State-Funded Waivers: SELF Waiver Training – Through November 9

The FY2016-17 Executive Budget adds 3,000 state-funded waivers to begin to reduce Ohio’s waiting list. About 1,000 of those waivers are Self-Empowered Life Funding (SELF) Waivers, Ohio’s first participant-directed waiver. Five in-person training sessions will cover the unique aspects of the SELF Waiver. There is no charge to attend. Dates and locations include:

  • October 22, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Camden Falls Reception and Conference Center, Tiffin – Register online
  • October 27, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: American Red Cross of Summit and Portage Counties, Akron – Register online
  • November 4, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Department of Agriculture, Reynoldsburg – Register online
  • November 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.: Athens County Library, Athens – Register online
Behavior Support Strategies Training – Online

The first module in the Behavior Support Strategies series reviews the new rule (5123:2-2-06), the principles of person-centered planning, restricted and prohibited measures, and the roles and responsibilities of QIDPs, Human Rights Committees and DODD. This module takes 20-30 minutes to complete, and is free and open to the public. Additional modules will be available on the Training page of DODD’s website.

Customer Relationship Management/Individual Data System Training – Online

Training on the new Individual Data System (IDS) application/Customer Relationship Management (CRM) now is available. If you use IDS, you are encouraged to complete this training, including Login and search, Creating a new record, Edit information and Individual Transfer Record (ITR). If you have questions about the IDS training, send an email to

Conferences and Events

2015 Celebrate Kids! Conference – October 14-16

Ohio CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is hosting the 2015 Celebrate Kids! Conference on October 14-16 at the Doubletree by Hilton Worthington in Columbus. The 2015 Celebrate Kids! Conference addresses the diverse facets of the work of child advocates. The conference offers two plenary sessions – Biologies & Behaviors of Addiction presented by Andrea Boxill, and ReMember: We All are Ambassadors of Our Culture presented by Jason Barger – as well as breakout sessions focusing on general information, intermediate information, and information for CASA staff. Download the conference brochure for more information, including session descriptions and registration costs.

The following continuing education certifications are available: RULE 48 – 12 credit hours pending; CLE – 12 credit hours pending; CPE – 10.25 credit hours pending. ALL CEC forms and instructions will be provided at the conference.

If you have questions or wish to register, email Alexandra Gilbert at

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 25: The Past, The Present & The Future – October 23

Services for Independent Living, Inc. (SIL) will present The Americans with Disabilities Act at 25: The Past, The Present & The Future from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on October 23 in Warrensville Heights. Cost is $35 per person. Read the event brochure for more information and registration details.

OPRA 2015 Fall Conference – November 3-4, 2015

Registration now is open for the Ohio Provider Resource Association’s (OPRA) Fall Conference, November 4-5 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Dublin. Open to direct support professionals, program directors, HR staff, County Board staff, consultants and more, the conference is an opportunity to network, engage around the latest issues facing providers, find beneficial resources, and learn from first-rate speakers.

This year’s keynote speakers include author and comedian Jan McInnis, who will show attendees how to instantly diffuse tension, kick off tough conversations, and facilitate harmony by using humor, and DODD Director John Martin, who will review current issues and activities for the DODD, Medicaid, and the budget.

Breakout sessions include MUI Collaboration: Provider & County Investigations, 6055/6056 Reporting: The Rubber Meets the Road, Med Administration in Community Settings: The Role of the Non-Nurse, Creating a Safety-Conscience Workplace, and Introduction to the World of Grants & Grant-Writing. Review the conference program for complete session details.

Registration fees start at $107.50. More information, including how to register, is available on OPRA’s website. If you have questions, contact OPRA at 614-224-6772 or

OCALICON – November 18-20

OCALICON is November 18-20 in Columbus. The conference is a face-to-face gathering of national leaders, educators, parents, service providers, self-advocates, scholars, and policy makers to examine common concerns and share proven solutions that address issues faced by individuals with autism and low-incidence disabilities across their lifespan. Learn more and register online.

In the News

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. MUIs are to be reported to the local County Board, however, if you feel that there is a conflict — or that a County Board potentially may be involved in the allegation – please call the hotline to report your concerns.

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