Family Advisory Council Considers Statewide Engagement Plan

A panel of Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) members answered Family Advisory Council questions about the processes used to arrive at and recommend benchmarks for Ohio’s DD system during the next ten years. (L. to R.: Barb Sapharas, Pat Cloppert, Kathy Phillips, Icilda Dickerson, and Diana Mairose.) Cloppert, a parent advocate, commented:    “While we didn’t always agree on things, the process was always respectful, and the vote to adopt an idea had to be a 75 percent ‘yes vote’ from the group.”

A panel of Strategic Planning Leadership Group (SPLG) members answered Family Advisory Council questions about the processes used to arrive at and recommend benchmarks for Ohio’s DD system during the next ten years. (L. to R.: Barb Sapharas, Pat Cloppert, Kathy Phillips, Icilda Dickerson, and Diana Mairose.) Cloppert, a parent advocate, commented:
“While we didn’t always agree on things, the process was always respectful, and the vote to adopt an idea had to be a 75 percent ‘yes vote’ from the group.”

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 biennial budget–including the future for independent service providers–and listen to concerns regarding other changes in the state’s system of services.

In response to questions and comments, Director Martin noted that workgroups are forming to address specific areas of change, and will include family members and other system stakeholders that represent individuals served. He stated,

We have some time before the new requirements kick-in, and we will do this work carefully. Participant-directed services and transitional approaches will be considered, along with other options. We are forming workgroups with a goal of maintaining what is good about the service system, while minimizing health and safety risks, fraud, and other issues that are currently problematic.”

Family Advisory Council meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Ohio’s developmental disabilities community.  The meetings are 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Columbus Developmental Center, 1601 W. Broad Street, Columbus. The next meeting will be April 14.

Read more online at www.familysupportagenda.org.

Contact Family Liaison Tom Hess at Thomas.Hess@dodd.ohio.gov, or 614-466-7480.

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