Supporting Informed Choice
Pre-admission counseling and
options counseling are meant to ensure that someone with a developmental disability understands the options available to them for getting the services they need while living in an intermediate care facility (ICF) or in their community.
Pre-admission counseling focuses on people who are considering moving into an ICF with nine or more people. The four-step process supports informed decision-making and does not prevent someone from choosing to move into an ICF. The final decision about where to live is up to the person accessing services.
An ICF with nine or more beds has a current vacancy or vacancy within the next six months and plans for a new admission is in place. ICF submits a referral to CBDD.
CBDD receives referral form. CBDD has five days to interview the person, complete the form, and submit to DODD for review.
Complete the Form
Identify current support required and resources meeting this need. Identify new support needed and what new resources can be used to meet this need.
Submit the Form
Attach completed form and send the email
DODD Scorecard Quarter 4 2017
To date, a total of 390 total pre-admissions counseling sessions with county board staff have resulted in 321 people, or 82% choosing to continue seeking admission to an ICF and 69 people, or 18% choosing to access a waiver.
recorded webinar offers information about HCBS waivers and ICFs, similar to their in-person information sessions.The department has contracted with CareStar to provide options counseling by conducting a number of general information sessions across Ohio, offering information about the differences and opportunities in both an ICF and with a home and community-based settings (HCBS) waiver. These sessions may be helpful to people who currently live in an ICF. CareStar’s
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CareStar's interactive presentation offers an overview of waivers and services.
If you have questions about options counseling or would like to schedule an individual options counseling session with CareStar, please contact Ashley McKinney at 614-644-7596 or