Pipeline EXTRA! House changes to Executive Budget update ICF provisions, pull independent provider changes

On April 14, the Ohio House of Representatives introduced the substitute version of House Bill 64 (FY2016-17 Executive Budget). After reviewing the proposed budget and listening to many hours of testimony from individuals, families, and providers, the House Finance Committee made several changes to the Executive Budget. The changes to DODD’s portion include: Revisions to […]

Burk to Lead DODD Information Technology Services Team

Michelle Burk has joined DODD as Deputy Director, Information Technology Services (ITS), effective April 6. She served most recently in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office as Chief Information Officer, where she was responsible for oversight of more than 100 projects annually, including execution of a multi-location data center plan, and oversight of the design and […]

Administration Update: Budget Hearings, Other Forums

Based on the stakeholder feedback regarding changes affecting independent providers, the state is strongly considering extending the implementation of changes by as long as two years. This would allow additional time for individuals and providers to transition to self-directed care, where individuals can continue working with their current providers using Employer Authority. More information about […]

New Information: Direct Line, Pipeline Quarterly, DODD Website

The system of services for people with developmental disabilities is experiencing a great deal of change. People served by the system want to participate more fully in their communities, and need more options to help make that happen. We must respond to these needs, and effect appropriate changes. Through our new DODD website, a new series of The Direct Line […]

Administration Update: Budget Hearings – Concerns and Support

On March 10 and 17, Ohioans with developmental disabilities, their families, and those who care for them voiced their concerns and their support, regarding the proposed 2016-2017 budget.  In particular, provisions designed to transition residents from large institutional settings to smaller community and home-based programs were in the spotlight. Approximately 65 people testified on March […]

2016-17 Budget Testimony– Blueprint for a New Ohio

Testimony last week on the Health and Human Services agency funding areas contained in Governor John Kasich’s 2016-17 budget proposal, Blueprint for a New Ohio, included a great deal of interest in the budget allocations to DODD, (see Pipeline EXTRA, February 2, 2015).  Office of Health Transformation (OHT) Director Greg Moody, Department of Medicaid Director […]

DODD Leadership Visits Centers Slated for Closure

Following the announcement last week that DODD intends to close two Developmental Centers by June 2017, Department leadership visited both the Youngstown and Montgomery Developmental Centers this past weekend to speak with individuals, families, and staff at each center. As stated in testimony last week (see story above), Director Martin noted during the on-site visits that […]

Pipeline EXTRA! – DODD to Close Two Developmental Centers by June 2017

Montgomery and Youngstown Centers Slated for Closure Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) Director John Martin today informed individuals, families, and staff, of the Department’s intent to close Montgomery Developmental Center and Youngstown Developmental Center by June 30, 2017. An official public announcement is slated for February 20. The state’s other eight Developmental Centers (DCs) […]

Multi-Location Training for Behavior Support Strategies Rule

DODD and the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals (OADSP) are partnering to offer in-person and online training that promotes a better understanding of the new Behavior Support Strategies rule (5123:2-2-06), effective January 1. Online registration for the in-person training is now available. In-person training will be available at several locations across the state in February, March, and […]

Pipeline EXTRA! Governor Kasich Announces Historic Budget – Supports Transformational Change

The 2016-17 biennial budget represents the most significant influx of new money in the history of the Department, and invests $316 million over two years in developmental disabilities system redesign. The Administration’s investment in new and improved opportunities for Ohioans with developmental disabilities is historic, and is the most significant health and human services investment […]