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COVID-19 Recommendations for Personal Assistance Services
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMMEDIATE COVID-19 ACTION
THE RIGHTS AND NEEDS OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
WHO USE PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES AND SUPPORTS
THROUGHOUT COVID-19 PLANNING AND RESPONSE
This document provides recommendations for rapid response solutions for federal and state governments to close the real and anticipated gaps in the COVID-19 outbreak and public health emergency-related continuity of operation for people with disabilities, older adults, and people with access and functional needs. Our recommendations include contingency plans for disability and aging services, supports, and programs funded directly with federal or state funds or through federal assistance to state, local, tribal and territorial governments and non-government providers.
These recommendations are provided by the nation's leading experts on the rights and needs of people with disabilities before, during and after disasters, including public health emergencies. Their expertise includes addressing and closing the gaps in sustaining services for a much broader demographic who will also be impacted by disruptions in short and long-term services and supports at home and in community-based, and intermediate and long-term facilities. This includes people with access and functional needs, disabilities, older adults, children, people experiencing homelessness, living in poverty, and people with health and medical needs related and unrelated to COVID-19.
Currently, there is no indication that there is an effort underway to anticipate and meet the personal assistance services (aka personal attendants, direct support professionals, personal care services, formal and informal caregivers) of millions of people who depend on the continuity of their services without disruption. Failing to address these needs will likely result in a need for massive emergency response.
Immediately suspend or waive lengthy and restrictive processes and procedures, and implement rapid response solutions to fill real or anticipated gaps in health, safety, dignity, and independent living services and supports by;
Federal public health and medical resources may be considered or utilized to fill extreme gaps in services. These personnel are typically unfamiliar with the obligations of the government to people with disabilities and older adults living in their own homes and in the community.
These government personnel will need immediate training and technical assistance on self-directed assistance, optimizing health, safety, dignity, and independence as imperatives for maintaining the civil rights of people with disabilities and older adults whether they are at home, in community-based settings, or institutional facilities.
The members of the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies can identify qualified experts to deliver this training and technical assistance.
The government resources that may be under consideration whose staff who will need training include:
Loosening regulations and providing flexibility does not eliminate the obligation to maintain paid services and supports provided by qualified personnel. People with disabilities, older adults, and people with access and functional needs MUST NOT be expected to rely on volunteers and charity organizations as a substitute for the government’s failure to prepare for maintaining continuity of operations and resulting gaps in services.
However, in the absence of planning and adequate resources to meet obligations under federal civil rights laws, non-government resources may be considered by state, county, or local officials. These volunteers MAY be able to provide in-home support if provided with appropriate and inclusive training and Personal Protective Equipment including:
For more information on disability rights and inclusion throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and all public health emergencies and disasters please contact:
215.971.0660 & 570.777.0268