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Jul 01
Employment Partnership Expanding

Employment First Partnership Update

Employment First Partnership Update

Summary of Accomplishments

These performance statistics capture the progress made since the launch of the EF Partnership (October 2013):

The EF Partnership has been instrumental in the overall improvement of referral development, outreach and collaboration with our local county boards of developmental disabilities resulting in a greater number of employment outcomes and individuals served.

County Board Feedback:

A survey was conducted in Fall 2015 to gauge county board satisfaction with the EF Partnership. Below are the results:

  • 89% reported seeing an improvement in the time it took from referral to service delivery
  • 83% reported satisfaction with the progress of the individuals served through the Employment First Partnership
  • 81% reported outcomes for persons with I/DD in their identified county as a result of the EF Partnership
  • 80% rated the Employment First Partnership as successful in their county.

 

Partnership Expansion in FFY17

Because of this success, and the identified need to continue to expand resources to serve DD-eligible adults, DODD and OOD are expanding the EF Partnership by five dedicated Counselors beginning in FFY 2017 (October 1, 2016). With this expansion, the EF Partnership will serve an additional 300 job seekers with developmental disabilities, bringing the total served to 1800. In addition, OOD will align the EF regions with local field office territories to improve efficiency. As a result of this expansion, regional coverage and some staff changes will occur. It will be a priority to maintain open communication with our partners during this transition.​

 Current Stats Expansion Total
Current Match$1,838,687.50$398,809 (+22%)$2,237,496.50
Staff Expansion25 EF Counselors5 EF Counselors 30 EF Counselors
# Consumers Served15003001800

 

Staffing

Five additional counselors will be headquartered in regions with the greatest identified need based on the number of current open cases on hand and projected numbers of referrals.  ​

HeadquartersCounties Served
AkronMedina, Summit, Portage
DaytonMontgomery
ClevelandCuyahoga, Lake, Geauga, Ashtabula
MansfieldRichland, Ashland, Morrow, Knox
ToledoLucas, Ottawa

 

Timeline of Expansion

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Jun 17
Autism Scholarship Gap Bridged

On May 31, Governor Kasich signed House ​Bill 299 into law. The legislation builds on Governor Kasich's mission to improve the lives of Ohioans with autism and their families.

Under Governor Kasich's leadership there have been many initiatives to carry out this mission:

  • Provided support to the PLAY Project​, to train professionals serving infants and toddlers in a home and play-based approach that nurtures the early parent/child relationship.
  • ASD Strategies in Action was launched to give everyone tools and techniques to be better able to care for and interact with people on the autism spectrum.
  • Funds were allocated to support the Autism Diagnostic Education Project (ADEP​), to train pediatricians to identify autism earlier and to foster partnerships b​etween primary physicians and early intervention professionals.
  • Autism services were included in insurance coverage for state employees and their covered children, as well as individual and small group plans.
  • Fostering partnerships and collaboration between groups like the Interagency Work Group on Autism (IWGA) and Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) to create better outcomes and supports.

Many other initiatives, like the historic new funds in the last budget, continue to build on the Governor's mission to provide supports that create greater healthcare coverage, educational supports, and employment opportunities that allow Ohioans with autism to live more fulfilling and productive lives.

HB 299 continues these efforts in by improving the Autism Scholarship.

Created in 2006, the Autism Scholarship is a program that allows parents of children with autism the ability to send their child to a special education program that is outside of their school district. This allows a parent to find the most appropriate educational setting and supports for their child with autism.

Under HB 299, the scholarship is expanded to allow parents who are the temporary, legal, or the permanent custodian of an autistic child to apply for the scholarship. Prior to HB 2​99, the law was restricted to only allow natural and adoptive parents to apply for the scholarship.

Because of this gap in the program, children who otherwise met the requirements for the scholarship could not apply, at no fault of their own. With this bill, that issue is fixed, allowing more children to receive the scholarship.

This scholarship and this bill, allows for students to get the most appropriate education, which follows the progress we have made as a state to provide better opportunities for individuals to live and work in the community.

Visit http://education.ohio.gov/autism to learn more about the Autism Scholarship.

Jun 10
imagineIS Makes Strides

2June14.PNGWe are pleased to report that during the past 12 months, the imagineIS tool usage has grown beyond the original 18 county pilot to 30 counties (in every phase of implementation) statewide and published plans increased from less than 400 to over 2,400.

The imagine Information System (imagineIS) is a tool built to support a person-centered approach and streamline administrative processes while creating opportunities to engage the person accessing waiver and local services, their family and their entire team.  imagineIS offers real-time access to information making it easier to discuss outcomes, communicate needed supports and implement or revise action plans.  imagineIS also integrates with other state business applications including Level of Care assessment (LOC), Restrictive Measures Notification (RMN) and the Review Data System (RDS) which enhances data sharing and visibility for the end user.   There are no charges for using the imagineIS system or ITS Continuous Circle of Support (ITS CCOS) planning, preparation, training, implementation and on-going support services.

​The imagine Region V Pilot project with DODD, the 18-county Region V County Collaborative and Mid-East Ohio Regional (MEORC) Council of Governments (COG) was completed in June 2015.  Over 70 imagineIS tool improvements identified during the pilot were prioritized and delivered: case notes and Targeted Case Management (TCM) billings; screen navigation; printing; guardianship; development of new services to support downloads to 3rd party products; and BHN Alliance functionality to support cross-county staff sharing. imagineISmap.PNG

The imagineIS ITS Statewide Implementation and Training team was formed in July 2015.  Building on pilot project experience, the team developed the ITS Continuous Circle of Support (CCOS) training materials and service offerings.  Standardized, role based training materials available include:  Individuals and their Family Members, Guardians, County Board staff (Superintendent, Services and Supports Director, Finance Manager, Customer Guide / Eligibility Specialist, Budget Support Specialist; Services and Supports Administrator); and Providers (CEO, Delegator, Program Manager, Worker).  Training materials can be found on our web site at http://dodd.ohio.gov/ImagineIS.

We built a dedicated imagineIS Training environment.  The training environment is available around the clock and is used by our training team for scheduled events and system demonstrations.  The system can also be used by County staff as needed at their convenience.

Our team worked with 15 counties to plan, prepare, train, implement and provide ITS CCOS services to their staff.  Each county's staff completed 3 days of on-site role-based training prior to go-live complimented by assistance provided by the ITS Call Center and training team staff on-demand as needed.  Provider, Individual and Family, and Guardian trainings are scheduled and completed with each county board shortly after their go-live date.

Post Go-Live ITS CCOS services were provided to over 1,000 participants in the following training events: 6 refresher webinars; 18 monthly open-enrollment training classes; 16 on-demand on-site training days at county board or COG locations; 12 on-demand webinars to address specific topic(s); 26 provider classes;  individuals and families trainings with county boards and providers as well as guardians.  Please review and register to attend imagineIS classes offered through December 2016 at http://www.planetReg.com/E1125144731130555.

For more information on imagineIS and how you may benefit from imagineIS use, please contact Heather Stubbs at Heather.Stubbs@dodd.ohio.gov or call 614.705.1200.

If you are experiencing imagineIS issues, or have suggested improvements, please contact the ITSCallCenter@dodd.ohio.gov or 800.617.6733, option 4.  ​

May 27
General Assembly Passes Important DD Legislation

​​3March29.pngThe Department works with stakeholders, parents and guardians, and self-advocates to advance legislative measures that improve the health, safety, and well-being of Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. Monthly, the Department will update you on legislation that affects our community. To find more information on each bill, click the link attached to each bill number, which will direct you to the Legislature's website for the corresponding bill.​


Highlighted Legislation

With an overall vote total of 220 yes votes to 3 no votes, Governor Kasich's third Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Mid-Biennium Review (MBR), House Bill 483, passed out of legislature, last Thursday, the 26th of May. Since taking office, the Governor has transformed Ohio's developmental disabilities system by giving more individuals the opportunity to live and work in their communities. His most recent budget made a historic investment in Ohioans with developmental disabilities, allocating nearly $300 million dollars in new funds.  Not willing to be satisfied, Gov. Kasich's latest MBR continues to reform and strengthen Ohio's developmental disabilities system.

Modernizing Health Care Administration: In a home care setting, the caretaker typically has a long-term relationship with an individual; a sense of familiarity is maintained over time. And yet, these same caretakers aren't allowed to administer basic health care products. By increasing the types of medications and health care-related activities that can be administered by a direct care staff member, individuals' needs can be met in a timelier manner. The list of medications that can be administered has been updated to reflect new medications and new practices, as well as the ongoing experience of both supervisory nurses and direct care staff. These medications include inhalers, some forms of insulin, epinephrine, and over-the-counter topical treatments such as sunscreen and insect repellent.  The health care-related activities include CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machines, percussion vests and compression hosiery.

Improving Continuity of Service to Ensure Young Ohioans Thrive: Bureaucracy should never get in the way of the quality care our children with developmental disabilities deserve.  Under current law, early intervention services provided to children from birth to age three with developmental delays are administered by two separate state agencies – the Department of Health and the Department of Developmental Disabilities. As these children grow older, they should expect and receive a seamless delivery of new services. By aligning this program within a single agency -- DODD-- children in need of additional services as they grow older will experience a smooth transition of care. While the delivery of services for those children in early intervention will not change, those children who need ongoing support will have a clearer continuum of service throughout their lifetime.

Other Reforms to Strengthen Ohio's Developmental Disabilities System:  Other improvements made in the Department's MBR include: the removal of unnecessary Targeted Case Management language, clarification of a cost report drafting discrepancy, improved IAF guideline transparency, the forgiveness of an outstanding balance on county board buildings if certain conditions are met, and the modernization of the County Board levy process.

Today more than ever, Ohioans with developmental disabilities want the opportunity to live and work in their communities. The MBR's new initiatives continue the transformation of Ohio's developmental disabilities system, so more Ohioans get that opportunity. ​

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HB 158Disability Terms, would change the offensive term "mentally retarded" found in Ohio law to "person with an intellectual disability." The bill passed the House on January 26 with a vote of 95-0. The bill passed the Senate on May 24 with a vote of 33-0. The Department has worked proactively in support of this legislation and to make sure the changes do not disrupt or change any services. The bill can now be signed by Governor Kasich.

HB 299Autism Scholarships, would allow the temporary, legal, or permanent custodian of a qualified child to apply for an Autism Scholarship. This would expand the availability of the scholarship to more children. The bill passed the House on December 8, 2015 with a vote of 91-0 and the Senate on April 27, 2016 with a vote of 32-0. The bill can now be signed by Governor Kasich.

HB 350Autism Treatment, would mandate coverage of autism treatment in more health insurance plans. The bill was favorably reported on May 25 from the House Accountability & Oversight Committee. The bill can now be voted on by the entire House.

HB 358Savings Accounts, would allow for an income tax deduction for contributions to ABLE savings accounts. The language of the bill was added to HB 483 on May 3 and is now part of that passed legislation. Governor Kasich signed the ABLE Act, House Bill 155, into law in July, and the Department has been working with the Treasurer's office to roll out the program soon.

HB 365Mobility Aid Transportation, would allow transportation services, such as taxis, to transport, people who require a wheelchair but are not medically fragile. The bill is now under consideration in the House Health & Aging Committee.

SB 128Bartter Syndrome Awareness Day, would designate May 13 as Bartter Syndrome Awareness Day. The bill passed the Senate with a vote of 32-0 on September 30, 2015 and passed then House on May 24, 2016 with a vote of 89-0. The bill can now be signed by Governor Kasich. Bartter syndrome is made up of a group of similar but rare conditions that affect the kidneys.

SB 130Disability History and Awareness Month, would designate October as Disability History and Awareness Month. The bill passed the Senate on with a vote of 32-0. The language of the bill was added to HB 483 on May 25 and is now part of that passed legislation.

SB 133Scleroderma Awareness Month, would designate June as Scleroderma Awareness Month. The bill has passed the Senate and the House. The bill can be signed into law by Governor Kasich. Scleroderma is made up of many conditions that can affect the skin, blood vessels, internal organs, and the digestive tract.

SB 310, Capital Appropriations, to make appropriations for capital projects for the biennium. The bill has 28.4 million dollars in funds related to developmental disability services. The bill passed both the Senate and the House and was signed by Governor Kasich on May 17.

HCR 21Developmental Disabilities Employment Services, is a proposed resolution to urge Congress to request the Federal government change its policy concerning sheltered workshops. The bill passed the House with a vote of 90-0. The bill received sponsor testimony in the Senate Education Committee on April 20.

May 23
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)
Section 511 of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) applies to youth 24 years old or younger and is intended to ensure youth with disabilities have every opportunity to pursue competitive, integrated employment. 

 

Section 511 outlines a series of steps to be completed prior to payment of subminimum wage. This provision of the Act becomes effective on July 22 of this year.  Final regulations interpreting Section 511 are projected to be released later this year.


It is understandable that these changes have prompted many questions about how this new process will be completed and documented. The Employment First Taskforce agencies, including Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, understand their systems play a role in providing supports and services that empower youth to choose and succeed in competitive, integrated employment. The Taskforce agencies are jointly developing policy guidance to ensure compliance with Section 511, in alignment with Ohio’s Employment First Policy, and will disseminate this policy guidance in conjunction with the release of the final WIOA regulations.


This guidance will reflect Ohio’s priorities, including:

·     The expectation that youth with disabilities should have opportunities to pursue competitive, integrated employment, and employment must be considered in every person-centered plan;

·     Person-centered planning is key to effective services and supports and should ensure a balance of what is important to and for a person, and

·     Services should take place in the most integrated setting, and be appropriate to the individual’s identified goals and outcomes. 

In the meantime, please continue to use the DODD-OOD Joint Guidance on Referrals for Vocational Rehabilitation Services, which follows the four places on the Path to Community Employment as outlined in the Employment First Rule (5123:2-2-05), which was distributed last November.

May 09
Amendment to the SELF Waiver Application For 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services - Public Notice -

The purpose of this communication is to provide notification of the amendment made in the 1915(c) Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waiver application and to notify the public of the opportunity to provide input prior to submitting the application to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for consideration. A summary of the changes are listed below.  

The entire SELF waiver amended application is available at http://dodd.ohio.gov/IndividualFamilies/ServiceFunding/Pages/WaiverTypes.aspx

The waiver application is also available in hard copies and may be requested through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and through local County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. Comments may be submitted by email to waiverfeedback@dodd.ohio.gov or by U.S. Mail to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, 30 E. Broad Street, 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.

A summary of the amendments made in the SELF waiver application includes the following:

The amendment reflects the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) new Adult Day Waiver Services (ADWS) package (service definitions, provider qualifications, rate structure) that maximizes opportunities for integrated employment and integrated wrap-around services.

The waiver was also amended to eliminate the sub-caps for cost limitations on the following set of services; Community Inclusion, Remote Monitoring, Residential Respite and Community Respite.    The overall cost limitation for this waiver will continue to be $25,000 per year for children and $40,000 per year for adults.

Appendix C-3 Participant Services:

The addition of the following new services: Career Planning, Individual Employment Support and Group Employment Support.

The modification of the following services definitions: Adult Day Support, Vocational Habilitation, and Non-Medical Transportation.

Changes were made to the waiver to end Integrated Employment as a service effective 09/30/16.  Individual Employment Support and/or Career Planning services will be available as an alternatives to Integrated Employment beginning 10/01/16.

Changes were made to the waiver to end Supported Employment-Enclave as a service effective 09/30/16. Group Employment Support service will be available as an alternative to Supported Employment-Community beginning 10/01/16.

Additional limits on the amount of waiver services have been amended under each adult day waiver service to include the following:

a) Payment for Adult Day Support, Career Planning, Group Employment Support, Individual Employment Support, and Vocational Habilitation alone or in combination, shall not exceed the budget limitations contained in Appendix C to rule 5123:2-9-19 of the Administrative Code.

b)Appendix D-1-b Service Planning Safeguards: County boards providing Targeted Case Management (TCM) will not be eligible to provide any of the new adult day services, unless no other qualified provider is available in the geographic area.  It is anticipated that all individuals will be safely transitioned from their existing services, many of which are operated by County Boards, to the newly designed services according to Ohio's Transition Plan. County Boards are prohibited from providing direct services to new individuals, unless no other qualified and willing provider is available.

Rates have been added for these new services: Career Planning, Individual Employment Support, and Group Employment Support.

The draft waivers will remain open for public comment on the Department's website until June 8, 2016. 

May 09
Amendments to the Individual Options and Level One Waiver Applications For 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services - Public Notice -

The purpose of this communication is to provide notification of the amendments made in the 1915(c) Home and Community Based (HCBS) Waiver applications and to notify the public of the opportunity to provide input prior to submitting the applications to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for consideration. A summary of the changes are listed below.  

The entire Individual Options (IO) and Level One waiver amended applications are available at http://dodd.ohio.gov/IndividualFamilies/ServiceFunding/Pages/WaiverTypes.aspx

The waiver applications are also available in hard copies and may be requested through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and through local County Boards of Developmental Disabilities. Comments may be submitted by email to waiverfeedback@dodd.ohio.gov or by U.S. Mail to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, 30 E. Broad Street, 13th Floor, Columbus, OH 43215.

A summary of the amendments made in the IO and Level One waiver applications includes the following:

The amendments reflect the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) new Adult Day Waiver Services (ADWS) package (service definitions, provider qualifications, rate structure) that maximize opportunities for integrated employment and integrated wrap-around services.

The waiver amendments also reflect the addition of a new service, Money Management which provides assistance to people with developmental disabilities who may need support managing personal and financial affairs.

In addition, modifications of Homemaker/Personal Care (HPC) service definition were made to include language that supports the use of this service to promote individuals' integration in and access to the greater community.

Appendix C-3 Participant Services:

The addition of the following new services: Career Planning, Individual Employment Support, Group Employment Support and Money Management.

The modification of the following services definitions: Adult Day Support, Vocational Habilitation, Non-Medical Transportation, Homemaker/Personal Care and Homemaker/Personal Care-Daily Billing Unit.

Homemaker/Personal Care-Daily Billing Unit service has been amended to eliminate independent provider type effective 09/30/16.  As an alternative, an Independent Homemaker/Personal Care Provider will be able to bill under the currently approved Homemaker/Personal Care Service.

Amendments were made to the waiver ending Supported Employment-Community as a service effective 09/30/16.  Individual Employment Support and/or Career Planning services will be available as alternatives to Supported Employment-Community beginning 10/01/16.

Amendments were made to the waiver to end Supported Employment-Enclave as a service effective 09/30/16. Group Employment Support service will be available as an alternative to Supported Employment-Community beginning 10/01/16.

Additional limits on the amount of waiver services have been amended under each adult day waiver service to include the following:

a) Payment for Adult Day Support, Career Planning, Group Employment Support, Individual Employment Support, and Vocational Habilitation alone or in combination, shall not exceed the budget limitations contained in Appendix C to rule 5123:2-9-19 of the Administrative Code.

b)Appendix D-1-b Service Planning Safeguards: County boards providing Targeted Case Management (TCM) will not be eligible to provide any of the new adult day services, unless no other qualified provider is available in the geographic area.  It is anticipated that all individuals will be safely transitioned from their existing services, many of which are operated by County Boards, to the newly designed services according to Ohio's Transition Plan. County Boards are prohibited from providing direct services to new individuals, unless no other qualified and willing provider is available.

Rates have been added for these new services: Career Planning, Individual Employment Support, Group Employment Support and Money Management.

The draft waivers will remain open for public comment on the Departments website until June 8, 2016. 

Apr 29
Changes To Waitlist Reduction Waiver Enrollment

MomDaughter.pngAm. Sub. H.B. 64 made state funding available to pay the non-federal share for 1000 additional individuals to enroll in the SELF Waiver and approximately 864 individuals to enroll in the Individual Options (IO) Waiver. The goal of this funding is to reduce the number of individuals on the waiting list. In an effort to expand shared living services, 25% of the IO waivers made available through state funding will be offered to individuals who choose to receive either Adult Family Living (AFL) or Adult Foster Care (AFC) services.

Rule 5123:2-1-08 (D)(13) of the Ohio Administrative Code, requires that county boards follow the process established by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) for waivers that are partially or fully state-funded. Based upon feedback from the Strategic Planning Leadership Group, DODD has updated the method boards are to follow when offering enrollment in the waiting list reduction SELF waivers and those for individuals interested in shared living. The process for enrolling individuals in the remaining IO Waivers with state funding is unchanged.

Individual Options – Regular Waiting List (648 waivers available)

County boards must offer enrollment in these waivers to individuals with the earliest waiting list date. When the person with the earliest waiting list date also happens to have emergency or priority status, as identified in paragraphs (D)(9) and (D)(10) of rule 5123:2-1-08 of the Ohio Administrative Code, he/she may be offered the opportunity for enrollment. Boards may not enroll individuals with priority status in these waivers ahead of people with earlier waiting list request dates.

Boards may request authorization from DODD) to enroll individuals with emergency status in IO Waivers with state funding when both of the following apply:

  • The number of individuals with emergency status for whom enrollment in a waiver is required exceeds the number of individuals with emergency status the board projected to be enrolled that year; and
  • The board has determined that insufficient funds exist to pay the non-federal share of waiver services for these additional people with emergency status.

When a board requests authorization to use any number of the waivers with state funding to enroll people with emergency status, DODD may conduct a further review of the board's ability to maintain its obligations to pay the non-federal share of Medicaid HCBS.

Individual Options – Shared Living (216 waivers available)

County boards may offer enrollment in these waivers to individuals with emergency status or priority status, in accordance with rule 5123:2-1-08. Individuals without emergency or priority status may also be afforded the opportunity to enroll in one of these waivers, provided they are next on the waiting list based on the initial date of request.

If a county board is unable to enroll the target number of individuals in IO waivers to receive shared living, DODD will redistribute the waivers designated for shared living to other counties where individuals will use this service.

SELF (1000 waivers available)

County boards may offer enrollment in these waivers to individuals with emergency status or priority status, in accordance with rule 5123:2-1-08. Individuals without emergency or priority status may also be afforded the opportunity to enroll in one of these waivers, provided they are next on the waiting list based on the initial date of request. ​

Individuals who are presently enrolled in a waiver, but are on the waiting list for the SELF or IO waivers may be offered the opportunity to enroll in a waiver with state funding. However, the board must enroll another person from the waiting list in the type of waiver vacated by the individual enrolling in the SELF or IO waiver with state funding.

DODD must be notified immediately if a board determines that all waivers allocated to the county are unable to be utilized. DODD will redistribute unused or vacated waivers to other counties, as needed.

Apr 22
April Legislative Update

The Department works with stakeholders, parents and guardians, and self-advocates to advance legislative measures that improve the health, safety, and well-being of Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. Monthly, the Department will update you on legislation that affects our community. To find more information on each bill, click the link attached to each bill number, which will direct you to the Legislature's website for the corresponding bill.

Highlighted Legislation

HB 483, Developmental Disabilities Mid-Biennium Review Bill, a package of initiatives to support the continued transformation of Ohio's developmental disabilities, received its second hearing before the Finance Subcomittee on Health and Human Services. The bill improves the continuity of care as children grow older by making DODD the lead agency for the Early Intervention program, makes it easier for direct care staff to tend to individuals' medical needs, and makes other changes that will help individuals, families and county boards. Read Director Martin's Testimony​

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HB 50Adoption Assistance, would expand foster care and adoption assistance payments from the age of 18 to 21. The bill passed in the House with a vote of 91-2. The bill will receive sponsor testimony in the Senate Finance Committee on April 26. Watch a video about HB 50 to learn more.

HB 158Disability Terms, would change the term "mentally retarded" found in Ohio law to "person with an intellectual disability." The bill passed the House on January 26 with a vote of 95-0. The bill received its second hearing the Senate State & Local Government Committee on April 19. The Department is working proactively in support of this legislation and to make sure the changes do not disrupt or change any services.

HB 299Autism Scholarships, would allow the temporary, legal, or permanent custodian of a qualified child to apply for an Autism Scholarship. This would expand the availability of the scholarship to more children. The bill passed the House on December 8, 2015 with a vote of 91-0. The bill was favorably reported from the Senate Education Committee on April 19 and can now be brought before the entire Senate for a vote.

HB 350Autism Treatment, would further Governor Kasich's directive to mandate coverage of autism treatment in health insurance. The bill is now under consideration in the House Government Accountability & Oversight Committee.

HB 358Savings Accounts, would allow for an income tax deduction for contributions to ABLE savings accounts. The bill received its second hearing in the House Ways & Means Committee on April 19. Governor Kasich signed the ABLE Act into law in July and the Department has been working with the Treasurer's office to roll out the program soon.

HB 365Mobility Aid Transportation, would allow transportations services, such as taxis, to transport, people who require a wheelchair but are not medically fragile. The bill is now under consideration in the House Health & Aging Committee.

SB 128Bartter Syndrome Awareness Day, would designate May 13 as Bartter Syndrome Awareness Day. The bill has passed the Senate and was favorably referred from the House Health & Aging Committee. The bill can now be brought before the House for a vote. Bartter Syndrome is made of many conditions that affect the kidneys.​

SB 130Disability History and Awareness Month, would designate October as Disability History and Awareness Month. The bill passed the Senate on with a vote of 32-0. The bill is now under consideration in the House State Government Committee.

SB 133Scleroderma Awareness Month, would designate June as Scleroderma Awareness Month. The bill has passed the Senate and the House. The bill can be signed into law by Governor Kasich. Scleroderma is made up of many conditions that can affect the skin, blood vessels, internal organs, and the digestive tract.

SB 310, Capital Appropriations, to make appropriations for capital projects for the biennium. The bill has 28.4 million dollars in funds related to developmental disability services. The bill has passed the Senate and will receive sponsor testimony in the House Finance Committee on April 26.​

HCR 21Developmental Disabilities Employment Services, is a proposed resolution to urge Congress to request the Federal government change its policy concerning sheltered workshops. The bill passed the House with a vote of 90-0. The bill received sponsor testimony in the Senate Education Committee on April 20.

Apr 22
Supporting Community Living With Rental Assistance

community.pngIn 2013, DODD convened a Strategic Leadership Planning Group (SPLG) to create a shared vision of the future of developmental disability services in Ohio. The group generated twenty-four, ten-year benchmarks summarized in their Final Report, (December 2015). 

One of the twenty-four benchmarks was to ensure that by 2024, people with disabilities have the subsidies and resources necessary to live in the community, provided by the department. Through the Rental Assistance Program funded by DODD's FY2016-2017 Executive Budget, the department has made significant progress towards making community living a reality. 

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You can learn more about eligibility and enrollment for RAP in the January 18 Pipeline Weekly. If you have questions, please contact Ernie Fischer via email, ernie.fischer@dodd.ohio.gov or by phone, 614-752-3013.

To read more about the Department's progress towards achieving the benchmarks defined by the SPLG, see the March 2016 Progress Report. ​

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