In an effort to be helpful to organizations who support individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout the Province, Abilities has created a system to collect and match organizations who either have excess staff (due to day programs closing, etc.) with those that are in need of staff.
We know that as we move forward organizations are going to be impacted as staff and care providers get sick or are otherwise unable to come to work. We want to help address this need by connecting supply and demand of staff during this crisis time.
Abilities Manitoba staff will receive all submissions and work to match offers of staff with requests. Where that is not possible, information will be posted on our website until either the offer or demand is resolved.
The tool is designed to help connect those that are available with organizations that need help during this crisis period only. All arrangements, screening and scheduling is between the organization offering to work and the organizations or people wishing to employ them. You may consider creating something like this sample Memo of Understanding between the lending and receiving organizations. While this sample has been reviewed by legal counsel, it is offered only as a sample and organizations are responsible for their own due diligence in establishing agreements.
With regards to screening employees, CLdS shared the following information via letter on March 23rd, 2020:
First Aid Certification and Criminal and Adult Abuse Registry Checks
CLDS wants to minimize the barriers that could impede the swift and timely redeployment of staff within and across agencies to the greatest extent possible
First Aid Certification
We appreciate the challenges agencies are experiencing to ensure staff meet the first aid certification requirement established under Residential Care Licensing standards, as Canadian Red Cross and others have cancelled training in order to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Existing staff whose first aid certification has expired, or is about to expire, will be allowed to continue working, however they must recertify within six months from the date of expiration. Staff who are redeployed to other agencies can transfer their first aid certifications with them, including expired certifications.
New hires who do not have an expired certification on file must be scheduled to work alongside staff who are certified. This can include working alongside staff whose certification has expired. We recognize that we may need to revisit this as the situation continues to evolve.
Criminal Record and Adult Abuse Registry Checks
Staff who have criminal record and adult abuse registry checks on file with their current agency of employment will be considered to have valid checks in place and will NOT be required to obtain new checks should they be redeployed to another agency. This includes individuals with verified checks who have been working in other sectors (e.g., early learning and child care).
New hires who do not have existing criminal record and adult abuse registry checks will not be permitted to work alone with vulnerable adults. However; they can be scheduled to work alongside staff with valid checks, including redeployed staff whose checks are held by their originating agency.
Again, we recognize that we may need to revisit this as the situation continues to evolve.
The system is easy. Simply click on the link that best suits your situation and fill in the form. These results go to Abilities Manitoba for matching. Anything that cannot be resolved immediately is then listed on the ‘Staff Deployment Service’ page until it has. Please allow 24-48 hours for matching and/or posting on the website.
Note: This service is open to organizations funded or served by Community Living disAbility Services.
Are you an individual available to work? Are you a family member searching for care providers? Check out Society for Manitobans with Disabilities’ website that matches individuals and families. Go to https://envoyy.ca/
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