Inland Regional Center is taking measures to minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community. As an agency, we are operating under the directives of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and following the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We are also strictly following state and county COVID-19 regulations.
Currently, our Service Coordinators have begun to make visitation to clients in residential facilities and those living independently. Service Coordinators will also stay in touch with our clients and families via telephone, email, and video chat. Other IRC business will also be conducted digitally.
Our Community Engagement team has created this page to help our clients and families during these challenging times. Here you will find helpful links and resources regarding public health resources, IRC service updates, testing locations, food assistance, and much more. We hope this page is of service to our community.
Public Health Information
Inland Regional Center is dedicated to sharing relevant resources with our community regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We believe that the best source of accurate, credible, and timely information are public health organizations.
The following agencies are sharing valuable resources and tips on protecting yourself, local infection data, testing locations, financial/food assistance, and much more.
- Department of Developmental Services – Information and Resources Page
- ARCA – General Resources for Individuals, Families, Workers, Employers
- CDC – How To Protect Yourself and Others
- CDC – Tips for People with Disabilities
- COVID-19 Resources for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Guidance for Individuals with Access and Functional Needs – CDPH (PDF)
- Questions and Answers on Providing Services to Children with Disabilities (PDF)
- Tips for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Tips for Caregivers of with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- Health Profile Form for People with Disabilities
- COVID-19 Education Resources and Guidance
- COVID-19 Tips for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (English | Español)
- COVID-19 Tips for Caregivers of People with Disabilities (English | Español)
- COVID-19 Vaccine Information in Plain Language
- Options for Accessing COVID-19 Testing – Article
The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of multiple COVID-19 vaccines in the United States and is working to distribute these to individuals across the country. The State of California is rolling out these vaccines in phases, targeting specific groups based on risk.
Currently, San Bernardino County is operating in Phase 1A and is offering the vaccine to IRC Service Providers, at no cost, under the behavioral and mental health workers category. Service Providers must reside in San Bernardino County and will need to present an ID and pay stub for address verification.
Information regarding vaccines for other individuals, including IRC clients and other unspecified groups, will be made available as it is received.
Find out if you are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by visiting:
“MyTurn” is where you can find out if it’s your turn to get vaccinated and schedule vaccination appointments. If it isn’t your turn yet, you can register to be notified when you become eligible.
Everyone in California will have an opportunity to get vaccinated against COVID-19 at no cost, but our vaccination supply is limited right now.
Are you eligible? Find out if it’s your turn by answering a few questions. It only takes a few minutes. If you’re eligible and vaccine appointments are available through “MyTurn,” you can schedule one. If it’s not your turn yet or appointments are not available, you can register to be notified when you’re eligible or when appointments open up.
NOTICE: Due to the high demand and limited supply of COVID-19 vaccines, appointments may take a few weeks to schedule. San Bernardino and Riverside Counties are adding more appointments regularly and continue to expand statewide.
Information about the vaccines and their safety, Frequently Asked Questions, and other resources can be found here:
Announcements and Memorandums
Note: We kindly request using remote technology when contacting your loved ones in residential facilities. This is to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and ensure your love ones are safe.
If you need any assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- State Public Health Officer Order Regarding Worker Vaccination Mandate
- DDS Directive on State Public Health Officer Order Regarding Worker Vaccination Mandate
- CDC Report on Delta Variant
- Updated Statewide Waiver Related To Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
- Fact Sheet – Vaccines for People with High-Risk Medical Conditions or Disabilities
- Inland Regional Center Testing and Vaccination Plan – English | Español
- DDS Directive on Contacting Consumers Regarding Eligibility for COVID-19 Vaccination
- New Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccine Administration for Family Members who are Care Providers
- PPE Recommendations and Resources
- Essential Protective Gear (EPG) for IHSS Providers
- California Department of Public Health – Visitor Limitations Guidance
- Public Health Orders to Wear Face Coverings – Riverside County | San Bernardino County
- CDC – Do-It-Yourself Cloth Face Coverings
- Allotment of Personal Protective Equipment
- Essential Services and Continuity of Operations
- Service Updates from our Executive Director
- State of Emergency Statewide – Memo
- Social Security Offices To Only Offer Phone Service
- Transportation Memo – COVID-19
- ICF Provider Memo – COVID-19
COVID-19 Vaccine Videos
Presented by the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (SCDD)
COVID Vaccine Videos by SCDD Self-Advocates
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities are eligible to receive COVID vaccine right now! To help to make an informed decision about the vaccine, a few of our (SCDD) Councilmembers created this video to share details about the vaccine and answer frequently asked questions. Please note that since the production of the videos, there has been a new kind of COVID vaccine from Johnson and Johnson that only requires one shot.
- COVID Vaccine Information: https://youtu.be/NZN4le0qXWo
- Avoiding COVID Vaccine Scams: https://youtu.be/erMlyoj8wFg
We would like to thank Council Chair Wesley Witherspoon and Councilmember Nicole Adler for making these videos!
Videos sobre la Vacuna de COVID presentado por Auto-Abogadores de SCDD
¡Las personas con discapacidad intelectual y del desarrollo son elegibles para recibir una vacuna COVID en este momento! El 15 de Abril, cada californiano será elegible para recibir una vacuna COVID. Para ayudar a tomar una decisión informada sobre la vacuna, algunos de nuestros (SCDD) concejales crearon este video para compartir detalles sobre la vacuna y responder preguntas frecuentes. Tenga en cuenta que desde la producción de los videos, ha habido un nuevo tipo de vacuna COVID de Johnson y Johnson que sólo requiere una inyección.
- Información de la vacuna COVID: https://youtu.be/dKUzE7IV_Wc
- Evitar estafas de vacunas COVID: https://youtu.be/LIRnC39U32k
¡Nos gustaría agradecer a la concejal Sandra Aldana por hacer estos videos!
Downloadable Materials and Additional Resources
- Riverside County COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Efforts – Presentation
- IEHP – How Can I Get Tested For COVID-19? (PDF)
- CDC – Handwashing and Hand Sanitizer Factsheet (PDF)
- Stop the Spread of Germs (PDF)
- Detenga La Propagación De Los Microbios (PDF)
- 1-Page Plain Language COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations (PDF) – English | Spanish
- Activities While Sheltering in Place (PDF) – English | Spanish
- Five Ways to get Kids to Wear Masks