Ohio’s congregate care settings, including senior housing, day centers, and senior centers have experienced major disruptions in service during the public health emergency. The new Regional Rapid Response Assistance Program (R3AP) builds on previous support by committing teams of regional experts to help identify and diagnose issues with care delivery and provide support to resolve them.
The Regional Rapid Response Assistance Program (R3AP), pronounced RAP, is designed to help Ohio congregate care centers and protect older Ohioans through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. The first phase of R3AP focused on administering COVID-19 vaccine clinics at affordable senior housing locations (see below). But, there is now an expanded suite of services.
Assistance provided by the R3AP includes but is not limited to:
- COVID-19 testing and cohorting,
- Temporary staff support, and
- Infection prevention and control education.
Interested locations should contact the R3AP team by calling 1-855-R3AP-ODA (1-855-732-7632).
The R3AP builds on the successful work of Bridge Teams coordinated by the Departments of Health, Medicaid, and Aging, which have helped facilities respond to staffing issues, evacuations, supply shortages, and more throughout the pandemic. While the Bridge Team focuses on supporting staffing needs in nursing facilities and assisted living facilities, R3AP will go beyond to reach more older Ohioans in community-based settings.
The R3AP will assemble teams of experts statewide. These experts will use a multidisciplinary approach to monitor data and identify facilities in need of support. Team members will analyze the issues to understand challenges and identify solutions specific to the provider. The R3AP will also work with local health teams to mobilize and deploy personnel to provide key services.
The R3AP will be operated and managed by the Department of Aging. The National Guard is providing support for this program with a short-term work force while more sustainable resources are secured.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics
In pursuit of fairness and equity in the distribution of the scarce vaccines, R3AP will deliver vaccines directly into affordable senior housing locations. These senior housing facilities are home to tens of thousands of older Ohioans and are often residential clusters with apartment buildings ranging in units from 30 to over 200.
The Ohio Department of Aging, Ohio National Guard and Ohio Department of Health will be working with local partners to offer assistance through on-site clinics. These clinics will help ease the burden for many seniors having trouble navigating the registration process and arranging transportation.
Regional Rapid Response Assistance Program (R3AP) on-site clinics will be executed by:
- Engaging small multidisciplinary teams of experts
- Coordinating support from the Ohio National Guard
- Aligning with Ohio's Emergency Preparedness Regions
- Providing targeted, time-limited support for COVID-19 vaccines
On-site clinics are convenient, accessible, and equitable.
- Mobilizes to vaccinate residential clusters of individuals 65 and older
- Coordinates on-site vaccine education and registration
- Eliminates the need to arrange transportation to an o˛-site location
- Provides screening for isolation and resources for wrap-around services
- Eases the demand on local vaccine providers by sharing the work