Revised Day Program Guidelines Lifted Capacity Restrictions
June 17, 2021
On June 16, 2021, the Department of Human Services’ Division of Developmental Disabilities released updates to their Congregate Day Program Re-Opening Requirements. This update will allow day programs to return to full capacity without any tie to New Jersey’s COVID-19 Activity Level Index (CALI). DDD also acknowledges that many day programs are having challenges hiring staff and it may be some time before all programs can operate at full capacity.
The updated Congregate Day Program Re-Opening Requirements include the following:
- Directive for all congregate day programs to re-open at 100% capacity. (Please note that due to staffing shortages it will take time for providers to obtain enough staff to open at full capacity).
- Programs for medically involved persons may elect to limit capacity for a period of time before moving to full enrollment.
- Opening, re-opening and capacity are no longer tied to the CALI index.
- Flexibilities related to masking and physical distancing for fully vaccinated groups (this includes staff).
- Flexibilities related to transportation.
- Attestations are no longer required.
The Division’s notice also included updates to their Screening in Residential and Congregate Day Program Settings and Guidance for Residential providers on Visits with Family and Friends.
All of these updates will be discussed at the Division’s next COVID-19 webinar on Thursday, June 24th at 10:30 am. You can register for the webinar at the link below and direct any questions ahead of the webinar to DDD.FeeForService@dhs.nj.gov.
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