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*Important Note: This page is archived and no longer updated. It should be used for reference only.

Updated DODD Guidance page is located here.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) remains dedicated to health and public safety as the department responds to coronavirus (COVID-19).

This page is dedicated to DODD 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.

General

COVID-19 Guidance for Ohio Public Transit and Human Service Transportation Agencies (OPTA)

Ohio Public Health Advisory System 

Governor Mike DeWine Executive Order

Dr. Amy Acton Order Prohibiting Adult Day Support, Vocational Habilitation Services in Congregate Setting (ODH, March 21, 2020) 

Having a Meaningful Day during Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order (DODD)

Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 (ODH)

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities (Green Mountain Self-advocates for individuals with ID/DD)

How You Can Prevent and Prepare (ODH)

Find Your Local Health District (ODH)

Preventing COVID-19 Spread in Communities (ODH)

People at Risk for Serious Illness from COVID-19 (CDC)

Best Practices for Hand Washing (CDC)

Information from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about COVID-19 (CDC)

List of State Contracts, Possible Suppliers (DODD)

COVID-19 Survey for People with Developmental Disabilities (Nisonger Center)

All DODD Guidance

Week of July 14 to 20

Updated Guidance: Adult Day Services (July 14)

OPTA: COVID-19 Guidance for Ohio Public Transit and Human Service Transportation Agencies (July 14)

Week of June 7 to 13

CARES Act Provider Relief Fund Application, Guidance (June 12)

Guidance: Reimbursement for Center-Based Services (June 10)

Updated Risk/Benefit Discussion Guide (June 10)

Week of May 29 to June 6

Guidance: Waiver Visitation (June 5)

Guidance: ICF Visitation (June 5)

Guidance: Day and Residential Camps (June 5)

Guidance: Medication Administration (June 5)

Rescinded Guidance: Non-Medical Transportation  (June 5)

Week of May 24 to 30

Updated Guidance: Adult Day Services Order (May 26)

Guidance: Reimbursement to Adult Day Support and Vocational Habilitation Service Providers (May 26)

Week of May 17 to May 23

Guidance: Economic Impact Payments in Residential Facilities

Week of May 10 to May 16

Updated Guidance: First Aid and CPR Certification (May 11)

Week of May 3 to May 9

Guidance: Budget Reductions (May 8)

Guidance: Adult Day Support and Vocational Habilitation Service Modification (May 8)

What COVID-19 Standards of Care Means for Families (May 8)

Webinar: Employment Services and COVID-19: Response, Guidance, and Practice (May 7)

Guidance: COVID-19 Standards of Care for Vulnerable Populations (May 6)

Questions from LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Webinar (May 4)

Resource: SSA Check-In Tips during COVID-19 (May 4)

Week of April 26 to May 2

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs (Updated April 30)

Director Jeff Davis Talks about Fundamentals (April 29)

Guidance: Supportive Technology Options (Updated April 29)

Social Stories (Updated April 27)

Memo Monday (April 27)

Week of April 19 to 25

What LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Means for Families (April 24)

What LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Means for DSPs (April 24)

NCI: Indicators of Isolation and Loneliness during COVID-19 (April 24)

Guidance: Emergency Telehealth Rule Changes (Updated April 24)

Technical Assistance Collaborative Guidance: Housing Vouchers for People with Disabilities during COVID-19 (April 23)

Guidance: Adult Day Services Order Reminder (April 23)

LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Recorded Webinars (April 22)

Adult Day Supports and COVID-19: Response, Guidance, and Practice Recorded Webinar (April 22)

Memo Monday (April 20)

Week of April 12 to 18

Guidance: Temporary Change to Permit Parents to Provide Waiver Services to Their Minor Children (April 17)

Guidance: Economic Impact Payments to Ohioans with Disabilities (April 17)

Guidance: Licensure Development (April 17)

Guidance: Licensed Facilities and Local Triage Zone Questions (April 17)

Guidance: License Expiration Dates for Licensed Facilities (April 17)

HUD Guidance on Assistive Animals  (April 17)

ODH Order Requires Facilities to Notify Residents, Guardians of COVID-19 Cases (April 16)

Guidance: Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit (April 16)

Additional Guidance for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients about Receiving COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (April 16)

Guidance: Independent Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated April 15)

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources (April 15)

Guidance: Residential Respite Services (April 15)

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs (April 15)

HUD Statement on Fair Housing and COVID-19 (April 14)

IRS Releases Portal to Help SSI Recipients Receive Stimulus Checks (April 14)

Update: County Board Cost Projections, Reports (April 14)

Direct Support Professional Recruitment Kit (April 14)

Guidance: Supportive Technology Options (April 13)

Updated List of State Contracts, Possible Suppliers (April 13)

Guidance: Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated April 13)

Guidance: Independent Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated April 13)

Memo Monday (April 13)

Week of April 5 to 11

Guidance: Regional Residential Crisis Support Plan (April 10)

What COVID-19 Means for Families (April 10)

Guidance: Temporary Changes to Adult Day Services (April 9)

Guidance: Waiver Disenrollment (April 8)

Tips For Working With Support Staff During COVID-19 (April 7)

Guidance: Independent Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated April 7)

Guidance: Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated April 7)

Memo Monday (April 6)

Guidance: Ohio 811 Referral Agents and Ohio Dept. of Medicaid Subsidy Demonstration Program (April 6)

Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations Announced (April 6)

Prescription Delivery Options Available (April 6)

Week of March 29 to April 4

DSP Connection (April 3)

What COVID-19 Means for DSPs (April 3)

Guidance: Single Maximum Spending Amount for Level One Waiver (April 3)

Resources for Onboarding Direct Support Professionals (Updated April 2)

Family Connection (April 2)

Video: Message to Families from Director Jeff Davis (April 2)

Guidance: Environmental Accessibility Adaptations (Home Mods) (April 2)

Plain Language about Day Programs Closing (April 2)

DODD Pipeline (April 1)

Guidance: Initial Medication Administration Remote Training (April 1)

Guidance: Families First Coronavirus Response Act (March 31)

State Assistance Resources (March 31)

Resources for Onboarding Direct Support Professionals (March 31)

Training: Behavioral Health Service Delivery via Telehealth (March 31)

Video: Message from Director Jeff Davis (March 30)

Memo Monday (March 30)

DODD Health and Welfare Alert: Infection Control (March 30)

Guidance: Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated March 30 to include Electronic Visit Verification section)

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (Updated March 30)

Week of March 22 to 28

Guidance: Intermediate Care Facilities (Updated March 27; Cost Report section)

Guidance: COVID-19 and HIPAA Disclosures to First Responders, Public Health Authorities (March 27)

Guidance: Service Authorization and Claims Submission Information (Updated March 27)

Guidance: Behavior Supports, Including Rights Restrictions (March 26)

Guidance: Expediting Background Checks for New DSPs (March 26)

Guidance: Emergency Telehealth Rule Changes (March 26)

Completing Early Intervention Eligibility Process during State of Emergency (March 25)

MUI and Registry Unit: Updated Guidance (March 24)

Guidance: Certification Span Extensions for Upcoming Renewals (March 23)

Memo Monday (includes extensions and updates) (March 23)

Guidance: Frequently Asked Questions about Adult Day Services Order (Update: March 23)

Guidance: What Ohio's Stay-at-Home Order Means for Ohio's Developmental Disabilities System (March 22)

Week of March 15 to 21

Guidance: Day Service Group Size Reduction and Alternative Location Planning (March 21)

Family Connection: COVID-19 Updates (March 20)

Guidance: COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Waiver Providers of Multiple Residents in a Single Home (March 20)

Guidance: COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Intermediate Care Facilities (March 20)

Guidance: Changes for PASRR, LOC, PAC (March 20)

Guidance: RN Quality Assessment Reviews (March 19)

Guidance: DODD Billing Concessions (March 19)

Guidance: Independent Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (March 19)

Entry Screening Process for Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission (March 19)

Guidance: Availability of Health and Safety Supplies (March 19)

Guidance: COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Individual and Family Home Waiver Settings (March 19)

DODD To Issue Provider Payments (March 18)

Update: County Board Cost Projections, Reports (March 18)

Guidance: Rule Relief for Medication Administration Certification Renewals (March 18)

DSP Connection Newsletter (March 17)

Guidance: Registered Nurse Trainers (March 17)

Health and Safety Supplies Guidance (March 17)

Updates to ICF Guidance (March 17)

MUI and Registry Unit: DODD Prepares for COVID-19 (March 16)

National Core Indicators Interviews Postponed (March 16)

Memo Monday (includes DODD event cancellations) (March 16)

Guidance: Intermediate Care Facilities (March 15)

Week of March 8 to 14

Guidance: Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (March 14)

DODD's Statewide Support Teams Available for COVID-19 Response (March 14)

Guidance: County Board Recommendations (March 13)

Guidance: Day Support Service Options (March 13)

DSP Connection newsletter (March 13)

Family Connection newsletter (March 13)

OSSAS Suspends Scheduled Compliance Reviews, Regulatory Work (March 13)

Guidance: Providers and County Boards (March 12)

Guidance: Intermediate Care Facilities (March 12)

MUI and Registry Unit: Guidance for Investigative Agents (March 12)

Early Intervention Guidelines (March 12)

Message from Director Jeff Davis about Coronavirus (March 9)

For Providers

Updated Guidance: Adult Day Services (July 14)

Ohio Public Health Advisory System 

Updated Guidance: Adult Day Services Order (May 26)

Guidance: Providers and County Boards (March 12)

Direct Support Professionals

What LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Means for DSPs (April 24)

Guidance: Emergency Telehealth Rule Changes (Updated April 24)

LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Recorded Webinars (April 22)

Guidance: Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit (April 16)

What COVID-19 Means for DSPs (April 3)

Waiver Providers

Ohio Public Health Advisory System 

LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Recorded Webinars (April 22)

Guidance: Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit (April 16)

Guidance: Independent Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated April 15)

Guidance: Residential Respite Services (April 15)

Guidance: Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (Updated April 13)

Guidance: Waiver Disenrollment (April 8)

Guidance: COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Waiver Providers of Multiple Residents in a Single Home (March 20)

Guidance: Independent Providers of Waiver-Funded Services (March 19)

Adult Day Services Order

Updated Guidance: Adult Day Services (July 14)

Ohio Public Health Advisory System 

Updated Guidance: Adult Day Services Order

Guidance: Adult Day Services Order Reminder (April 23)

Adult Day Supports and COVID-19: Response, Guidance, and Practice Recorded Webinar (April 22)

Guidance: Day Service Group Size Reduction and Alternative Location Planning (March 21)

Guidance: Day Support Service Options (March 13)

Resources for Providing Services

Guidance: Emergency Telehealth Rule Changes (Updated April 24)

Technical Assistance Collaborative Guidance: Housing Vouchers for People with Disabilities during COVID-19 (April 23)

LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Recorded Webinars (April 22)

Guidance: Temporary Change to Permit Parents to Provide Waiver Services to Their Minor Children (April 17)

Guidance: Economic Impact Payments to Ohioans with Disabilities (April 17)

HUD Guidance on Assistive Animals  (April 17)

Guidance: Licensure Development (April 17)

Guidance: Licensed Facilities and Local Triage Zone Questions (April 17)

Guidance: License Expiration Dates for Licensed Facilities (April 17)

ODH Order Requires Facilities to Notify Residents, Guardians of COVID-19 Cases (April 16)

Guidance: Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit (April 16)

Direct Support Professional Recruitment Kit (April 14)

Questions from LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Webinar (May 4)

Director Jeff Davis Talks about Fundamentals (April 29)

Guidance: Supportive Technology Options (Updated April 29)

Social Stories (Updated April 27)

Guidance: Emergency Telehealth Rule Changes (Updated April 24)

Technical Assistance Collaborative Guidance: Housing Vouchers for People with Disabilities during COVID-19 (April 23)

LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Recorded Webinars (April 22)

Updated List of State Contracts, Possible Suppliers (April 13)

Guidance: Ohio 811 Referral Agents and Ohio Dept. of Medicaid Subsidy Demonstration Program (April 6)

Public Wi-Fi Hotspot Locations Announced (April 6)

Prescription Delivery Options Available (April 6)

Plain Language about Day Programs Closing (April 2)

DODD Health and Welfare Alert: Infection Control (March 30)

Charting the LifeCourse Integrated Star for Social Distancing (March 27)

Having a Meaningful Day during Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order (March 27)

Reflect, Honor, Connect Tool (March 26)

Entry Screening Process for Prevention of COVID-19 Transmission (March 19)

Things You Can Do to Prepare for and Prevent COVID-19 (March 17)

CMS: General Provider Telehealth and Telemedicine Toolkit

Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources

Self Care

Support Your Staff (OhioMHAS)

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs (Updated April 30)

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources (April 15)

Resilience Materials for COVID-19 (March 26)

Billing and Assessments

STABLE Account Guidance: STABLE and Federal Stimulus Payment (April 27)

Guidance: Single Maximum Spending Amount for Level One Waiver (April 3)

Guidance: Changes for PASRR, LOC, PAC (March 20)

Guidance: DODD Billing Concessions (March 19)

Intermediate Care Facilities

Availability of Coronavirus Relief Funds (July 22)

DDP, IAF Assessments Suspended for ICFs (April 6)

Guidance: Intermediate Care Facilities (Updated March 27; Cost Report section)

Guidance: COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Intermediate Care Facilities (March 20)

Intermediate Care Facilities (March 12)

Checklists, Additional Guidance

Checklist for Healthcare Providers (ODH)

Checklist for Businesses/Employers (ODH)

Long-Term Care Facilities Guidelines (ODH)

Video for Direct Support Professionals (Toward Independence)

Guidance on Preparing Workplaces (U.S. Department of Labor)

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARs-CoV-2 (EPA)

DSP Connection Newsletter

DSP Connection (April 3)

DSP Connection (March 17)

DSP Connection (March 13)

For Families and People with Disabilities

What COVID-19 Means for Families

The challenge of testing for COVID-19 for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities is both one of access to the tests as well as the testing process itself, which can be difficult and scary. As tests for coronavirus become more widely available, more people will be offered tests. Here are some tips to help you prepare should you need a test.

DODD Messages

Guidance: Waiver Visitation (June 5)

Questions from LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Webinar (May 4)

STABLE Account Guidance: STABLE and Federal Stimulus Payment (April 27)

What LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Means for Families (April 24)

LTSS Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit Recorded Webinars (April 22)

Guidance: Temporary Change to Permit Parents to Provide Waiver Services to Their Minor Children (April 17)

Guidance: Economic Impact Payments to Ohioans with Disabilities (April 17)

ODH Order Requires Facilities to Notify Residents, Guardians of COVID-19 Cases (April 16)

Guidance: Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Pre-Surge Planning Toolkit (April 16)

Additional Guidance for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Recipients about Receiving COVID-19 Economic Impact Payments (April 16)

Video: Message to Families from Director Jeff Davis (April 2)

Guidance: COVID-19 Prevention and Response for Individual and Family Home Waiver Settings (March 19)

DODD's Statewide Support Teams Available for COVID-19 Response (March 14)

Resources

Support Your Staff (OhioMHAS)

COVID-19 Financial Assistance Programs (Updated April 30)

HUD Guidance on Assistive Animals  (April 17)

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources (April 15)

HUD Statement on Fair Housing and COVID-19 (April 14)

Tips For Working With Support Staff During COVID-19 (April 7)

Sesame Street and Autism: Coping with COVID-19

Charting the LifeCourse Integrated Star for Social Distancing (March 27)

Having a Meaningful Day during Ohio’s Stay-at-Home Order (March 27)

Social Stories (Updated April 27)

Plain Language, General Info 

Plain Language about Day Programs Closing (April 2)

COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions (Updated March 30)

Plain Language Information on COVID-19 (March 19)

COVID-19 Information for Families (March 19)

BrainPop: Coronavirus 

How to Keep Kids Learning When They're Stuck at Home

Family Connection Newsletter

Family Connection (April 2)

Family Connection: COVID-19 Updates (March 20)

Family Connection (March 13)

Checklists

Checklist for Home (ODH)

Checklist for Family and People (ODH)

Staying Healthy

Self-Monitor and Practice Social Distancing (ODH)

Cleaning 101 Presentation (X-Excel)

COVID-19 Resources in American Sign Language

10 Things You Can Do To Manage COVID-19 at Home

COVID-19 Prevention Tips

Do Your Part to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

Caring for Someone at Home with COVID-19

Social Distancing

Managing Stress and Anxiety

COVID-19 Documents in Multiple Languages

Videos about COVID-19 in several languages

Stop the Spread of Germs

COVID-19 Fact Sheets (Wisconsin Department of Health Services)

Información de COVID-19 Por y Para Personas con Discapacidades (Green Mountain Self-advocates for individuals with ID/DD)

COVID-19 Related Elder Abuse Scams