Covid-19 information (updated March 4, 2021)
COVID-19 Vaccinations (Updated March 4, 2021)
A memorandum was released on January 5th by Oregon Health Authority providing an update to Oregon’s Phase 1a Vaccination Sequencing Plan. As of January 5th, all subgroups in Phase 1a are now eligible for the vaccine including ABA providers and any paid/unpaid caregiver for an indivdual with disabilies. For more information on the states distribution plan please click here.
How to get a COVID-19 Vaccine as an ABA provider (RBAI, LBA) or caregiver:
- The sign-up process for COVID-19 vaccinations in Oregon changed on March 1, 2021.
- Instead of people signing up individually, the state has switched to an invitation system which once signed up, people will be notified when a vaccine is available for them.
- In order to check eligablity and sign up for a vaccine invitation please use Oregons Get Vaccinated Oregon tool and click “get started”.
If you have any additional information as to vaccine distribution please reach out to ORABA at email@example.com and we will help disseminate this knowledge.
CalABA Webinar on Safety Guidelines for Essential Healthcare Professionals, Friday March 27th 12noon
Free video instruction/tutorials on infection control:
FREE HR Training from Cornerstone related to Coronavirus:
John’s Hopkins University Interactive Map and Info
World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control
Families First Implementation Guidance- hosted by CalABA- Wednesday March 25, 2020 10:00 AM
BAAN Network Resource List
Tracker: Financial Assistance for Businesses Hit by the Coronavirus
Harvard Business Review – Leading & Working Through a Pandemic
Small Business Association Guidance for Employers to Respond to Coronavirus
Families and Therapists
Autism Speaks Info for Supporting Persons with Autism During Coronavirus
NASP Resources for Talking with Children about Coronavirus (available in 5 languages)
Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times
Policy and Insurance Regulations
HHS Guidelines on Telehealth during coronavirus pandemic
Council of Autism Service Providers FREE GUIDELINES
ABA Billing Codes Commission
Telehealth Readiness Guide for ABA agencies-FREE (authored by Wendy Machalicek)
Empowered ABA Telehealth Packet -FREE
Training in Telehealth
Comprehensive Training and FREE Webinars from Zoom focused on using their platform to work remotely and deliver telehealth services
Updated google sheet of currently available and upcoming trainings by Dr. Megan Miller
HIPAA Compliant Videoconferencing Software (Most need BAA. Not exhaustive list)
**All are HIPAA compliant for now, but consider effort required to learn new software when this waiver is lifted. https://personcenteredtech.com/2020/03/17/apple-facetime-or-facebook-messenger-video-and-hipaa-compliance-yes-for-now/
Facebook Group-Telehealth in Behavior Analysis
TheraPlatform (also includes practice management, scheduling, billing) https://www.theraplatform.com/
TheraNest (also includes practice management, scheduling, billing)
Intelehealth (requires low bandwidth, made for rural connections) https://www.intelehealth.org/
Informed Consent for Use of Telehealth with Families
Empowered ABA Telehealth Packet -FREE
Other Resources for Making the Move to Telehealth
Family-Centered Telehealth Behavioral Consultation Manual (T. Ruppert & W. Machalicek)
Train the trainer manual includes Coaching fidelity checklists, problem solving technology, info for working with families via telehealth, etc.
State and Federal
Cross State Licensure—ask Carla for help
Multiple Resources for Oregon Residents
Link to OR Governor’s Office Press Releases
90-day delay for Federal Tax Payments
Families First Act
Free Webinar (CalABA hosted)– Register here: bit.ly/FamiliesFirstABA
This bill responds to the coronavirus outbreak by providing paid sick leave and free coronavirus testing, expanding food assistance and unemployment benefits, and requiring employers to provide additional protections for health care workers.
Most relevant to providers…. the bill requires the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to issue an emergency temporary standard that requires certain employers to develop and implement a comprehensive infectious disease exposure control plan to protect health care workers. The bill also includes provisions that:
- establish a federal emergency paid leave benefits program to provide payments to employees taking unpaid leave due to the coronavirus outbreak,
- expand unemployment benefits and provide grants to states for processing and paying claims,
- require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees,
- establish requirements for providing coronavirus diagnostic testing at no cost to consumers,
- treat personal respiratory protective devices as covered countermeasures that are eligible for certain liability protections, and
- temporarily increase the Medicaid federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP).