As a part of DODD’s DSP Workforce Crisis Taskforce work, a report has been generated defining how supportive technology is an asset in responding to Ohio’s workforce crisis. The report sets three performance goals with the target of seeing an increase in the utilization of supportive technology.
“The information provided throughout Technology First and the DSP Workforce Crisis: Ohio’s Future Paved by Technology report shows it is imperative that, as a system, we embrace the possibilities that technology offers Ohioans with developmental disabilities, their families, and providers of service."
Indicator 1 - Remote Supports Service Will Increase 15% by June 30, 2023
As of July 31, 2022, there were 1,476 people utilizing remote supports. If remote supports continue to grow at this current rate, Ohio will meet its goal of increasing Remote Supports 15 percent (1,561 people) by June 30, 2023.
Indicator 2 - 18% of People Who Use Residential Supports Will Use Remote Supports by 2026
As of July 31, 2022, there are 1,476 people that are utilizing remote supports and 38,945 people utilizing residential services on a Medicaid waiver. Of our 18 percent goal, we are currently at four percent of people using remote supports. With the current growth of residential services, we will need approximately 7,170 people using remote supports to meet our 18 percent goal by 2026.
Indicator 3 - 25% of People Who Utilize HCBS Services will use Technology or Virtual Supports by 2026
As of July 31, 2022, there are 7,556 people that are utilizing remote supports, assistive technology, and virtual services, out of 45,367 people utilizing home and community-based waiver services. We are currently at 17 percent of our 25 percent goal. With the current growth of home and community-based waiver services, we will need approximately 10,853 people using technology or virtual support to meet our 25 percent goal by 2026.