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FSSA guidance for various programs and stakeholders regarding COVID-19

FSSA continues to issue news and update guidance to program partners and stakeholders regarding many of the programs it oversees as our state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Below are links to current guidance:

Division of Aging

Division of Disabilities and Rehabilitative Services

Division of Family Resources

Division of Mental Health and Addiction

Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning

  • Updated guidance for child care programs that have remained open or those that will re-open (May 22, 2020)
  • Guidance for school age summer camp programs (May 22, 2020)
  • Reference material regarding mandatory versus recommended practices during COVID-19 in child care licensing (May 22, 2020)
  • TB testing guidelines (May 15,2020)
  • All OECOSL COVID-19 updates
  • General supplies (May 1, 2020)- OECOSL will provide updates to general suppliers who have indicated they are able to provide various supplies.
  • Other local resources for providers (May 1, 2020)- local resources including funding or other local supports offered at the county level.
  • PPE supplies (April 30, 2020)- OECOSL has collected a list of supplier who have been able to provide specific supplies, such as sanitizers, thermometers and cleaning supplies. OECOSL will update this list as it continues to expand.
  • Indy Chamber Rapid Response Hub (April 30, 2020)- The Indy Chamber has created the Rapid Response Hub in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Rapid Response Hub houses a plethora of resources, information and supports for small business and is applicable to small businesses across the state.
  • CPR certification and renewal (April 30, 2020)
  • COVID-19 and Temporary Assistance Grant updates Recorded webinar (April 17, 2020)
  • Extra clothing policy notification template (April 23, 2020)
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in partnership with the federal Offices of Child Care and Head Start, has released new guidance for Child Care settings during COVID-19. Check the link for specific guidance for child care on issues such as: This guidance can be found on the CDC website or at this link. This information is intended for child care programs that remain open, and should be used in conjunction with CDC’s guidance for administrators of child care programs and K-12 schools. This guidance does not supersede federal, state and local laws and policies for child care programs. (April 14, 2020)
    • Social distancing;
    • Child pick up and drop off procedures;
    • Cleaning and disinfecting of toys and bedding;
    • Safely caring for infants and toddlers; and
    • Food preparation and meal service
  • Instructions/tutorial for Temporary Assistance Grant application (May 22, 2020) Please read these instructions before applying for the Temporary Assistance Grant!
    • Temporary Assistance Grant application for the weeks of May 18, 2020 – May 30, 2020.
    • Reminders:
      • All applicants can check status of applications by logging back into submittable and following the instructions/tutorial posted!
      • Please check your junk/spam emails for communications and approvals from submittable 
      • Temporary assistance grant applications cover a two week time period.
        Applications will be posted one grant period at a time, new grants will post once the prior grant closes. The grant period that is currently posted and subsequent grant periods will close on the dates listed on the chart below:
        Grant period Grant closes at 6 p.m. EDT Payment
        May 4, 2020 - May 16, 2020 May 20, 2020 May 27, 2020
        May 18, 2020 - May 30, 2020 June 3, 2020 June 10, 2020
        All previous grant periods are CLOSED!    

        Changes to temporary assistance grant eligibility as of June 1, 2020:

        • Public, non public and charter schools that are not licensed centers or registered ministries will no longer be eligible for this grant.
        • Providers who remain closed and will not re-open by June 14, 2020 will NOT be eligible for this grant.
          • An exception will exist for providers who are closed due to a positive/ confirmed COVID-19 case. These providers may be eligible to continue to receive funding.
        • In order to remain eligible for funding, providers must re-open by June 14, 2020 with children in attendance by this date.
          • If a provider is not open on June 1, 2020 but will be re-open by June 14, 2020 they may be eligible for funding, but will be expected to explain how this grant cycle’s funds will be used.


Office of Medicaid Policy & Planning

FSSA also continues to share daily updates from the Indiana State Department of Health with stakeholders and subscribers. The most up-to-date information from ISDH can be found here.