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Guidance: Licensure Development

The licensure development process is still being conducted during this coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency. Though the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) will attempt to meet timelines to the best of the agency’s abilities, timelines may be more fluid than what is outlined in rule.

Anyone planning a licensure development, including relocations, must contact the DODD licensure coordinator Ann Weisent at 614-949-8792 or ann.weisent@dodd.ohio.gov to discuss the development plan prior to submitting a development application.

If a provider is requesting the development of a new facility or utilizing existing beds in service or beds on hold, requests must continue to be received at least 60 days in advance.

No new facilities will be licensed until after June 1, 2020, unless the need to license the facility is due to an emergency.

If it is determined that a new facility needs to be licensed due to an emergency, DODD will conduct an abbreviated, virtual feasibility of the facility. An on-site feasibility will be conducted after June 1.

If it is determined that the site meets the abbreviated requirements, the facility will be issued a license through November 30 (per HB127, COVID-19 Legislative Response Package Bill).

While DODD has the authority to issue licenses, the department does not have the authority to certify intermediate care facilities (ICF) beds. The certification of beds for use in the ICF program would be at the discretion of the Ohio Department of Health.