We hope this email finds you safe and well. MHP wanted to provide an update, given the state of our world. Our staff is working remotely, in the safety of their own homes, and 100% intact.  Business has not slowed down! Families continue to reach out daily for assistance. 

On the resource coordination front, families need support now more than ever. Suddenly our “village” is a virtual one. The absence of human connection is unfamiliar, but we are thrilled that families continue to lean on us for support. MHP continues to sustain families that are looking to connect to resources for their children during this uncertain time. In addition, we have been recording and posting short videos of each of our staff members offering advice and resources to those sheltering in place. 

MHP’s IEP volume remains steady. School systems are required to maintain IEP meetings previously scheduled and also hold meetings in preparation for the next academic school year. These meetings are taking place virtually and MHP staff continue to participate in and provide guidance to parents throughout this crucial process. We are averaging three IEP meetings a day. 

You may not realize, but MHP is the only entity in Virginia that can train and certify child day program workers to safely give medication to children in their care. Through a contract we hold with VDSS, MHP is responsible for ensuring 7,000+ providers are certified each year so that parents can work without added worry. During this pandemic, MHP has helped to maintain quality care for front line workers having to adjust their child’s care due to closures of programs and/or work obligations. Recently, MHP was responsible for setting up an emergency training for a young child with diabetes, whose healthcare professional parents have transferred their child’s care to the downtown YMCA so they can maintain a busier work schedule caring for COVID-19 patients. It was critical, given the child’s condition, that his parents feel confident with health and safety needs being met while they can continue to serve our local community. 

We anticipate volumes to spike for MHP in the coming months, particularly as children transition back into the classroom. Please let the community know that MHP is here and thriving. We never charge families for the services we provide, nor do we ever turn a family away—not on the basis of diagnosis or that family’s financial status. Our tagline is “Your Child is Our Mission” and that is the culture we live by. 

Times are ever-changing and MHP is prepared to flexibly meet families where they are. We are able to stand in the gaps for the community, offering emotional support, guidance and expertise like none other. We cannot continue this journey without your help, and we thank you for your past and future support of our mission. Please reach out if there is anything we can do to serve your family, or a family of someone you love. 

With warm thoughts, 
Emily Jiancristoforo
Executive Director