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Governor DeWine Signs Legislation Impacting Ohio's Developmental Disabilities Supports

Governor DeWine Signs Legislation Impacting Ohio's Developmental Disabilities Supports 

Today, Governor Mike DeWine signed Senate Bill 239, which was amended to address Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) rates beginning July 1, 2022. The language in the bill allows the ICF reimbursement methodology to run as outlined in statute. DODD anticipates that the formula will result in an overall increase for the ICF program for state fiscal year 2023. 

ICFs do not need to do anything regarding these changes. ICFs with questions should contact Ashley McKinney at Ashley.mckinney@dodd.ohio.gov.

DeWine Administration Prioritizes Housing for Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities with $25 Million Investment 

In his second capital budget, Governor Mike DeWine worked with the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio General Assembly to prioritize the housing needs of Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The budget includes $25 million to fund the Community Capital Assistance (CCA) program which builds, buys, and renovates homes for independent living options across the state. 

“This momentous investment for people with developmental disabilities helps address the critical need for safe and accessible housing,” said Director Kim Hauck. “We appreciate Governor DeWine’s dedication to prioritizing the housing needs of Ohioans with developmental disabilities. This funding will soon be available to support happy and healthy living conditions across Ohio.” 

Governor DeWine’s first capital budget invested over $21 million into the CCA program. To date, the investment has supported 58 counties and provided more than 1,263 people with developmental disabilities an improved independent living option. The Department works in partnership with county boards of developmental disabilities and local non-profit housing corporations to identify people in need of safe, accessible, and affordable housing. County boards apply for funding through the program to purchase, renovate, or construct housing.  

DODD worked with local partners to authorize the purchase of 62 homes, construct 15 homes, and renovate 344 homes in the past two years. Funding this program allows for more independence and community engagement for people with developmental disabilities. 

Investing in housing options for people with developmental disabilities advances Governor DeWine’s priority of community inclusion and participation throughout the state. With this funding, the state recognizes the vital role housing provides in the success, health, and happiness for people with disabilities. 

DODD will issue further guidance on applying for the funds. 

Watch a recording of the press conference here.