Historic Investments for Ohioans with
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Governor Kasich’s historic budget
invests $286 million ($116.5 million State share) over the next two years to
increase opportunities for Ohioans with disabilities to live and work in the
community. The initiatives in this budget expand supports for those who are
waiting for services, increase opportunities for community participation, and
improve the experience for those who are receiving services by modernizing our
programs and strengthening the direct care force. Initiatives will bring the
More people will have access to the services they need.
Approximately 3,000 new state-funded
Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers will increase support to
people on the waiting list, and those who choose to leave Intermediate Care
Facilities (ICF) and Developmental Centers (DC). This is in addition to new
waivers supported by County Boards. Also, individuals on the Transitions DD
(TDD) Waiver will be converted to Individual Options (IO) Waivers, improving
access to providers, and increasing access to services such as day services.
People will have increased space and
Continuing the work from the last
biennium, 1,200 people will move from ICFs and DCs into smaller settings,
either a small ICF or a home in the community with an HCBS waiver. Individuals
will receive the needed level of support in either setting.
Also, over a ten-year period, all ICFs
will move to having only two people living in a bedroom. This will help more
people live in smaller settings, and increase the space and privacy for those
who want to continue living in larger ICFs. The new two to a bedroom
requirement won’t apply to children (up to 21 years old) and those who are
currently living with more than 2 to a bedroom and want to continue that
People will have access to new and
improved employment and day services options.
The budget includes nearly $3 million in
new funding for each of the next two fiscal years to create new service models
that promote community employment and integrated day services. Individuals, who
desire, will transition from workshops and other facility-based day settings to
community-based alternatives over an extended time frame.
This will increase opportunities for
community participation, and ensure the State is in compliance with federal regulations.
Additional funds for community
employment are earmarked for ongoing support of DODD’s partnership with
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) to assist in the cost of
transitioning to integrated day services and supported employment, and to
inform and assist individuals and families, as well as those who develop
person-centered plans, regarding the options available to them.
The community infrastructure will be
The budget continues to prioritize
funding to reflect the growing demand for Home and Community-Based Services.
Funding will allow DODD to add nursing services to the IO waiver to enable
people with medical needs to live in community settings, provide for
much-deserved increase for direct care staff, increase the availability of
add-on services for individuals with complex needs and behavioral challenges,
provide training for those who receive, plan, and deliver waiver services, and
strengthen oversight and quality assurance efforts so the person-centered plan
is delivering meaningful outcomes.
Our system includes thousands of
committed and engaged individuals and families, thousands of dedicated direct
support professionals, unpaid family caregivers, innovative private and public
service providers, community members, advocates, and much-need tax payer
Regardless of which role we play in the
system, we are all bonded by our shared passion to improve the lives of the
more than 90,000 individuals with developmental disabilities and their
The Department thanks each of you for
your suggestions, assistance, and support during the budget process. We look
forward to continuing the work with you to improve the lives of Ohioans with