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June 12, 2020
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National Leaders in the Mental Health Aspects
of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
CSS UPDATE & WEBINAR ANNOUNCEMENT

Emergency Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected
A webinar sponsored by the ARC of the US
 
Planful emergency response, when consistent and thoughtful, increases resilience in those doing the work, those receiving services, and partners across our START network. With this in mind, the National START Emergency Management Committee is sharing a free webinar offered by the Arc of the US, "Emergency Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected." Additional information and the link to register are both provided at the bottom of this email.
 
The National START Emergency Management Committee (EMC) was developed by and with START network partners to develop a comprehensive, interdisciplinary plan to support START service users, families, providers and START teams to respond under emergency circumstances. 

The EMC is committed to:
  • Developing micro (individual) and macro level (community-wide) frameworks for rapid mobilization across the START network
  • Building on linkages across the START network to identify available resources, expertise, innovation and collective intelligence.
  • Specifically developing and sharing resources regarding COVID-19 to the START network
In addition to the efforts of the EMC, the National Research Consortium in IDD-MH has released a COVID-19 RFA to specifically address the unique needs of people with IDD-MH, their families, and communities during this pandemic. Day-to-day life for those with IDD-MH is profoundly disrupted due to the pandemic. Loss of educational, clinical, and occupational services, social distancing, economic downturns, and the fear of infection will likely increase disparities for a group who has been historically underserved. The NRC is seeking research applications that shed light on the impact of COVID-19 among this group, especially real-world solutions to the challenges they are currently facing. Anyone is eligible to apply. The RFA and additional information about the Consortium, its members, priorities and projects, are available on the CSS website. Applications are due by July 15, 2020.
 

Emergency Planning: Preparing for the Unexpected
Thursday, June 18 at 2:00 p.m. ET
 
Several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, it is a time for reflection. How can we plan for crises and emergencies? Emergency planning is tough but important. Planning ahead can help ensure that you, your family, and people with disabilities know what to do when crises happen. Now more than ever, we are learning to adapt when we are isolated, the importance of pre-establishing key relationships in the community, and pre-planning for any emergency.
 
The webinar speaker will provide tips and strategies that people with disabilities, families, and disability professionals can use to help plan for when disasters strike. Many of the tips and strategies discussed will be applicable to the current COVID-19 pandemic and to other types of emergencies.

 
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The Center for START Services

 
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