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TO: DDS Regional Directors, STS Director, CTH Coordinators, Private Providers, CO Quality Management Personnel
FROM: Daniel A. Micari, Director, Quality Management Services
DATE: November 5, 2013
RE: SAFETY ALERT DIRECTIVE:  Required Revisions to the “DDS Special Operations Plan for Emergency Relocation – Emergency Relocation Site Summary Form” Nov. 2013
Safety Alert Directive
Safety Alert Directive: To private and public sector service providers who operate the following group residential and day service sites: Community Living Arrangements (CLAs), Continuous Residential Supports (CRS), Residential Campuses (RCs), Sheltered Employment (SHEs), Day Support Options (DSOs), Group Supported Employment (GSEs).
Effective 1/1/2014, due to the changing capacity of many Department of Developmental Services’ (DDS) locations to serve as emergency relocation sites, and in an effort to promote flexibility for service providers to plan and identify emergency relocation options that work best for the people they serve, these modifications to emergency relocation plans shall occur. See attached documents.

Please be advised: Private and public service vendors are required to develop a tracking system to assure existing and new personnel have read and signed that they have reviewed the department’s active Safety Alerts. Service vendors are also required to assure adherence to any specific service requirement(s) identified by the department in each active Safety Alert. Documentation of adherence to an active Safety Alert’s specific service requirement(s) and implementation of the service vendor’s tracking system will be reviewed during quality reviews of the service agency.