Family Advisory Council – The Movers and Shakers

The movers and shakers of Ohio’s statewide developmental disabilities community are families of people served in the system. We listen to families for direction, and for their unique perspectives and ideas. No one knows this better than DODD Director Martin, who kicked-off yesterday’s Family Advisory Council (FAC) meeting in Columbus by sharing more information about the proposed 2016-2017 budget and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Transition Plan, and leaving plenty of time for questions and input from attendees.

Director Martin was joined by Deputy Director Lori Horvath, who clarified some areas of concern for families. She noted, “Our priority is to make sure we help providers get ready for the new rules and the new service environment. There truly will be more options for individuals to connect with their communities, and CMS is clearly focused on people with developmental disabilities having a variety of life experiences that are outcome-based, not facility-based.”

In addition, the meeting included information presented by providers from around the state regarding employment services and day services, as well as a discussion on improved engagement for families in Ohio’s DD service system. The culture change, and the exploration of new and different options for individuals and families to consider, continues to energize conversations and allow for a healthy exchange of ideas. As one parent commented, “Will this (change in waivers) work for me? I don’t know. It worked for you, so I’ll have to think about it some more.”

FAC meetings are open to anyone with an interest in Ohio’s developmental disabilities community. Contact for the meetings is Michele Kanode at, or 614-644-0265.

See a photo from yesterday’s meeting in the Pipeline Pix section of this issue.