Competitve Grant Opportunity: Developing Capacity Through Trauma Informed Care

A competitive grant opportunity, Developing Capacity Through Trauma Informed Care, seeks to increase the number of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) residential provider agencies who have implemented a trauma-informed approach, and are committed to serving people with complex support needs; this will result in better outcomes for people and organizations. Awardees agree to develop and […]

New Health and Welfare Alert: Transition Planning

With any major transition, health and safety needs must be given top priority. A new Health and Welfare Alert – Transition Planning (#44-09-15) – focuses on ways to help individuals safely change providers, services, or settings. The Alert covers what types of changes could require a transition plan, things to know before the transition, things […]

Deemed More Vulnerable to Abuse: Seniors, and People with DD

The DODD Major Unusual Incident (MUI) Unit, in cooperation with County Boards of DD and other service providers, continues to work diligently on improving our system for reporting and investigating MUIs pertaining to individuals served – some of the most vulnerable citizens in the state. Reporting, immediate action, notifications, thorough investigations, and prevention planning continue […]

Administration Spotlights Human Trafficking Awareness

DODD joins its state agency partners in educating all Ohio citizens, including individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, about the realities of human trafficking – the illegal trade of people for commercial sexual exploitation and/or forced labor. Recommendations to combat human trafficking include creating greater awareness of the vulnerabilities in people that perpetrators prey […]

Family Caregivers Month: Health and Welfare a Top Priority

DODD salutes family caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month. The 2014 theme, ‘Care Comes Home,’ acknowledges that care does not always take place in hospitals, nursing homes, or doctors’ offices, and that a large percentage of caregiving occurs in a family home. Across the nation, nearly 90 million people play this critically important and sometimes […]

Recognizing and Combating Human Trafficking

Governor John Kasich has strengthened efforts to report and combat Human Trafficking in Ohio through a key initiative launched early this year. The Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force was formed to marshal state agency resources to coordinate efforts in identifying and rescuing victims, create a coordinated law enforcement system to investigate and prosecute human trafficking […]

Important Reminders for National Preparedness Month

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide effort to encourage individuals, families, businesses, and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. Nationally, Preparedness Month efforts are led by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA) Ready Campaign, in partnership with related state and local organizations. Helping People with Disabilities At http://www.ready.gov the link […]