We Build on Abilities
December 2020 Newsletter
Make Difference For People With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
As DDRC faces the ongoing challenges of COVID-19 and budget cuts, our supporters continue to help us meet our mission and serve our community. Thank you for supporting DDRC if you are able to do so this year. Your gifts are the reason DDRC can minimize impact to services.

Please consider a gift via Colorado Gives Day on December 8 by going to the link below on the ColoradoGives.org site, then click “Donate” at the top of the landing page. Gifts to DDRC through Colorado Gives Day are amplified by an incentive fund made possible by the generosity of Community First Foundation, FirstBank and other groups.
Schedule your gift today
and it will process December 8. https://www.coloradogives.org/DDRC/overview
New Public Health Order and Requirements Affect
DDRC Operations
DDRC continues to prioritize the health and safety of the people we serve and our staff and we continue to practice prudent health precautions in our operations.

In November, due to increasing COVID infection rates and community spread, Colorado Governor Polis issued a new public health order that affects DDRC operations. The order specifies more restrictive occupancy rates of offices and other buildings based upon the size of the facilities. We have communicated these requirements to our staff to help ensure we are following these orders. In addition, there is a new guidance that requires that DDRC staff and others who interface with individuals who we serve in our group residential settings must be tested and monitored for COVID twice a week. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing DDRC the appropriate test kits and assessments to help ensure effective monitoring. We thank the individuals and families that we serve for their understanding in these matters and we are grateful to our DDRC staff for their continued attention and cooperation in following these public health orders.

The Governor has also established a new, COVID-19 “dial” alert level, a level purple, to indicate “stay at home,” and a restructured red level to indicate “severe risk.” See https://covid19.colorado.gov/covid-19-dial. Find the Governor's Public Health Order 20-36 at https://covid19.colorado.gov/public-health-executive-orders.
Learn How to Motivate Positive Behavior - Free Virtual Webinar Dec. 8 - 9 
Getting cooperation from someone you care for or work with can sometimes be a struggle, but the right approach can help. DDRC’s Behavioral Health Team (BHT) is hosting a free, online Zoom session to help attendees learn how to motivate positive behavior from family members, students and those they support. The concepts and examples are applicable to many ages and settings. Additionally, participants will have some opportunity to ask questions relevant to specific situations they may face. The class is based on practices of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Part 1 of the webinar will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 8, from 9 a.m.- noon and Part 2 will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9 , from 9 a.m.- noon. Attendance in the first session is needed in order to enroll in the second session. Advance registration is required by emailing your name and phone number to Zachary.Maple@ddrcco.com. 
Public Comment Invited On Changes To HCBS Waivers - Deadline Dec. 11
The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) invites you to comment on proposed amendments to various Home and Community Based Services (waivers), including the waivers relating to:
·      Developmental Disabilities (DD)
·      Supported Living Services (SLS)
·      Elderly, Blind and Disabled (EBD)
·      Persons with Brian Injury (BI)
·      Community Mental Health Supports ( CMHS)
·      Persons with Spinal Cord Injury ( SCI)

View a full draft of the proposed waiver amendments at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/hcpf/hcbs-waiver-transition.You may also obtain an electronic copy of these proposed amendments by calling 303.866.3684, but please do so as soon as possible to ensure adequate time to return your comments.
The public comment period ends December 11, 2020. HCPF intends to submit the amendments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on December 14, 2020, with a requested date to make the amendments effective as of March 10, 2021.

Submit your comments by December 11 by calling 303.866.3684, by fax to 303.866.2786 (noting “Attention HCBS Waiver Amendments”), or by email to HCPF_LTSS.PublicComment@state.co.us.
Funding Now Available for Disability Related Needs 
DDRC’s Family Support Services Program (FSSP) has funding available for disability related needs. The funding is available now through June 30, 2021. Start today to request funding by completing a Most-In-Need Assessment (MIN) form. Contact your Resource Coordinator, call 303-462-6576 to request the form, or go to https://ddrcco.com/accessing-services/family-support-services.

DDRC’s Family Support Services Program is intended to provide a variety of services and supports which are related to the person’s disability and are above and beyond typical child rearing or daily living expenses. Families are eligible for funds if they have a family member with a developmental delay or disability living in the family home and based on their input to the Most-In-Need Assessment.
Influence Advocacy By Sharing Your Input This December
The experiences and needs of Coloradans with intellectual or developmental disabilities are important to understand. The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council is asking for help from self-advocates, families, colleagues and everyone in their networks to identify the most important unmet needs affecting their lives. Share your input by taking a short 12-question survey. Your time is appreciated and your opinions and experiences matter.

The Council will use the information you and others share to determine what to advocate for and work toward through 2026. Please take a couple of minutes this December to shape advocacy for the next five years.

The survey is available in English and Spanish. Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word about the opportunity to influence positive change.
COVID-19 Test Site Information- New Sites
Options for getting a COVID-19 test if you have been exposed to COVID or are experiencing symptoms include calling your own health care provider or seeking a community testing site after confirming testing availability on any given day.

In Jefferson County, tests are offered at the Jeffco Fairgrounds, at the Stride Community Health Center at the Jeffco Stadium (303-360-6276) and via the “Curative” Mobile Van that makes stops in Conifer, Evergreen, Bailey, Idaho Springs, Larkspur and Sedalia. More information here.

Testing information s is found on county health department web sites:
Help Stop The Spread Of COVID With These Phone Alerts 
Now you can use your iPhone or Android phone to receive notifications if you’ve likely been exposed to COVID-19, allowing you to reduce risk for your loved ones, seek timely medical attention and stay home. If another phone user who has signed up has been near you and tests positive for COVID-19 within a 14-day period, the alert service will notify you. If you test positive, you can easily and anonymously notify others via this alert system to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Sign up for this free and voluntary service at https://www.addyourphone.com/
COVID -19 Resources
COVID-19 Testing Background Info - from Federal, State and Local Authorities
211 Colorado - Help and Resources
Colorado help lines: call CO-Help at 303-389-1687 or 1-877-462-2911 or email COHELP@RMPDC.org, for answers in English and Spanish.
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