Recent 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 needsand 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 then
The Waiting List now
Ohio's Waiting List created an inaccurate picture of the number of people with unmet needs.
Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Waiting List Study
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 could request to be on the Waiting List, even if their current needs were met, they were not eligible for services, or they were not sure what services they might have needed 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 having received 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 had one kind of waiver could have been on the Waiting List for years because they were told it would be better to have a different kind of waiver.
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