During 2018, the Ohio Technology First Council, made up of 10 members, developed the following nine benchmarks to be met by December 31, 2019.
Read more about the benchmarks in “Looking Toward the Future: Ohio Technology First Council."
Ohio Technology Benchmarks
Benchmark 1 - Increase Supportive Tech Users
2,150 people with disabilities receiving Medicaid-funded supports will have supportive technology authorized in their annual plan by December 31, 2019:
1,000 people will have authorization for Remote Support,
- and 1,150 people will have authorization for Assistive Technology services via Ohio Administrative Code 5123-9-12: Assistive Technology under the Individual Options, Level One, and Self-Empowered Life Funding waivers (unduplicated count, not inclusive of Remote Support authorizations).
As of October 7, there are 579 people using Remote Support services. There are 779 independent Assistive Technology users in the state.
Benchmark 2 - Expand Tech Services
All 88 counties will access Medicaid funding for at least one person for a.) Remote Support and/or b.) Assistive Technology available via Ohio Administrative Code 5123-9-12 (Assistive Technology under the Individual Options, Level One, and Self-Empowered Life Funding waivers).
As of October 7, there are 81 Ohio counties using either Assistive Technology for Remote Support through a DODD-funded waiver.
Benchmark 3 - County Board Strategic Plans
All county board strategic plans or progress reports will include current strategies for increasing the use of supportive technology to meet assessed needs.
DODD staff has educated county board of developmental disabilities staff in each county about supportive technology through webinars, video, in-person presentations, in-person visits, and printed materials. Partnering with the Developmental Disabilities Council and Ohio State University Nisonger Center, the department has co-funded grants to promote regional technology use for people with disabilities, including smart homes and mobile smart homes, which allow people to test and learn about specific technologies in their own area.
DODD’s Office of System Support and Standards will review county boards’ strategic plans during accreditation reviews for compliance.
The Family Advisory Council has also focused on technology in its quarterly discussions with families. There has been positive feedback from families on their experiences with supportive technology.
Benchmark 4 - Annual Planning
Each person with a disability will have an opportunity during the person-centered planning process to consider how technology may meet assessed needs.
DODD staff have completed multiple presentations to showcase how technology can be used in the assessment process. With the Community Life Engagement team now incorporating supportive technology, the department is taking a more active role working directly with people with disabilities and their teams in their regions.
DODD staff will continue presentations with county boards and teams indefinitely. DODD’s Office of System Support and Standards will be ensuring technology has been discussed during the review process.
Benchmark 5 - Expand Capacity
Increase the number of certified technology vendors from six to 10, and expand provider capacity for delivering Remote Support with paid backup by revising the rule in a manner that allows both agency and independent providers of Homemaker/Personal Care to provide backup support.
As of October, there are eight certified Remote Support vendors in the state. Discussions continue with local and national vendors to start providing Remote Support in Ohio.
Rule revision discussions is ongoing.
Benchmark 6 - Expand NCI Survey
Develop a national model for using the National Core Indicators (NCI) survey process to gather data on the utilization, satisfaction, and impact of technology.
This benchmark has been completed. Questions regarding technology have been added to the 2019 NCI survey with the opportunity to add additional questions in the future.
Benchmark 7 - Expand Tele-Health
Develop comprehensive recommendations to expand the use of tele-medicine and tele-health services into Ohio.
DODD continues evaluation about opportunities to expand the use of tele-medicine and tele-health services.
Benchmark 8 - Employment First Partnership
Amend the Interagency Agreement between Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) to expand the use of technology within the Employment First Partnership.
DODD and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities amended the FY 20-21 Interagency Agreement to expand the use of technology in the Employment First Partnership. The agreement is in the legal review process.
Benchmark 9 - Transition Vision Work Plan
Update Ohio’s Transition Vision Work Plan to include a core principle on technology and address technology under each existing core principle.
Ohio’s Transition Vision Work Plan will be revised by December 31, 2019.