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ATTENTION:   ACTIVITY PROFESSIONALS AND NOAAP MEMBERS 

Those of you seeking online Activity Professional courses or hiring Activity Professionals please be aware! Know what you are paying for and what the credentials are of people that you are hiring. NOAAP does not support ADN or NAAPCC as they do not meet NAAP, our National Association’s standard of practice. The NAPT course that Activity Director Network does not meet the minimum regulatory standard of most US States. Further, the position of NAAP is that at only 36 hours and with no practicum, the NAPT course does not meet NAAP standards of practice. tice (F-658). 

ADN – Activity Director Network is NO longer providing MEPAP classes that provide the prerequisite for National Certification via NCCAP.  

Reminder - Ohio regs mandate 90 hour approved course- the ADN only provides a 75-hour course- you do not meet Ohio regs using these services! 

Ohio Skilled Nursing Regulations- 

https://codes.ohio.gov/oac/3701-17-07

Please see our education page for MEPAP education opportunities that meet NCCAP and NAAP professional standards.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the NOAAP board.

Please see the official statement from NAAP on July 1st

National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP)

July 1 at 12:00 PM · 

NAAP POSITION ON ACTIVITY DIRECTOR NETWORK, LLC
AND NAAP CREDENTIALING CENTER (NAAPCC)

It has come to the attention of the National Association of Activity Professionals (NAAP) that the private, for profit company Activity Director Network, LLC of Livingston, TX has recently announced a National Activity Professional Certification Training Course, “NAPT”, as a 36-hour course with no practicum experience requirement. Activity Director Network states the NAPT replaces the Modular Education Program for Activity Professionals (MEPAP) which is a 90-hour course with a 90-hour practicum. 

As background, CMS explicitly recognizes NAAP in F658 as competent to establish professional standards of quality and practice for the Activity Profession. Any other organization that uses the NAAP name does not meet the professional standards set forth in F658. In particular, the NAAP Credentialing Center (NAAPCC) is not recognized as meeting NAAP professional standards of practice. 

In 1986, NAAP created the National Certification Council for Activity Professionals (NCCAP) to meet the standards set forth by NAAP. In 2017, NAAP met with NCCAP and NAAPCC to discuss these standards and ensure the highest quality education for Activity Professionals. NAAP requested that NCCAP and NAAPCC work together for the betterment of the profession, with the goal of one certification for all Activity Professionals. However, as NAAPCC is a separate legal entity with no affiliation to NAAP, NAAPCC chose to continue operating independently of NAAP and NCCAP. In 2018, NAAP made the decision to only support the NCCAP credential. Since 2018, all our communications regarding certification have been a joint effort of NAAP and NCCAP. 

NAAP continues to stand for quality education and promote certifications for professionals who meet our standards. Referencing language used by Activity Director Network, NAAP would like to clarify that being “qualified” means that an Activity Professional meets the State and Federal Regulations required to run an activities program. Being “certified” means that an Activity Professional meets additional standards of knowledge and training and holds a distinctive certification based on achieving these additional standards. 

The NAPT course that Activity Director Network does not meet the minimum regulatory standard of a majority of US States. Further, the position of NAAP is that at only 36 hours and with no practicum, the NAPT course does not meet NAAP standards of practice. 

Those students who paid Activity Director Network to take the MEPAP course need to know that the NAPT course of Activity Director Network no longer meets either the NCCAP standards for certification nor the professional standards of practice of NAAP. 

NAAP formally notifies all Activity Professionals, State Associations, Federal and State Regulators, and Federal and State Health Care Associations that the NAPT course by Activity Director Network does not meet the minimum requirements of CMS F680 nor NAAP professional standards of practice.

The NAAP Board of Directors

Breakdown of CMS Guidance to Re-Open SNFs

Phase 1 of re-opening SNFs

All residents and staff need baseline virus testing

All SNFs that have had positive cases within the community must have a State Survey process

The community must prove that they are not suffering from staffing shortages and are providing adequate staffing for their resident populations.

Residents and Staff will be tested weekly (14 days minimum)

There needs to be adequate amount of PPE supplies and proper Infection control policies

Communal dining can begin with 6ft social distancing with all residents

Group activities are still restricted in phase 1

All residents/staff must wear masks

The community must be Covid free for 14 days to be able to move to Phase 2 of the reopening plan

Phase 2

After 14 days of no new cases

Testing will continue weekly for residents/staff

The community must prove that they are not suffering from staffing shortages and are providing adequate staffing for their resident populations.

Communal dining can continue with social distancing in place- 6 ft apart

Some group activities may begin- residents in masks, no more than 10 people in a group- 6ft apart social distancing

Outings out of the community may begin that are medically necessary such as Dr appts.  all must wear face masks out of the building

Screening of all healthcare professionals coming into the building

*****In order to move to Phase 3-  the community must be 28 days Covid free in Phase 2 in order to move forward

Phase 3

No New cases or positive residents/staff- for 28 days

Continue to screen for all symptoms

The community must prove that they are not suffering from staffing shortages and are providing adequate staffing for their resident populations.

Adequate PPE supplies and Infection Control supplies

Visitations can begin with screenings and handwashing at the door of the community

Communal dining continues with social distancing 6 ft apart

Group activities – no restrictions on how many residents but must have masks and social distancing of 6ft apart

All residents must wear masks

Outings out of the community may begin that are medically necessary such as dr appts.  all must wear face masks out of the building- must share COVID status with transport company

Volunteers and contracted vendors can come into the building- and screened at the door

COVID screenings daily

Weekly testing

****Every community is different and will be opening at different times for visitors

 

Message from Governor Mike DeWine

Governor DeWine Institutes Limits on Visits to Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living 

At the press conference, Governor DeWine announced state-mandated limitations on visitors to Ohio nursing homes and assisted living facilities. An executive order has been signed to this effect.

As has been heavily covered, older Ohioans are those most vulnerable to the disease. Per Director Acton, among individuals aged 40-50, 1 in 250 infected will die of the disease. For those aged over 80, COVID-19 has a 15% mortality rate.

Governor DeWine and Director Acton announced that:

  • Residents will be limited to one visitor per day;
  • The visitor is required to undergo a basic health exam, including temperature testing; and
  • Facilities will have to maintain a log of visitors.

It is unclear at this time whether hospice clinicians will be counted as visitors or as necessary health care providers under the executive order.

Governor DeWine also noted that as the pandemic worsens, the Administration may ban visitors to nursing homes altogether until the threat passes. As of now, the order only affects nursing facilities and assisted living providers.

Creating a policy to limit access for individuals with deliveries is important. Nursing homes should ask suppliers to deliver supplies to a designated location, such as loading dock, without entering the building as a policy to ensure vendors and suppliers are adhering to the governor's order.

These strong mandates come as providers around the state begin to enact new visitation limitations, per guidance from CMS and CDC, and other health authorities.

Banning Mass Meetings

DeWine also stated that he is pursuing a ban on mass meetings in the State of Ohio. This would include professional sporting events, such as the Columbus Blue Jackets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and NCAA March Madness games in Cleveland, as well as smaller community events.

This order has not yet been signed but will be released in the coming days.

Providers in Ohio should consider this when holding faith services, game nights, communal dining, and other gatherings in which older adults congregate. Although engagement is critical for the health of older adults, avoiding crowds is a must for protecting the lives and safety of those whom we serve during this time.

Having activity directors and other staff work with residents on using video chat tools - like FaceTime, Skype, and more - can be a helpful substitute for family interaction during this difficult time.