REACH ILP will gradually begin in person services based on our Mitigation Plan submitted to the State ILP Office. Virtual Services remain the primary service delivery for our program throughout the implementation of this plan. As shared by the State of Alaska ILP Office, close to 70% of Part C programs across the country continue to rely on distance delivery.

As REACH ILP implements our safety plan, the goal is to mitigate the risk of COVID-19 to your family and the REACH ILP staff. For the majority of families, this means continuing with the telehealth services you are currently receiving. For other families, it may mean exploring a combination of telehealth and outside visits. Your family service coordinator will discuss the options that may be available to your family as well as update you on the REACH ILP Phase.

How are in-person Visits determined?

  • The REACH ILP Phase Level
  • Through discussion with your family service coordinator on meeting the justification criteria for in-person visits (examples: hearing screening, fitting adaptive equipment, manual therapy)
  • Approval of the justification and visit location with the ILP Director

 

What indicators are used to determine the REACH ILP Phase?

  • Alaska Department of Health and Social Services Infant Learning Program Office
  • State of Alaska Juneau Alert Level
  • Number of available ILP staff
  • Personal Protective Equipment Supply Level
  • CBJ EOC Community risk
  • Community Infection Level
  • Vaccination Availability
  • COVID-19 Testing Turn Around times

These metrics are reviewed every two weeks to determine the REACH ILP Phase level. Please know, there may be a need to move to a different phase sooner if conditions present themselves. If this impacts your next visit, your family service coordinator will contact you.

 

What services are available in the REACH ILP phases?

ILP PhaseServices
Phase 1 HighVirtual Services Only

No travel to Outlying Communities

Phase 2 ModerateVirtual Services Primary

Limited Clinic and Outside Services with ILP Director Approval

No travel to Outlying Communities

Phase 3 MinimalVirtual Services Primary

Outside Services

Outside Services at Childcare Approved

Limited Clinic & In Home upon Approval by ILP Director

Intra-State Travel upon approval by ILP Director

Phase 4 LowAll Settings Approved

Intra-State Travel Upon Approval from ILP Director

 

 

Considerations for In-person Visits:

  1. How comfortable is your family with returning to in-person visits?
  2. What is your preference for ILP visits at this time?
  3. In-person visits will involve the provider and adult caregivers wearing masks. How might this impact the services your family receives?
  4. Is your family able to follow the REACH ILP Safety Protocols?

 

Preparing for an in-person visit:

  1. Sign an in-person service visit agreement
  2. Pass the REACH Health Screening Questionnaire no more than 24 hours prior to your visit
  3. Have a temperature less than 100.3o F at the start of the visit.

 

At this time, REACH ILP is operating in Phase 2.  Please contact your family service coordinator or me directly to discuss next steps or any questions you may have. We ask for your patience as we begin offering hybrid services.