What’s Happening at C.E.R.T.S.
The 2021 Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Wilmington will be an online only virtual walk and fundraiser due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s Walk will benefit 33 local health and human service organizations. In 2020, the Wilmington Virtual Walk for a Healthy Community raised $187,053. The 2021 Campaign will be open until July 15, 2021 at 5pm.
C.E.R.T.S. Adult action Centers reopened for services on Monday August 17, 2020. Read more to learn about guidelines being followed regarding Covid-19 precautions. C.E.R.T.S. is committed to creating a safe environment for staff and participants. Based on the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services, the Division of Developmental Disabilities, Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control, the following operational protocols have been established:
My tenure as Board President comes to a close this year. In the six years I have been on the board of C.E.R.T.S., I am most pleased to have been able to assist in the relocation of the Newark site to New Castle. This journey included many twists and turns but the outcome was worth it. The move took place on January 17, 2020. Unfortunately, we were forced to put a hold on relocation plans for the Kent County site, but hope to begin visiting potential sites in 2021.
C.E.R.T.S. was originally founded to support young adults with multiple, severe disabilities as they transitioned from school to adult life and had a maximum admission age. In October 2012, the Board of Directors voted to expand the mission of C.E.R.T.S. to include adults of all ages who are able to participate in an active, movement oriented day program: The mission of C.E.R.T.S. is to enrich the lives of adults with multiple, severe disabilities and their families through an active, personalized day program. The admission criterion ensures that attendees possess the ability to participate in functional mobility activities.Read More
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Re-opening for participants began August 17, 2020. Participants must speak with a C.E.R.T.S. employee to make arrangements prior to returning to program. DDDS is requiring all service recipients to take temperatures at their homes and to record daily temperature.
There was a recognized need for a program for young adults with multiple, severe disabilities after they transitioned out of the public school system. Since they require total care, this would be a very unique and specialized program with a high ratio of staff to participants.
C.E.R.T.S. will accept the reimbursement level that is provided by the State of Delaware through the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services (DDDS) for all participants who have been given an ICAP assessment and are approved for services.