Rate Increase for Direct Care Staff
The language that would phase in the 6 percent rate increase for Homemaker Personal Care (HPC) was removed. New language authorizes the Director to implement a 6 percent increase between January 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017, subject to the availability of funds.
What this means: The Director of DODD has the ability to implement the full 6 percent rate increase as long as funds are available.
DODD’s budget was restored to the As Introduced version, plus $8 million (FY2016) and $12 million (FY2017) for the Tangible Personal Property (TPP) earmark.
What this means: With the Senate reduction of $5 million per year, this is a net gain of $3 million (FY2016) and $7 million (FY2017) over the As Introduced version.
Developmental Center Closure Commission
Language inserted in the Senate Omnibus Amendment requires that the Closure Commission be appointed within seven days of announcement, or the effective date of the legislation for current pending closures. It also clarifies that the Closure Commission would apply to the Montgomery and Youngstown and Developmental Centers.
What this means: The Commission would review the closure of Montgomery and Youngstown Developmental Centers – the Commission would be appointed within seven days of the effective date of the legislation, which is 90 days after the Governor signs the budget.
In the next few days, the full Senate is expected to vote on House Bill 64, including the changes made in the omnibus amendment. The Budget will then be reviewed, amended as needed, and voted on by Conference Committee. The full House and Senate will then vote on the Conference Committee report before it is sent to the Governor for his signature.
The Department will continue to share updates as the budget process comes to a close. If you have questions, please call the DODD Budget and Developmental Center Closure Hotline toll-free at 855-611-6446 (OHIO).