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Staff Communication

Staff Communication

Welcome to the Staff Communication page. Thank you for the work each of you does every day!

Post Open Enrollment Reminders

Click the images below to view the next steps with your insurance after open enrollment.

Leadership Institute

Have you ever considered yourself a formal or informal leader?  Do people comment on your ability to motivate others and influence change?  Are you interested in personal and professional growth?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, The Leadership Institute may be right for you.

Do you have a staff member who demonstrates leadership qualities?  Have you been speaking with a staff person about personal/professional development?  Is there a shining star in your department that would benefit from some skill development?  If you have answered yes to any of these questions, then you know someone that you should speak to about applying for the Leadership Institute.  Sometimes personal encouragement from a supervisor to apply is all that is needed.  It also goes a long way to helping a person feel valued and appreciated.  Who will you encourage today?

Applications are now being accepted – the deadline for turning them into the leadershipinstitute@thearcbaltimore.org is July 29th.  Don’t delay!

If you have any specific questions about the program, feel free to reach out to me at broth@thearcbaltimore.org or through iCM.

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All full-time employees must complete open enrollment by Friday, May 27th!

ATTENTION: All full-time employees of The Arc Baltimore MUST COMPLETE OPEN ENROLLMENT by tomorrow. This applies even if you are not taking your health insurance coverage from The Arc. Open enrollment closes tomorrow, Friday, May 27th. Please refer to the attached enrollment instructions ( or https://calendly.com/the-arc-baltimore) to complete the online enrollment yourself. If you need assistance, contact Veronica Hall at vhall@thearcbaltimore.org or 410-832-6343.

Enrollment Instructions

RISING COVID RATES

As you may be aware, the current surge in COVID is increasing by the day and the State’s positivity rate is over 8%. It’s more than likely that the actual rate is far higher as so many people now take-home tests and do not report the results that factor into the public positivity record.  But I am sure we are all hearing of friends, family, or colleagues who have had cases recently.

Please be diligent in wearing your masks. Encourage those who you may see not wearing them to do so. It’s up to all of us to renew our commitment to keeping one another as safe as possible. Practice social distancing and limit large groups and crowds where you can. We are once again at a critical stage and the variant is highly contagious; many who have already had COVID are being infected again. It’s also still true that many people we support are at most risk due to their other health conditions.

Once again, we encourage our staff and people we support to be fully vaccinated. For those who were vaccinated initially, but may not have thought to get the booster, please take this added safety measure now to protect yourself and others. While the vaccines may not prevent infection, it is a protection against more serious cases and may help avoid hospitalizations. For anyone over 50, you are eligible for the 2nd booster shot. Many pharmacies are taking walk-ins.

We all want this to be over, but it is not. We must keep up our best practices to continue to battle. Together.

Recorded Presentation on Health Care Open Enrollment

A presentation on the changes related to Open Enrollment has been recorded for your convenience. Please make a point to attend one of the live sessions this week, or view/listen to this recording when it works for you. Then schedule your time with a counselor to enroll (https://calendly.com/the-arc-baltimore ), or enroll on your own. Questions? Contact arcbaltimore@capital-services.com or vhall@thearcbaltimore.org.

https://view.knowledgevision.com/presentation/aca567247c2f49a8a82d3249470c93ed

This year’s annual report is dedicated to the 500+ everyday champions who show up day in and day out for the 1000+ people with disabilities receiving our services. Calpernia, Jamaar, and Kristen’s stories in this report are unique, but they, along with our entire staff of direct support professionals, share a fundamental belief in a world where all people are valued, their voices are heard, and their impact is felt.

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RE-OPENING GUIDELINES UPDATE - MARCH 24, 2022

Due to the significant reduction in the COVID-19 positivity levels, The Arc Baltimore has reduced restrictions for occupancy in our buildings and programs are further “reopening.”

Administrative office:

While some limits remain for staff in our offices at any one time, visitors are now allowed in the building. Remote/zoom meetings remain a great option and our staff are still working on hybrid schedules of in-office and remote, but we are happy to accommodate needed in-person time.

Day programs:

Every day more of the people supported in Day Services are returning to community activities. In addition, small numbers are in the centers, staggered and in small groups to ensure continued caution. Occupancy will not exceed 70% of the allowable limit at any one time, and should in fact be far less than that given the number of groups that are out going to parks, bowling, and movies, and enjoying other trips to stores and area attractions. Online/zoom classes are continuing as an option as well so that people are experiencing a wide array of opportunities.

Staff and individuals in centers or transporting in vehicles must continue to wear a mask. Some exceptions are allowable for individuals who cannot tolerate the mask, but who are vaccinated.

Seton:

Programs operating from the Seton Employment Center are continuing to require masking indoors and in vehicles. Visitors are allowed in the building.

Community Living:

Visitors are again welcome in homes, without restriction to space, time, or frequency. Visitors must wear a mask when inside the home, and will still have temperature checks when they arrive. Staff must continue to wear a mask when inside the home. With the worst of the Omicron variant behind us, homes are encouraged to resume activities in the community, and spring is the perfect time to get out. If outside, staff and individuals may un-mask, but should continue to wear masks for any community activities indoors.

NEW HOPE FOR ALL

New Hope for All is The Arc Baltimore’s self-advocacy group and it creates a space for people whose voices have not always been heard so they can feel empowered and advocate for their rights.  We would like to recruit new members and grow our group.

Meetings are held on the Third Wednesday of each month from 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM. If interested, contact Crystal Stephens, Lori Miller or Tammy Kaskel.

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EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

📣📣📣We have seven incredible staff to shout out for May and June! Between them, they represent HR, Day Services, Community Living and Business Services. Be sure to congratulate them when you see them!

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Administrative Headquarters & Towson Day Services
7215 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
410-296-2272
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Dundalk Day Services
1401 North Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21222
410-282-3876

Homeland Day Services
4800 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
410-323-9139

Contract Services & Seton Day Services
6151 Metro Drive
Baltimore, MD 21215
410-653-3252

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