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
immediate needsRead more in the Home and Community-Based Services Waivers Waiting List Rule,
OAC 5123-9-04, effective September 1, 2018.
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.
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
Ohio’s Waiting List created an inaccurate picture of the number of people with unmet needs.
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
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.
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.
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