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VOLUME 18: MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 2021

COVID-19 VACCINATION INFORMATION AND RESOURCES

OPWDD FLYERS AND VIDEO
As you are likely aware, the first doses of the long-awaited vaccine against COVID-19 have made their way to New York State.  OPWDD has provided many resources of information for the people we support, their loved ones and staff members. You can find some of these resources at OPWDD website and a video about the vaccine here along with a plain language FAQ found here 

ASSESSMENT TRAINING FOR CLINICAL
A training entitled Assessment of Ability to Provide Consent for the COVID-19 Vaccine is available in the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS).

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure timely access to the COVID-19 vaccine, this online training course is being shared as a resource for clinical and administrative staff in order to provide guidance on consent needs and related capacity to consent assessment.

 How to register: You can register for the training in the Statewide Learning Management System (SLMS). If you need to create an account, instructions can be found on our website or by selecting this link: Create SLMS Account. If you already have an account, click the following link to enroll (sign in required):OPWDD-EL-InformedConsent. If you have any questions accessing this course, please email Talent Development and Training at: talentdevelopment@opwdd.ny.gov

EMERGENCY REGULATION 
OPWDD instituted an emergency regulation allowing informed consent to be obtained for those persons who are residents of a facility operated or certified by OPWDD, before going to a Shared Decision Making Committee, as described in the ADM found here.


LEVEL OF SUPERVISION, UPDATED OPWDD ADM 

OPWDD has updated the LOS regulations, and has provided several resources.  These resources have been provided here for your reference. 
LOS ADM can be found  here
LOS ADM FAQ can be found here.
Individualized LOS Scatterplot template can be found here.
Individualized Supervision Across Settings can be found here.
LOS Training powerpoint can be found here
Setting Environment  Supervision Grid can be found here.  

The recording of the OPWDD training on this topic can be viewed on the SLMS site.


PERSON CENTERED SERVICES, MOVE TO NEW EHR

Earlier this month, Person Centered Services made the decision to move to a new Electronic Health Records vendor that we think will better suit our needs, and ultimately enhance our ability to deliver on our mission for the people we support.  It is extremely early in the process, but we see the potential to “go live” with the new system later in 2021.  The transition process does not impact agency providers at all, and it’s not expected that documents or information (such as Life Plans) from the new system will be any different from today. If we see potential for any impact on providers in the future (such as portal availability), we will update providers as soon as that information is available.
 

MAS TOOL 

At this time, Person Centered Services' Care Coordinators will be using the MAS (Monitoring And Assessment) tool as it is needed to support people during the pandemic, but is not required at this time.


CARE COORDINATION E-VISORY

Have you signed up for the Care Coordination E-visory yet?  Relevant information is shared from OPWDD thru this communication, sign up here.

FLU SHOT & COVID-19

Click here to view the statement from the OPWDD Commissioner regarding the importance of the flu vaccine during COVID for the individuals we serve. 
We are hosting a monthly webinar series called "Hot Topics" geared toward individuals and families. Each month focuses on a different issue that affects the people we serve. Please click here to access the most recent information and register. 
Please forward this newsletter to all who are impacted by this information. Please forward this newsletter to all who are impacted by this information.

KRISTIN RHODES

Provider Relations Manager
560 Delaware Ave, Suite 400, Buffalo, NY 14202
p:716-324-5100
krhodes@personcenteredservices.com

 
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