Day programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can reopen

The state Department of Human Services released updated reopening requirements for congregant day programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. After an outcry by many families, facilities will now have to follow capacity limits tied to the COVID-19 Activity Level Index for their region, also known as CALI.

Based on current CALI scores, programs across the state could open at 50% capacity. The guidance applies to all day programs funded by the Division of Developmental Disabilities. If a provider chooses to reopen in what CALI considers a Very High, High or Moderate region, participants must be notified and made aware of the increased risk of virus transmission.

The programs have remained shut since last March. Families say without them their loved one’s health and cognitive conditions have declined.

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