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:
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.
- 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