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NCI Interviewers Share Benefits of Job
The National Core Indicators survey project is important in understanding the overall quality of public developmental disabilities agencies. Watch Annee, Rosie, and Joy from the Cincinnati area explain their roles as NCI interviewers who talk face-to-face with Ohioans with disabilities.

Ohio State University Nisonger Center is looking for family members of people with developmental disabilities interested in becoming interviewers. Learn more about this unique jobSee more

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April 11 Initiative to Reward DSP Dedication, Training; Alert: Preventing Choking; Nominate an Advocate for APSI's Annual Award; Explore Supportive Devices at the TechSummit June 15. See more
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April 4 A Message from the Director; Why Employers Hire People with Disabilities: VIDEO; What's PDGS? Ask DODD about it Next Wednesday; Tutorials: Provider Services Management Applications. See more
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March 28 Supporting Independence in the Community; New Legislation Supports Community Housing Efforts; Chat: Explore the World of Supportive Technology; Don't Forget: Employment Transformation Series; SSAs: Referral Agent Training. See more
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March 2018
FAC Meeting Focuses on Life after School
Friday, March 2, #FamilyTalk provides another opportunity to hear about Ohio's home and community-based services waiver waiting list and ask questions about how it will affect you. Log on to DODD's Facebook page at 12:30 PM to tune in. See More
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Family Resource: BOLD Beginning!
Find resources for your family at BOLD Beginning! A collaboration between six Ohio state agencies, this website provides a wealth of information for families and communitiesSee More
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Stay Active, Up to Date with FRNO Calendar
Visit Supporting Families @ DODDand discover the FRNO event calendar where you can learn about events in your area or submit your own. This is a resource for families all around the state. See More
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Fullfilling the Promise' Theme at NAMI Event
NAMI Ohio will host the "Fulfilling the Promise" statewide conference Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5.

The conference focuses on various topics that affect people with mental illness, their families and caregivers, and those working within the mental health system. See More

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Guidance Memos                                                             
Updates: CRM Tile Cleanup
Attention: County Boards
Reorganization of tile layout within Dynamics Customer Relationship Management (CRM) is targeted for the beginning of April. Read Memo
Freedom of Choice Form Updated
Attention: SSAs
The Freedom of Choice Documentation form, used for people enrolling in Medicaid home and community-based services waivers, has been updated. Read Memo
Updated: Add-On Incentivizes Training, Longevity
Attention: Providers
On July 1, 2018, DODD will begin offering an incentive for experienced direct care staff who have also completed approved training, pending Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approval. Read Memo
Provider Guide Plus Goes Live in May
Attention: Agency Providers, County Boards
The long-anticipated statewide rollout of Ohio’s ProviderGuidePlus is coming soon! This online provider review and rating tool was developed to help guide people with developmental disabilities and families in their search for a provider, give provider agency information, and facilitate the assurance of high quality services. Read Memo
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Preventing Choking #18-4-18
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This alert provides critical information to caregivers of people with developmental disabilities about what actions to take if someone is choking.

Watch Tina Brown, a direct service provider from Preble County, describe how she successfully intervened when someone she serves was choking.

Required Reading
In addition to required annual training to identify and report Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs) and Unusual Incidents (UIs), all developmental disabilities employees are required by Ohio Administrative Code 5123:2-17-02 to review Health and Welfare Alerts released by the department. This training includes the review of any Health and Welfare Alerts released since the previous calendar year’s training. Please contact the MUI Registry Unit at 614-995-3810 with any questions.
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