Director's Corner

From the Director

During The ARC of Ohio and People First of Ohio joint spring conference, Director John Martin explained proposals at the federal level regarding Medicaid and how they might affect Ohioans with disabilities. He also gave an overview of Ohio's proposed biennial budget, and key 2017 initiatives of the Department of Developmental Disabilities, including additional support to those with complex needs and investing in more technology.

More than 200 people attended the conference April 6 in Dublin, Ohio. Martin discussed how states currently control how much Medicaid funding is spent, while the federal government sets up the percentage match. As the federal government seeks to reduce Medicaid expenditures, Martin shared information with the audience on the two financing methods being discussed nationally: block grants and per capita caps. ... (READ MORE)

Budget Update: Support Rooted in Continuing DODD Investments

More family members, providers, and advocacy groups continued to voice their support last week for the Department of Developmental Disabilities' budget plan, citing the benefits of available waiver options and the proposal to increase those services, along with appropriating training-based wage increases for direct care staff.

The House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services listened to testimony on DODD's budget Wednesday, March 22. ... (READ MORE)

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Department  Budget
March 1, 2017 -- Read Director John Martin's budget testimony to the House of Representatives Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

HB 49, Developmental Disabilities Biennial Budget FY2018-19, proposes to invest $122 million for Ohioans with developmental disabilities over the next two fiscal years.

A Budget Message from the Director: During the biennium, Gov. John Kasich’s executive budget seeks to add approximately 1,300 new waivers, provide additional supports for ICFs to meet the needs of their residents with complex needs, increase wages for direct care staff, modernize the ICF reimbursement system, and expand the use of technology with remote monitoring.


HB 483, Developmental Disabilities Mid-Biennium Review Bill (2016), improved continuity of care for children as they grow older by making DODD the lead agency for the Early Intervention program and made it easier for direct care staff to tend to individuals' medical needs, among other initiatives.

Read Director Martin's MBR budget testimony.

HB 64, Developmental Disabilities Biennial Budget FY2016-17, invested $286 million in Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The largest one-time investment in the system increased opportunities for individuals to live and work the community. It added 3,000 new waivers, and allowed for a much-deserved wage increase for direct care staff.​

Read Director Martin's budget testimony.

In The News
April 6, 2017 -- DODD visited Sports Force Parks at Cedar Point Sports Center to recognize the park's mission of including children with developmental disabilities and their families. READ

March 20, 2017 -- As "Sesame Street" gets a new character, Julia, who has autism, an Ohio mom credits the Play Project's autism intervention for her son's development. WATCH

March 17, 2017 -- Director John Martin invited families to take part in a Facebook live chat where he reviewed DODD's initiatives in the state budget and addressed questions.

March 8, 2017 -- Remote monitoring of Ohio's disabled saves money, fills need. READ

Feb. 13, 2017 -- Director John Martin talks about how investing in technology can enhance the lives of people with developmental disabilities. WATCH

​Feb. 8, 2017 -- Director Martin gives an overview of budget testimony to the Ohio House of Representatives Finance Committee. WATCH

Jan. 30, 2017 -- ​Director Martin outlines major budget initiatives proposed for DODD. WATCH

Ohio's CMS Transition Plan

Ohio's plan for transitioning into compliance with the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) new requirements for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers has received initial approval and is underway.

UPDATE: CMS approved the amendments to the Level One, Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF), and Individual Options (IO) Waivers in February. The changes will be effective April 1, 2017.

Learn more about how these changes affect providers and people accessing waiver services. ​See Ohio's Transition Plan.