Program Changes due to COVID-19 (coronavirus)
Has your program made policy, procedural changes, training videos or other materials due to COVID-19 that are working well? Please share these changes with ADI so that we can share it on this website for all programs. Let's support each other through these difficult times.
Thank you so much to our members for sharing their policies, templates and procedures, so everyone can benefit! We are stronger together!
Standard Modification Update - August 26, 2020
- Two-way digital communication through video conferencing platforms such as Skype, Doxy.me (HIPPA compliant), Facetime, GoToMeeting, Zoom, Whatsapp, etc. or the telephone. Video conferencing is preferred and assessors may request an explanation why telephone was selected over video conferencing. Receiving a written report via email or mail from the client will not this requirement.
- The program's written report documenting this client follow-up visit must include the method of communication used.
- The program's written report from this follow-up visit must include the statement that it was conducted digitally due to the Coronavirus COVID-19.
2020 Accreditation Surveys Update - August 26, 2020
Resources from ADI NA Town Hall Meeting 7/14/2020
ADI COVID-19 Standard Guidance - May 14 2020
On May 14, 2020 the ADI Board determined, due to the COVID-19 crisis, any program that is due for their ADI accreditation survey in 2020 must submit their preliminary paperwork (Pre-Packet) by the originally assigned due date unless the program submits a written request for an extension to the Accreditation Coordinator, Laura Hilbert at [email protected]. Requests for extensions must include specific reasons as to how COVID-19 has affected the program’s operations. Extension requests for on Pre-Packet paperwork will not be granted beyond October 1, 2020.
Additionally, the assigned assessor(s) will work with your program to determine a mutually agreeable date for the on-site portion of the accreditation survey when both parties feel it is safe to do so. All on-site surveys for programs due in 2020 must be completed by July 1, 2021. ADI is currently evaluating and assessing how portions of the accreditation process can be completed virtually.
ADI is aware of the magnitude of the COVID-19 crisis and its varying effects on different areas of the world; any program that feels it cannot meet these deadlines must contact Laura Hilbert, ADI Accreditation Coordinator, before any assigned deadlines.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's COVID-19 Guidance for Handlers of Service and Therapy Animals
The CDC has released their guidance for handlers of service and therapy animals. This article can be found here.
Many ADI programs are shifting to virtual graduations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Here are some examples.
Amazon Audible Free during COVID-19
Amazon is making available a number audible stories free for everyone whilst schools are closed. Books are available in different languages.
ADI Standards Modification Due to COVID-19
Sample Policies and Templates for COVID-19
Infectious Disease Control Policy COVID Guidance - provided by Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN)
Temporary Sheltering Animals COVID Guidance - provided by Paws With a Cause
COVID-19 PAWS Preparedness and Response Plan - provide by Paws With a Cause
Videos for Children
Federal Coronavirus Relief Bills: What Do They Mean for Nonprofits?
Source: National of Counsel Nonprofits
How Nonprofits Can Utilize the New Federal Laws Dealing with COVID-19, Nonprofit Quarterly, Mar. 26, 2020
Federal Relief Bills - A Quick Overview
· Phase 1 = Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act,
o Paid Leave Options with Reimbursable Payroll Tax Credits
o Emergency Unemployment Insurance Stabilization
o Paycheck Protection Program (Emergency SBA 7(a) Loans) (PPP)
o Expanded EIDL & Emergency Grants (SBA 7(b) Loans)
o Midsize Loan Program – Section 4003
Business Report: Sen. Bill Cassidy Answers Questions on EIDL, PPP Loan Program
Facebook Closed Groups
Programs can also find information and post questions on this topic on ADI's closed Facebook groups.
ADI has 7 closed Facebook groups for Accredited members and Candidate programs.
- ADI Client Services Group
- ADI Communications and Marketing Group
- ADI Directors Group
- ADI Prison Based Training Group
- ADI Puppy Raiser Managers Group
- ADI Trainers Group
- ADI Volunteer Managers Group
To find a group on Facebook, search for "name of the group" and click on "join group."
Teleconferencing program options
One program that can be used for video conferencing with clients (for application interviews and follow-ups) is doxy.me. It is free and HIPAA, GDPR, PHIPA/PIPEDA, & HITECH compliant. (suggested by Service Dogs for America)