Advocates is committed to reducing the spread of COVID-19 in our community and prioritizing the health and safety of the people and families that we support and our employees.
Click here for our Reopening Safety Plan
Click here for Advocates Community Habilitation Safety Measures
Click here for Advocates Employee Voluntary Vaccination Policy
Click here for Advocates Mentor COVID-19 Return to Work Guidance
Vaccine for Advocates Employees and New Yorkers with intellectual and developmental disabilities
- OPWDD employees and “home care workers” are in Phase 1A of the COVID-19 vaccine distribution. Advocates employees are classified as “patient-facing healthcare workers – home care”.
- Those with underlying health conditions including intellectual and developmental disabilities are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in NY State.
- Appointments can be scheduled at NY State vaccination sites, county vaccination sites, pharmacies or with your medical provider as they become available – see the “Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment” links below.
Upstate Covid Vaccine Information Hotline:
(315) 464-3979 option #2
NY State Vaccine Hotline: 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829)
Schedule a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment
State Vaccination Sites
NY State Fairgrounds: https://apps.health.ny.gov/doh2/applinks/cdmspr/2/counties?OpID=50502400
County Vaccination Sites
Onondaga County – War Memorial: https://covid19.ongov.net/vaccine/1st-dose-screening-form/
For additional counties, visit your county’s website or complete the NY State Department of Health Vaccine Eligibility Survey and search for vaccination site locations by zip code.
Please Note: If Advocates services are provided in Red, Orange or Yellow Cluster Areas/Hot Spot Zones: Advocates employees may only provide services 1:1 and may not support people to gather in groups of any size. See “Advocates Community Habilitation Safety Measures” below for complete guidance.
COVID-19 Testing Sites (Onondaga County)
Safe Activities for Social Distancing
The Advocates team continues to discover and share creative ways to stay safely connected during this time. Please help us to build on this resource by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas so that they can be added and shared with the Advocates community. We are all in this together!
Training and Support Specialist eVero Instructions
New York Connects
Link to long term services and supports. Phone: 315-435-1400, Website: http://ongov.net/nyconnects/
211 provides human services information and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone: (315) 251-1400, Website: https://211cny.com/
Confidential, anonymous, free 24-hour/7-day a week telephone counseling, suicide prevention and crisis counseling hotline. Available 24/7 from Contact Community Services and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
Onondaga County phone: 315-251-0600
Cayuga County phone: 877-400-8740
Lifeline 24/7 Online Crisis Chat
Available 24/7 across the U.S. Lifeline Chat is a service of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, connecting individuals with counselors for emotional support and other services via web chat.
Lifeline 24/7 Mental Health Support Line
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.