The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI) is monitoring the progress of COVID-19. Everyone at IPPI is committed to providing excellent care during these very uncertain times. Below you will find information about our planning and preparation, along with emerging news and announcements from the agency. 


Friday, June 12, 2020 

The work that our employees are doing to keep themselves and the individuals we support healthy, safe, and hopeful during these unprecedented times is having profound impact. The lives of fellow employees, providers, supported individuals, and their families are better because of their continued vigilance.

We are seeing states open up, stores and restaurants getting back to business as usual, larger gatherings, and increasing pressure to loosen restrictions that have kept our communities healthy and safe. It is imperative that we continue to act as if we have to continue to lessen the risk of spreading the virus, in both your personal lives and in the workplace.

The following policies and procedures are still in place for everyone at IPPI:

  1. All employees must wear masks while at work. We know that mask wearing is hard and we appreciate your adherence to this life saving policy.
  2. If you are sick, please stay home and notify your supervisor. If you are tested for COVID-19, please inform IPPI immediately. This is essential to keeping everyone safe.
  3. Wash your hands, surfaces and objects (e.g. phones, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches) regularly; cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, with a tissue, and dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands; and keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose and mouth) as much as possible.
  4. Practice social distancing, while at work and in the community. These measures are working to keep people safe and healthy.

We are keeping precautionary measures in place and continue to ask for your vigilance and adherence to the policies above. Again, your efforts are working—more people are safe and healthy because of you!

If you would like to support our efforts, to protect the individuals we serve and help ensure the safety of our employees and providers, please consider a give in any amount: Donate


Thursday, May 14, 2020,

We continue to be grateful to our employees for the work they are doing to keep themselves and the individuals we support healthy, safe, and hopeful during these unprecedented times. Their continued vigilance is making a difference to the health and safety of our employees and the people we support.

We are seeing more asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 throughout our communities. It is imperative that we continue to act as if we have, or are at risk of, spreading the virus, in both our personal lives and in the workplace. The following policies and procedures are still in place for everyone at IPPI:

  1. All employees must wear masks while at work. We know that mask wearing is hard and we appreciate your adherence to this life saving policy.
  2. If you are sick, please stay home and notify your supervisor. If you are tested for COVID-19, please inform IPPI immediately. This is essential to keeping everyone safe.
  3. Wash your hands, surfaces and objects (e.g. phones, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches) regularly; cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, with a tissue, and dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands; and keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose and mouth) as much as possible.
  4. Practice social distancing, while at work and in the community. These measures are working to keep people safe and healthy.

While we are hearing that businesses and communities are loosening restrictions and opening back up, we are continuing with all of our precautionary measures in place. We ask our employees continue the vigilant work they have been doing right along. It’s working—more people are safe and healthy because of them!

A few updates to keep you connected to happenings around IPPI:

  • In New Hampshire, a small group of employees are providing telemedicine services to individuals we support. We’ll plan on expanding the services as much as the need allows.
  • The Learning Academy in Connecticut has been delivering distance learning for more than a month now.  It’s a new experience for everyone. We’ve been impressed by the creativity and flexibility of our employees and the kids throughout this process.
  • Check out our Facebook Page to see the Connecticut and Massachusetts senior management teams preparing and delivering baked goods to celebrate the hard work of all their employees.
  • Tuesday Coffee Talks with IPPI Clinicians happen live on Facebook and Zoom, every Tuesday at 10AM. Tune-in and share with anyone who might benefit from hearing strategies and honing skills for working from home.

If you would like to support our efforts, to protect the individuals we serve and help ensure the safety of our employees and providers, please consider a give in any amount: Donate


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

We continue to be grateful to our employees for the work they are doing to keep themselves and the individuals we support healthy, safe, and happy during these unprecedented times. Whether it’s our clinicians, providing trainings for fellow employees, teachers supporting students from a distance, or direct support staff, finding ways to get creative with time spent in homes supporting individuals, everyone is doing their best.

While there is news of states “reopening” and lifting stay at home orders, in the communities where IPPI operates, community transmission of the virus continues and the following policies and procedures are still in place:

  1. All employees must wear masks while at work. We know that mask wearing is hard and we appreciate your adherence to this life saving policy.
  2. If you are sick, please stay home and notify your supervisor. If you are tested for COVID-19, please keep IPPI informed.
  3. Wash your hands, surfaces and objects (e.g. phones, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches) regularly; cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, with a tissue, and dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands; and keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose and mouth) as much as possible.
  4. Practice social distancing, while at work and in the community. These measures are working to keep people safe and healthy.

Employees continued vigilance is essential to their health and wellbeing, as well as the health and wellbeing of coworkers, the individuals we support, and everyone in the IPPI community.

If you would like to support our efforts, to protect the individuals we serve and help ensure the safety of our employees and providers, please consider a give in any amount: Donate


Monday, April 20, 2020

We are very grateful to our employees for their continued hard work and dedication to maintaining the health and safety of themselves and the people we serve. It goes without saying that the work we are doing is essential. Through our combined efforts, we will get through this.

In appreciation of our teams commitment to supporting those we serve, employees and home providers who work directly with supported individuals who are COVID-19 positive, will be eligible for enhanced Incentive Pay. Thank you to the many who have stepped up to provide excellent care to the people in our community who have tested positive. IPPI has put several policies in place to ensure the health and safety of our entire community:

  1. All staff must wear masks when at work. Today, states received more mask supplies so all employees and providers working with supported individuals have a supply of cloth masks.
  2. If you are sick, please stay home and notify your supervisor. If you are tested for COVID-19, please keep IPPI informed.
  3. Wash your hands, surfaces and objects (e.g. phones, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches) regularly; cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, with a tissue, and dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands; and keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose and mouth) as much as possible.
  4. Please continue to practice social distancing, while at work and in the community. These measures are working to keep people safe and healthy.

Starting today, IPPI clinicians are hosting a Self-Care Monday Challenge. You can participate in the challenge via our Facebook Page or tune into this email for the challenge. This week, take a picture of yourself doing your favorite yoga pose. If you’re not on Facebook or Instagram, you can send your photos to info@ippi.org.  We’ll be sharing photos via IPPI’s website and social media. Tend to your health, build community, and join us in this fun challenge!

If you would like to support our efforts, to protect the individuals we serve and help ensure the safety of our employees and providers, please consider a give in any amount: Donate


Wednesday, April 15, 2020

We would like to thank our dedicated employees and providers for showing up every day and doing their best for the people we serve. Whether they are working to provide distance learning for the students we serve or getting creative with programming for individuals in their homes while social distancing, they are making a difference in the lives of the people we serve. Their work is essential—they are essential.

We continue to source personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies and the tools to help employees and providers stay healthy and safe while doing the same for the individuals we support. We have received hundreds of donated masks and other protective equipment from businesses, school districts, individuals and fellow employees! According to the CDC, it is best practice to wear a mask whenever you are out in public. While at work, all employees should wear a mask. We are working to ensure that every direct care worker has a supply of masks available.

If you would like to support our efforts, to protect the individuals we serve and help ensure the safety of our employees and providers, please consider a give in any amount: Donate


Monday, April 13, 2020

Statement from Lou Giramma, CEO, The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI)

It is with great sadness that The Institute of Professional Practice, Inc. (IPPI) shares news that an individual who we support tested positive for COVID-19 on April 5, 2020, and passed away on Friday, April 10, 2020. This is an unimaginable tragedy for the individual’s family, friends and everyone in the IPPI community. We have made grief counseling, support groups, and employee assistance programs available to everyone in the IPPI community.

The team was prepared to care for this individual and followed protocols appropriately. When this individual became ill, isolation and medical protocols were implemented and exposed persons were quarantined and advised to monitor their health closely. Several of those contacts have tested positive. Our preparedness and response efforts are in line with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and DHHS guidelines. We are unable to provide specific information on the individual.

Our number one priority is protecting the individuals we support and the providers and employees who care for them. IPPI is working closely with the DHHS Division of Public Health Services and other state and local officials to continue to implement best practices in all our services.

Media Contact
Judy Stermer, jstermer@ippi.org
c. 802-505-0699


Monday, April 6, 2020

As we enter our second month of COVID-19 planning, preparedness and action, our priority as always, is to protect our employees, home providers, and the people we support. Your attention to our own health and safety has had a profound impact on our fellow employees and providers, the people we serve, our families and the greater community. When we take steps to protect ourselves from coronavirus, we have an impact far beyond our own health and safety.

Today, IPPI produced an updated mandatory webinar for all staff and home providers.

Webinar highlights:

  • This weekend, the CDC came out with guidance that wearing a homemade, cloth mask can help slow the virus. IPPI is working to secure masks for all employees and providers. Once we have a supply, masks will be mandatory when at work.
  • If you would like to make masks or know someone who would like to donate, please visit our website for more information: Donate Homemade Masks
  • IPPI Clinicians have been working to create trainings and support groups to help employees and providers navigate the stress of our current reality. We will post all workshop and training details on the IPPI employee portal.

COVID-19 Update: Webinar

As you know, the situation we are dealing with is fluid and ever-changing. We will continue to communicate with you regularly. Please reach out if you have any questions Contact Us


Monday, March 30, 2020

Updates from last week:

  • We began distance learning programming with students from the Learning Academy and from the School Partnership program in CT. We are thrilled to start bringing behavior therapists back from leave to help accomplish this important work.
  • While wearing a mask is not a silver bullet and won’t protect against the virus 100%, we do see value in wearing masks to protect those who are healthy. We are currently working to make and secure donations of masks for all front-line direct care staff. If you would like to make masks or know someone who would like to donate, please visit our website for more information: Donate Homemade Masks

We continue to add resources for caregivers to the IPPI Resource Library. You’ll find ideas for social distancing that are creative, fun, and free: Resource Library

As you know, the situation we are dealing with is fluid and ever-changing. We will continue to communicate with you regularly. Please reach out if you have any questions Contact Us


Monday, March 23, 2020

As states begin issuing “stay at home” measures, IPPI services and the people we employ are essential. We will continue to provide services throughout this crisis, to ensure the health and safety of the individuals in our care.

Support this essential service during this crisis with a donation today.


Monday, March 16, 2020

These are uncertain times, and we are meeting daily to ensure each individual in our care is getting what he or she needs. We have several updates to share with you today:

  • The IPPI Schools in our Connecticut operations are following public school systems’ actions and have temporarily closed.
  • Due to newly instated restrictions on the size of gatherings in MA, individuals who received services at the Day Program are now being supported in their homes.
  • In all our locations, individuals are being supported in non-congregant settings to promote social distancing and to keep employees and supported individuals safe and healthy.

All IPPI offices are implementing adjusted work schedules and work from home policies to limit the exposure to potential risk and promote social distancing.

Visitors to and from our programs will face restrictions that vary based on location and type of program. Please check with your program to understand what is happening locally. We know that social contact is important to everyone’s mental health, so we will be encouraging contact through virtual means as much as possible.

We are limiting and, in most cases, discontinuing out of state work-related travel for all employees. In addition, we are asking employees to limit non-essential personal travel. Travel to and from level 3 countries as defined by the CDC will still require self-quarantining for a minimum 2-week period.

Many states have issued restrictions on the size of gatherings, which has forced us to discontinue congregate and community-based day programming in a number of locations. We are currently transitioning to home-based supports for the time being. This allows us to practice social distancing and reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. We are compiling digital resources (classes, educational tools, online activities and more) for staff and families to access during this time Resource Library

As you know, the situation we are dealing with is fluid and ever-changing. We will continue to communicate with you regularly. Please reach out if you have any questions Contact Us


COVID-19 Preparedness

IPPI is committed to the health and safety of the people we support and our dedicated staff. As such, the work of prevention of and planning for COVID-19 is a top priority for the organization.

Our main goal is to protect our employees, home providers, and the people we support. With that in mind, organizational leaders are meeting regularly and providing regular communications to staff and stakeholders regarding what IPPI is doing to ensure the health and safety of everyone in our care. We encourage you to stay up to date from reliable sources such as the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

IPPI has taken action in the following ways and will continue to do the following:

  • Meeting as a leadership team weekly to monitor, plan and react to any impacts to IPPI operations, staff or individuals we serve;
  • Monitoring local, national and international information regarding the virus and keeping employees, providers, parents and other stakeholders informed;
  • Updating and reviewing our Continuation Of Operations Plans (COOP) to prepare for any larger outbreaks in areas where we serve the community;
  • Training and retraining employees on Universal Precautions including commonly known steps to stop all virus transmissions; and
  • Training and communicating with managers to be prepared to address employee concerns and situations.

We are following important common-sense guidelines:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Clean surfaces and objects (e.g. phones, keyboards, doorknobs, light switches) with disinfectant regularly.
  • Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing, within your elbow.
  • Dispose of used tissues immediately and wash your hands.
  • Keep your hands away from your face (eyes, nose and mouth) as much as possible.
  • If you are sick, stay at home and notify your manager immediately.
  • Encourage family members and others you come in contact with to follow the same guidelines.
  • Stay informed by reading your email communications, notices posted on the employee portal and information shared by managers.

Recently, IPPI produced a mandatory webinar for all staff and home providers.

Recommendations from the CDC that are being implemented at IPPI: 

You can read more about what IPPI is doing and our commitment to the health and safety of everyone touched by our agency in this letter from IPPI’s CEO, Lou Giramma. Click Here

The COVID-19 (Corona Virus) has impacted all of our lives in a variety of ways. In an effort to support social distancing and help curb the spread of the virus we are all making changes in our daily lives and routines. Working together, and for the greater good, many people and organizations have come forward to provide resources to help make this difficult time a bit easier. We’d like to share some of them here: Resource Library