Behavioral Support Strategies Rule, Statewide Training

A new rule, Behavioral Support Strategies That Include Restrictive Measures (5123:2-2-06), was effective January 1 this year, and aligns with the DODD person-centered philosophy. The rule applies to all persons and entities that provide specialized services — regardless of payment — including (but not limited to) County Boards of Developmental Disabilities, entities under contract with County Boards, licensed residential facilities, Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), providers of services funded by a Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services waiver administered by DODD, and providers of Supported Living services.  A specific roll-out schedule has been created to ease the transition to the new rule, and all entities will be required to complete the transition by December 31, 2015.

Training has been conducted across the state to help implement, provide technical assistance, and clarify the direction of the rule.  The DODD Division of Policy and Strategic Direction has partnered with the Department’s Office of Provider Standards and Review, as well as with the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) to conduct the in-person trainings.  Each training includes a presentation by OADSP, and a panel discussion led by DODD staff at the end of training to address any questions.

Additional online training opportunities will be available in the next few months.  An implementation team is creating webinars tailored to specific audiences, including Human Rights Committees, Transition Plan authors, and individuals and families.  Additional resources will be posted on the DODD online workspace.

Since January, approximately 2000 professionals, family members, and guardians have attended the rule sessions across the state. Response has been excellent, including this participant’s observation: “I love the inclusion of different types of training. Very interactive, and captures all learning styles.”

DODD staff are compiling the questions and answers from the rule trainings and will create a Frequently Asked Questions document, which will be available in May. This material also will help identify other training needs and identify future webinar topics.