Wear a 3 PLY Disposable Face Mask

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This is the mask you should wear to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we have them available for all our employees and individuals. Simply request a mask from your supervisor or program manager as needed.

Consider Getting the Flu Shot

We encourage everyone to take the flu shot as it can save lives. Soon IRI will have free flu shots available on site for all employees and individuals.

Get Tested for COVID-19

We encourage everyone to get tested for COVID-19 as a way to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from the virus. There are several test sites through NYC some of which are free of charge. CLICK HERE for information on test sites in your area.

Visitation Policy Update

Dear friends and family members,
We have been provided guidelines to allow visitations by parents and families in all programs except those within a designated red zone. This is long overdue but it seems prudent to contain the virus and limit spread to reduce contact. We, at IRI, continue to believe that family engagement is important for healthy living and encourage it. However, we are concerned that we will be introducing more risk by virtue of this renewed contact regardless of the most restrictive precautions. The coronavirus is both highly contagious, often debilitating and for some populations deadly. We still do not have therapeutics and a vaccine that is safe and effective is still 11-18 months away according to the experts. As we partner to care for your loved ones, I am asking that you consider carefully these visits for your safety, that of your loved ones, the safety of other people who live in the house and the safety of the staff who have just done an extraordinary job following our best guidance informed by the experts from the CDC, DOH, OPWDD and the NIH.

Updated October 23, 2020

OPWDD

The Office of People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) has set up a section of their website that is specifically focused on guidance and announcements related to COVID-19/coronavirus. The website can be accessed by clicking here.

Below are the most updated COVID-19 guidelines from OPWDD

Guidance for Resident and Family Communication in Adult Care Facilities (ACFs) and Nursing Homes (NHs)

Protocols for Essential Personnel to Return to Work Following COVID-19 Exposure or Infection

Protocols for Direct Support Personnel to Return to Work

General Management of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Facilities or Programs Operated and/or Certified by OPWDD

Revised Staffing Guidance For Management of COVID-19

Message from Dr. Gilbert Louis, Executive Director

I want to start by thanking everyone for their hard work and commitment to supporting this very vulnerable population. It is in times like these that your dedication and professionalism are in display. However, I know you show your dedication everyday you come to work. For each one of you, it is clearly not a job, but a true vocation. Thank you; thank you; thank you.

It is my sense that we all know that there is a serious health emergency that the world is dealing with and as you can imagine it has affected our small community. At IRI, we are primarily following the directives, instructions, and guidance from OPWDD, DOH, and the CDC. We have a team of terrific nurses on staff for consultation, triaging, and treatment if needed. We have provided extensive instruction on social distancing, hand washing, need for hydration, detecting signs of symptoms of the coronavirus (dry cough, shortness of breath, and fever) as well as immediate precautions to be taken if one symptom is present. We have asked you to stay home if you are feeling sick. We have purchased (as much as we can) the antibacterial products and protective personal equipment. As you can imagine supplies are low and our vendors are rationing the products. We have emergency food supplies that we can access and have tested our communication system to make sure we have a quick response system if the need arises.

We are severely restricting visitations and have fully developed plans to prevent, contain, and recover if we have a confirmed case of the coronavirus in one of the people we support and or in one of our direct support staff or other personnel. It is hard to enumerate all we are doing in this email; but I thought I would provide you with some of the activities we are engaged in as a basic response to questions you must have. We are making sure to not panic, to be serious, and to provide fact based information while ensuring that the people we support are emotionally protected. These are extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances and we will rise the occasion, do our best, and rely on our best preparations. The situation is fluid and we will be sure to be flexible and to change course as the facts dictate and as directed by our health professionals and our government officials. Dr. Elizabeth Corrigan, Chief Operating Officer; Susan McGrath, Chief Compliance Officer; Noelia Mango, Director of Clinical Services; Lina Saray, Director of Human Resources; Todd Pinkus, Chief Fiscal Officer; and Ana Koessler, Director of Social Services and Community Engagement are thinking, communicating and adjusting our disaster plan to ensure to the extent possible that we stay safe. Finally, I promise to keep in touch at least weekly until this serious health emergency has passed.

Stay well.

Activities & Events

    2019 DSP Appreciation Week

    IRI's commitment to being a preferred employer begins by appreciating our team members for their dedication and tireless efforts in ensuring that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live the best lives that they are able with whatever supports are needed. These supports begin and end with our Direct Support Professionals without whom we could not achieve our mission and goals. We thank these team members who are the backbone of IRI and appreciate them for what they do every day. But this month we (the board of directors at IRI and the leadership team) took special care to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of our DSPs with a series of events throughout the week of September 8-14. Our DSPs were invited to participate in special breakfasts, relaxation massages, raffles and our grand DSP recognition event. We specially celebrated 16 people whose work anniversary with IRI ranged between 27 years and 15 years by having an incredible extravaganza where all our Direct Support Staff were truly the stars. We laughed, we ate, we danced and played games; and had a good time with each other. Again, thank you for all you do every day. We are proud to be your team members. Pictures are worth a thousand words, take a look.

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