During Second Quarter, key topics included:
Strategic Planning Leadership Group, Autism, Budget, Family Advisory Council
- Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) Hosts Forum, “Creating Work Opportunities, Learning from Change”— Presenters from Vermont and Rhode Island addressed events and issues arising from the Olmstead Agreement. Two other Forums were hosted during Second Quarter — “Creating Opportunities for Community Living” — where presenters from Colorado and Arizona discussed concepts including Host Homes, Support to People with Complex Health Issues, and Conflict of Interest, and “Family Supports, Listening to People” — where presenters included representatives from the University of Missouri/Kansas City Institute for Human Development, and from The Arc of Rensselaer County in Eastern New York State. Rhode Island presenter Andrew McQuaide noted,
Struggling with the transformation is OK, I think. Too often we’re focusing on the finish line. Here we are establishing the start line, and looking towards the marathon. We have to ‘meet the people where they are at now,’ and assess accordingly.”
- Mid-Biennium Review – Budget work continued. In June, Governor John 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. DODD focused on a few key areas in which to innovate: Autism, shared services, and transparency.
- April is Autism Awareness Month – Educational programs are key to unlocking the puzzle of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), including an innovative project using Tele-Health technology, offering a unique approach for Ohio families with children under age three and newly-diagnosed with ASD. The project is piloting ways for virtual home-based services to provide Early Intervention (EI) and bring a needed service to families.
- Family Advisory Council (FAC) – Members explored several topics including the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Home-and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Rule; Ohio’s Developmental Center downsizing initiative; and, a review of the new Service and Support Administration (SSA) Rule. FAC members always offer fresh perspectives to DODD staff.
- Ohio Named ‘Most Improved’ in UCP Study, ‘The Case for Inclusion’ — Ohio jumped 39 places and now is ranked ninth and ‘most improved,’ in the annual United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) report, The Case for Inclusion. The report is a yearly ranking of how well state Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Ohio’s most dramatic increase came in the community inclusion ranking.
- Trauma Informed Care – DODD partnered with the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council and Ohio Partners in Justice to present a free training opportunity in June titled, “Trauma Responsive Care – Universal Precautions.” Trauma and chronic stress now are recognized as more common experiences for individuals with developmental disabilities than for the general population, and often result in a complex array of social, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
- Combatting Human Trafficking – DODD and other state agencies continue to focus on this issue spotlighted by Governor John Kasich’s Human Trafficking Task Force. Training is offered to staff via Task Force members and allied agencies.
To read complete issues during Second Quarter, see:
Editor’s Note: Pipeline was re-formatted beginning with the June 25, 2014 issue. These issues maintain their blue hyperlinks. See the complete articles at the DODD website, Pipeline page.