New guidelines for on-site and off-site residential visitations, effective July 3

Published: July 2, 2020

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July 2, 2020

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to share with you that the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has announced guidelines for expanded on-site visitations and the commencement of off-site visitations, effective July 3, 2020.  I also want to share the attestation form that DDS requires parents/guardians to submit when the person served returns to their residence from an off-site visit as well as an updated visitor screening form.

These guidelines and attestation and visitor screening forms insure visitations adhere to recommended DDS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) guidelines for the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation continues to evolve and based on specific circumstances in a residence, the guidelines are subject to change. We will do our best to provide as much advance notice as possible.

We are glad that the people in our services are now able to be with their families for extended on-site and off-site visits. Please connect with your residential manager on any questions you might have and to arrange a visit.

Best wishes,

Kelly Pottie, Vice President of Residential Living