Vision Statement: BARC Development Services will assist and support individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism to reach their fullest potential, lead happy lives and contribute to their community.
Please see below for up to date information for the agencies response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
TO: Individuals, Family Members, & Residential Providers
FROM: Scott Kulp, Director of Vocational Services & Development
Friday, July 2nd, 2021
I wanted to offer an update about the status of our day programs at BARC Production Services Quakertown (BPSQ) and Warminster (BPSW). Both our day programs re-opened on a limited basis on Monday, May 10th, 2021. Since then, the weekly positivity rate in Bucks County has continued to drop. Today the rate is .6%, which is the lowest in months. The good news is we no longer have to close our day programs if the positivity rate again exceeds 10% in Bucks County as long as 70% of the individuals attending our programs are fully vaccinated.
On Monday, June 28th, 2021, Governor Wolf lifted the masking mandate for the state of Pennsylvania. There were exceptions to lifting this masking mandate, however. One of those exceptions is that individuals and staff at health care facilities are still expected to wear masks at all times when indoors. BPSQ and BPSW are considered health care facilities, which means everyone who comes to our programs must be able to wear a mask, except when eating. We understand this exception may be confusing, as well as disappointing for those folks who hoped they would now be able to return to their day program.
At this time, we do not know if or when folks who cannot wear a mask might be able to return to their day program. As we receive updates about this situation, we will share that information with you.
I send best wishes to you for a fun and relaxing 4th of July holiday!
Director of vocational Services & Development
BARC Developmental Services
A Message from ODP: The Office of Developmental Programs (ODP) has partnered with Rite Aid to provide COVID-19 vaccines to individuals with an intellectual disability or autism and their caregivers at Rite Aid stores across the Commonwealth. We also secured a call center to support scheduling efforts.
At this time, we have requested assistance from Supports Coordinators to recontact individuals and their caregivers who may have been unable to take advantage of prior clinic opportunities, who were still evaluating whether they wanted to get vaccinated or previously said they did not want to be vaccinated to check if they may have changed their mind.
ODP is not scheduling any additional closed clinics for the ODP population only, rather, moving to a model where individuals and their caregivers will receive assistance to schedule at a Rite Aid store near them during typical store hours.
As indicated on the instructions, registration for vaccination appointments is easy, the person just needs to call our call center at 1-800-424-4345 and answer some brief intake questions. The hours of operation are 7 AM to 7 PM, Monday through Friday. The call center will provide representatives from Rite Aid with the individual’s information and Rite Aid will call them directly to schedule vaccination appointments.
If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to your Supports Coordinator.
Date: March 3, 2021
To: Individuals, Families, Team Members, Residential Workers, Therapists and Supports Coordinators
From: Eric Macklin, Residential Director
Re: Updates and Changes to COVID Precautions
I would like to take this opportunity to express my continued gratitude to all of the people who this letter is being sent. COVID has affected us in many ways and we have each developed our own personal coping techniques while adapting our daily routines in many ways. What I am thankful for is what each of you has done for the individuals that BARC Developmental Services supports residentially. I am very proud of how incredibly well you have helped the individuals adapt to the changes in their lives and remain as safe and healthy as possible. The role each of you plays has allowed the end result to occur. Lastly, I would like to thank the individuals for their patience, understanding, flexibility and courage during the past year.
As of today, all individuals, with the exception of two who were not cleared medically, have been fully vaccinated. Many workers also elected to be vaccinated. Additionally, the Bucks County COVID rate has been under 10% for the past three weeks. We have worked hard to maintain high standards of screening for COVID symptoms upon arrival at worksites, following cleaning protocols and testing for COVID when needed. For these reasons the following changes are effective now:
- Individuals’ outings into the community can occur to locations where social distancing can take place. The individual must be able to wear a mask and social distance for the full length of the outing.
- Dining out is not being reinstated for individuals and remains prohibited. Drive thru and delivery food is permitted at this time with full precautions in place including washing of hands and the use of hand sanitizer before and after the handling of bags, etc.
- Medical appointments of all kinds will resume for individuals. This includes office visits and in-home therapies. Telehealth appointments will continue if desired by the medical professional.
- Schedules for office staff are being reviewed again to continue to balance the number of staff in the office together each day of the week. This will increase the number of staff in the office each day going forward.
- Certain in-person trainings for associates are resuming while virtual trainings will continue for the majority of courses.
- Visits for families with individuals will be resuming effective immediately either at the residential offices or outside of the residential homes depending on the weather. Contact the House Manager or Program Manager / Coordinator to schedule the visit and to learn about the precautions that are in place.
Thank you to our incredible staff and contractors for their supports to our children and adults over the past several months. A true example of dedication, compassion and resilience.
EARLY INTERVENTION UPDATE: Parents are offered the services according to their child’s Individualized Family Service Plan by teleintervention. Early Intervention team members are providing support and strategies to each family via a convenient platform. Families that prefer not to participate in teleintervention services are on hold until face to face service is allowed.
As we work closely with our government entities regarding the ever changing information regarding COVID-19, we ask that you please check our Facebook page and website (barcprograms.org) frequently for the most up to date information regarding our services. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this rapidly changing situation.
Who We Are
We are people with disabilities and the members, parents, and staff who support them…We are guided by a volunteer board of directors.
We were founded in 1951 by parents of children with developmental delays. These parents sought growth and achievement opportunities for their children. Today we serve over 700 individuals from birth through retirement.
Early Intervention Programs
We help infants and toddlers develop a variety of skills through our Early Intervention Program. The family is central in planning supports for their child.
We support individuals in their homes through our Residential Program. The supports we provide are as varied as the dreams of the people we serve.
We help develop work skills needed by individuals to earn wages through our Vocational Services Program and our Production Services Program. The JOBS Program offers community based employment services for disabled adults; for more information on JOBS Click Here
Those who choose to work within BARC Developmental Services do so in a multi-faceted environment that allows each associate to perform, grow and succeed. Because we are a growth-oriented, creative agency we seek associates with wide ranging skills and backgrounds to join our team. Many of our employees feel strongly about what we do here at BARC, to read some of their testimonies, click the link to be redirected to our careers page. Read More