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Caregiver Finds Support with Future Planning

November is National Family Caregivers Month!

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. "The Future is Now is something that everyone needs to know about," Patricia says. "Planning for the future is the reason that Arthur and I are able to live comfortably now."

The program hosts sessions where people with developmental disabilities share what is important to them, like where they want to live or how they enjoy spending their day. Caregivers and family members take time to listen to their loved ones while learning about services and planning resources related to housing and finance needs.

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

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Nov 7 NCI Interviewers Share Benefits of Job; Help Families Unlock Their Strength, Live Their Potential; Live Chat: Ask about the Ins and Outs of PASRR; What's Changing: DODD Apps Moving to the Cloud; Monthly Rate Calculator Webinars for CBs, Providers. See more
Oct 31 Work Program Helps Students Find Interests; Chat: Discussing Sheltered Workshops with Families; CMS Has Approved Waiver Amendments about Tech; Special Live Chat Nov. 13: Waiting List Assessment.  See more
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Oct 24 'OOD Videos Give Employers Hiring Advice; #FamilyTalk: Options for Disability Employment; Council Member Recaps October Tech First Work; New Webinar Series for Providers: Meaningful Day! See more
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October 2018
Unlock Your Strength, Live Your Potential

The Family Engagement Series includes regional hands-on sessions that will teach you practical ways to manage pressure, patience, and learn creative strategies to modify your existing methods of coping and caring for those you love. 

Register for regional sessions by clicking your area below.

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Choking prevention is critical for Ohio's disability population. Take some time to read Health and Welfare Alerts, and listen to a message from DODD Director John Martin.
Advocate Renee Wood from Lucas County talks with DODD about how she uses her $49 Amazon Echo to help out around her home, and where she hopes Ohio's focus on technology goes next.
National Core Indicators data helps DODD make decisions about policy. Learn why NCI data is important to families during #FamilyTalk on November 2 at 12:30 PM. Visit DODD's Facebook. 
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Employees with disabilities have high retention rates and show up on time, ready to work. Find out why Texas Roadhouse in Stow, Ohio, opened their doors to people with disabilities.

Calendar: Statewide Family Events
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November 8 - Ohio Community of Practice for Supporting Families

December 4 - Family Organization Forum
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Guidance Memos                                                             
DODD Info Systems Moved to Microsoft Cloud

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities' Information Technology Services division completed moving its core information systems to the secure Microsoft cloud during the November 17 weekend. 

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Updates: Overtime Reports in MSS
Attention: Business Managers, COG Directors, County Boards, SSAs, Superintendents

Overtime reports are available in the Medicaid Service System (MSS) in two new locations. The overtime report can be used by counties to see a month-by-month estimate of weekly hours allotted to an independent provider across all enrolled Individual Options and Level One waiver PAWS plans for up to a year span.

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Remote Support: Free Choice of Provider
Attention: All Providers, COG Directors, County Boards, DCs, ICFs, Provider Agencies, SSAs, Superintendents

DODD has issued guidance about the Homemaker/Personal Care role and responsibilities regarding selecting a Remote Support vendor and free choice of provider.

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Resource Outlines Health-Related Supports
Attention: SSAs

This new fact sheet can help families understand the variety of health-related supports available to children and adults with developmental disabilities. It is also available on DODD's Medication Administration page.

Fact Sheet

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Preventing Choking #18-4-18
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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