Members of the Ohio Senate currently are reviewing a substitute version of the FY2016-2017 biennial budget bill, HB 64 (see Pipeline EXTRA!, overview of House changes). While in the lower chamber, the Ohio House created a Developmental Center (DC) Closure Commission, decreased DC funding by $80 million over the biennium, and adopted a new Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) policy agreed to by stakeholders and the Administration.
DODD Director John Martin presented testimony on the 2016-17 Budget on May 14, before Senate legislators at the Ohio Statehouse. During the introduction, he stated,
“I am grateful for the input and counsel we have received from families, self-advocates, providers, County Boards, and legislators — as we continue to shape and improve our system.”
In addition, Director Martin emphasized the need to restore the as-introduced budget, noting that all of the outlined initiatives are related, and are needed to achieve the Department’s policy objectives. Advocates also testified and attended the budget hearings to show support and air concerns. Learn more about their comments online.