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June 18, 2020 OPWDD Issues Interim Visitation Guidance for Certified Residential Facilities

OPWDD issued a series of health advisories regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and guidance for Certified Residential Facilities in March of 2020. Accompanied by strong infection prevention and control requirements, these policies aim to safeguard and maintain the health and wellbeing of residents and staff, while containing and preventing the spread of COVID-19 during the State’s initial growth phase of the pandemic.

After the successful efforts of New Yorkers to flatten the curve and reduce virus transmission, OPWDD recognized the need for sustainable visitation policies for certified residential facilities for the next phase of the public health emergency.

The visitation program for certified residential facilities will be instituted June 19, 2020. After evaluation by OPWDD, in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and participating certified residential facilities, this guidance may be modified.

All facilities opting to allow visitation under this guidance reserve the right to impose additional restrictions, upon notice to and approval by OPWDD. Additionally, any facility opting to allow visitation under this guidance reserves the right to cease participation and end visitation access while visitation restrictions otherwise remain in place, upon notice to OPWDD.

You can sign-up online to receive the latest updates from OPWDD via email or check the OPWDD website frequently for information relating to COVID-19.

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