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DODD Welcomes Jeff Davis

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities welcomes Director Jeff Davis as the agency's new leader appointed by Governor Mike DeWine.

“I am truly humbled that Governor DeWine has entrusted me with the responsibility to lead the department. This is an opportunity and privilege of a lifetime," Davis said. "I look forward to working closely with the people we serve and their families, and those who provide and coordinate services to ensure that our system is caring and responsive.”
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Public Notice for Comment

The Individual Options Waiver is due for renewal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) effective July 1, 2019.
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IO Waiver Application

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Jan 9 DIrector Wishes Disabilities Field Goodbye; Webinars: MUI Rule Changes; Individual Options Waiver Posted for Public Comment; Live Chat: Service Changes to Assistive Technology; 'Back to Basics' is Back. See more
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Jan 2 Tech First Council Issues Recommendations; #FamilyTalk: Director Martin; Spread the Word about the Family Engagement Series; PSM App to Get Cloud Upgrade This Month; Live Chats Are Back in 2019. See more
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Dec 19 Director Explains Tech First Work; DD Council Grants Support Technology First Initiative; Missed the MRC Live Chat? Ask Your Questions in Jan.; VIDEO: Why Eddie Enjoys Ohio Shared Living; Experienced DSPs Can Earn More Money with Training. See more
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November 2018
Planning for the Future

With help from The Future is Now program administered by the Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities, 90-year-old Patricia has been able to plan for her son Arthur's future for when she is no longer able to care for him.

Learn more about how family caregivers can plan for the future with these free materials.

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Health and Safety
The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services released tips for staying healthy and safe this winter.
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Technology
Watch this video from the Ohio State University Nisonger Center about Chris and his family, and learn how they are using Remote Support.
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#FamilyTalk
At 12:30 PM on Friday, December 7, log on to DODD's Facebook page to hear updates to Employment First you need to know.
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Please take a moment with this Family Engagement Survey as DODD explores the best way to communicate with you in 2019.

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Know Someone Who'd Like to Be an NCI Interviewer?
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The Ohio State University Nisonger Center is looking for people with developmental disabilities and their family members to be NCI interviewers for the National Core Indicators (NCI) Adult in Person survey.

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Guidance Memos                                                             
Waiting List Due Process Form Available
Attention: SSAs, Superintendents

The waiting list due process form, with examples and instructions, is now available on the Forms page of the DODD website under "Miscellaneous."

County boards of developmental disabilities should begin using the waiting list due process form immediately in conjunction with all waiver and waiting list assessments.

Window Extended for Waiver Billing
Attention: All Providers, Business Managers, CEOs, COG Directors, County Boards, Provider Agencies, SSAs, Superintendents

In light of numerous technical difficulties, the window to enter waiver and TCM billing into the eMBS application has been extended. Billing will be accepted in eMBS until noon on Tuesday, December 18.

All billing submitted December 6 through noon on December 18 will be processed and assigned to the DEC18-C billing cycle for a payment date of December 28, 2018.

Providers who have unresolved login issues should emailITSCallCenter@dodd.ohio.gov.
DODD Policy: ICF Beds on Hold
Attention: ICFs

Recently, there have been a number of inquiries and requests to place intermediate care facility (ICF) beds on hold, and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is releasing this notice to clarify the longstanding policy around placing ICF beds on hold.

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PSM App To Be Upgraded to Cloud

Beginning Friday, December 14, at 4 PM, the provider portal and the Provider Services Management (PSM) application will not be available while the PSM application is being upgraded to the newest version of the cloud. DODD Information Technology Services is anticipating that applications will be available Sunday, December 16.

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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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