COVID-19 Announcements & Updates


June 10, 2020

Message from Ken Lane, TASC Executive Director

Hello everyone,

This message is well past due however, I would like to share some thoughts on behalf of TASC regarding the events of the past few weeks. We at TASC wholeheartedly stand with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The tragic deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other black individuals has deeply hurt and saddened the TASC family. We share the frustration and anger that people are feeling at the systemic racism within our culture, which is responsible for these terrible events.

Since our inception 33 years ago, TASC has provided opportunities and has advocated for equality, inclusion and respect for all of our clients, as well as the professional and caring people we employ. We strive to incorporate these values into the support we provide to the clients of TASC.

We stand with and support those who pursue positive change.

Please know that our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of those that were taken from them in such an unjust, painful and devastating way. We hope they are able to find comfort in the enormous groundswell of awareness and action that is happening and must continue to happen to create a culture of equality and fairness.

Know that TASC values equality, justice and the pursuit of a meaningful life, and will always seek to advance and fight for these principles for any who are denied them.

In Solidarity,
Ken Lane,
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team

P.S. For TASC staff members that want a resource to express their frustrations or a place to talk, please take advantage of our Employee Assistance Program (EAP), offering free counseling services through Trinet. Call this number: (888) 893-5893
For online information: www.feieap.com user name: Trinet

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

May 5, 2020

Dear TASC Day Services Clients, Families, and Providers,

We hope you are all doing well and staying safe. We also hope you have been enjoying our virtual and modified programming and finding it beneficial. As we move towards any dates for restarting in-person day programming, we wanted to let you know what plans may look like:

1. When the stay-at-home order is lifted (meaning non-essential businesses reopen, schools reopen, etc.), we expect that we will also bring back more in-person programming with modifications. We will announce any dates as soon as we have them. We will connect with each one of you to make sure you feel safe to return at that time.

2. Clients with serious at-risk conditions or who are over 65 are encouraged to participate virtually. We will connect with you to speak about some options.

3. All staff and clients will be required to wear masks for the foreseeable future. Homes and individuals will be responsible for providing their own masks (we can provide an initial reusable mask if needed, but each home will need to wash and provide them daily).

4. Extra disinfecting procedures will be implemented daily, in vehicles and any spaces used.

5. No gatherings of groups of more than 10 people will be allowed. Parties, meetings and all other gatherings will be held virtually through Telehealth platforms.

6. All TASC staff will have already completed a COVID-19 training program that outlines preventative and reactive strategies.

7. TASC will also make a concerted effort to educate participants of our program on CDC safety precautions (hand-washing, social distancing, etc.) upon their return to program.

8. Both staff and clients will be screened daily for signs of illness and will not be allowed to program until cleared if signs are present.

9. TASC will not be going to community places that are expected to be crowded. As community spaces open, TASC will have a strict 2 week buffer until we test that space for overcrowding.

10. TASC will be purchasing tablets for each group. We will continue to utilize and enhance our virtual classes so that clients and staff can assess productive curriculum virtually in lieu of some of our normal community activities. We are working daily on creating integrated and productive virtual learning experiences.

If you have any concerns that were not addressed in the guidelines listed above, please reach out and voice your concern as it will assist us in fully preparing to resume services.
Thank you, and we cannot wait to see all of you again!

Warmest regards,
TASC’s Leadership Team

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

March 24, 2020

Hello All,

In light of Governor Newsom’s recent “Stay at Home” order, the TASC offices will be closed until further notice. Things are developing quickly and on a daily basis, but we are committed to the services we provide and will continue to conduct business as usual with adjustments in how we operate. The administrative staff will be working remotely and can be contacted 9am-5pm via email, Day Services and ILS/SLS coordinators will also be available as usual. If you have any questions specific to your program, please contact your supervisor directly.

TASC’s Leadership Team

March 20, 2020

Dear TASC Staff, Families & Friends,

Let me start by thanking each and every one of you for doing everything possible to make the lives of the people we serve as easy as possible during the COVID-19 crisis. I want to assure you that there is no higher priority for TASC than the health and safety of the people we serve and the staff who work with them. As new changes occur daily, we are changing the program to meet the needs of our community. Our supervisory team is working around the clock to ensure that the vital services that we provide continue to be provided with the guidance from the Regional Centers, the Department of Developmental Services and Federal, State and Local government.

Concerning the “Safe at Home” announced on 03/19/2020, we encourage everyone to follow those rules. When it comes to the services that TASC provides, we are considered “Healthcare Operations” and would be able to continue to operate. Even though this means that TASC remains open, some of our departments are closed or partially closed. We will continue to offer our essential programs during this time, which include but not limited to Community Integration Services (CIT), Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS) and our Independent Living and Supported Living Services (ILS and SLS). We have adjusted the way we serve people to adhere to the safety guidance from the entities mention and have come up with creative and beneficial ways to continue to serve the individuals with the most critical needs. Please continue to be in communication with the TASC representative you are usually in contact with.

Please check our website www.TASCservices.org for updates or for our contact list and sign up for our newsletter.

Thank you and be safe!

Sincerely,
Ken Lane,
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com

March 12, 2020

Dear TASC Families & Friends,

We understand the concern and uncertainty you may be experiencing surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Our top-priority is the health and well-being of our clients, staff and community partners. At this time, The Adult Skills Center (TASC)’s services and programs will remain on a normal schedule. Currently, there is no known connection between individuals with COVID-19 and anyone attending or employed at TASC.

The services and programs that TASC provides are necessary for the individuals we serve. Based on recommendations from health authorities, the best plan is to continue the critical services to our clients.

Families & TASC Client Contacts: Please read below to be prepared for procedures within each service department if conditions change. We will also provide additional necessary information, if needed.

Additionally, we are taking extra care to ensure the cleanliness of all areas that TASC clients and staff come into contact with; whether it be in the office, homes, vehicles, or while in the community. We are also encouraging frequent hand-washing and other good hygiene practices.

Should you have any questions regarding this matter, please contact the correct department staff, see below.

We are staying abreast of COVID-19 news and updates. As always, the health, safety and well-being of our clients, staff and community partners is of utmost concern. While the future of the COVID-19 seems uncertain, we are confident we will get through this together and are here for you, should you have any concerns.

Sincerely,
Ken Lane,
Executive Director & TASC’s Leadership Team

Contact Key:
Day Services (Community Integration Training (CIT) & Employment Services):
Alona Yorkshire, (310) 666-1487 / ayorkshire@taschq.com

Specialized Therapeutic Services (STS):
Erik Flores, (818) 512-0929 / eflores@taschq.com

In-Home Services (Independent Living Services (ILS) & Supported Living Services (SLS)):
Lisa Steidl, (818) 939-8197 / lsteidl@taschq.com
Jennifer Pecor, (818) 903-3452 / jpecor@taschq.com

Administrative:
Dennis Rutnam, drutnam@taschq.com
Ken Lane, klane@taschq.com
Tania Bartolo, (818) 900-1730 / tbartolo@taschq.com