Community Living News

Hello to all Community Living Staff:

Welcome to the Community Living News page where we will communicate more information with our staff. Because we are so large and dispersed across the community, communication has always been a big challenge for us. On this page, you can access important information and navigate through The Arc Baltimore’s site. We hope this will assist in providing more consistent and timely communications with everyone.

Thank you for the work each of you does every day!


URGENT: VACCINES AVAILABLE FOR CMT STAFF

For those staff who are CMT’s and live or work in Baltimore City who wishes to sign up for the vaccine, please read the three steps of instructions below.

 

STEP 1 – GATHER IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Here are the 4 items you will need to take with you:

STEP 2 – REGISTER FOR VACCINATION

You must register for an appointment in order to receive the vaccine. Additionally, once registered you must keep your appointment date and time. Please click below to register for a specific date and time.

Dates – Now through January 29
Location – Building 37, 2601 Port Covington Dr, Baltimore, MD 21230
Times – Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 4 pm; Fridays, 10 am to 1 pm.

REGISTER

If you need any assistance in scheduling your appointment, please feel free to contact Kimberly Becker kbecker@thearcbaltimore.org  (410) 296-2272, ext. 5237.

STEP 3 – IMPORTANT INFO TO REMEMBER
  • Please be prepared to remain in the observation area for 15 minutes after you are vaccinated. There are NO exceptions to this requirement.
  • Please remember that this vaccine requires a second dose within 21 or 28 days (depending on the type of initial vaccine received).
  • Please do not come to the vaccine clinic if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms or if you should be in isolation/quarantine due to a recent exposure.
  • Only individuals with an appointment to be vaccinated will be allowed inside the clinic. Anyone accompanying you must remain in the vehicle.

STAFF TRAINING WITH DR. KARYN HARVEY

Staff at The Arc – Coping with COVID has been quite the challenge! Please join Dr. Karyn Harvey who will discuss the stress associated with COVID and how to cope with this last lap of the pandemic. Along with discussing coping strategies, she will emphasize ways to stay connected and take care of yourself. Dr. Harvey worked for several years at The Arc Baltimore before expanding her DD consulting and speaking business. She is a well-respected and sought-after psychologist, author, trainer, and speaker. We are happy to have her back.


REFERRAL BONUS OF $500

In order to submit your referral to HR, you can complete the Employee Referral Form found in the My HR section in Kronos.Be sure read all of the terms and conditions outlined on page 2 of the form.

  1. In Kronos, click on Hamburger Menu (3 lines on top left side of screen)
  2. Click “My Information”
  3. Click “My HR”
  4. Select “Forms” tab
  5. Click “Other Forms” tab
  6. Click “+Add” to the far right of the Employee Referral Form option

COMMUNITY LIVING COVID-19 REOPENING PLAN

TO:     All Staff
RE:     Community Living COVID Reopening
DATE: September 11, 2020

We are pleased to announce that The Arc Baltimore is now expanding our COVID plan for the people we support in Community Living.  We know it has been an extremely challenging past six months for those we support, their families, and our team members.  One of the hardest things is that people have not been able to leave their homes due to health and safety concerns.  As most of us have felt personally, not being able to connect in person with our family, friends, and colleagues is extremely difficult.  Many have struggled with other unintended consequences of being isolated for so long.  As an agency, we know that our emotional and social well-being is also extremely important and can impact our health in many ways. Thankfully, we believe the positivity rate for our area is low enough that we can begin to open up and allow more activities.  Attached, please find our updated Community Living COVID Reopening plan which reflects those changes.  As always, we trust that each of you will be as careful as you can be to ensure we minimize the possible spread of COVID as we move forward.  Thank you for all you do to keep those we support healthy and happy!

Full Outline of Reopening Plan

MEMO FROM KATHLEEN RE: COST SAVINGS MEASURES

Read the memo on cost savings

HEATHER EDWARDS, FIRST TO EARN DSP-1 CERTIFICATION

Family Living Specialist, Heather Edwards, was the first participating DSP to achieve her DSP-1 Certification through our E-Badge Academy, in partnership with the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals – NADSP.

Heather stated, “it is an honor and a blessing, not just for myself, but for the people I support. It’s amazing!”

Learn more about the E-Badge Academy here: https://www.thearcbaltimore.org/e-badge-credentialing-takes-off-at-the-arc-baltimore/


ADDITIONAL BONUS OPPORTUNITY

(Added 6/29/20)

Good morning to The Arc Baltimore Team,

As we navigate the complexities of this pandemic, I am so incredibly thankful to each and every DSP who has worked tirelessly to ensure those we support get the best care and services we can provide.  You are true heroes.  Heroes who are willing to put the needs of others at the forefront of their decisions and who are willing to go the extra mile to care for people in need.  As we go through the summer and enter the Fall, we want to proactively plan for possible increased cases due to the state’s reopening.  With that, we are hoping to create a list of any DSPs who would be willing to work with someone who has tested positive if necessary.  Please note, all CDC required PPE will be provided to ensure your safety.

For those DSPs willing to work direct care with someone who has been diagnosed and tested positive for COVID-19, they will get a bonus for the 14 day period (or longer if determined by The Arc Baltimore).  The bonus will be effective through September 4, 2020, and is as follows:

  • 40 to 60 hours = $300
  • 61 to 80 hours = $400
  • 81 plus hours = $500
  • Live in for 14 day period = $1000
  • Weekend only bonus: (Friday at 3 pm through Monday at 6 am) for 24-39 hours = $250 bonus.  If the DSP works 40 or more during the 14 day period, they will get the higher bonus amount outlined above.

If this is something you are willing and able to do, please let JK Ferrell know at jkferrell@thearcbaltimore.org and we will keep you on a “COVID staffing list” for if and when we need your assistance.   Again, thank you for all you do!


TIPS FOR STAYING CONNECTED

Our Family Services pulled together tips on how to stay connected with friends and family.

How to Stay Connected During COVID-19


SOCIAL DISTANCING FOR CONNECTED HOUSEHOLDS

 


COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE FOR CL HOUSES

(updated 5/2020)

Community Living staff – please find this helpful troubleshooting guide that should help solve many of your computer, printing, and networking issues without the need to contact our IT Department. If the guide doesn’t solve your issue, please contact us at ithelpdesk@thearcbaltimore.org

Computer Troubleshooting Guide