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Davis Testifies on DeWine's Budget Initiatives

On March 20, DODD Director Jeff Davis gave testimony to members of the Ohio House of Representatives' Finance Committee about Governor Mike DeWine's proposed state biennial budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. Read More
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Conference.pngMarch 2019 Adocacy Critical for People with Disabilities; State Agencies Partner on Early Childhood Conference; Save the Date: TechSummit 2.0 is Coming in June; Employment First Turns 7; Business Managers: Take This Free Training from OACB. See more
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February 28 Join 2019 Provider Transformation Series; New DODD Deputy Directors Named; Health Alert: Preventive Care; NCI Staff Stability Survey is Coming. Learn More Now; Follow Memo Monday for Weekly Training Calendar. See more
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February 20 5 Things To Know about Choking Prevention; Low Vision Awareness Monthl Director's Corner: Sign Up for Weekly DODD Updates; Prone Restraint Is Never an Option. Be Well-Informed. See more
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February 2019
DODD Family Forum Open for Discussion

DODD has re-opened the popular Facebook Family Forum. This is a place for people and families to network, support one another, offer ideas and resources, and provide feedback to the department.

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Free Tech Modules
These Assistive Technology Internet Modules are designed to provide information about assistive technology for educators, professionals, families, and people with disabilities.
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TEchSummit 2.0
Registration forTechSummit 2.0 is open. This one-day conference is a chance for families to hear from experts, try supportive technology, and hear other families' perspectives about tech.
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#FamilyTalk
Gary Tonks from The Arc of Ohio will celebrate and discuss the importance of advocacy for the next episode of #FamilyTalk. Visit DODD's Facebook on Monday, March 4, at 7 PM.
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The next meeting of the Family Advisory Council is Wednesday, March 27, at the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

If you can't make it, plan a DODD Watch Party t o learn about financial planning and Medicaid options for families without leaving your own community.

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Save the Date

April 4 - Ohio's Community of Practice for Supporting Families National Team visit

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Guidance Memos                                                             
Guidance: ICF Exit Waiver Availability
Attention: County Boards, ICFs

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has received multiple inquiries about Exit Waiver eligibility for residents of intermediate care facilities with eight or fewer beds. DODD would like to clarify that all ICF residents are eligible for Exit Waiver allocation regardless of the facility bed capacity. Read Memo

ODM Releases EVV Provider Training Info
Attention: All Providers

Training registration for the Ohio Department of Medicaid’s (ODM) Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) Phase 2 will begin April 1 with training open May 6. Read Memo
Update: Medication Self-Admin Assessments

In January, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities published guidance about updated medication self-administration assessments.

As a larger group of stakeholders began to use the new forms, it was noted that some minor adjustments needed to be made to better capture situations where people are cognitively able to self-direct care but need physical assistance. Revised editions are now posted.
Clinician's Verification Form Changes
Attention: County Boards, DCs, ICFs

Following communication with members of the Ohio Association of County Boards, the Clinician’s Verification Form 10 and Up has reverted back to the previous form and includes the option for a Certified Nurse Practitioner (CNP) to sign for medical conditions that are within the CNP’s scope of practice. 
 
The form has been updated in the forms section of dodd.ohio.gov under "Waiver Enrollment."

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This alert provides critical information to caregivers about making surepeople with developmental disabilities they s erve are scheduled for routine cancer screenings and renew their commitment to healthy living.

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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