Administration Update: Budget Hearings – Concerns and Support

On March 10 and 17, Ohioans with developmental disabilities, their families, and those who care for them voiced their concerns and their support, regarding the proposed 2016-2017 budget.  In particular, provisions designed to transition residents from large institutional settings to smaller community and home-based programs were in the spotlight. Approximately 65 people testified on March […]

Employment First – Three Years of Success

On March 19, 2012, the Employment First initiative was signed. Tomorrow, Ohio will recognize the three-year anniversary of the signing of Governor John Kasich’s Employment First Executive Order, supporting the shift within Ohio’s developmental disabilities community to a workplace culture that recognizes and embraces the contributions and abilities of people with developmental disabilities. Since the […]

Redesigned DODD Website Launches Today!

Navigation Simplified … Information Updated … Appearance Upgraded! In the Individuals & Families section … learn about available services and supports. Get tips on accessing and navigating Ohio’s DD system. The DODD website has been simplified, updated, and upgraded! DODD has listened to your feedback, and has redesigned Look for new features, a simplified site, and […]


NOTE: Registration is Closed for The Arc of Ohio Training, March 26 The Arc of Ohio will host a one-day informational event for individuals, families, and professionals to learn more about the proposed 2016-2017 state budget, as well as participate in an afternoon of facilitated discussion regarding the future of independent service providers in Ohio. […]

Pipeline EXTRA! Ohio Submits Transition Plan to CMS

This Pipeline EXTRA was distributed on 3-13-15. In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new requirements for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers administered by states. Essentially, the rule says that federal Medicaid funds can no longer be used to pay for waiver services that are offered in […]

Director Martin Provides Budget Testimony

Last Wednesday, DODD Director John Martin presented testimony to the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations, Health and Human Services Subcommittee as the legislators consider the 2016-17 biennial budget proposal. Noting the Kasich Administration’s historic support for individuals with developmental disabilities and the funding to fuel transformational change, he stated, “This budget expands not only the […]