Level of Care (LOC) – Online Training Available

This training is required for LOC Evaluators before July 1, 2015!  Two online courses for Level of Care evaluators now are available on the DODD website. The courses are free, and should take between two and three hours to complete. Successful completion of both courses provides access to a certification test, required for current evaluators before July 1, 2015. For questions about the new LOC Rule or this new evaluator training, contact DODD at

The Arc of Ohio Training

Registration now is open  for the Arc of Ohio training titled, “Ohio State Budget (Independent Providers, Waivers, Medicaid) – Act II,” Thursday, June 25. The training will be hosted at the Hollywood Casino, 200 Georgesville, Rd., in Columbus. Specific topics will be addressed by several presenters, including DODD Director John Martin. The Arc reminds everyone that you must be age 21 or over to attend this venue.

Last Call! Strong Families, Safe Communities RFP — Apply by May 29, 5 p.m.

DODD and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS), together are seeking collaborative community proposals to establish treatment models of care that focus on crisis stabilization for children and youth with intensive needs. This is the third round of funding for the Strong Families, Safe Communities (SFSC) initiative, serving Ohio youth in-crisis through local, community-driven solutions. The two agencies funded a total of 40 projects in State Fiscal Years (SFY) 2014-15.  For the 2016-17 biennium, proposals are welcomed from previous RFP responders, as well as new collaborative groups. Proposals must meet the guidelines and requirements of the SFY 16-17 Strong Families, Safe Communities RFP. The deadline to apply is May 29, at 5:00 p.m. Supporting information and the RFP are online now. See an SFSC 2014 video in the DODD News Room for examples of this initiative in action. Descriptions of previous projects are online, at the DODD Initiatives and Partnerships link.

Summer Recreation with You in Mind

What’s an Ohio summer without at least one trip to an amusement park or zoo? A helpful fact sheet for people with disabilities is now available from Disability Rights Ohio! COMMUNITY INTEGRATION: Amusement Parks, Zoos, and Recreation Places focuses on rights of people with disabilities, and accessibility options to consider while enjoying the traditions of summer.

In the News

Items in the news concerning Ohio’s developmental disabilities community include:

People with disabilities fight for fair wages, (WOIO-TV CBS 19 – Cleveland © May 20, 2015); Nine graduate from Project SEARCH internship program, (Springfield News Sun © May 18, 2015); DD services in most integrated setting, (Greenville Daily Advocate © May 14, 2015); Ohio State program gives students a feeling of inclusion, (Columbus Dispatch © May 14, 2015).

Register Now!  Second Annual Trauma-Informed Care Summit, June 17

DODD and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) will host the Second Annual Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Summit on June 17, at the Crowne Plaza North Hotel in Columbus. The Summit, “Creating Environments of Resiliency and Hope in Ohio,” is designed to promote a shared understanding of the concept of trauma and a trauma-informed approach, as well as to contribute to a better understanding of the principles of TIC.  Presentations will provide an update on the TIC initiative during the past year.  View complete conference details and registration online now.

Camp Blue Skies – Overnight Camp for Adults, September 14-18

Registration now is open for Camp Blue Skies, an overnight camp for adults, age 21 and over, who have developmental disabilities. This five-day camp offers adults the opportunity to make friends, participate in fun and unique activities, and develop skills for healthful and independent living within a traditional camp setting. Activities include fishing and canoeing, archery, arts and crafts, bingo, field games, campfire, and much more. Camp Blue Skies takes place September 14-18 at Recreation Unlimited, a fully accredited camp in Ashley, Ohio. More details are available in this brochure and at the Camp Blue Skies website.

DODD Hotline for Reporting Abuse, Neglect, or Other Major Unusual Incidents (MUIs)

To report abuse/neglect and other MUIs, call toll-free: 866-313-6733.  Please note that MUIs are to be reported to the local County Board of DD, however, there may be times an individual, staff member, or family member may feel it is a conflict — or that, potentially, a County Board may be involved in the allegation.  In those instances, it is important to remember the hotline number is there to be used for reporting concerns.