Staffing Transitions at DODD Announced
I am so fortunate to work with some of the most hard-working, passionate, and caring public servants in our state. At the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), we have team members who have dedicated multiple decades to our field and supporting Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. Throughout the years, we see people join the team, shift to new roles, and retire. Today I am pleased to share transitions within our team at DODD and news about what that will look like going forward.
After 35 years in the developmental disabilities field and 26 years at DODD, Kelly Mosley-Miller, Assistant Deputy Director with the Office of Service Supports and Standards (OSSAS), has announced her retirement. Kelly led DODD through the completion of Waiver Reimbursement, Behavior Support Rule, Service and Support Administrator (SSA) Rule, OhioISP, and transparency with the compliance review tools. She developed relationships across the state of Ohio with people receiving services, families, and direct support professionals, as well as county board staff and provider teams. I am incredibly thankful for Kelly’s leadership and service over the years and wish her all the best in her next chapter.
With Kelly’s retirement, Lyndsay Nash will move into the position of Director of Compliance for OSSAS. Lyndsay has been with DODD for five years as Associate General Counsel in the Division of Legal and Oversight. OSSAS will continue to provide regulatory oversight over licensure, provider compliance, and accreditation reviews to ensure and enhance the delivery of quality services by DODD providers and county boards of developmental disabilities.
As we continue to prioritize supporting people with developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan, DODD is developing a Quality and Innovation Team under the Division of Policy and Strategic Direction. The purpose of this team is to ensure that Ohioans with developmental disabilities will have increased opportunities to live, love, work, learn, and pursue their own life aspirations through state-of-the-art planning, innovative technology, and support that focuses on their talents, interests, and skills. Stacy Collins will lead the team as Assistant Deputy Director of Quality and Innovation. This team will be responsible for some of our flagship initiatives such as the OhioISP, Technology First, Employment First, Community Life Engagement, and the Ohio LifeCourse Nexus. Stacy has been with DODD for eight years as the statewide manager of the Community Life Engagement Team leading the Employment First and Technology First initiatives.
Beth Chambers, a leader in the development of the OhioISP, will now be the statewide manager responsible for the implementation. Beth and the Quality and Innovation Team will continue to support local OhioISP teams, including people with developmental disabilities, families, guardians, service and support administrators, qualified intellectual disability professionals, and service providers. Beth has been with DODD for more than 18 years working as a compliance manager overseeing the county board accreditation process and most recently as a regional coordination manager with OSSAS.
This is an exciting time for the Department as we prepare for everyone to start using the OhioISP in September and ramp up many of our other major initiatives.
Kindness and empathy, collaboration, transparency, innovation, quality, inclusiveness, and accountability – the core values of our agency are reflected in the people on our team and we will continue to serve with these values in mind. The changes I announced today further align DODD’s regional support teams to ensure consistent statewide collaboration of Ohio ISP, technical assistance, compliance, and other key initiatives.
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Waiver Simplification Changes on the Way
DODD is committed to improving the lives of Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. In partnership with our stakeholders, we will be implementing changes on July 1, 2022 to DODD administered waivers. These changes will increase self-direction, create more flexibility, and simplify the process for Ohioans with developmental disabilities, their families, and those who support them. Our team put together a video giving an overview of what is coming this July.