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 still providing virtual supports, but we are working towards resuming in-person services in phases.
If you have any questions about services and supports, please email firstname.lastname@example.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:
- Connecticut State COVID-19 Updates
- Connecticut State Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Updates
- Connecticut State Office of Early Childhood (OEC) Updates
- CT 2-1-1 Infomation COVID-19 Updates
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Updates
- World Health Organization (WHO) COVID-19 Updates
- COVID-19 Symptoms Vs. Flu, Cold, and Allergies
With the holidays right around the corner the discussion of travel has been on everyone’s mind. Check out Connecticut’s most up to date Travel Advisory here!
11/6/2020 - Connecticut Rolls Back to Phase 2.1
“Due to the increasing rate of COVID-19 in Connecticut, Governor Lamont has ordered the entire state to roll back to Phase 2.1 rules – a slightly modified version of the previously enacted Phase 2 rules – effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, November 6. A comparison of Phases 2, 2.1 and 3 rules can be found below…” Read the rest here..
Check out the latest communication from Denise Henry, SARAH Inc.’s CEO. She discusses what our upcoming communication schedule will look like and features information about National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).
This NDEAM we want to recognize Paul, one of the individuals we support at SARAH Inc. He is currently employed at The United States Coast Guard Academy (USCGA) in New London, CT. Established in May of 2002, Paul is one of the original founding members of the crew working at the USCGA. He is always looking to develop new skills and regularly requests additional responsibilities. In 2019, Paul received a certificate recognizing him for his achievements and his position as Lead Crewmen.
10/7/2020 - Phase 3 Reopening Begins October 8th
“Phase 3 represents the latest stage of the Governor’s reopeing plan for Connecticut. There are very specific rules that will take place during this phase.” Check out the rest of the website for more information.
10/1/2020 - SARAH Inc.'s Resuming In-Person Adult Services hits Phase 2
October 1st marks the start of Phase 2 of our Resuming In-Person Adult Services plan. With the directive from the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), we are moving to 75% capacity in our Adult Services programs. While we are excited to move forward, we want to ensure you that the health and well-being of those we serve and our employees are still our number one priority. We are following best safety practices and protocols laid out by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of Connecticut. We look forward to seeing some more friendly faces! Read the full email including an update about KIDSTEPS services here!
9/1/2020 - Governor Lamont Extends Connecticut's State of Emergency in Response To the COVID-19 Pandemic To February 9
“Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed orders extending to February 9, 2021, Connecticut’s states of civil preparedness and public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Originally declared in March and scheduled to expire on September 9, the governor said that the states of emergency must remain in place in order for the state to effectively respond to the unprecedented and ongoing global pandemic.” Read the full statement here.
7/30/2020 - An Update for Dan Brill, Board of Director's President
“SARAH Inc. recently took the first steps to resuming in-person supports. I want to further thank our employees for the abundance of preparation work completed to create the protocols necessary to ensure the safety of everyone involved. While we are only in the beginning stages of resuming all SARAH Inc. in-person supports, know we will all continue to work towards a safe and enriching environment for the children, families, and adults in our programs. ..” Read the rest of the update here!
We are excited to announce several accomplishments here at SARAH Inc. This week, we entered Phase One of resuming in-person Enrichment Services. The first two days back at the programs have been successful and the individuals we serve are extremely excited to see their friends again.
Read the full email from Denise Henry, CEO at SARAH Inc., about next week’s Phase One resuming of Enrichment Services.
6/25/2020 - Information about the KIDSTEPS Program
Take a few minutes to watch this video featuring Elisabeth Teller, Director of Children and Family Services. She discusses what what the KIDSTEPS program has been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and what lies ahead.
6/19/2020 - Resuming In-Person Adult Services Update
We are pleased to share our success in taking the first steps to resuming in-person supports in our Adult Services programs. Thanks to the hard work from the Employment and Enrichment teams, we began a planned transition towards the new normal.
Please take a few minutes to watch this video featuring Jen Kostek, Director of Employment Services, and George Reid-Perry, Director of Enrichment Services. They discuss timelines, safety protocols, and other topics related to fully resuming in-person Adult Services.
Next week Elisabeth Teller, Director of Children and Family Services, will provide you with updates on our Early Intervention programs and what to expect moving forward.
Connecticut has released a voluntary COVID-19 tracing platform called ContaCT.
“ContaCT is Connecticut’s statewide voluntary and confidential software system for monitoring the health and wellbeing of people affected by COVID-19. ContaCT will aid Connecticut’s efforts to rapidly scale up our contact tracing efforts and infrastructure to help combat COVID-19 and enable the safe re-opening of the state. The information collected through ContaCT will be used to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in your community.” Finish reading about ContaCT here!
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 Program. This 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.
- Why Are People Wearing Masks? Why Are People Covering Their Faces? – Zero to Three Information Article
- Story Time From Space
- Blippi YouTube Channel
- 30+ Virtual Field Trips for Kids
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.
- Locations for Drive-Through COVID-19 Test Sites
- Access Health CT Announces a New Special Enrollment Period for Uninsured CT Residents
- FAQ Questions about Pregnancy During COVID-19
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
4/2/2020 - Free Prescription Refill Home Deliveries and All of Governor Lamont's Executive Orders
CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, 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.
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.