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Through this COVID-19 pandemic Leaders is following all the Department of Health Public Health Orders referring to restrictions that have been implemented in response to the spread of the Novel Corona Virus Disease (COVID-19). Leaders is staying updated in the ongoing discussions being had with the Department of Health and their Developmental Disabilities Supports Division as well as the Association of Developmental Disabilities Community Providers (ADDCP) to ensure we continue to follow the state Public Health Order. In these discussions home visitation has been a priority. Subsequently, this pandemic has brought forth a great deal of uncertainty and has created some major challenges for our organization. We would like for each of you to know that Leaders has made a commitment to the health and well-being of all the Leaders stakeholders. Additionally, in consultation with our staff, and more specifically our Health Services Department and the medical experts in that department being the nurses, Leaders has made several process changes in our operations to help keep everyone in the organization safe and healthy.
As we struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, I would like to communicate the most recent visitation discussions that have remained a priority in allowing you and your loved ones the opportunity to see each other during this most difficult time. The plans for visitation will allow for outdoor visitation once a month for guardians and family members (only), and your loved ones in Supported Living. The plan will consist of how visitation will occur within the Governor’s Public Health Order so that we can create an organized and controlled approach. Furthermore, in the Public Health Order (pg. 2 #1) all persons entering New Mexico from out of state must self-isolate or self-quarantine for a period of at least 14 days from the date they enter into the state of New Mexico. The approach needs to consider many key issues so that individuals, staff, and families are not overwhelmed and that the approach moves forward with safe and healthy visitation. I would also like to remind everyone that we will also continue to use Zoom, Facetime, and other modes of online communications in allowing you to visit with your loved ones.
Finally, attached you will find our visitation protocols and procedures.