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From the Director

As the state’s budgeting process is underway, Director John Martin says Ohio’s proposed operating budget includes a “much more targeted investment” for the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), while it “keeps us moving in the same direction that we set with the previous budget” -- which made a historic investment in supporting Ohioans with developmental disabilities.

Martin gave detailed testimony March 1 to state legislators, outlining what the executive budget proposes for DODD during the next two fiscal years. Major initiatives include ... (READ MORE)

Families, Advocacy Groups Testify in Support of DODD Budget

Many family members of people with developmental disabilities and advocacy groups testified March 15 before the House Finance Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, supporting the Executive Budget's funding initiatives for the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

Some shared stories about the complexity of their children's daily routines and how necessary it is for dedicated, hardworking care staff to help deliver those services. Three mothers expressed their support for the budget's proposed increase waiver reimbursement to cover complex care needs. ... (READ MORE)

Director Speaks to Families on Facebook Live Chat
In March, Director John Martin invited families to take part in a live chat on Facebook where he reviewed the Department of Developmental Disabilities' initiatives in the state budget and addressed questions. Check out what he had to say about the budget process. (WATCH VIDEO)

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

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.