New Eligibility Determination Tool will Streamline Processes
Currently, DODD’s system for determining the eligibility of an individual for services consists of two different Level of Care (LOC) tools, two separate process rules, and offers no requirements for evaluators. In 2012, a DODD work group was formed to create a single LOC tool for County Boards and Intermediate Care Facilities to ensure a more consistent and efficient process.
The work group created a tool using criteria based on the Developmental Disabilities and Bill of Rights Act of 2000, and successfully user-tested the tool in 2013 and 2014. On July 1, 2015, all evaluators will be required to use the new LOC tool. Prior to that date, evaluators will be required to complete online e-courses and be given resources to effectively operate the new tool.
To help Ohio’s DD system professionals prepare for this change, during April, DODD will host webinars that will provide an overview of the upcoming rule change. Online registration now is open, and there are several dates and times available to suit individual schedules. Online training on this new LOC system will be available in May. Watch your email, the SSA Update, and Pipeline for more information.
For questions on the upcoming change, please e-mail LOC@dodd.ohio.gov.