Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) Update on COVID-19-July 1, 2020
In alignment with Governor Little’s reopening strategy, we resumed SILC office operations from 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 pm beginning June 15, 2020. Due to our small size, it is possible that we may from time to time close our office with little or no notice. SILC staff will continue balancing telework in combination with staffing the office through mid to late July.
The SILC office is established in Boise, Ada County, Idaho within the jurisdiction of Central District Health (CDH). CDH returned the County to Stage 3 effective June 24, 2020. In keeping with recommendations, our office is closed to visitors until we return to Stage 4, or CDH or the Governor otherwise lift stay healthy restrictions. You may contact us via our main line: 208-334-3800 or the numbers and emails listed below.
Because we are all learning how to balance the impacts of COVID-19 and public health and safety, it is possible that our office may close from time to time with little or no notice. When we are away from our physical office:
- Items mailed to SILC’s office may not be received right away. We will make arrangements to pick up mail as needed. Please be patient as mail may not processed right away.
- We encourage you to continue using email as much as possible.
- Our fax line is not working.
- You may leave a message on our direct lines. Please note, when we’re out of the office, these phones are not answered. However, they are checked multiple times during the day.
- When we are out of the office, mobile phones are answered and voice mail is checked during regular office hours, Monday – Friday.
- SILC staff contact list:
- Main Line: 208-334-3800
- Mel Leviton, Executive Director:
- email@example.com, 208-332-1710 direct line, 208-781-8610 mobile
- Jami Davis: Management Assistant
- firstname.lastname@example.org, 208-332-1711 direct line, 208-781-8613 mobile
- Megan Bates, Fiscal Specialist:
- email@example.com, 208-332-1712 direct line, 208-781-8612 mobile
Please contact Mel Leviton or Jami Davis regarding ABLE Technical Assistance or Emergency planning and mitigation activities.
When we reopen (Stage 4) to the public, we ask that you keep the following in mind, should wish to visit the Idaho SILC office:
- Please call to schedule an appointment should you need to meet with Idaho SILC staff, so that we may safely prepare for your visit. 208-334-3800
- Please remember that we serve Idahoans who may be a greater risk from COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring the safety of our guests as well as our staff.
- Please remember to maintain strict social distancing recommendations and wear a mask, unless it interferes with communication, or other disability or health related concerns.
- Once we reopen, the SILC general line will be answered during business hours.
We will continue monitoring COVID-19 health emergency while working on statewide projects and adhering to our statutory responsibilities, including addressing systemic issues that impact Idahoans with disabilities and their families.
COVID-19 RESOURCE PAGE: We have created a COVID-19 resource page to link you to information you may need during this time. If you know of additional resources, please email the information and a link to Jami Davis and Mel Leviton.
Our priority is to keep the public and our staff safe. We appreciate your cooperation as we all work to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
2020 Idaho Youth Leadership Forum Update-CANCELLED
In an effort to keep our delegates, staff, and speakers safe, the 2020 Idaho Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) has been cancelled. This was a difficult decision for the Idaho YLF team. Due to the closure of Boise State University to groups during our scheduled event and risks associated with the COVID-19 emergency, the team had little choice but to cancel the event. If you applied this year, we will use your application for next year’s Idaho YLF if we are able to host the camp. In the meantime, we are looking at other online activities to help you connect to other young people with disabilities. These activities will not be like school. If you have any questions, please contact Jami Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-332-1711.
The Idaho SILC upholds the principles of the Independent Living movement: peer support, self-help, self-determination, equality and positive systemic change. Take a look at a few ways the SILC and the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) support Idahoans with disabilities.
The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) was established in 1993 under the 1992 amendments of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Council members are appointed by the Governor. Members include regional representatives who have disabilities and representatives from the Centers for Independent Living, and from state agencies and nonprofits that provide services to Idahoans with disabilities.
The Council consists of 17-23 voting members and four ex-officio members. A majority of the members are people with disabilities who are not employed by a Centers for Independent Living or a state agency. The Council is controlled and directed by Idahoans with disabilities.
The Council meets quarterly with meeting dates prescheduled during our summer meeting. All meetings are open to the public and American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters are always provided. The Council values your input and welcomes your participation.
The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) has moved to 120 South Cole Road, Boise, Idaho 83709. We are conveniently located near the corner of Cole Road and Franklin in the Franklin Business Park. Our new location has plenty of free parking.
Our phone number remains unchanged: 208-334-3800. Our fax line is not working, but should be operational by May 31, 2020, if not sooner.
The Idaho SILC’s mission is to promote the independent living philosophy for all Idahoans with disabilities: choice, self-determination, and access for all.