CIL Pandemic Response: How CILs Can Initiate Emergency Relocations and Transitions During the COVID-19 Pandemic (1.5 Hours)

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About the training

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted what IL advocates have known for years – that nursing homes and other congregate settings are not safe places for people with disabilities. According to CMS data, over 128,000 nursing home residents have died of COVID-19. We know this number is likely much higher since the CMS classification of nursing homes does not include other institutions and congregate settings, and there are reported instances of states suppressing data and nursing home underreporting.

Thankfully CILs have been doing what they do best: getting people out of institutions and back to the community. Of course there are daunting challenges to this work during the pandemic, especially due to in-person visits being prohibited or restricted for residents in congregate settings. It is possible, however, and we must do what we can to get people out of institutions.

Target Audience

Staff and board members of Centers for Independent Living. Some of the systems level responses may also be of interest to staff and members of Statewide Independent Living Councils.

What You Will Learn

  • How emergency relocation programs during the pandemic differ from the core service of transitioning consumers out of institutions and congregate settings.

  • The staffing, funding, and community partnerships utilized by presenters to build emergency relocation programs that offer safe alternatives to nursing homes and other congregate settings.

  • Examples of major challenges encountered during pilot programs at two Centers for Independent Living and the ongoing efforts to overcome these challenges and advance this work.

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