NCIA’s Career Development Center (CDC) Temporarily Closing

Following the recommendations from Governor Hogan and the Maryland Department of Health, NCIA is closing the Career Development Center from March 16, 2020 to March 27, 2020.

The following actions are taking place effective immediately:

  • Only individuals that are currently supported by NCIA Residential services will receive any services from NCIA during the closure.
  • No individuals will be picked up to be transported to the CDC during the closure period and there will be NO STAFF present at the facility.
  • Staff and individuals working on contracts through the Business Services will be notified on a case-by-case basis if they will work during the closure period. This decision is up to the employers/authority for each contract.
  • NCIA will institute a “deep clean” disinfectant treatment of all our facilities and vehicles. This will allow any potential viruses to be eliminated without further contamination.
  • NCIA direct support staff will be offered the opportunity to support individuals in their NCIA Residential home without loss of pay. This will provide a healthy, safe environment with only a few people present.
  • NCIA administrative staff eligible to work from home will coordinate with their supervisors and must maintain availability as directed.
  • Food will be delivered (if necessary) to the homes and any outing to a public place should be limited to reduce exposure.

 

What this means for families & caregivers:

-State officials recommend that you limit any “in person” visitation to your loved ones at their homes.  Please remain in touch with them by phone, “video call” or other remote methods.  If you do not have to visit, please do not do so.

-If you visit the home, it is important to follow the instructions and requests from the staff working in the home to maintain safety and health in that location. They will ask you to use hand sanitizer, wash your hands, etc.- it is vital that you comply to prevent any spread of disease.

-During this time, if you have the capability of caring for your family member/individual on your own, we strongly urge you to do so.

– Washing hands, keeping distance, not touching your face or mouth and proper “cough & sneeze hygiene” are all vital to keeping everyone safe and healthy.

-We acknowledge the individuals we support often visit family members for weekends. When this visitation occurs, all health update actions must be observed.

-If you or someone in your household has been sick, please seek immediate medical treatment for yourself.  If that is the case, we strongly encourage you to NOT visit the home or take the individual home with you at this time.

 

NCIA will communicate additional updates during this closure period through a combination of notices to local television stations, email, phone, text alerts, our website and social media accounts.