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 in waivers, and wages for Direct Support Professionals. The draft benchmarks will be reviewed and fine-tuned over the next few months, and then will become recommendations for the biennium budget. The next meeting of the SPLG will be October 7, at which time additional topics will be discussed for the benchmarking process. DODD Director John Martin noted during the September 9 meeting,
We appreciate the work being done by this important stakeholder group, as it leads us forward to a more sustainable system, and ultimately to better lives for Ohioans with developmental disabilities.”
The SPLG meets regularly to engage Ohio’s developmental disabilities community to help set strategic direction, and improve the overall service system. The group is comprised of approximately 20 people representing more than ten organizations, and includes people participating in services, family members, people providing services, and agency staff.