The Arc of the Quad Cities Area is again reaching out to families, friends, people served and staff to update you on the most current information in regards to our operations. This week we received notice from the Illinois Department of Human Services that all Community Day Services (CDS) will remain closed through August 31st. Along with halting payment for CDS programs, The Arc of the Quad Cities Area has been asked by the Department to reinvent our programs to ensure that when they can open it is in the safest way possible with less people in larger congregate settings. This means that when CDS is again funded people will not be able to go back to their same old routines. Over the next few weeks and months we will be working to develop what these new routines will look like and how we ensure people are not primarily served in larger congregate settings.
We know that the closure of these services has been tough on people served and we are committed to working with them and their families to ensure they have the supports they need to continue to live their best life possible. For those people who live at home with their family, if you need additional supports or service while our day programs remain closed please reach out The Arc of the Quad Cities Area in order to discuss options for changes to your services or funding. Even without changes to funding people can participate in our weekly education and entertainment opportunities offered online through Zoom.
For people in our residential and intermittent services The Arc of the Quad Cities Area continues to offer a variety of daily activities to keep people feeling productive and happy. Our QIDPs and Supervisors are working with families to schedule safe, socially distant visits which have been a welcome addition to our new routines in each home. As we enter the next phase of the Restore Illinois plan we hope that our options for visits and additional community activities will also open up for people served.
If you have any ideas, comments, or concerns you would like to share about current operations or about what our future operations may look like please reach out to myself at 309-786-6474 or contact us through the website at www.arcqca.org.
I remain grateful for the many ways that the people we support, their families and our staff members have persevered during this extraordinary time.