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Feb 04
Live Chat, Info: Community Transition

This is a guidance memo from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. To print this memo, select "CTRL" and "P" on your keyboard.

OAC 5123-9-48: Community Transition (Individual Options)

This new waiver service became effective January 1, 2019, and provides reimbursement of non-recurring household start-up expenses for a person who previously lived in an intermediate care facility or a nursing facility for the past 90 days and is transitioning to enrollment in the Individual Options (IO) Waiver.

Non-recurring household start-up expenses could include security deposits and rental start-up expenses; essential household furnishings, such as furniture, window coverings, food preparation items, and bed/bath linens; start-up fees for utility or service access deposits, such as telephone, electricity, heating and water; moving expenses; pre-transition transportation necessary to secure housing and benefits; and initial grocery purchase, which may include food, cleaning products, and household supplies. 

Community Transition does not include ongoing monthly rent or mortgage payments; ongoing grocery expenses; ongoing utility or service charges; ongoing cable and/or internet expenses; items intended for entertainment or recreational purposes; or tobacco products or alcohol.

Community Transition may be authorized up to 180 calendar days prior to the date on which the individual enrolls in the IO Waiver. Service details will be entered into MSS/CPT for up to 30 calendar days after the date on which a person enrolls in the IO Waiver. Community Transition services cannot exceed $2,000 per person. Pre-transportation services covered as Community Transition cannot exceed $500 of the available $2,000.

Contact Rik Donley at with questions.

Register for the DODD Live Chat about the Community Transition waiver service on February 13 at 10 AM.


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