Changes to Provider Certification

Changes to the Provider Certification Rule (5123:2-2-01) will go into effect October 1, 2015. The changes, which implement recommendations made by a panel convened to examine the health and safety system, are designed to improve the wellbeing of individuals who receive services.

There are significant changes that affect all providers, including:

  • Providers must disclose in writing if they are a related party of a person or entity for which certification has been denied or revoked.
  • Providers must maintain a current email address on file with the Department.
  • Topics of the initial eight-hour training for independent providers and direct services staff of agency providers have been adjusted.
  • Independent providers and direct services staff of agency providers must annually complete training in role and responsibilities with regard to services including person-centered planning, community integration, self-determination, and self-advocacy.
  • The term of initial certification changed from one year to three years.

In addition to these changes, there are changes that are specific to independent providers and agency providers. A full summary of the changes is available online, as well as a timeline for implementation.

Providers should read and understand the entire rule and what’s changing so they can continue to meet all of the requirements to maintain their certification – new providers who submit an application to the Department for initial certification on or after October 1, 2015, will be required to meet all requirements set forth in the new rule.

More information about these changes is available on the Providers section of DODD’s website. If you have questions about the new rule, please contact the Department’s Support Center at 800-617-6733.