As we face an unprecedented pandemic in our community, The Society has moved quickly to put our emergency plans into action. First and foremost, The Society will continue to focus on the health and safety of the individuals we support and the committed staff assisting in their care. Our Senior Management Team meets daily to assess and evaluate the situation. We remain vigilant and follow the best advice of the local, state, and federal governments, the CDC, CMS, public health authorities, and medical experts.  We remain steadfast and committed to our mission.  Please follow our Facebook Page for continued messages.

As the Coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to spread across the U.S., I want to take a moment to let you know the preparedness plan The Society has been implementing in response to this public health emergency. First and foremost, The Society will continue to focus on the health and safety of the individuals we support and the committed staff assisting in their care.  
Our Senior Management Team meets daily to assess and evaluate the situation. We are following recommendations provided from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) while collaborating with our local health departments to implement State and Federal Mandates. These are the steps our team has taken to protect our individuals, staff and the community:  
Our staff has ongoing training regarding this very fluid situation.
All facilities are following a strict cleaning regimen.
We are screening and should staff or individuals show any symptoms of illness they will be isolated until medically cleared.
Our Link Day Programs will close Monday, March 16, 2020 and remain closed until further notice.
Staff is being re-allocated from our Day Programs to assist in other areas to ensure a sense of normalcy and quality programming.
The Resource Center, our medical equipment loan program, will remain closed. We will not be taking any additional equipment at this time.
With the current childcare situation we are assisting staff through this challenge with modifying shifts and additional support.
Large events and outings have been postponed or cancelled. Supplemental trainings have been postponed or modified to smaller focused trainings.   We realize this puts a strain on our families and staff. We are asking visitors to follow the CMS official recommendations, “to reflect that no visitors will be admitted.” It is our recommendation is to utilize technology through Facetime, Skype visits, phone calls, and send cards or notes of cheer to stay in touch.
Please, be assured that we are taking every precaution to prevent the transmission of Covid-19 into The Society and The Links. I want to reaffirm that the health and safety of our individuals, staff, and the community is our highest priority.
We remain on high alert to this ever changing situation and appreciate your understanding and support.
Sincerely,
Melanie A. Kasten-Krause