Program Update

June 17, 2020

A Message to Families, Residential Providers, & Guardians:

We are happy to announce that we have received further guidance from the MN Department of Human Resources that allows us to begin providing remote services and also onsite support services for a limited number of clients at our programs. This guidance includes the following:

  1. To help ensure physical distancing can be implemented, for each licensed site onsite occupancy will be limited to no more than 50% of the licensed capacity or a maximum of 50 people at a time, including employees, whichever is less.
  2. Clients can be onsite for a maximum of a three (3) hour shift and program must document the start and end time of each shift, the DSPs who worked those shifts, and disinfect client areas between shifts.
  3. Each client program area will have their own plan supplement detailing how they will implement the plan.

Our staff is reaching out to clients and their families to determine when they will return to Merrick.

We have created and updated a Covid-19 Preparedness Plan that follows the Minnesota Department of Health template and guidelines. Our Covid-19 Preparedness Plan can be viewed in its entirety here, along with the Client Health Screening Checklist. We believe we are well prepared to meet the needs of the clients we support and understand that homes will decide when clients can return to our programs and hope that our plan provides you with details that are helpful in making this decision. We welcome any suggestions to improve the completeness and/or clarity of the plan and are happy to answer questions.

We will continue to update you as we receive additional information from DHS. As always, please contact me at 651-789-6209 or jwb@merrickinc.org with any questions or concerns.