Our Future: CMS Transition Plan Comments Due by January 23

The DODD CMS Transition Plan Committee public forums in Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, and Athens County earlier this month completed the series of informational meetings. At each forum, members of the Committee discussed the new regulations, and shared an overview of DODD’s portion of the state’s transition plan, as well as how to provide comments. […]

Administration Update – Kerr to Retire; Kobelt to Lead Division

Monty Kerr, Deputy Director for the DODD Office of Policy and Strategic Direction since May 2011, has announced his retirement effective February 6. Teresa Kobelt – currently Assistant Deputy Director for the division – will succeed him as Deputy Director. Director John Martin noted, “During Monty’s tenure, the Department took a leadership role in a […]

Ohio Shared Living Gathers Support

Discussions around the state continue to gather strength for Ohio Shared Living, a residential service option currently billed under Medicaid as Adult Foster Care. The concept, and its reality as a family home-centered option, has been poorly understood in the past, and Shared Living has been under-utilized. To be eligible, an individual needs only to be […]

Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day, March 3

Registration for Ohio’s annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day, March 3 at the Ohio Statehouse, is now online at http://www.ddc.ohio.gov. The event is free, and registration is required. Due to space limitations at the Ohio Statehouse, event participation will be limited to the first 450 registrants. Each year in March, people with disabilities and […]

Pipeline Pix – Leola Howe Retires with 57 Years of Service

Sunshine Communities hosted an open house last week to celebrate the career of a Direct Support Professional (DSP) retiring after 57 years of dedicated service to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Leola Howe, known widely as “Miss Lee,” is one of the original employees hired by the agency’s founders shortly after opening the doors […]


Stay Healthy! Check out two new and timely Health and Welfare Alerts! Winter Weather and Preventing the Flu, along with the rest of our Alerts, are archived online. Stay Informed! New 2015 MUI Training Schedule The first half of this year’s Major Unusual Incident Unit (MUI) Training schedule, along with registration information, now is available online […]

Athens County CMS Transition Plan Public Forum CANCELLED

The DODD CMS Transition Plan Committee public forum in Athens County today has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Two more are planned this week – in Independence (Cuyahoga County) this Thursday, and in Cincinnati (Hamilton County) on Saturday. This series of meetings provide opportunities for people with developmental disabilities and their families, service providers, and […]