New Residential Visitation Guidelines Released by DDD

June 19, 2020

On June 18th, the Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD) released guidance for residential providers that allow them to plan outdoor visits for their residents with family and friends. This guidance is effective on Sunday, June 21st and is subject to certain requirements.

These outdoor visits are referred to as “Social Distancing Visits” and must adhere to DDD’s existing residential screening policy. Additional requirements of these visits include the following:

  • Participants should remain 6 feet from each other during the visit
  • Visitors must wear face coverings and the resident will be encouraged to wear one, if possible
  • Outdoor location must be agreed upon by the provider
  • At the conclusion of the visit, the provider must disinfect all surfaces contacted by the visitors

What Families Should Expect

We strongly encourage families to review this guidance before contacting your loved one’s provider to schedule a visit. When scheduling a visit with the provider, families should also inquire if the provider has any additional requirements. DDD also states that this guidance will be adjusted as more is learned about the virus.

We acknowledge that for many families, it has been a difficult stretch of time without contact with loved ones.  This new guidance is a long-awaited milestone as we move through the stages of reopening.

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Autism New Jersey will continue to follow recommendations from the CDC and state Department of Health as the state begins to move through the stages of reopening.

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We remain focused on our mission to be a resource for the autism community. We recognize that there are many questions and complex considerations, and we are working hard to address these substantial issues and provide our expertise and stakeholder perspectives as plans are developed. We encourage you to regularly visit our central hub of coronavirus resources for the autism community.