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 […]

Shift to an Agency-Only Model: Independent Provider Changes

In Governor John Kasich’s Executive Budget, the State of Ohio is proposing shifting to an agency-only model to improve oversight, fight fraud and abuse, and improve health outcomes for individuals. If approved, this change would phase out independent providers, unless they are providing services under a self-directed waiver. Below is updated information about who may […]

Update on Home and Community-Based Services Waivers

Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers permit a state to furnish an array of home and community-based services that help Medicaid beneficiaries live in the community and avoid institutionalization.  Waivers must be renewed on a regular basis, and can be amended as part of the renewal application process. Opportunities for public input are offered […]

Statewide Celebration: DD Awareness and Advocacy Day, March 3

The March 18 issue of Pipeline will include a potpourri of DD Awareness Month activities and events around the state. To submit a short paragraph and/or captioned photo for consideration in this issue, please send it to Sherry Steinman at sherry.steinman@dodd.ohio.gov A capacity crowd attended the annual Developmental Disabilities Awareness and Advocacy Day event yesterday […]

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Supported Employment Success Story, Mahoning County Rickie Salus started at No Limits Day Center, part of Turning Point Residential Inc., with the goal of gaining community employment … … He began working at T.J. Maxx with a group supported by Turning Point’s Employment Services and learned the fundamentals of the retail business, working with other […]