Last week, Governor Kasich signed House Bill 483, also known as the Mid-Biennium Review (MBR), passing legislation that will enhance the lives of Ohio’s citizens with developmental disabilities.
The Department focused on a few key areas in which to innovate in the MBR: Autism, shared services, and transparency.
Autism: Due to a high level of need for well trained and qualified professionals to work with individuals diagnosed with autism, DODD is partnering with the Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI) to develop a voluntary online training and certification program that will be free to all Ohioans. The program will offer three levels of training to reach a variety of individuals and professionals, including police officers, bus drivers, teachers, medical professionals, and social services professionals.
Shared Services: DODD strives to foster innovation and efficiency in care and service delivery for individuals with developmental disabilities. This provision of HB 483 will provide for the consideration of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities sharing Superintendents and management employees in the event of a vacancy.
Transparency: Health and safety are a high priority for DODD. HB 483 will require survey and compliance reports to be made available online at the Department’s website for the public to review. This simple change will allow families to make informed choices about who will provide services for their family member. The Department expects to begin posting reports online in July.
Also Last week, Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 286 into law in the company of several DD Council members and DODD Director Martin. HB 286 | ODDC TELECONFERENCING authorized the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council to meet via interactive video conference or teleconference.