2016-17 Budget Testimony– Blueprint for a New Ohio

Testimony last week on the Health and Human Services agency funding areas contained in Governor John Kasich’s 2016-17 budget proposal, Blueprint for a New Ohio, included a great deal of interest in the budget allocations to DODD, (see Pipeline EXTRA, February 2, 2015).  Office of Health Transformation (OHT) Director Greg Moody, Department of Medicaid Director […]

DODD Leadership Visits Centers Slated for Closure

Following the announcement last week that DODD intends to close two Developmental Centers by June 2017, Department leadership visited both the Youngstown and Montgomery Developmental Centers this past weekend to speak with individuals, families, and staff at each center. As stated in testimony last week (see story above), Director Martin noted during the on-site visits that […]

Family Advisory Council Considers Statewide Engagement Plan

The DODD Family Advisory Council (FAC) met last week to review recommendations contained in the recently-completed Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) Final Report, and participate in interactive sessions to explore ways to build a stronger, better-informed statewide Family Network. Meeting attendees also heard DODD Director John Martin, and Deputy Director Lori Horvath discuss the proposed […]

Ramping Up for DD Awareness and Advocacy Day, March 3

It’s just around the corner! This year’s Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day event, March 3 at the Ohio Statehouse, will showcase many self-advocates’ stories of personal growth and achievement. The day begins at 9:00 a.m. with check-in and refreshments, the one-hour program in the Statehouse Atrium begins at 10:00 a.m., and legislative meetings immediately […]


DODD’s Redesigned Website to Launch in Late February! As a part of DODD’s mission to improve the quality of life for Ohio’s citizens with developmental disabilities, we strive to improve the technology that makes information about our system and its services as accessible as possible. During the past year, we have conducted surveys to gather […]

Pipeline EXTRA! – DODD to Close Two Developmental Centers by June 2017

Montgomery and Youngstown Centers Slated for Closure Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Director John Martin today informed individuals, families, and staff, of the Department’s intent to close Montgomery Developmental Center and Youngstown Developmental Center by June 30, 2017. An official public announcement is slated for February 20. The state’s other eight Developmental Centers (DCs) […]

2016-17 Budget – Blueprint for a New Ohio

Governor John Kasich’s budget proposals continue to transform Ohio into a national leader in health care. In a budget announcement, the Office of Health Transformation (OHT) noted, “This latest series of reforms focuses on improving the quality and outcomes associated with our state’s health care programs, while staying accountable to Ohio taxpayers and finding new […]