Archives by Year: 2020

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DSP Thank You Raffle Prize Winners

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a year unlike any that we have seen. In the midst of these unsettling times, the unwavering commitment of our Direct Service Professionals and Front Line Supervisors has been on full display.

Recently, Summit DD expressed our gratitude to each DSP and Front Line Supervisor in a small but sincere way. As a part of the gift, there was a raffle ticket included. This ticket enters you into a drawing for a chance to receive an additional prize.

Winning Raffle Ticket Numbers:

  • 299697
  • 300745
  • 300032
  • 300968
  • 299854
  • 299931
  • 300328
  • 300740
  • 300072
  • 299066
  • 906196
  • 907011

If you have one of the raffle tickets above, please contact Elaine at 330-414-1516 to claim your prize and coordinate pickup by Dec 22, 2020:

Again, we want to thank each and every DSP and Frontline Supervisor for your hard work and dedication.

What you need to know to support Phase 1 COVID vaccine distribution

As you may know, Individuals living in congregate settings (2 or more people) and the staff that support them are included in Phase 1 of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out. This means that there is a possibility that eligible individuals and staff may be able to receive the first dose of the vaccine as early as December 22nd. While there are still several details that need to be worked out at the state and local level, DODD has asked County Boards to submit all congregate living information.

To ensure the accuracy of this information, Drew Williams emailed agencies that (per an authorization report) are identified as providing congregate services. Please respond to that e-mail by end of business on Wednesday December 16th. Read More ›

Important PPE Update

Due to the increased number of positive cases and exposures, we have made a few important updates regarding the distribution of PPE:

  • Residential congregate Settings  With the increased number of positive cases and exposures, it has become increasingly difficult to offer delivery of PPE after business hours. We would like to offer the availability of emergency PPE kits. A single kit can be stored in each congregate setting and can be used until additional PPE is provided on the next business day. Each kit contains 4 N95 masks, 3 gowns, 4 face shields and gloves. Please request the number of kits you need by using the PPE request link.
  • Routine PPE Needs   We will be unable to fulfill routine PPE requests between December 24 and January 3. We ask that you submit in advance your routine PPE needs including masks and face shields that are used during personal care. Please use the PPE request link.

Requested supplies per this notice can be picked up on Tuesday, December 15 between 10:00- 2:00.

Please note that our pickup location has moved to the main administration building at 89 East Howe. Ave. You will see an orange sign on a set of double doors in front of the building approximately 100 feet to the right of the main entrance and flag pole. It is marked Door #5.

Need Supplies?

Please use the PPE request link to request PPE. 

Need to report cases or an exposure?

Check out Summit DD’s new COVID Response Support Process

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New COVID Response Support Process

Since the start of this pandemic, Summit DD has sought to provide a high level of support to individuals, families and providers in dealing with the impact of COVID-19. And The provider community has been an integral part of that.

We are extremely grateful for the actions that providers have taken to ensure the health and safety of person served. As a result, the current numbers of person served testing positive for COVID has been relatively low when compared to similar size counties. With the reality that COVID will be with us through 2021, Summit DD is still committed to providing these supports next year. However, we wanted to communicate some changes in how these supports will occur.

New Process

Beginning Monday December 7, 2020 any time a person served or provider staff tests positive, has been exposed, is displaying symptoms or has COVID-related questions, we ask that you contact us by either:

The e-mail box and VM will be monitored between 7am-5pm weekdays and checked every 30 minutes. This change should not impact the type of communication providers reach out about. Summit DD is simply attempting to centralize the communication and support process.

When an e-mail or VM is received, someone from our Community Supports and Development Department will reach out to gather all relevant information. Once that information is collected, Angie Brinson, RN, Susan Mullins RN, Joe DiFranco or Drew Williams will reach out with recommended next steps.

Information Needed

To expedite the information gathering process, it would be helpful if the following information was provided as appropriate in the initial e-mail or readily available when the CSD staff person makes contact by phone.

  1. Description of the situation and person served involved. Was someone exposed or have they recently tested positive?
  2. Are there others that they were in close contact with? (close contact is defined as being less than 6ft apart for a total of 15 minutes throughout the day)
  3. Did the person attend day service and/or utilize NMT? Who are the providers of those services?
  4. Does the person and others around him, including staff wear PPE?

During the Holidays

The e-mail and phone line will continue to be monitored during the week between Christmas and New Years (when Summit DD is closed).

However, if situations occur after hours, weekends or on holidays, we encourage providers to initiate an initial quarantine and then seek recommendations and support the following business day.

To assist with managing these situations, Summit DD will be distributing quarantine PPE kits that can be used. However, if an emergency does come up after hours please do not hesitate to reach out.

For non-emergency PPE needs please continue to use the PPE request link for those requests.

Thanks to Providers and DSPs

Summit DD cannot express enough how thankful we are for the work that the provider community does daily. Without your dedication and commitment, we would be unable to manage this crisis.

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