By Monica E. Oss The headline Informal Caregivers Now Eligible For Vaccine caught my eye. California is prioritizing vaccine access for “informal caregivers”—defined as unpaid family members or others who regularly help in and supervise the daily care of a disabled person. The informal caregivers need to bring a note from the physician of the person being cared for to qualify for the vaccine. The pandemic has been hard on unpaid caregivers. In the United States, 45% of unpaid caregivers said the person they care for relied on them more during the pandemic, and 64% said the pandemic made caregiving harder. And one interesting note—67%…
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COVID-19 Risk Management Plan August 11, 2021

We are excited to return to sunny southern California for The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute at the picturesque Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa, August 23-26, 2021. To help plan your in-person attendance, visit for a schedule of events happening throughout the week.

The resurgence of the COVID Delta variant has certainly created new challenges for the country and for our families. Fortunately, the available COVID vaccinations have been very successful in preventing symptomatic infections and illness. But I did want to let you know that our team at OPEN MINDS is committed to making our executive events as safe as possible and have an active risk management plan in place. I wanted to share with you the key elements of our plan:

We will continue to monitor any changes in the CDC recommendations for the continued safety of the public. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to reach out to a member of our team at or by phone at 877-350-6463. We look forward to seeing you at The 2021 OPEN MINDS Management Best Practices Institute.

Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer

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