June 28, 2017
AdaptAbilities: Finding a New Home outside an ICF
from Northeast Ohio entered an intermediate care facility (ICF) after
his aggressive behavior became untenable for his family. But after
experiencing setbacks at the ICF, Rupinksy and his family began
exploring how he could live in his own apartment.
This Week @ DODD
Health & Welfare
As the state's
operating budget is signed into law this week, Director John Martin will
discuss DODD's budget with Family Liaison Kim Wiemer. #FamilyTalk will be
hosted on Facebook
Live Monday, July 10, from 3:30 to 4 PM. Join to ask DODD your
Plan Safe Visits
Going on a trip to
one of Ohio's many fairs, festivals, or zoos?
Check out the Ohio
Department of Aging's tip
list about safe outings with pointers on coordinating a group visit
and checking venue accessibility.
Stability Survey is a mandatory online survey for agency and ICF
providers of direct care services. This survey will help the Ohio
Department of Developmental Disabilities gather important information
about Ohio's direct support agencies. It's
due June 30!
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Chris Rupinsky's life has "changed dramatically," his mom says.
After complications at birth, he was rushed to a neonatal clinic where he experienced seizures. Two weeks after birth, he was permitted to go home to his parents, George and Barb, and three younger siblings.
"We knew he would have difficulties, but thought he would catch up," Barb says. But after some time, it became apparent that Chris was going to need more help than most. "He has epilepsy, diabetes, anxiety, and anger issues."
Chris was in various schools throughout his adolescence, including
Fairhaven School, administered by the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities. "The people that worked with him really made things good for him," Barb says. He was very active growing up; bowling every Saturday and involved in the Special Olympics. Now, he loves to play baseball and dance.
Once he became a young man, the family started to notice substantial anxiety and anger issues. His brother and sisters went off to college and were getting jobs, getting married. All while Chris was at home.
"When the kids were gone, he was beside himself. He started acting out and was violent at times," Barb says. It was at this point that Chris told his parents, "I am getting an apartment."
Chris's aggressive behavior continued to escalate and became untenable when he lashed out at Barb.
"At that point in time, I knew something had to change," she says. They sought the advice of his SSA, and eventually there was an opening at an intermediate care facility (ICF) in Mahoning County. At the ICF, there were 10 guys in a house, and it was a safe setting. He also attended a workshop.
"He knows it wasn't our dream for him," Barb says. A couple of years later, Chris moved into a new house with people who didn't interact with him as much. He had ups and downs for all seven years he lived in the ICF.
"We did notice that he was not doing well. The kids noticed before we did. He was not himself, and his living situation was taking a turn for the worse. It just wasn't good."
Chris coped with this stress by becoming angry and shouting words Barb says she won't repeat. "He had never done that before." Things continued to decline during the summer of 2015. George and Barb started keeping a notebook that summer, and recently revisited some of the entries. "I forgot how bad it was."
When Barb visited Chris at the ICF and learned that he had two major psychotic episodes -- first thought to be grand-mal seizures -- Barb became determined to change his living situation and started making phone calls.
Members of the Medicaid team at the Department of Developmental Disabilities coordinated with the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) to draft some options for Chris. During the process, DODD offered Chris an exit waiver.
Then, everything kicked into high gear. Chris and his family chose a provider and started looking for places for him to live.
"I got a message from the provider that they may have a place for Chris. George and I are just looking at each other," Barb says. "It's a beautiful apartment complex. It's clean and roomy. And it's going to be Chris's apartment. Chris was just so happy. His provider asked if he liked it, and Chris replied, 'I love it. Where's my car?'"
Chris now lives in that apartment, where his favorite things are his kitchen, living room, and vacuum. "He is very proud that he has his own apartment."
His outbursts still occur, but with less severity and frequency, and Barb and George are in the process of setting up behavior therapy for Chris. Overall though, his behavior and interactions with his family have greatly improved while being at his apartment.
"I'm happy now," Chris says.
ODDP Tool Postponed
is still determining its role in the completion of developmental
disabilities profiles for people living in ICFs and has decided to pull
the rule, which will be made effective at a later date. This means that
the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Profile (ODDP) tool will not be
available through the DODD Portal on July 1, 2017, as previously
announced. More information will be provided as it becomes available.
PCW to Become PSM
Certification Wizard (PCW) is transitioning into a new system titled
Provider Services Management (PSM), which will be effective July 31,
2017. Read more about improvements to the system.
DODD Offers PDN Webinar, Live
Private Duty Nurses
July 1, DODD will assume responsibility for authorizing private duty
nursing (PDN) services for people enrolled in all DD waivers who are
not enrolled in managed care plans.
has a new
recorded webinar about PDN, which should address many common
questions. For more specific questions, join DODD’s
Live Chat on PDN Wednesday, June 28, from 1 to 2 PM.
Staff Stability Survey Due by
End of Week
Direct Care Providers
Staff Stability Survey is a mandatory online survey for agency and
intermediate care facility (ICF) providers of direct care services. This National
Core Indicators survey will help DODD gather important information
about Ohio's direct support agencies. Please note: This
survey is NOT for independent providers or agencies who
do not provide direct care services.
The Staff Stability Survey is a mandatory online survey for agency and ICF providers of direct care services. This survey will help the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities gather important information about Ohio's direct support agencies. Of particular interest is how waiver provider agencies are using the money from the 2016 rate increase. Results of this survey will be reported in the aggregate (as a state average), and your organization will not be identified in any way in the survey reports or in the dataset.
Please note: This survey is NOT for independent providers or agencies who do not provide direct care services. If you are an independent provider or did not bill for direct care services in 2016, you will not receive a link and do not need to complete the survey.
The survey is due Friday, June 30. Agencies that do not complete the surveys in a timely manner will be issued a citation by DODD.
All required agency providers have been sent survey email links. The email was sent to your Human Resources email address, if we had that address available. Please check your inbox or spam folder for an email with the subject line "NCI Staff Stability Survey 2016". The sender of the survey was email@example.com.
Can't locate your email? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to have your survey resent. Put the name of your agency in the subject line of the email.
Download the results of previous Staff Stability Surveys here.
Visiting and Early Intervention Stakeholders
From: Director John Martin, Ohio Department of Developmental
Disabilities and Interim Director Lance Himes, Ohio Department of Health
February 27, 2017, we sent a memo to the field indicating Central
Coordination would continue to serve both Home Visiting and Early
Intervention, but would no longer be called Help Me Grow. Help Me Grow was
to be reserved for Home Visiting.
time, we have heard from people across the state expressing concerns with
that change. Many of you shared how long and hard you have worked to brand
Help Me Grow. That families, primary referral sources and the community at
large recognize Help Me Grow, and you did not want to lose that. As a
result, we have decided that Central Coordination will continue to operate
as Help Me Grow. We will not be rebranding Central Coordination.
also happy to announce that Cleveland Sight Center has been chosen to
operate Ohio’s Central Intake & Referral system for Home Visiting &
Early Intervention. Many strong proposals were received, and we want to
thank those of you that took the time to reply. To ensure a smooth
transition, we will be extending the current Central Coordination
agreements through July 31, 2017.
Sight Center will be the central site for intake and referral. They will
build on their existing call center, which they have operated successfully
for many years. Their staff will be trained in accordance with current
requirements. They have established quality measures, and will be reporting
on those to both the Home Visiting Consortium and the Early Intervention
Advisory Council quarterly. They will continue to operate 1-800-755-GROW,
as well as phone numbers reflecting prefixes from across the state.
Additionally, they will run a statewide marketing campaign for Help Me
you expressed that local outreach and relationships have been essential to
your success in finding families and children who would benefit from Home
Visiting or Early Intervention. The competitive RFP process produced
savings for the central intake and referral system, of which the State will
be reinvesting into local outreach efforts. In addition to extending
current Central Coordination agreements, DODD and ODH will be working
collaboratively to distribute available funds to support local level
appreciate your on-going commitment and partnership, and look forward to
working with you to strengthen our system to ensure the best outcomes for
kids and families.
June 21, 2017
31, Provider Services Management (PSM) will be the new
platform for provider certification applications and re-certification.
PSM takes over from Provider Certification Wizard, or PCW.
Providers who have started any
applications in PCW -- such as initial certification, re-certification,
or demographic updates -- must complete them and pay fees before July
30 or their application packets will not be saved.
Health & Welfare
Nursing Live Chat
July 1, DODD will assume responsibility for authorizing private duty
nursing for people enrolled in all DD waivers who are not enrolled in
managed care plans.
week's Live Chat on private duty
June 28, from 1 to 2 PM. Stay on the lookout for an upcoming webinar to review PDN,
Unusual Incident (MUI) team has a variety of health and welfare-specific
online training sessions planned for the rest of the year. Learn about
Rule and reporting requirements for direct support professionals on
Check out the Training
@ DODD page for more MUI webinars and the new direct service provider
This month's Brown
Bag Thursday discussion will recap the 2017 Transformation Summit and
what providers learned during Employment First's series on building
innovative service models. Join DODD June 29 to hear from providers, such
as Starfire and Melodic Connections, and Employment First staff.
Summer can be a
fitting time for employers to start bringing interns into their business,
organization, or agency. The Office of Disability Employment Policy
offers a comprehensive
guide on the benefits of implementing inclusive internship programs
that attract young adults with disabilities.
Provider Certification Wizard (PCW) News Update
The Provider Certification Wizard (PCW) is
being replatformed to a new system titled Provider Services Management
(PSM). The transition to the PSM platform will be effective on July
31, 2017 and you can expect the following improvements.
It is important to note that any
applications started in PCW but not fully submitted (fees paid) by July 30,
2017 will not be saved. If an application in PCW is not submitted by
July 30, 2017, the application information will be lost and the applicant
will need to create a new application in the new PSM system.
to offer this new application format and look forward to your
June 20, 2017
DODD Staff Should Know About
Online DSP Training in MyLearning
DODD’s online initial eight-hour
provider training is live on DODD MyLearning!
This free online training meets the requirements of the initial eight-hour
training for new direct service providers (DSPs). Individual course
certificates can also count toward provider renewal training or be used to
gain DODD Continuing Professional Development units.
5 (quick!) things to know about DSP Training in
The training team will host a Live Chat tomorrow at 1:30 on
MyLearning and the DSP course. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3929418541113396225.
The Training Team
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
30 East Broad St., 13th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Provider Certification Wizard (PCW) is transitioning into a new system titled Provider Services Management (PSM). The transition to the PSM platform will be effective July 31, 2017. The following improvements can be expected:
DODD is excited to offer this new application format and looks forward to feedback. It is also important to note that any applications started in PCW -- such as initial certification, re-certification, or demographic updates -- but not fully submitted (fees paid) by July 30, 2017, will not be saved. If an application in PCW is not submitted by July 30, 2017, the application information will be lost and the applicant will need to create a new application in the PSM system.