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From - Mark A. Swain, President/CEO | The Arc of Alachua County


Visitation of Clients

The Division of Emergency Management EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-009 revises EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-002 allowing for visitation to APD licensed Group Homes under very strict conditions. These conditions are described in EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-009 and carry the weight of state law making all participants obligated to follow the ORDER’S rules meant to protect our Clients from contracting COVID-19. There are requirements prior to a person visiting a group home, more requirements once a visitor arrives to the group home, and requirements after the visit. Staff will be using a two-page checklist when visitors arrive to ensure all the parameters of EMERGENCY ORDER 20-009 are followed. Please give us your patience as we go through this process. These rules have been set by the State of Florida. We will be training this week, meeting the pre-visitation requirements, and visitations will begin on Sep 28th, 2020. You may begin making visitation appointments this Friday, Sep 25th, 2020. More on this below under “Steps to visitation.”


Reference Documents

The best way to understand the legal circumstances that have taken place since March 2020 is to read the Emergency Orders that have determined and set the rules regarding access to APD licensed Group Homes. For this purpose, we’re posting EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-002 implemented in March, 2020 that originally ceased visitation to Group Homes, and the Sep 1, 2020 EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-009 that revises EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-002 allowing for visitation. Reading these documents will help the reader become acquainted with the legal circumstances that have been affecting people with I/DD living in APD licensed Group Homes during the COVID-19 pandemic in Florida.


The Arc of Alachua County Policy on Visitation & Infection Control in Residential Facilities during State of Emergency (COVID-19) Visitation.

This is our policy and procedure for visitation that complies with EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-009 allowing for visitation within our group homes. We strongly recommend families and other stakeholders wishing to participate in visitation read The Arc of Alachua County Policy on Visitation & Infection Control in Residential Facilities during State of Emergency (COVID-19) Visitation. This will help people understand what to expect prior to visitation and what to expect during a visitation at one of our group homes. It will also show the reader the prescriptiveness of the visitation process as it relates to EMERGENCY ORDER NO. 20-009. In the end, we want to follow the rules of EMERGENCY ORDER 20-009 and have visitation occur!



Steps to Visitation:


- Read The Arc of Alachua County Policy on Visitation & Infection Control in Residential Facilities during State of Emergency (COVID-19) Visitation.

- Review Visitor Selection Form (page 9). This is the form that Clients and Guardians (if applicable) will use to make their selections on who is eligible to visit.

- Become familiar with the different type of visitors: Essential Caregivers, Compassionate Care Visitors, and General Visitors. (Review EMERGENCY ORDER 20-009 for further clarification)

- If you wish to become an Essential Caregiver, please contact the Client and the Waiver Support Coordinator and have this added to the Clients Individual Support Plan (ISP). Visitation as an Essential Caregiver cannot occur until you are listed on the Visitor Selection Form and the ISP is updated.

- Review the information on page 4, Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines: Information & Training for Visitors. This is the training all participants must complete prior to visitation.

- Review Staff Visit Procedure Sheet (pages 10 & 11). This will help you know exactly what to expect when participating in visitation.

- Upon completion of reading the entire policy, please review the training component again (on page 4), and print-out page 5 “Visitor Consent and Agreement” and sign it, and bring with you upon your first scheduled visit. If you cannot print and sign, visitors will have the opportunity to review and sign when arriving to the group home for the first scheduled visit.

- If you wish to participate in visitation please contact the resident you would like to visit, and ask to be included on the Visitor Selection Form. If you are a Guardian, please contact the resident and speak with them about what people should be included on the Visitor Selection Form. If you need help with designating approved visitors on the Visitor Selection Form please contact the Home Manager, Rose Hines, Residential Director, or Johnny Adams, Director of Programs for help placing the people on the approved list.

- The visitor’s name must be on the Visitor Selection Form before a visit can be scheduled.

- To schedule an actual visit please contact the Home Manager (between 9AM & 5PM) for an available time. If the Home Manager is unavailable, please contact Residential Director, Rose Hines.

- We will begin scheduling visitation appointments, Friday, Sep 25th, at 9AM.

- Visitation will begin on Monday, Sep 28th, 2020.




DEM ORDER NO. 20-002 »
DEM ORDER NO. 20-009 »
The Arc of Alachua Visitation Policy EO 20-009 »





COVID-19 Update from The Arc of Alachua County



The Arc of Alachua County has made the decision to cancel the July 8th, 2020 soft-reopening of our Day Services. This Decision was made mainly in relation to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in our local area. We will continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and make decisions based upon the safety and well-being of our clients and employees. We do not have a set reopen date at this time. Thank you for your patience.


We will continue to keep you advised via direct email, social media, and The Arc of Alachua County website at www.arcalachua.org





Report Confirmed Cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Report any confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) to: APD NE Region by contacting APD Northeast Region Office: (904) 992-2433; 3631 Hodges Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32224 (Report as Critical Incident to APD) Alachua County Health Department at (352) 334-7900






2020 Bob Rose Golf Scramble Cancelled Due to COVID-19



Due to COVID-19, The Arc of Alachua County has decided to cancel the 2020 Bob Rose Golf Scramble scheduled for Friday, October 9, 2020 at 12:30 p.m. at Haile Plantation Golf & Country Club. We appreciate the support of our many golfers, sponsors and vendors throughout this pandemic, but The Arc must keep as its main priority the health and safety of our clients, employees, and guests. The Arc has set the date for next year's event, however: Friday, April 2, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. at Haile. Although we regret that this year's signature event had to be cancelled, we look forward to seeing all 'Friends of Arc' out in full force for the 2021 Bob Rose Golf Scramble on Friday, April 2,2021.




2020 Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event Cancelled Due to COVID-19



Due to COVID-19, The Arc of Alachua County has decided to cancel the 2020 Arc Annual Meeting & Recognition Event scheduled for Wednesday, OCtober 28, 2020 at 6 p.m. at The Village Retirement Community. We appreciate the support of our many clients, employees, families and guests during this pandemic, but The Arc must maintain as its main priority the health and safety of our clients, employees, families and guests. The Arc has not set a specific date for next year's event, but it will most likely take place in October of 2021. Although we regret we had to cancel this year's Arc Annual Meeting, we look forward to seeing all 'Friends of Arc' out in full force at next year's event.








2020 Gear Up Florida Friendship Visit Cancelled


The 2020 Ability Experience/Gear Up Florida Friendship Visit scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Arc of Alachua County’s main campus has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Although we are sorry to have to cancel this year’s event, we look forward to next year’s bicyclist rally in May of 2021.









Arc Client Safety Enhanced As Arc Employees Trained on Active Assailant Protocol



Arc Leadership Team members, supervisor, directors and group home managers received Active Assailant Training from certified trainer Deputy Cary Gallop with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office (ACSO). The first half of the training was devoted to learning how to spot potential assailants and how to react to protect our clients. Going through the various possible responses available to our staff in an Active Assailant scenario, Deputy Gallop shared examples of how to respond in one of three different ways: "Run" - "Hide" - "Fight." Arc employees asked a series of tough, pointed questions regarding how best to protect our clients, many of whom are not ambulatory or are not able to "run" or "walk quickly" to exit the building or group home. Deputy Gallop was very familiar with institutions, buildings and homes like The Arc's, and was able to discuss how best to protect the safety of our vulnerable clients.


The second part of the training included a variety of Active Shooter scenarios, played out for Arc staff. Arc employees had the opportunity to respond to shooter scenarios using responses from passive to aggressive. The more passive responses included evacuation of the group home or building, running away from the assailant, barricading the clients in a safe office; to more aggressive techniques like grabbing at the nose or muzzle of the assailant's gun, throwing objects at the assailant to distract him, or having a crowd of folks try to jump him if all else fails. At the end of the training, all attendees were provided maps to their individually-assigned group home, department, building or campus. Each map included details of their location along with the locked, secured doors noted in red. These maps will be posted at all Arc sites/locations. Moreover, all clients and employees will conduct drills on Active Assailant procedures specific to each site from now on based on Dep. Gallop's Active Assailant training.


Together with help from Deputy Gallop and the ACSO, The Arc of Alachua County is making all of its locations, buildings, homes and campuses, safer places for clients, employees, families, friends, and visitors. The Arc's Leadership Team is committed to making The Arc a safe environment for everyone. The Arc will ensure that, if we are ever in need of deploying this training, we are ready to use it and use it effectively in a way that best safeguards the safety and well-being of our clients and employees.




A message from Arc President/CEO Mark A. Swain on the Pandemic



During this COVID-19 Pandemic, The Arc of Alachua County has as its top priority maintaining the health and safety of our clients, employees, families and friends. I know that it can be challenging and frustrating reconciling adherence to the proper mitigation strategies with communication with your loved ones. Please know that The Arc is working overtime keeping all members of our family safe and well during this difficult time. I pledge to you that we will get through this pandemic together as long as we stay united, and treat each other with dignity and respect.







LiveScan Is LIVE Again!



The Arc of Alachua County's digital fingerprinting, screening and photo capture service known as LiveScan is resuming services on a limited, appointment-only basis. Beginning on Wednesday, August 26th - and continuing each and every Wednesday following that date - The Arc's LiveScan service will resume our fingerprinting and screening services at The Arc's main campus (3303 NW 83rd St., across from Santa Fe College)..



To keep The Arc's main campus safe for LiveScan staff and customers amidst COVID-19, we are accepting appointments for this service on Wednesdays only. We do not allow walk-ins at this time.



We ask that LiveScan customers remain in their cars until their appointment time. At your appointment time, The Arc receptionist will then greet you at the front entrance, take your temperature, and escort you into the building. Guests that arrive with customers must remain in the vehicle and will not be allowed into the building. All customers must wear a mask to enter the building.



So if you need fingerprinting done quickly, locally, and reasonably, please call The Arc at 352-334-4060 ext. 106 to schedule an appointment.

For more information about The Arc's LiveScan service, click on the LEARN MORE button below.

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Celebrating Ability... Creating Opportunity


Mission

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc?

The Arc of Alachua County is a community based organization committed to providing a continuum of exemplary services, supports, and advocacy to assure that people with developmental disabilities can enjoy respect and dignity and be full participants in the community.

Who Is The Arc

The Arc has a rich history spanning 60 years and marked by accomplishment. We continue to carry out the mission and vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, as well as their parents and siblings.

Over the last 60 years, The Arc has grown and adapted to the changes that people with disabilities face across their life span. Through the decades, The Arc has seen several name changes, advocated for the passage of state and federal legislation on behalf of people with disabilities and established a broad network of state and local chapters that range from small voluntary groups to large, professional organizations.

Although much has changed for those that we serve, we always try to raise awareness, supporters, and always help improve the lives of the intellectually and developmentally disabled.

ARC Shredding

We Shred!

The Arc’s Gone4Ever (G4E) Program is currently shut down due to COVID-19. We have suspended all individual and business shredding pickups in the community, as well as our shredding drop off service at our main campus across from Santa Fe College. G4E is doing limited pickups (no more than 2 per week) from our current contracted G4E customers only! The Arc will not be taking on any new G4E customers for the rest of this calendar year. The Arc does not have a date for G4E’s reopening. Please check in to this website for updates on G4E services in the upcoming weeks.

Did you know that The Arc shreds? We will shred your confidential documents and personal papers in our Gone4Ever Shredding Program.

The Arc charges $0.32 per pound for its shredding service. The Arc's shredding service is open Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our main campus located across from Santa Fe College. The Arc's Gone4Ever shredding service is a certified member of the National Association for Information Destruction (NAID).

The Arc of Alachua County's shredding service makes it Gone4Ever!

Take A Look At Us

I am sure it is no surprise to you, but people always want to know what we have been up to around The Arc and at our events. Our followers on facebook get to see quite a few or our pictures, but the rest of you are left in the dark.

Well even though everyone should be our fans on facebook, we still decided to put up a gallery of images to show some of the highlights from the major events we have had this year.

Every year we hold several events we consider picture worthy. But dont worry, you will probably see some other, "non event" pictures sneak in as well. If you have a good picture you would like to share, stop by The Arc and let us scan it and share it as well.

We hope to keep the new gallery up to date throughout the year, so check back and enjoy.

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