Northeast Contemporary Services, Inc. (NCSI)
COVID-19 Update #8 – 7/15/20
THANK YOU to everyone who has helped to make the first phase of our reopening so successful! Several consumers living with family chose to return to NCSI starting the week of June 15th and these first 4 weeks have gone very smoothly.
Now we are excited to share the good news that the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) is allowing people who live in congregate settings (group homes and ICFs) to start to return to their day programs if they choose. Earlier this week, NCSI invited our consumers living in congregate settings to return to on-site services starting the week of July 27, 2020. We asked that their legal representatives and/or residential service providers contact our executive director Jennifer Freeburg by the end of the day today (Wednesday, July 15th) with their decision.
If an individual lives with any person with an active case of COVID-19, or has had COVID-19 exposure in the last 14 days, he/she may not return to NCSI until proper quarantining/testing has been completed. People considered by the CDC to be at higher-risk for COVID-19 are still strongly encouraged to stay home per the Governor’s “stay safe” order.
DHS is still temporarily limiting day programs to 3-hour program shifts (not including transportation time) and 50% occupancy per shift. Our temporarily-reduced program hours are currently 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (not including route transportation time). If enough consumers want to return to NCSI during this second phase of reopening such that we exceed 50% occupancy, we will divide the day into two 3-hour program shifts.
We (and Newtrax) will continue to provide transportation from/to homes before and after program hours (for those who use our transportation service). However, based on how many and which consumers are returning, we will create/revise transportation routes to accommodate the temporary change in schedule. Our Senior Service consumers will be served at our Roseville location.
Everyone is encouraged to re-read our “COVID-19 Preparedness Plan,” which includes participation requirements, before making the decision to return to on-site services: ncsi-covid_19_preparedness_plan-revised-060420 As you’ll see, we are serving consumers in consistent cohorts of no more than 10 people distanced 6 feet apart, and staff wear masks and gloves when serving consumers. Consumers must wear masks while riding transportation; while on-site, consumers are strongly encouraged but not required to wear masks.
Prior to a consumer returning to NCSI, her/his legal representative must sign and submit this permission form: ncsi_covid-19-waiver-of-liability_final-060520
Every day before coming to NCSI, consumers and their parents/guardians/residential service providers are required to self-monitor for signs/symptoms of COVID-19 using this screening checklist: ncsi_covid-19-screening-checklist-for-consumers
NCSI will still continue to offer our “NCSI@Home” remote program for consumers who aren’t yet ready to return to our on-site services! We’re in our second week of NCSI@Home and sessions have been very popular.
If you have questions, please contact our executive director Jennifer Freeburg at Jennifer.Freeburg@northeastcontemporaryservices.org or 651-636-3343 ext. 101.
THANK YOU and BE WELL!
Those Seeking Services
Find what you are seeking! If you are seeking distinctively different service options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, we invite you to explore our website and discover what we have to offer. While our website will provide introductory information regarding the services we offer, we also encourage you to contact us to arrange a time to visit and discuss in depth how the services NCSI provides are distinctively different and tailored to meet individual needs and desires.
If you are an employer seeking workforce solutions that will benefit your business, please visit the Employer Services section of our website. Whether you are interested in hiring individuals referred by NCSI and/or contracting with NCSI to complement your workforce needs, we invite you to contact us today!
NCSI is currently seeking full-time Case Managers for our Adult Service based in Roseville, MN; click here: case-manager-08-07-19 for the job posting.
NCSI is currently seeking a full-time Case Manager/Program Specialist for our Senior Service based in White Bear Lake, MN; click here: program-specialist-03-23-20 for the job posting.