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Community Life Engagement Team

Regional CLE Project Managers

The Community Life Engagement, or CLE, project managers are an expansion of the Employment First and Technology First teams at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, or DODD. Their primary focus is to ensure that people eligible for services through Ohio’s developmental disability system will have increased opportunities to live, work, and thrive in their homes and communities through state-of-the-art planning, innovative technology, and supports that focus on their talents, interests, and skills.

A CLE Project Manager has been designated for five Ohio regions. See map (attachment on this page) for an outline of each region and the name and contact information for each of the five Community Life Engagement project managers.

The primary focus of a CLE project manager is to support the transformation of current adult day and employment supports away from facility-based services toward a community-minded emphasis and practice by working with teams to increase the use of technology in-home and community-based services. Focusing on the talents, interests, and skills of people with disabilities, along with supporting stakeholders, CLE project managers will develop a system of continuous innovation and responsiveness, through both the Employment First and Technology First initiatives.

CLE Project Manager Responsibilities

The CLE project managers understand each person is at a different place on their path to community employment and community engagement. There are times people do not or will not work: people retire, get sick, get fired, quit, have setbacks, and even times when the people supporting them just can’t figure out what kind of job they could do. The CLE project managers will ensure services and supports are available during those times as well in order to help people understand their options, discover ways to contribute, connect, and participate meaningfully in their communities.

Project managers have the following responsibilities:

  • Empower people with disabilities and their families to make informed decisions
  • Promote interagency collaboration
  • Ensure access and availability of supports while prioritizing innovative technology
  • Enhance the skills and knowledge of providers, service and support administrators (SSA), and families
  • Engage business partners
  • Establish measurable benchmarks to track progress
  • Ensure DODD integrates and coordinates work across regions

Contact CLE Team

Stacy Collins leads the CLE team. With questions about the role and responsibilities of the Community Life Engagement project managers, contact stacy.collins@dodd.ohio.gov or 614-466-6612.