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Resources from our I/DD Partners

Wednesday, March 18, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kay Castillo
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The following are resources from our I/DD Partners in North Carolina! 


Green Mountain Self

This group advocates for individuals with ID/DD. This resource is an 8-page booklet about the Coronavirus written in plain language. It was created by and for people with developmental disabilities. It focuses on “need to know” information. They made an English version and Spanish version.

Autism Society of NC

Visual supports and educational resources compiled by the organization to assist families, click here for these resources!

Disability Rights NC

Disability Rights NC (DRNC) is very concerned about the rights of people with disabilities during the COVID-19 outbreak and is here to help. Please contact them if you are experiencing problems protecting your rights.

Information about COVID-19 for people for those who are high-risk:

Information about the novel coronavirus and long-term care facilities
The Consumer Voice


NC Medicaid 1135 Update

NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS) Secretary Mandy Cohen has submitted an 1135 request to the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) to allow for system-wide flexibility as we all work to manage our services while dealing with COVID19. CMS is doing its best to get these 1135 changes approved quickly. Florida did receive approval today. An 1135 waiver can be put into place during a disaster or emergency to provide service flexibility for Medicaid, Medicare, or Children’s Health Insurance Program.

COVID19 Taskforce

NC DHHS has convened a COVID19 Taskforce. The first webinar was held Tuesday to review the actions that the state has taken and some of the actions that the state plans to take. This stakeholder group does include medical professionals, provider associations, behavioral health associations, SUD associations and I/DD associations. We are working closely with all of our partners to address critical questions that we have received. We do expect that NC DHHS and MH/DD/SAS will be posting more guidance within the week regarding regulatory flexibility, and staffing concerns.


NCTracks is paying special attention to guidelines established by the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for social distancing, limiting non-essential business travel, and reducing in-person meetings as much as possible. To this end, NCTracks has made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend all provider walk-ins and site visits with provider relations representatives, both scheduled and unscheduled, opting instead to take advantage of other methods of communication such as virtual meetings.

For Webinars and up to date provider information from NCTracks, click here.

Other NC Resources of Interest to COVID19

NC Food Banks

NC Health News is publishing a daily COVID19 Round Up

NC Education News

National COVID19 Information

Stateside has created a one-page summary of actions being taken by states.

Center for START Services

The Center for START Services supports a network of START programs, teams, and communities across the United States. Sharing resources about COVID-19 reflects START’s mission to link systems in an effort to build capacity. Click here for their resources.

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