Director's Corner

From the Director

About 500 people joined the Trauma-Informed Care Summit May 1 and 2 in Columbus, the fourth time a diverse group of providers, higher education and medical experts, law enforcement, and others gathered to discuss the role trauma plays in people’s lives, and how to incorporate that understanding in their work. This year’s theme was “Creating Environments of Resiliency and Hope in Ohio.”

Department of Developmental Disabilities Director John Martin said he appreciates the relationship DODD has cultivated with Ohio Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) regarding trauma-informed care (TIC) work. 
Martin said knowing someone's history of trauma is critical when working to effectively support people with developmental disabilities. 

“It’s incredibly important as we look at our emphasis on person-centered planning -- and really understanding what is important to and what is important for the individual -- that if we know and understand their trauma history, we can do a much better job of helping plan with them their future path and life,” he said. 

He noted among other groups, the state’s developmental center staff have all completed TIC training.

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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 19, 2017 -- The State of Ohio has started using technology to try to help people with disabilities and save taxpayers money. WATCH

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

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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