ALIGN MEMOS

ALIGN COVID MEMO’S JANUARY 2021

MEETING INFORMATION
SEE: Meeting Links Group-Congregate Care, SIL, and Contract Foster Care Providers.

CURRENT PRACTICE GUIDE
Children’s Services Caregiver Resources and Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response Jan 6, 2021
Children’s Service COVID-19 Group and Campus Based Facilities Practice Guidance Dec 1, 2021

JANUARY ALIGN MEMOS

Memo #49 – CS Guidance Update Jan 6, 2021

NEW!

Now Launched! Jan 2021
COMMUNITY SERVICES STAFF SAFETY INITIATIVE (CSSSI)
ACDS, ALIGN, and the Government of Alberta ministries of Children’s Services and Community and Social Services,  are pleased to share with our members the resources available through the Community Services Staff Safety Initiative (CSSSI); an initiative to increase staff safety and reduce harassment and violence in community service workplaces in Alberta.

ALIGN Introduction to Child Intervention In Alberta – Self Study Guide
This is a 9 module online, self directed orientation for folks new to the work with children and families in Alberta.



RECENTLY ADDED COVID-19 RESOURCES

Being Well Podcast: How to Cope During a Pandemic with Dr. Bruce Perry.
Dr. Bruce Perry joins the podcast to explore how we can limit the long-term impact of stressful events, and heal from past traumatic experiences. The Podcast covers a number of key topics including Caregiver fatigue, and caring for ourselves.

Fresh Routes
Fresh Routes offer a COVID-19 Emergency Delivery Program (Calgary & Edmonton) that brings boxes of food to those in emergency situations around Calgary and Edmonton safely. The box includes bread, eggs, and fruits and veggies. They ask that if you are able to pay for your requested order (A full food box is $15), please do so — it enables them to continue to provide this service. If you are unable to pay, there are a limited number of donated food boxes available. There will be a limited number of food boxes that will be delivered for free for those in emergency financial situations that are funded through generous donations on their GoFundMe page.

Homeless Hub
homeless hub – Youth Homelessness: Mental Health and Substance Use During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Pandemic-Proof: Synthesizing Real-World Knowledge of Promising Mental Health and Substance Use Practices for Young People Who Are Experiencing or Have Experienced Homelessness During the COVID-19 Pandemic..Read Full

Nick Falvo Consulting 
The COVID-19 pandemic has deeply impacted Canada’s homelessness sector. Experts now anticipate an increase in absolute homelessness stemming from the current economic recession. This report commissioned by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) lays out what to expect, and what can be done in response.
The long-term impact of the COVID-19 Recession on homelessness in Canada:What to expect, what to track, what to do FINAL REPORT By Nick Falvo, PhD December 2020

Homeless Hub
Girls, Homelessness, and COVID-19: The Urgent Need for Research and Action Kaitlin Schwan et al. / Girlhood Studies

This journal article highlights the urgent need for research and action on structural conditions that foster pathways into homelessness for low-income and marginalized girls in the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

Child Welfare League of Canada
CWLC Guidance note: Maintaining connections for children and youth in the context of COVID-19
This guidance note was prepared by the Child Welfare League of Canada with the expert advice
of youth in care networks, service providers, and researchers. Published on April 14, 2020, this
this guidance will be updated based on evolving knowledge and circumstances.

CASA
Video CASA and Dr. Dorothy Badry Present: “Your Mental Health” Webinars | Session 5: The Changing Face of Loss & Grief in COVID

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations, or charities who have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses, starting on September 27, 2020, until June 2021. This subsidy will provide payments directly to qualifying renters and property owners, without requiring the participation of landlords. If you are eligible for the base subsidy, you may also be eligible for lockdown support if your business location is significantly affected by a public health order for a week or more. Read More

The Alberta Child Poverty Report Spotlight: Lessons on Child Poverty during a Pandemic
The report casts a light on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting children and how it is exacerbating problems that were present long before the pandemic started in March 2020. The Alberta Child Poverty Report is a collaboration between the Edmonton Social Planning Council, the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW), and Public interest Alberta (PIA). It is part of the Campaign 2000 coalition, a national movement that sought to end child poverty by the year 2000. Obviously, Canada failed to meet this objective and much work remains before poverty for children and youth is eradicated.

Alberta.ca OHS eNews: Special edition Emerging issue: COVID-19 exposure in workplace common areas December 22, 2020
Excerpt – COVID-19 is highly contagious. Alberta OHS incident monitoring shows an emerging trend for COVID-19 exposure related to the failure of controls in workplace common areas. When a hazard cannot be eliminated, it needs to be controlled. The hierarchy of controls must be followed…   Read Full eNews including overviews how COVID exposures can increase in the work place and practices that may reduce those risks.

The Role of Early Learning and Child Care in Rebuilding Canada’s Economy after COVID-19 Report commissioned by the Child Care Now coalition.
Implementing a new national child care system would generate several important benefits for Canada’s economy as it recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and recession, according to new research from... Read more

ACDS Staff Safety Toolkit App: This app provides information and resources to strengthen the health and safety of staff within the CDS sector in Alberta. This app provides easily accessible content and resources in one place, with reference to the ACDS Safety Toolkit.

ACDS COVID-19 Leadership Webinar Recording: On November 5, 2020, ACDS hosted a webinar for leaders across the sector to discuss the leanings from COVID-19 outbreaks at four agencies. (Member login required to view webinar recording)

ACDS Reopening Community Access Programs Tool (Updated June 10): This tool will assist organizations with risk assessment and planning for reopening day programs. This document will be updated as new information becomes available, including any guidance or restrictions issued by Community and Social Services (CSS) or Alberta Health.

ACDS Return to Office Guidelines: ACDS has made our return to office guidelines publicly available as an example for any organization that is planning their own return to the office. This document includes new protocols and best practices.

ACDS COVID-19 Leadership Webinar Recording: 
On November 5, 2020, ACDS hosted a webinar for leaders across the sector to discuss the leanings from COVID-19 outbreaks at four agencies. (Member login required to view webinar recording)

ACHIEVE Free 1 Hour Webinar Managing Your Stress During COVID-19

ALSO SEE THE COVID RESOURCE LIBRARY

ALIGN MEMOS

ALIGN COVID MEMO’S JANUARY 2021

MEETING INFORMATION SEE: Meeting Links Group-Congregate Care, SIL, and Contract Foster Care Providers. CURRENT PRACTICE GUIDE Children’s Services Caregiver Resources and Guidance Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic Response Jan 6, 2021 Children’s Service COVID-19 Group and Campus Based Facilities Practice Guidance Dec 1, 2021 JANUARY ALIGN MEMOS Memo #49 – CS Guidance Update Jan 6, 2021 NEW! Now Launched! Jan 2021 COMMUNITY

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ALIGN MEMOS FOR DECEMBER, 2020

MEETING LINK – SEE: Meeting Links Group-Congregate Care, SIL, and Contract Foster Care Providers. ALIGN NEW CHILD INTERVENTION STUDY GUIDE  DECEMBER 16, 2020 ALIGN Introduction to Child Intervention In Alberta – Self Study Guide This is a 9 module online, self directed orientation for folks new to the work with children and families in Alberta. ALIGN MEMO (47) DECEMBER 2,

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ALIGN COVID May 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMO MAY 29, 2020 CS – Staff Safety PPE Infographic for Service Providers Link:    Staff Safety PPE Checklist Link:  CS Generic CI Field Level Hazard Assessment Form Link:   CS Facilities CI Field Level Hazard Assessment Form Link :  See PPE & Risk Mitigation Staff Safety Tabs For Additional Resources CS – Jon Reeves Communications Communication To Agencies From CS Jon

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ALIGN COVID November 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMO NOVEMBER 30, 2020 Alberta Education Guidance: Return to Remote Learning Education Excerpt Supporting students with disabilities All students with disabilities who require support and services in any grade and students in outreach programs can continue to receive supports and services in-person at school, regardless of the shifts to at-home learning before and after the winter break. This exemption for

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ALIGN COVID September/October 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMO OCTOBER 27, 2020 Children’s Service Update Enhancement Policy Manual Update updated on October 15, 2020.The Enhancement Policy Manual describes the policy, purpose and practice support or procedure that guide our work with children, youth and families. We (CS)often get requests from service delivery, recommendations and directions to update or create new policy. On an ongoing basis, we ensure

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ALIGN COVID August 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMO AUGUST 28, 2020 Developed by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division, in partnership with Mental Health Works and BounceBack Ontario, Return to the workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work aims to serve employees and employers across a variety of sectors. This toolkit provides guidance on how to support the mental health of individuals

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ALIGN COVID July 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMO JULY 22, 2020 Hard-surface disinfectants and hand sanitizers (COVID-19): List of hand sanitizers authorized by Health Canada Week 2 Campaign Social Media Package CONNECTIONS Indigenous Newsletter July 2020 Resource Referral An Alberta led initiative supported by the Max Bell Foundation and Burns Memorial Fund focused on understanding how natural supports can influence well being among children in

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ALIGN COVID June 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMO JUNE 23, 2020 ALIGN hosted BILL C-92 Virtual Workshop Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge Presentation Materials Bill C-92 -From Compliance to Connection Dr. Hadley Friedland and Koren Lightning-Earle (Bill C-92: An Act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Métis children, youth and families, is the first federal legislation on the subject of Indigenous Child and Family Services ALIGN

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ALIGN COVID March 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMOS MARCH 26, 2020 March 25,2020 CS Information for Service Providers Information for Contract Service Providers  Novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Quick Reference Information from the Rapid Response Team We want to remind you again about the Rapid Response Team that is available to assist Agency Directors/CEOs problem solve around urgent staff shortages due to illness and or space issues. Before

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ALIGN COVID April 2020 Memos

ALIGN COVID MEMO APRIL 2020 Guidelines for Continuous Mask and Eye Protection Use in Home Care and Congregate Living Settings Putting on (Donning) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Taking off (Doffing) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Frequently Asked Questions on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) for people with disabilities ALIGN attended a webinar offered by The Alberta Council last week where various mental health agencies

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