Apr 1, 2020

Updated COVID-19 response

As you know, Gov. Mike DeWine extended the stay-at-home order in Ohio through May 1, because of the COVID-19 public health crisis. Following that guidance, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services will continue its limited building access through at least May 1, and both our schools are closed.

We will continue to provide the same quality of service as before. Our meetings and methods have changed, but this has not had any effect on the services we provide to people with developmental disabilities in our community. HCDDS staff continue to work at home, as their role permits.

If you have questions or concerns during this time, contact your service and support administrator, transition consultant or school staff, your Early Intervention service coordinator or primary service provider, or any member of our staff. You can also reach out to the MUI team, 513-559-6629, or our 24-hour emergency on-call team, 513-794-3308.

HCDDS continues to follow the guidance from the governor’s office as well as state and local health officials, and we will update you as we learn more. We are here to support you.

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For Families
  • Some family members have expressed concern that COVID-19 restrictions would impact their ability to accompany their adult children or someone for whom they are a guardian during an emergency hospital visit. Local public health officials have told us restrictions vary by hospital. Most hospitals are allowing visitors if it would otherwise produce undue hardship for the patient or family or the restriction would be detrimental to the care of the patient. If you are planning to make a visit to a hospital, please contact the hospital directly or visit their website for more specific restrictions by location.

    If you are a parent or guardian for someone with a disability, it’s important to prepare in advance for potential emergency medical visits. You should reach out to your primary care physician to discuss any steps or precautions you can take now. Keep a copy of the person’s health record, including allergies and past surgeries, as well as legal documentation showing guardianship for adults with DD in a location you can access quickly and easily.

    Medical professionals are overwhelmed responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, which means preparing for an emergency medical visit is more important than ever for families. We will continue to advocate with state and local public health officials so hospitals consider the needs of people with DD in their response to COVID-19.
  • The Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati has a list of resources for families at home during the COVID-19 crisis, which includes social and educational activities. Click here to view the list, which begins on page 14.
  • UC UCEDD has a list of information and resources from local, state and national organizations to help people with DD during COVID-19. Click here for the list.
  • Many school districts, food pantries, restaurants and other organizations are providing food assistance while school is out. Click here for a list, which begins on page 5.
  • If you or your loved one is feeling very lonely, worried, bored, or just in need of a friendly person with whom talk, the HCDDS A-LIFE team is willing to talk to all those who want to during this time. Click here to learn more

For Providers
  • Our quality team is compiling a variety of COVID-19-related information and resources for providers. Find those resources on our provider page, hamiltondds.org/providers.
  • You can also connect to the Ohio Department of DD regional support team or stay up-to-date on state guidance here.

What else you can do
  • Be mindful and intentional about your personal hygiene etiquette. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, or use alcohol-based hand-sanitizer, and avoid touching your face.
  • Stay home when you are sick and avoid large gatherings. 
  • Create a plan in case you, a family member, a caregiver, or an employee is sick.
  • If you are healthy and able to do so, consider donating blood to help with the national shortage. Contact Hoxworth to schedule an appointment.
  • The Ohio Department of Health also has a public hotline on the coronavirus, which is available seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
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