Managing change responsibly was the over-arching theme of DODD Director John Martin’s presentation at The Arc of Ohio Fall Training last week in Worthington, where approximately 150 participants attended to learn more about the direction for Ohio’s developmental disabilities service system during the next several years. The group, comprised of parents, developmental disabilities service providers, and other professionals, also learned more about Ohio Shared Living residential options and the Employment First initiative, and heard presentations from Disability Rights Ohio, Advocates United, and People First of Ohio.
Director Martin noted, “Among the many elements of change we are facing in our future are the new federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule concerning Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), and what it means for us going forward. We are developing recommendations for the upcoming biennial budget. We do not know what the budget holds for us yet, and are working through that process now.” He added,
It’s important to note that many of the things under consideration, and challenging us at this point, have been going on for a long time – and we need to manage changes responsibly. Sometimes, the speed at which change is happening feels very slow, and sometimes it feels too fast – it depends on a lot of variables. In any case, we are committed to keeping you informed as we learn more.”
The interactive session brought forward several questions and concerns regarding residential service options, waivers, Developmental Centers, and dollars available for various services, all of which are currently under discussion as planning for a sustainable system in the future continues.