Please reference ODP Announcement 20-087
On July 7, 2020 the Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) released guidance that staff who provide direct services are required to wear a mask that covers the nose and mouth during the entirety of service provision. ODP intends to respond to mask-related inquires and situations on a case-by-case basis. Education and technical assistance will be the primary means to ensure that masks are worn during service provision. Substantial or ongoing failure to ensure that staff wear masks during service provision may result in an administrative action or sanction by ODP. ODP may release additional guidance on mask use as needed if frequently occurring situations present.
NOT FORGOTTEN HOME AND COMMUNITY SERVICES:
Due to the continued rise in COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County we are continuing/updating our infection control policies. These practices are based on recommendations from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Allegheny County health Department, Pennsylvania ODP and Not Forgotten procedures.
Per new recommendations from the Pennsylvania Health department masks are required to be worn whenever staff is on the worksite or during the entirety of the service provision. Masks are to be worn at all times, not just when interacting with the individual.
If you are transporting an individual in a vehicle staff must wear a mask, the individual should be encouraged to also wear a mask.