individuals and in groups of 10 individuals or less.
On Monday (August 3), we will begin to welcome individuals who live in group homes into our facilities. Over the last couple of weeks, we had individual conversations to discuss each person’s situation and if a return to in-person services is a fit at this time. Please know that it is still a person’s choice if they desire to return to services at this time and we will respect everyone’s choice. If you live in a group home and did not hear from us, please contact your PRI Program Director or Designated Coordinator.
In addition to resuming limited in-person facility-based DTH services, we continue to provide and expand all service areas. These include virtual and in-person employment support services to clients employed in essential jobs and virtual DTH services. In addition, on Monday we are also beginning to provide transportation services again. If at any time you are interested in accessing any of these services please reach out to your PRI Program Director or Designated Coordinator.
During this time, and for the indefinite future, we continue to update our pandemic plan and processes to meet required guidelines and the changing landscape as the pandemic progresses. We have finalized a few changes to the plan and it is posted here. The areas that were updated include:
- Signs & Symptoms list updated with current CDC list of symptoms.
- Updated timelines for how long a person needs to remain out when COVID-19 symptoms are present.
- Updates regarding 2-Phase Approach to reopening
- Face Covering requirement and exceptions
- Community Activities outside of PRI service sites will be limited to outdoor settings
- PRI’s Contracted Transportation Expectations
You can see a summary of these changes here. And as changes occur, we will continue to keep the most recent copy on our website. In addition to regular training and reminders about this, when there are significant changes that affect clients served, we will communicate those changes in addition to posting a revision of the plan on our website.
Thank you for your understanding and patience with these sudden changes. We know that changes will continue to impact our services and ultimately impact our clients. With the expansion of choice for in-person services, we are excited to see and experience more positive impacts. Please continue to reach out to us with questions. Please stay well.
From ALL of us at PRI, we miss you and look forward to when we can see ALL of you.