Pipeline EXTRA! House changes to Executive Budget update ICF provisions, pull independent provider changes

On April 14, the Ohio House of Representatives introduced the substitute version of House Bill 64 (FY2016-17 Executive Budget). After reviewing the proposed budget and listening to many hours of testimony from individuals, families, and providers, the House Finance Committee made several changes to the Executive Budget. The changes to DODD’s portion include: Revisions to […]

Autism Update: ADEP Initiative Shows Positive Outcomes

During Autism Awareness Month, Pipeline shares information about efforts by DODD and our partners to learn more, diagnose earlier, and provide new training opportunities for families and professionals. People who have Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have many gifts, along with some challenges. We celebrate these gifts, while learning to understand the challenges. In January 2013, DODD and […]

Burk to Lead DODD Information Technology Services Team

Michelle Burk has joined DODD as Deputy Director, Information Technology Services (ITS), effective April 6. She served most recently in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as Chief Information Officer, where she was responsible for oversight of more than 100 projects annually, including execution of a multi-location data center plan, and oversight of the design and […]

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 […]

OPRA Conference Spotlights System Change

The Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA) conference last week in Dublin offered an opportunity for the more than 450 service providers attending to learn about the many transformational changes underway in Ohio’s developmental disabilities service system, and across the nation. Keynote speaker for day one of the two-day conference was Barbara Merrill, CEO of the […]