The DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) met last week to delve further into the benchmarking process, planning for a stronger and more sustainable statewide developmental disabilities service system in ten years. Subjects discussed at the meeting included Developmental Centers, private Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), and waivers. DODD Director John Martin noted, “As we close-in on some final ten-year benchmark recommendations, there is some heavy lifting to do. This planning and discussion process is critical in pointing us toward a set of benchmarks that are both attainable and measurable.”
SPLG members also discussed benchmarks that would support a positive lifestyle throughout a person’s lifetime. Included were recommendations from self advocates, parents, and sibling advocates that address and support service delivery and system infra-structure, as well as individual life experiences and opportunities. One example included using creative strategies for recruiting, matching, and supporting more waiver recipients who choose to live in family host home settings. The draft example also stressed developing community connections and using assistive technology.
The final meeting of the SPLG will be November 4, during which the ten-year and two-year benchmark recommendations will be finalized. A report containing the recommendations will be issued before the end of the year. The SPLG also will review the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) draft Plan.