Live Chat and Training Opportunities
for ICF Providers
Ann Weisent of DODD's Office of Provider
Standards and Review (OPSR) will lead a Live Chat on April 19 from
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm to take your questions on the Transition
of the ICF Licensure Reviews to ODH. Click below to register and choose
the session from the drop down menu.
DODD is offering Person-Centered
Practices 102, the follow up to Person-Centered Practices 101,
offered by DODD and facilitated by Delmarva regionally across Ohio. Next
session is April 3 in Urbana. See more locations and dates below.
March 22, 2017
Budget Update: Families, Advocacy Groups Show Support in Testimony
members of people with developmental disabilities and advocacy groups
testified March 15 before the House
Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, giving special
attention to the budget's proposal to increase waiver reimbursement to
cover complex care needs.
On-Demand Board Member Training
In its effort
to make board member training easier and more accessible, the
Department of Developmental Disabilities has nine webinars available to
CBDD board members that meet required in-service training hours.
How WIOA Affects Adult Subminimum Wage Earners
from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities discusses Section
511 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) and how
to adults who were paid subminimum wages before the section's
effective date last year.
Early Intervention Launches New Website
Intervention, the state program previously known as Help Me Grow
that supports infants and toddlers, has moved over to the Department
of Developmental Disabilities -- and has a new website. Check out
family and provider resources that can help navigate the program.
This Week @ DODD
Health & Welfare
More than a
hundred people have enrolled so far in the required training for new
Service and Support Administrators (SSAs), and dozens have completed all
training modules to earn their certificates. See this training
opportunity and others at dodd.ohio.gov/training.
This spring, the
Ohio departments of Mental Health and Addiction Services and
Developmental Disabilities will present a two-day
event in Columbus centered around recognizing trauma as a public
health concern and its impact on people.
Adult Day Support
Last week, the Department of Developmental Disabilities
shared updates and reminders about adult day waiver services and changes
in effect April 1, 2017. Learn
more about group employment supports, daily billing rates, and budget
Using Disability Benefits
Benefits 101 is a website of online tools and information about
health coverage, employment and benefits. Job seekers with a disability
or service providers can use the different
calculators to gauge how a job may affect a person's benefits.
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notice regarding the New Assessment Center Online System Announcement and
Training opportunities are listed at the link below.
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Many family members of people with developmental disabilities and advocacy groups testified March 15 before the House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, supporting the Executive Budget's funding initiatives for the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
Some shared stories about the complexity of their children's daily routines and how necessary it is for dedicated, hardworking care staff to help deliver those services. Three mothers expressed their support for the budget's proposal to increase waiver reimbursement to cover complex care needs.
Filomena Nelson, of West Chester, explained her son Gregory, 23, uses a power wheelchair and speech device that uses such a sophisticated language program that his college Wright State offered him a foreign language credit during his admissions process.
"In order for Gregory to be successful on campus, he needs an aide or several aides who are tech-savvy," she said, noting the training necessary for her son's care provider, like being able to connect his laptop, phone and speech device via Bluetooth so he can submit class assignments.
"We feel really strongly that in order for us to attract and retain people who are tech-savvy enough, who are willing to shower [Gregory], they really do need to be incentivized with some kind of a rate increase."
Amy Clawson, from Walton Hills, said she supports the complex care add-on because a person dependent in all areas of daily living, such as her son with cerebral palsy, "requires a workforce that is stable. They need to be well-trained. They need to meet [an individual's] everyday, every moment need and maximize their quality of life."
Clawson spoke about her 20-year-old son Tim's love for watching football and knowing statistics of the game.
"He brings great joy to our lives and the lives of those around him. We are extremely grateful for his Individual Options waiver. It allows him to live where he wants to and how he wants to," she said. "I worry that without commensurate pay for his complexities, as we age, we will no longer be able to care for him or give him the freedoms and quality of life he's used to having. … The complex care rate increase would be very beneficial to him."
"Individuals like my son who are living longer, they need a more stable workforce and incentivized opportunities to serve his complex needs."
Francine Ris, a Cincinnati mother, explained her 28-year-old daughter Amanda's complex morning schedule, which includes a provider administering her medication, helping with a feeding tube and programming her communication device.
"There is a lot of skill and knowledge that go into supporting someone with complex needs. The quality of life for someone with severe cerebral palsy like Amanda will inevitably be affected by the quality of care," she said.
"The need for more skills, education, and experience from the providers is paramount. Turnover is harmful. It's a difficult job. So to ensure hiring these individuals and retaining these individuals to support this population is the reason I am asking you to support the complex care add-on."
Advocacy Groups Weigh In
Gary Tonks, CEO of The of Arc Ohio, told legislators this budget "gives hope" to those on waitlists for waiver services. He also noted the difficulty in finding providers, commending the complex care need add-on which his organization had recommended.
"The budget also recognizes that in order to keep our seasoned and best trained staff, we must provide a financial incentive," Tonks said about the proposed care staff wage increase.
"While our staff are dedicated and salt of the earth people, they too must keep the lights on in their own homes and feed their own families. This budget provides a modest incentive for those direct support staff who voluntarily pursue additional training, which we hope will decrease turnover."
Mark Davis, president of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), said his member association is in full support of the funding initiatives in the budget.
"Unique in its approach, this limited collection of funding initiatives targets specific areas of urgent need in Ohio's developmental disabilities system," Davis said. "Governor [John] Kasich and DODD Director John Martin are to be credited for creating a balanced funding package that identifies critical, specific gaps in our home and community-based service residential system and attaches resources" to address them.
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Adult Day Waiver Service
SSA Directors, COG Directors, Adult Day Waiver Providers
Subject: Adult Day Waiver Service
notice regarding the Adult Day Waiver Service Authorizations is in the link
March 15, 2017
Director to Host Facebook Live Chat with Families
John Martin is asking families to join him 12:15 PM Thursday, March
16, for a Facebook
live chat, where he will review the department's
budget initiatives and take questions. Participants can text
questions to (614)-636-2207 and the director will answer them live.
Hundreds Join at Statehouse for DD Awareness and Advocacy
Disability Awareness and Advocacy Day brought people with disabilities, direct care staff and
advocates to the Ohio Statehouse to talk to their legislators, with a
surprise visit by Gov. John
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Transformation Series: Building Innovative Service
agencies working to bolster person-centered planning and employment
options for the Ohioans they serve have a new opportunity
to exchange ideas and promising practices during the 2017
Transformation Series. This two-part series includes agency site
visits and an interactive
ICF Reimbursement Presentation Outlines Budget Proposals
required by the FY16-17 budget, DODD contracted with Public Consulting
Group (PCG) to make recommendations to modernize the current Intermediate
Care Facilities (ICF) reimbursement methodology, which is more than
20 years old. Coy Jones of PCG discusses the analyses that led to
the recommendations proposed in the upcoming state budget and details
implementation time frame.
Watch Coy Jones
MUI Rule Training
professionals can sign
up for this one-hour review of the Major Unusual Incidents (MUI)
Rule, reporting requirements and frequently asked questions. The
March 23 webinar can count toward continuing professional development
and other annual MUI training requirements.
Set for New Acuity Tool Training
Starting in July, the Ohio
Developmental Disabilities Profile (ODDP) will replace the Individual
Assessment Form used to assess Intermediate Care Facilities residents.
DODD is hosting several
webinars to review the new
Save the Date:
Ohio Home and Community Based Services, Adult Day and Employment Services
will take effect April 1, 2017, targeted toward supporting employment and
community engagement for people accessing developmental disability
services. Hear more from Tom Hess and members of the Medicaid and billing
our March Brown Bag Thursday!
Celebrates 5 Years of Employment First Initiative
More than 50
people have sent us photos celebrating five years of Employment First by
sharing what their job means to them! See who we’ve featured so far in
Instagram posts. Get involved by posting
your own photo to social media, using #MyEmploymentFirst, or by sending
your picture to us.
More at DODD
Hundreds of people visited the Ohio Statehouse March 8 for the annual Developmental Disability Advocacy and Awareness Day, a time for people with developmental disabilities, family members, providers and advocates to discuss policy issues with their legislators and hear speakers address the DD community.
This year's theme "Side by Side" celebrated "people with and without disabilities working, going to school, playing and participating in their communities together." Shari Cooper, public relations assistant for Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley in the Dayton area, emceed the event, introducing speakers and giving some context to the day's theme.
"If you think about that, that's all people want with disabilities: We want to be side by side with everybody, heart to heart with everybody, and hand in hand," Cooper said. "We may need a few accommodations along the way, but we just want equal rights."
John Martin, director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), gave an explanation of some key initiatives for the agency included in the proposed state budget, such as increased wages for direct care staff, and the addition of approximately 1,300 more new state-funded waivers.
"One of the things we have in this budget is increased money for the staff who work with folks in our system who have really complex needs," Martin said. "In addition, we want to make this field a career for folks, and so we also have some additional funds for folks who've been in the field for a couple of years and are interested in getting some additional training."
Martin also mentioned, "We have enough waivers in this budget that would provide services to people that don't have it. So, if you look around this room, it would provide a service to twice as many people who are in this room."
Kasich Makes Surprise Appearance
Gov. John Kasich made a surprise visit to the packed Atrium of the Statehouse, commending Martin's work as director and all those in the crowd for exhibiting their skills.
"I think this has been a community that too often has been ignored. You have been our highest priority over the last few years, and you'll remain of a high priority," Kasich said.
"We are beginning to understand, just beginning to scratch the surface of the amazing, hidden skills," he said of people with developmental disabilities. "… You bring about a certain light that no one else can shine, and at the same time, you've changed families and loved ones to have an appreciation of life and to be able to reach out to other people and to make a difference in their lives. That's just changing the world."
Other speakers included Bill Darling, director at Assistive Technology of Ohio, who demonstrated assistive technologies for people with developmental disabilities, like a device named "Reminder Rosie" that serves as a task reminder, and a keyboard that can project onto a surface to help with typing on smartphones.
Stephanie Barber-Maynard, employment and training services director at Creative Connections, shared different employment success stories as well as her own, while Blues guitarist Zayne Harshaw gave a musical performance of several songs, including Adele's "Hello."
Some attendees also took part in DODD's photo campaign highlighting the value of integrated employment and job training through Employment First. People shared in words or images what their job means to them as part of the department's #MyEmploymentFirst campaign.