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. 


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: https://www.ippi.org/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: https://www.ippi.org/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: https://www.ippi.org/resourcelibrary/

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