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May 20
Memo Monday (May 20)
NCI Staff Stability Survey Due May 31
Attention: All HCBS Providers Supporting Adults and/or Children
The mandatory National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey that has been sent to home and community-based providers is due to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities by May 31. 
Community Integration June Provider Training
Registration is now open for the next group of provider sessions in the "Back to Basics" series. Review fundamentals of supporting people with disabilities with June's "Community Integration and Making Connections" sessions . 
SSA Training: Negotiating Fairness
On May 21, the State Employment Leadership Network offers a 30-minute session about negotiating fairness from Washington, D.C., service coordinator Ifeoma Muoka.

May 13
Update on State Budget Process

Director's Budget Update

On May 9, House Bill 166, the state's operating budget, passed the Ohio House with a vote of 82-9. The House made significant changes to the bill in the past two weeks that resulted in a number of changes affecting the developmental disabilities system. In the link below, the department has tried to succinctly discuss the biggest initiatives in this budget and how the House-passed version changed each initiative.

The Ohio Senate will now have an opportunity to work on the budget. I testified before the Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health and Medicaid last week. The Senate will hold public testimony this week, Tuesday through Thursday. This is an opportunity to advocate for the good initiatives in the budget and discuss items you believe should be changed.

We are appreciative of the work our system partners have done thus far. It took a tremendous amount of energy and time; for some initiatives, it has required years to build the case for investments. We are now to a point where all of your hard work is being manifested in this budget. But our work is not complete, and we must advocate in the Senate.

Recap of Governor's Introduced Version of the Budget

Direct Support Wage Investments

  • A partnership with county boards of developmental disabilities will invest to raise the Homemaker/Personal Care (HPC) direct support professional (DSP) base rate approximately 11 percent over the biennium. This is the largest two-year increase in our system's history and will get us to an average of $12.63 per hour.
  • An increase of the On-site/On-call DSP reimbursement rate to current minimum wage of $8.55 (from $6.09)
  • With investments, there is a responsibility to get increases to the direct support staff. We are committed to putting into place a public and transparent measure to capture that investments are going to direct support staff.

Early Intervention Investments

  • To provide more children with the services and supports they need to grow into strong adults, this budget invests $24.4 million over the next two years in new money for Early Intervention to serve children with developmental delays, lead exposure, or who were born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS).
  • Updating Early Intervention eligibility to cover children with high lead exposure or other substances
  • Completing the transition of lead agency for Ohio's Early Intervention program from the Ohio Department of Health to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Transportation Investments

  • Modernizing the Non-Medical Transportation (NMT) system by investing $9.8 million in state funds over two years for community transportation models that allow Ohioans with developmental disabilities to get to their jobs and around their communities. This investment will allow NMT rules to be revised based upon recommendations of a stakeholder workgroup. This new investment will allow providers to operate smaller vehicles for more person-centered transportation.

Recap of the House-Passed Version of the Budget

Direct Support Investments

  • Kept the as-introduced investments in DSP HPC and on-site on-call
  • The House made additional investments in DSP HPC reimbursement rates which would result in an average reimbursement rate of $13 per hour.

Early Intervention

  • Earmarks $1.5 million over the biennium from the proposed Early Intervention funding to contract with the Cleveland Sight Center, the Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, and the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio

Transportation

  • The House added language that would prohibit DODD from making changes to the NMT reimbursement system until a new workgroup prescribed by the language makes new recommendations.
May 13
Memo Monday (May 13)

DODD Hosts Ohio ISP Workgroup Forums
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is preparing to develop and implement a single template for individual service plans (ISP) for all people who receive services in the Ohio developmental disabilities system. The state will convene an Ohio ISP Workgroup in July.

In order to begin a single service plan template, the department must first collect feedback from people around Ohio who develop and use individual service plans. DODD's Office of System Support and Standards will host a series of feedback forums around the state, which will be a space for people who receive services, their family members, service providers, and plan authors to discuss the pros and cons of current service plans and share their experience and knowledge.

Register for the regional feedback forums in May and June.

Sign up to receive updates from the Ohio ISP Workgroup.
Survey: What Resources, Info Do You Need?
The DODD communications team wants to know what resources or information they can provide that will make your job or life easier.

Please respond to this one-question survey.
New Process Starting for NTA Documentation
Beginning May 17, there will be a new way to submit Nursing Task Assessment (NTA) requests and required documentation.
Ongoing Online Training
Catch up on past webinars and online courses with DODD'sWeb-Based Training Catalog .

The application for Continuing Professional Development Units has been updated to reflect the Early Intervention program. Click here to download.
Fall Prevention Training
Falls are consistently one of the leading causes of significant injury among people with developmental disabilities.

Prevent falls by knowing the physical and environmental hazards that can cause them. Try the Fall Prevention training inDODD MyLearning .
May 13
New Submission Process Available for Nursing Task Assessment Requests, Documentation

This is a guidance memo from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. To print this memo, select "CTRL" and "P" on your keyboard.

Beginning May 17, there will be a new way to submit Nursing Task Assessment requests and required documentation.

DODD has listened and is aware there is an issue with the ability to successfully upload documents for the Nursing Task Assessment (NTA) requests. To provide relief in this area, documents should now be submitted through the SharePoint file located in Microsoft Dynamics 365 (CRM).

County boards of developmental disabilities will only be required to send the Skilled Nursing Task Assessment (NTA) Form to TDDInbox@dodd.ohio.gov. This will alert the department that it has received a completed NTA for review. All other documents should be uploaded to the NTA folder that will be available for each person with developmental disabilities. There are no size restrictions on file uploads through SharePoint.

With questions or concerns regarding this process, contact TDDInbox@dodd.ohio.gov. View instructions about accessing these files here.
May 10
DODD Hosts Ohio ISP Workgroup Feedback Forums

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is preparing to develop and implement a single individual service plan (ISP). This plan will be for all people who receive services in the Ohio developmental disabilities system. The state will convene an Ohio ISP Workgroup in July.

In order to begin a single service plan, the department must first collect feedback from people around Ohio who develop and use individual service plans. DODD's Office of System Support and Standards will host a series of Feedback Forums around the state, which will be a space for people who receive services, their family members, and service providers and plan authors to discuss the pros and cons of current service plans and share their experience and knowledge.

Register for the regional feedback forums in May and June.

Sign up to receive updates from the Ohio ISP Workgroup.

May 06
Memo Monday (May 6)

Updated Guidance: Vocational Habilitation
Attention: County Boards, Providers
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities would like to provide clarification to providers certified to provide the Vocational Habilitation service regarding a memo issued August 6, 2018.
DODD Seeks Feedback from SSAs
Attention: SSAs
The Office of System Support and Standards (OSSAS), formerly known as the Office of Provider Standards and Review, needs input from service and support administrators across the state.

Help DODD learn ways to better support your work by completing thisshort survey. Responses will help direct the department in supporting service coordination efforts in the coming years.
Save the Date: QIDP Training This Fall
Attention: County Boards, ICFs, Providers
Upcoming training opportunities for Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals, or QIDPs, will cover topics such as: roles of the QIDP, service and support administrator, and intermediate care facility or waiver providers when a person with developmental disabilities is interested in moving to waiver services; waiver overview, person-centered transition planning; and more.
ODDP Enhancements Coming
Attention: ICFs
An update to the Intermediate Care Facility Ohio Developmental Disabilities Profile (ODDP) MyPortal application will be pushed on May 16. This update involves enhancements related to system alerts and process automation. 

Please report any issues to CR-ICF@dodd.ohio.gov.
NCI Staff Stability Survey Sent
Attention: All HCBS Providers Supporting Adults and/or Children
The mandatory National Core Indicators (NCI) Staff Stability Survey link has been emailed to providers as of April 12. The survey link was sent to providers from Dorothy Hiersteiner at dhiersteiner@hsri.org with Human Services Research Institute (HSRI).
 
If you have not yet received the link, please check your spam or junk folders. If you still cannot locate the email, please contact Lindsay Terry Stine at lindsay.terry-stine@dodd.ohio.gov.
CE Credits Expiring Soon
The DODD Department of Data, Analytics, and Research Team’s course “Predictors Associated with Pneumonia Death in the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Community” is expiring for social work CE credits on May 31.

Take an opportunity to learn and receive social work CE credit before the course expires. The presentation has also been approved for OBN CE credit. With questions, contactabby.hammond@dodd.ohio.gov.
Employment Mini Series
Service and support administrators can try this short online session from the State Employment Leadership Network about innovative approaches to support people with disabilities on their pathways to employment.

Ohio SSA Shanon Bene from the Clinton County Board of Developmental Disabilities will give the "Reaching Out" presentation May 7 at 3 PM.Register here.
May 03
Updated Guidance: Vocational Habilitation

​​​​This is a guidance memo from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. To print this memo, select "CTRL" and "P" on your keyboard.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) would like to provide clarification to providers certified to provide the Vocational Habilitation service. The Vocational Habilitation memo issued on August 6, 2018, contained the following statement:

"All vocational habilitation providers should review current practices and determine if services are delivered in accordance with the federal regulations described above. If a provider identifies an area of non-compliance with compensation standards, the provider must develop a plan by August 1, 2019, indicating how they will resolve the issue. The plan should include a realistic timeline for achieving compliance."

DODD has convened the Payment in Adult Day and Employment Services Work Group, which is composed of a diverse group of stakeholders. The work group's mission is to help support service providers in their efforts to align with state and federal regulations as they continue to transform their services, their organizations, and the lives of the people with developmental disabilities they support.

As a result of conversations with the work group, DODD is modifying its previous guidance -- an agency specific plan to ensure compliance with the compensation requirements is not required by August 1, 2019. In lieu of the agency specific plans, the Payment in Adult Day and Employment Services work group has developed a framework for aligning the Vocational Habilitation service delivery with federal and state requirements, which include compliance with compensation standards. DODD will begin implementation of the work group's framework over the next year.

DODD remains committed to the principles contained in the August 6, 2018, department-issued guidance. Through the work group, the department has agreed to make one minor edit to the previously issued guidance. On page two of the guidance, it was indicated that payment must be made at 50 percent of the federal minimum wage. DODD now believes that it would be appropriate for payment to be made at 50 percent of Ohio minimum wage. The guidance has been updated to reflect that change.

Providers of the Vocational Habilitation service are asked to monitor the work of the Payment in Adult Day and Employment Services Work Group and ensure compliance with effective service rules and with all revisions to the Vocational Habilitation service as they become effective.

May 03
Upcoming QIDP Training Dates Announced

​​This is a guidance memo from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. To print this memo, select "CTRL" and "P" on your keyboard.

Upcoming training opportunities for Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals, or QIDPs, will cover topics such as: roles of the QIDP, service and support administrator, and intermediate care facility or waiver providers when a person with developmental disabilities is interested in moving to waiver services; waiver overview, person-centered transition planning; and more.

There will be a morning and afternoon/evening session available each day. The times of each session will be announced at a later date.

  • September 12 – Stark County (2950 Whipple Ave. NW, Canton, 44708)
  • September 19 – Cuyahoga County (1275 Lakeside Avenue East, Cleveland, 44114)
  • September 24 – Montgomery County (581 Olive Rd., Dayton, 45417)
  • October 3 – Franklin County (1980 W. Broad St., Columbus, 43223)
  • October 10 – Wood County (1928IC E. Gypsy Lane Rd., Bowling Green, 43402)
  • October 24 – Hamilton County (1520 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, 45206)
May 01
Pipeline (May 2019)

May 1, 2019
Kevin Uses Tech at Home to Stay Safe
In Miami County, Kevin used to have several different sensors in his home to help staff know how he was doing. Since he has learned more independent living skills, he's decreased the amount of supportive technology and just uses doorway monitoring and a video device to talk to his caregivers. Kevin says eventually he wants to live completely on his own, but the technology has helped him feel safe in the meantime.

This Month @ DODD
Provider Training: New Outcome Tracking System
Register for TechSummit on June 21
Health Alert: Online Safety
People with disabilities need to be mindful of how others might use the internet’s capabilities to harass them. Direct support professionals and families can use these tips to help keep people safe.
Help Discuss Estate Planning
The Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council has released aguide highlighting different strategies for estate and future planning for people with disabilities and their families.
SSAs: How Can DODD Help?
Are you a service and support administrator? Help DODD learn ways to better support your work by completing this short survey .
In-Demand Job Events Across Ohio
In-Demand Jobs Week is a statewide celebration of jobs, industries, and skills that are in-demand in Ohio. Find an event near you between May 6 and 10 with this map .
Apr 30
Health and Welfare: Staying Safe on Social Media and Online
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