Allegheny, Westmoreland, and all southwestern PA counties (except Beaver) are moving to the “yellow” phase effective Friday, May 15. Moving from red to yellow means that Harrisburg’s “stay at home” order is lifted and most businesses that had been shuttered by the Governor will now be permitted to open under certain conditions. Achieva has been, and remains, a “life–sustaining business” and as such has been operating throughout the COVID-19 event. At the same time, some of our programs had been suspended during the red phase, and with the move to yellow Achieva will now take steps to enable the people with disabilities we support to reclaim some semblance of normalcy that was taken from them in mid-March.
Achieva’s community participation support (CPS) services will restart. Such services will be strictly limited to activities in the community because the state Office of Developmental Disabilities has extended its order prohibiting facility-based CPS programs from operating. Also during the yellow phase, Achieva will relax its strict “no visitor” policy for community homes. Protocols will still be in place to ensure that in-person visits are done safely. And it will be an individualized process, with a home’s residents’ medical conditions and personal preferences driving decisions about whether in-person visitors will be permitted. The remainder of our suspended programs are being assessed to determine when things should resume.
We want to thank the people we support, their families, and our wonderful direct support professionals for doing their part over the last two months to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Looking forward, Achieva will continue to exhibit leadership to ensure that the appropriate balance is struck between enabling the people we support to live their lives to the absolute fullest while at the same time making sure necessary steps are taken to promote health and safety.