Ohio budget investments of $26.3 million allowed for changes to modernize Ohio’s transportation reimbursement system so people with developmental disabilities can better get to work, school, and around their communities.
“Changes to these transportation rules are very exciting for the people and families that DODD has the privilege of serving. It means flexibility, community access, and simplification.” said Director Jeff Davis. “The department identified the need to modernize these two services, and working with stakeholders, Governor Mike DeWine, and the legislature, DODD was able to craft common sense rule changes that move the system forward, and that are in the best interest of Ohioans with developmental disabilities and providers around the state.”
Transportation and Non-Medical Transportation, or NMT, are two different services available for people using the Individual Options (IO), Level One, and SELF waivers. These services are offered by service providers to give Ohioans with developmental disabilities a way to access their waiver services, community activities, and resources when other people or agencies cannot provide transportation free of charge. The need for these transportation services is based on an understanding of a person's needs discovered during an assessment, then listed in their individual service plan, or ISP. If there is a need, a person's service and support administrator, or SSA, will include it in the person’s ISP.
This targeted investment creates a new rate for modified vehicles, along with an increase in the mileage rate for providers using non-modified vehicles. Additionally, NMT can now be used to get to a volunteer activity, an internship, or a post-secondary educational program. Previously, NMT could only be used to and from place of employment or location of service.
Additional work will continue in 2020 to continue innovating transportation across the state.