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Ohio DD Workforce Crisis Task Force

Ohio's developmental disability (DD) system is designed to support people with developmental disabilities leading them toward healthy lives focused on their talents, interests, and skills.

Ohio’s DD system is supported by thousands of professionals who ensure Ohioans with disabilities and their families receive the supports they need daily. Meeting those needs requires skilled professionals who provide indirect and direct support. The quality of the workforce impacts options for those needing services and the outcomes achieved.

Recruiting and retaining the number of qualified staff required to provide supports has become increasingly difficult. This leads to the inability to find the right staff for the job and jeopardizes how and when these vital services are delivered.

Two years ago, Ohio’s state operating budget addressed workforce issues by increasing Homemaker/Personal Care (HPC) rates to facilitate higher average wages for direct support professionals (DSPs). The state budget also supported a specialized rate formula within Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) to assist with ICF workforce issues. 

Today, exacerbated by pandemic conditions, workforce issues are a preeminent challenge to the DD system. Short and long-term solutions must be developed to:

  • improve conditions to attract, recruit, and maintain a DD workforce large enough to meet adequate staffing levels in the face of a highly competitive job market,

  • build a quality workforce that is compensated fairly,

  • position DSPs as a potentially rewarding career opportunity,

  • and address the DD system’s design, policies, procedures, rate structures, and other necessary elements to sustain the DD system if the current workforce shortage remains an ongoing scarcity.

In support of the workforce, additional strategies may also warrant attention to:

  • generate professional development capacity for ongoing skill-building, including in the support of DSPs,

  • promote adaptable skills, workforce cultures, and empathy to meet modern service delivery challenges,

  • educate people with disabilities, families, and guardians on how best to understand their roles and responsibilities within a home-care model, how to employ and supervise DSPs, and how to manage other support functions.

  • and foster a workforce that maximizes positive relationships with the people receiving services and their circle of support as they move toward their goals. 

Over the next two years, the Ohio DD Workforce Crisis Task Force (WCTF) will examine the DD system’s current and projected workforce needs.

Task Force Members

External organizations and all individual members are listed below.

Organization

Description

Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. (APSI)

Advocates for outcomes that promote dignity, respect, and enhanced quality of life for individual persons with developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Ohio

A grassroots organization that advocates for human rights, personal dignity, and community participation of individuals with developmental disabilities through legislative and social action, information and education, local chapter supports, and family involvement.

Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB)

Provides advocacy, communications, professional development, and technical assistance to all 88 of Ohio's county boards of developmental disabilities.

Ohio Association of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP)

OADSP is a non-profit committed to developing a stable and highly skilled direct support workforce and to enhancing current and future direct support professionals. 

Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA)

Represents more than 1000 assisted living communities, home care and hospice service providers, providers of care and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD), and skilled nursing care facilities. 

Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA)

Supports and provides advocacy for community-based service providers to ensure the availability of programs, services, and funding adequate to support and assist individuals with developmental disabilities as they strive to achieve a life of increasing independence, productivity, and integration.

Ohio Self-Determination Association (OSDA)

Empowers people with disabilities by expanding awareness of self-determination principles, provide valuable training resources, and promote advocacy efforts.

Ohio Waiver Network (OWN)

Represents organizations who want to work together to advance waiver services for those with developmental disabilities. 

 

 

Superintendents Executive Committee (SEC)

SEC serves as a liaison between the superintendents of county boards of developmental disabilities, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB).

Values and Faith Alliance

State trade association representing faith and value-based agencies in Ohio providing services to children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

Member Name

Role or Organization

Jason Abodeely

Faith and Values Alliance

Jeff Davis - Chair

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Kristen Henry

Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc.

Debbie Jenkins

Ohio Health Care Association

Willie Jones

Ohio Association of County Boards

Kim Kelly

Parent and Direct Support Professional for Boundless

Teresa Kobelt

Parent and OCALI

Pete Moore

Ohio Provider Resource Association

Julie Short

Parent and OCALI

Janet Stephan

Ohio Waiver Network

Gary Tonks

The Arc of Ohio

Bethany Toledo

Ohio Association of Direct Support Professionals

Nate Turner

Advocate and Ohio Self-Determination Association

Jason Ulmstot

Superintendents Executive Committee

Renee Wood

Advocate

Task Force Meetings and Notes

 

May 26, 2021, from 10 AM – 12:30 PM

May 26 Notes

 

June 9, 2021, from 1 – 2 PM

June 9 Notes

Video

June 23, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

June 23 Meeting Canceled – Task Force Materials

 

July 14, 2021, from 1 – 2 PM

July 14 Notes

 

July 28, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

July 28 Notes

Video

August 11, 2021, from 1 -2 PM

August 11 Notes

Video

August 25, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

August 25 Notes

Video

September 8, 2021, from 1 -2 PM

September 8 Notes

Video

September 22, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

September 22 Notes

Video 

October 13, 2021, from 1 – 2 PM

October 13 Notes

 

October 27, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

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November 10, from 1 – 2 PM

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November 24, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

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December 8, 2021, from 1 -2 PM

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December 22, 2021, from 1 – 3 PM

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