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Oct 16
DSP Add-On Incentivizes Training, Longevity

Read newest guidance memo from March 16, 2018, here.

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Incentivizing direct care staff longevity and rewarding efforts to complete professional training is one way the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is responding to the needs voiced by stakeholders to address a shortage of direct service providers and a historically high turn-over of experienced providers felt across the state.

This employee-driven incentive focuses on minimizing additional administrative requirements for agency providers while empowering direct service providers to advance professional goals.

The department will request approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for an add-on rate to be effective July 1, 2018. Upon approval, the add-on rate may be submitted for all units of homemaker/personal care (HPC) services delivered by direct service providers meeting the criteria specified below.

Independent providers and agency direct support staff interested in obtaining the add-on rate must meet all of the following conditions in order to be eligible for the proposed add-on rate:

  • Two years of experience in providing direct support to people with developmental disabilities, and
  • Completion of 60 hours of curriculum accredited by the National Association of Direct Support Providers, in-person or online (Courses are available through Relias Learning, Elsevier, and Ohio DS PATHS)
  • For providers of HPC services, not including self-directed HPC

To encourage direct support staff in accessing this increased add-on rate, the department is providing access to more than 60 hours of web-based training through Elsevier's College of Direct Support applicable for the add-on rate at no cost.

Interested direct service providers may access these online courses beginning Nov. 1. These online courses may be accessed at any time, from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.

Additional implementation guidance available here.

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