Ohio’s Waiting List

Beginning September 1, 2018, changes to Ohio’s Waiting List for home and community-based services waivers will make it easier to identify a person’s needs and arrange needed services. The changes to the Waiting List include a statewide assessment tool used to better understand a person’s need for services, including current needsinformation.pngand immediate needsinformation.pngRead more in the Home and Community-Based Services Waivers Waiting List Rule, OAC 5123-9-04, effective September 1, 2018. 

​​What do these changes mean for me?
I am already enrolled in a waiver
You keep your current waiver and your services do not change. If you have current needs that are not being met, talk with your county board of developmental disabilities about other services that
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I am on the Waiting List now
People currently on the Waiting List will take part in a
new assessment to identify what services are needed right now and what services may be needed in the future.
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Do I Need a Waiver
Waivers are one funding stream for services. By braiding together multiple resources like local programs, county board of developmental disabilities levy funds, and Ohio Medicaid State Plan
benefits, someone may be able to have their service needs met without a waiver. Learn more about the types of waivers available to someone with a developmental disability.

What's next?

Every person currently on the Waiting List will move to a transitional list and take part in an Immediate and Current Needs Assessment by December 31, 2020. This assessment will help to determine if there is a need for services that is not being met.

When your needs change, you can contact your county board of developmental disabilities to ask for a new assessment.

The county board will look over your last assessment and ask you about what has changed and what is still the same. The county board will complete a new assessment to reflect any changes in your needs.

Learn more about the Immediate and Current Needs Assessment

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Preview the assessment before your planning meeting.
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When your assessment is complete, watch these short video tutorials for step-by-step instructions to Create Your Portal Account and See Your Needs Assessment Results (Coming Soon).
​County boards of developmental disabilities staff can visit the assessments page for step-by-step instructions for inviting people to view their assessment results. 
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What if my needs change?
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Your county board of developmental disabilities will work with you to access resources to address your immediate need. That might include using unpaid supports, local and community resources, county board funding, or waiver enrollment.

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Because waivers are only one funding stream to pay for services, your county board of developmental disabilities will work with you to braid together resources, such as unpaid supports, local and community resources, county board funding, or waiver enrollment.

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Your county board of developmental disabilities will work with you to provide additional services and funding as your needs change.

Changes to Ohio’s Waiting List

People with developmental disabilities and their family members, guardians, service providers, advocacy groups, and county boards of developmental disabilities partnered with the department to make changes to Ohio’s Waiting List that would better reflect unmet needs and more efficiently direct supports to people and families who need them most. 

The Waiting List Now

Changes in Effect September 1, 2018

The current Waiting List is prioritized first for emergency needsinformation.png, then by priority categoriesinformation.png. All other requests are organized by the date the request was made.

 
County boards of developmental disabilities are required to take action within 30 days to address a person’s immediate needs. That may include linking the person with community resources, using local funds, arranging for state plan services, or enrolling the person in a waiver. 

Ohio’s Waiting List created an inaccurate picture of the number of people with unmet needs.

  • Nearly 45 percent of those on the Waiting List surveyed said they had “No areas of unmet need.” 

Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Waiting List Study 2014

The Waiting List is working toward an accurate picture of the number of people with unmet service needs to more efficiently direct supports to people and families who need them most. 

Each of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities maintained a list of people in their county seeking waiver funding.

One statewide list of people who have a current need for waiver-funded services 

  • makes it easier for people to move from county to county,
  • and eliminates the need to be on multiple lists.

Without any eligibility guidelines, anyone can request to be on the Waiting List, even if their current needs are met, they are not eligible for services, or they are not sure what services they may need in the future.

A person's needs are assessed using one statewide tool to identify current needs for services and connect people with available resources to meet those needs.

People were encouraged to get on the Waiting List “just in case” they might need waiver-funded services later. That led to people being on the Waiting List for years without ever receiving waiver-funded services.

Rather than waiting for services in case they are needed later, people can access services as their needs change by asking for a new assessment.

A person who has one kind of waiver may be on the Waiting List for years because they were told it would be better to have a different kind of waiver.

Planning services focuses on a person’s current unmet needs rather than specific funding sources, streamlining access to other available resources to meet needs.


Waiting List Workgroup
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