Helping Families Make Informed Choices

To help individuals and their families make well-informed choices about who provides services for their family member, DODD now is posting provider compliance reports on the Department’s website. This new feature was part of DODD’s request in the state’s Mid-Biennium Review bill (HB 483) to make information about providers readily available. “Determining who should provide […]

Strategic Planning Leadership Group Sharpens Focus

The DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) explored more ways to improve services for Ohio citizens with developmental disabilities on September 9, when the group began to identify specific recommendations and benchmarks to move the system forward over the next ten years. Areas discussed included employment, shared living/host homes as residential service options, nursing services […]

News from the Office of Health Transformation

Ohio Hits Home Care Targets One Year Early In June 2013, Ohio was awarded $169 million in additional federal Medicaid matching funds as a result of the state’s commitment to direct half of all Medicaid long-term care funding to home- and community-based alternatives rather than higher-cost nursing homes and other institutional settings by September 30, […]

Spotlight on Direct Support Professionals

Last week, Ohio celebrated National Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) Recognition Week, spotlighting DSPs’ commitment to supporting people with developmental disabilities.  A statewide celebration and recognition event, sponsored by the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) in partnership with service providers, included opening remarks by DODD Director John Martin, who shared some observations on how […]

SFSC, on the Road in Hancock County

Early this month, DODD Director John Martin visited Findlay to spotlight a Strong Families, Safe Communities (SFSC) grant, awarded to the Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio, Inc., in partnership with other agencies in Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Putnam, and Van Wert counties. The goal is to strengthen community partnerships in serving youth at risk of […]

Important Reminders for National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort to encourage individuals, families, businesses, and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Nationally, Preparedness Month efforts are led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) Ready Campaign, in partnership with related state and local organizations. Helping People with Disabilities At the link […]

Statewide Employment Conference a Collaborative Effort

Just ahead of National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM, October), a statewide employment conference at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio, WORKING Together was hosted on September 15 and 16, and was organized by the Hamilton, Butler, Clermont, and Warren County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, and the University of Cincinnati/ University Center for Excellence in […]

Pipeline Pix

The Ohio Shared Living Work Group The Ohio Shared Living work group meets regularly to develop an organized county-by-county approach to further developing community-based residential options in family homes for people in the state’s DD services system. Currently, 13 individual counties will be exploring this approach in depth as the efforts get underway, as well as […]


Introducing: News Posts News Posts, a new part of PostScripts, highlights news items of particular interest to the statewide developmental disabilities community.  We’ll continue to include links to related news stories in Pipeline articles, some of which may be recapped here. Findlay Courier: Grant to aid communities in serving at-risk youth WFIN: Area counties share […]