Due to the economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), Governor Mike DeWine has announced $775 million in reductions to Ohio's General Revenue Fund for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2020 which ends on June 30.
At the end of February and prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, state revenues for the fiscal year were ahead of estimates by more than $200 million. As of the end of April, Ohio's revenues were below the budgeted estimates by $776.9 million.
As a result of these estimated shortfalls, DODD will face operational budget reductions over the next two months. While there are sacrifices being made within the department budget, there will be no reduction in DODD provider rates or services to the people the disabilities system supports. DODD continues to work closely with Governor DeWine and the Office of Budget Management on details of the Fiscal Year 2021 that are yet to be determined. Through all of this, DODD remains dedicated to health and public safety as the system responds to COVID-19.
DODD support teams are available and consist of staff ready to help county boards and providers.
DODD has set up a dedicated web page for department communications and links to helpful resources that will advise people with disabilities, their families, service providers, direct support professionals, county boards of developmental disabilities, and the community at large.
For specific questions about COVID-19 and additional information and resources, DODD urges you to use the Ohio Department of Health’s call center. Call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634), or visit coronavirus.ohio.gov.