COVID-19 and SARAH Inc. Agency Updates

SARAH Inc. understands that the COVID-19 situation is an on-going concern and our Leadership Team is closely monitoring updates to the situation as they occur. We want to personally assure you that the health and safety of those we serve and our employees are our top priority.

For this reason, we are offering virtual services. KIDSTEPS Early Intervention Services is operational, working remotely, and accepting new referrals. The Adult Services programs are also working remotely and offering virtual supports upon request. 

It is clear we cannot resume in-person services in early May as we once hoped. At this time, we do not have another “assess by” date lined up. Resuming in-person services will be dependent on directives for reopening businesses and social distancing practices from the State of Connecticut, including the Office of Early Childhood and the Department of Developmental Services. 

If you have any questions about services and supports, please email marketing@sarah-inc.org.

Open communication is critical during these uncertain times. Until further notice we will be using this page to keep you informed about the state directives, as well as SARAH Inc. agency updates.

Information and Resources about the Coronavirus: 

5/14/2020 - CVS Opens 12 New Drive-Thru COVID-19 Test Sites in CT

CVS has opened up 12 new testing sites that will utilize self-swabs. If you are interested in using these drive-thru locations, you have to register in advance at CVS.com. Read the full press release from Governor Lamont for more information.

The new drive-thru testing sites in Connecticut include:

  • CVS Pharmacy, 7 Durant Avenue, Bethel, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 905 South Main Street, Cheshire, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 3514 Main Street, Coventry, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 54 East High Street, East Hampton, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 875 Enfield Street, Enfield, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 2639 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1057 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 479 Blue Hills Avenue, Hartford, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 150 Washington Street, Hartford, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 323 Cromwell Avenue, Rocky Hill, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 525 Buckland Street, South Windsor, CT
  • CVS Pharmacy, 1 Hawley Lane, Stratford, CT

5/12/2020 - Gov. Announces Sector Rules for May 20th Reopen

Governor Lamont announced that the first phase of reopening the state will begin May 20th. The first phase includes: restaurants, offices, hair salons and barbershops, retail stores, and outdoor museums and zoos. Lamont stressed that the decision to reopen is a choice for each individual business owner.

Documents containing the rules for the phase of reopening can be found at ct.gov/coronavirus

Governor Lamont announced the statewide expansion of the SkillUp CT ProgramThis program will provide free online learning licenses to recipients of unemployment insurance, including those impacted by COVID-19. Eligible CT residents will receive an email with instructions on obtaining a license to give you access to these skillsoft courses.

Learn more about this program and your eligibility here: https://portal.ct.gov/Office-of-the-Governor/News/Press-Releases/2020/05-2020/Governor-Lamont-Announces-Statewide-Launch-of-Free-Online-Job-Training-Program

4/28/2020 - Resources for Children and Families

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis and the numerous school closures, many of you have found yourselves at home with your children. It can be stressful trying to keep your child informed and entertained, especially if you are balancing working from home at the same time. Check out these educational and fun resources to help answer their questions and keep them occupied during this crisis.

4/21/2020 - Medical Resources

The COVID-19 crisis has created several medical questions and is affecting us each in different ways. Please see the below medical resources available that can help answer some of the questions you are facing.

 

4/15/2020 - Resources for Your In-Home Needs

As we all continue to follow health precautions and maintain social distance it is important to keep things in the house running smoothly during these uncertain times. There are resources available that can help ease the hardships you are finding in your own home.

4/8/2020 - Connecticut Food Bank

The Connecticut Food bank is still open and operational. Check out the “Connecticut Food Pantry Locator” and the “Mobile Food Pantry Schedule” to stay up to date on available resources. The CT Food Bank is committed to providing nutritious food to those who need it. 

4/2/2020 - Free Prescription Refill Home Deliveries and All of Governor Lamont's Executive Orders

CVS, Rite AidWalgreens, and other stores are doing their part during the COVID-19 crisis. These pharmacies are urging individuals to stay at home and are waiving additional fees for those who need their prescription refills delivered.

During this crisis Governor Lamont has released several Emergency Orders which affect all of us in Connecticut. Check out this website for all of the Emergency Orders issued to date by the Governor.

3/24/20 - Resources and Programs to Help with Financial Burdens of Coronavirus

There are currently several programs and resources available to help with the financial burden during the COVID-19 situation. Check out these helpful information links:

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, produced a resource guide about Social Distancing and Mental Health. These are uncertain times and everyone experiences things differently. Take a moment to read through these tips  and strategies on managing mental health in times of social distancing, quarantines, and isolation.

We understand that the current health situation in Connecticut is a significant concern for those we serve and our staff. We have not received a state directive to suspend services, but we do need to follow best practices to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. 
 
For this reason, effective Thursday March 19th, we are temporarily suspending all Adult Services. This includes Enrichment Services, Employment Services, and Community Supports. We are closely monitoring the situation and are planning to reassess by April 1. Read More!

The Green Mountain Self Advocates put together this helpful plain language booklet to help promote informational conversations about the Coronavirus. Check it out here: https://selfadvocacyinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Plain-Language-Information-on-Coronavirus.pdf

Read the following announcement from Denise Henry, SARAH Inc.’s Executive Director, regarding the well-being of those we serve and our staff. Denise also addresses the status of our agency’s programs. Until directed by the state SARAH Inc. programs will be operational.