National Survey on Institutionalization in the Wake of COVID-19
Territories we received responses: U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Territories without responses: Guam, Northern Marianas, American Samoa.
Between April 20th and May 1st, The Partnership sent a survey to Centers for Independent Living, Protection and Advocacy agencies, advocates and organizations to obtain a national snapshot about disability advocacy and congregate settings during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
|108||Total number of responses to the survey.|
National Distribution of Responses
|State||Number of respondents||State||Number of respondents|
|Illinois||8||US Virgin Islands||1|
|Illinois & Iowa||1||Virginia||1|
|77%||84 respondents say their organization help people with disabilities leave nursing homes, congregate facilities, or other institutional settings.|
|Respondents say their organization works directly with children and/or disabled adults, including older adults, in congregate settings.||91|
|58||Centers for Independent Living responded.|
|Disability Advocacy Groups responded.||13|
|50%||Of respondents do not know how many people are in nursing homes or other congregate facilities in their state.|
|State Independent Living Councils Responded||7|
|73||67.6% of respondents assist individuals with Home Transition through a Center for Independent Living|
- 19 respondents said their state HAD REPORTED COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes and other congregate facilities prior to the April 19th, Health and Human Services (HHS) order to report to the Center for Disease Control.
- 20 respondents said their state HAD NOT REPORTED COVID-19 cases and deaths in nursing homes prior to the HHS order to report to the CDC.
- 32 respondents said they DIDN’T KNOW if their state had reported any cases or deaths prior to the HHS order.
- 29 respondents said YES, BUT THE NUMBERS ARE NOT ACCURATE.
|79||Respondents currently communicate with individuals in nursing homes or other congregate or institutional facilities.|
Congregate Settings Receiving Assistance from Respondents
|Congregate Setting||# of Respondents Assisting Individuals|
|Immediate Care Facilities||36|
|Alternate Care Facilities||29|
|State Veterans Homes||27|
|Homeless and Emergency Shelters||49|
|Detention and other Carceral Facilities||20|
|Mental Health Facilities||40|
Advocates reported encountering new barriers to transitioning individuals out of nursing homes, congregate, and other institutions.
- 51 respondents reported barriers preventing communication with people in facilities.
- 56 respondents reported “lockdown” prevented access to facilities.
- 31 respondents reported encountering “Red Tape.”
- 32 respondents reported funding barriers preventing transitions out of facilities.
Promising Practices Advocates reported success when they:
- Use established connections with hospitals and nursing homes to divert or remove people to independent situations.
- Leverage allies and government to get what they need.
- Use remote means, including buying burner phones for clients.
- Ignore the rules and go inside anyways.
This concludes our initial report from The Partnership's Call To Action - National Survey on Institutionalization In the Wake of COVID-19. Following interpretations, findings, information, and recommendations will be shared in the weeks to come. Please stay tuned, and please share within your networks.
People with disabilities are 2-4 times more likely to die or be injured in any disaster, and our community is experiencing the disproportionate impact throughout the COVID-19 pandemic right now. We must be prepared to respond and amplify our unified message, together.
We, at The Partnership, thank you for your support and efforts to educate, advocate, and make a difference for people with disabilities in your community before, during and after the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and all public health emergencies and disasters.