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Message from Stone Belt's CEO

 

Greetings,
I hope this message finds you doing well during this unusual time. Stone Belt is continuing to assess the COVID-19 situation by staying up to date on the Governor’s orders, the Indiana State Department of Health requirements, and the CDC guidance.  At this time, we plan to keep facility-based Lifelong Learning programs closed until June 1. When we reopen, it will be done on a gradual basis, so we do not lose ground to the virus. We want to continue to keep everyone well.

Lifelong Learning staff will be in touch with clients, families, and partner providers to determine your needs and desires on returning. They will keep you informed about when people may start to return to the Lifelong Learning classes. We will be particularly careful about those that have underlying health conditions who will probably return later than some others. Those who have been at home with their family will be given higher priority for return wherever possible.

We are still considering transportation options and it is likely that those who return will need their own transportation for a while.

In the meantime, we are planning gradual reopening of other services starting on May 18 including:  

  • Milestones services, including the clinic, skills development, and behavior supports will begin offering face to face services where it is safe to do so.
  • Employment services will begin to offer face to face services where it is safe to do so.
  • Lifelong Learning will begin limited community-based services dependent upon staff availability where it is safe to do so.
  • As space allows, Manufacturing Services will re-open for clients residing in their family homes who meet criteria and do not have vulnerable health conditions. Your coordinator will contact you about this possibility.

Our plans could change if the health crisis either improves or worsens over the next two months. 

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as we work through the necessary responses to this pandemic. Considering the serious circumstances we are all in, everyone has done remarkably well. We have a ways to go and some uncertainty ahead, but we will get through this as safely and as soon as possible. 

 

Leslie Green
CEO

 

Coronavirus Updates

  • Facility-based Lifelong Learning programs in Bloomington, Bedford, and Columbus will remain closed until June 1, 2020.

  • Milestones & Community Employment programs continue to provide services.

  • Stone Belt's Residential Programs continue to operate as usual.

Please check back here frequently for updates on Stone Belt's operational status.

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Keeping our clients safe video presentation

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IU Health Virtual Visits

An IU Health app is offering free COVID-19 screenings through a virtual clinic. The app, IU Health Virtual Visit, is staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers, and registered nurses. 

Patients can use the app to be screened for the coronavirus from home, which can potentially eliminate the need to visit a physical doctor’s office, urgent care or emergency room. The app's team can recommend and facilitate appropriate steps for care and provide direct access to local hospitals and medical care. 

The app encourages users to answer questions about their medical history and any underlying conditions they have before being connected to a medical professional through video chat. 

How can you access the hub?

  1. Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.
  2. Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.
  3. Connect with the virtual hub, select “Coronavirus Screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.
    Click here to see visual, step-by-step instructions.

Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.

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Coronavirus Stimulus Checks Q & A

Recovery Rebates
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorized stimulus payments (called Recovery Rebates) to be given to many people across the United States.

Who is eligible for Recovery Rebates?
The payments are available to many people, even people who do not make enough money to file taxes.

How much is the payment?
$1,200 for individuals and $2,400 for married couples who filed jointly. People whose adjusted gross income was less than $75,000 for a single individual or $150,000 for married filling jointly are eligible for the full payment.

Do asset and income limits apply to these payments?
No. These payments are like tax rebates, they "shall not be taken into account as resources for a period of 12 months from receipt, for purposes of determining the eligibility of such individual (or any other individual) for benefits or assistance (or the amount or extent of benefits or assistance) under any Federal program or under any State or local program financed in whole or in part with Federal funds" (26 U.S. Code 6409). This means that people with disabilities can accept these payments without putting Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and other benefits at risk.

Do I need to fill out a form to get payment?
The payments will be issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), like a tax refund, and if a person filed taxes in 2018 or in 2019, the payment will be made automatically to the bank account or address the IRS has on file.

Can people on SSI or Social Security get payments?
Yes, but many people may need to file tax returns. The Arc of the United States is working with the Administration and Congress to make the process as automatic as possible for everyone.

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Stone Belt Arc is the local chapter of The Arc in Monroe County. The Arc is committed to all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities realizing their goals of living, learning, working and fully participating in the community. The combined strength of local Arcs, The Arc of Indiana and The Arc of the United States makes The Arc the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Learn more about The Arc by visiting www.arcind.org and www.thearc.org.

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