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The Mission of the OADDP is to advance the growth of the education and habilitation of individuals with developmental disabilities and to provide a collective voice for the professional, paraprofessional and support staff working with persons with developmental disabilities.  OADDP Strategic Goals promote high standards for staff, provider organizations, and services provided while assuring the viability of County Boards of DD as a service option.

As a department of the Ohio Education Association, OADDP provides the following services to members:

  • A quarterly newsletter – The OADDP Newsline.
  • Monitoring of legislation that affects OADDP members.
  • Leadership training at an Annual Conference.
  • A Public Relations Grant program
  • Delegate Luncheon at the OEA Representative Assemblies
  • Executive committee meetings six times per year
  • Facebook group for OADDP members – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OADDP/

Download an OADDP Brochure.

Ohio Submits Transition Plan to CMS

The Ohio DoDD has posted the newly revised CMS Transition Plan documents on the Ohio DoDD Futures page along with a Presentation & Summary of Public Comments.

Visit the link below to download the documents or follow links in the article below.

Reprint of: March 16, 2015, ODoDD Pipeline Extra

“Ohio Submits Transition Plan to CMS

In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new requirements for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers administered by states. Essentially, the rule says that federal Medicaid funds no longer can be used to pay for waiver services that are offered in an institutional setting, or settings adjacent to public institutions or other settings that have the effect of isolating people who are receiving HCBS.

The rule became effective March 17, 2014. Each state was required to examine its waiver system, determine if any settings existed which did not meet the new HCB settings characteristics outlined in the rule, and develop a statewide plan to ensure compliance within five years of the rule’s effective date. DODD convened a CMS Transition Plan Committee comprised of stakeholders from across the DD system to review our current waiver services/rules, to identify settings that may not fully comply with the regulation, and to develop recommendations for how to bring them into compliance. DODD used the recommendations from the Transition Plan Committee when working with the Ohio Departments of Aging and Medicaid, and the Governor’s Office of Health Transformation to draft Ohio’s Transition Plan.

The next step in the process was to seek feedback from the public, including individuals and families, providers, and County Boards. Ohio accepted public comment via email, voice mail, video, U.S. Mail, and two public hearings. This feedback was summarized and used to make changes to Ohio’s plan. A complete summary of the feedback and resulting changes, as well as a copy of the plan that was submitted to CMS, is available online. Documents include:

• The transition plan submitted to CMS with changes marked
• A presentation explaining what changes were made based on public comment, and what changes submitted by the public were not made and why
• A one-page summary of the public comment

 The items outlined in the state’s transition plan and the timing of their implementation will be based on CMS’ approval. CMS has not shared information about when they will respond to states’ transition plans.

We will keep you informed as we learn more about the status of Ohio’s CMS Transition Plan, including approval of the plan and/or any clarifications and changes requested by CMS.

Pipeline Extra is a publication of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and is distributed as needed to highlight breaking news in the state’s developmental disabilities community. The regular Pipeline publication publishes twice monthly to inform readership of relevant information affecting stakeholders.

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2015 OADDP Annual Conference

Register now!

OADDP 2015 Annual Conference and General Membership Meeting

Friday – Saturday, March 6-7, 2015

Mohican State Park Resort and Conference Center
4700 Goon Road, Perrysville, OH 44864.
http://www.mohicanstateparklodge.com/.

For more information visit our OADDP 2015 Annual Conference page.

Online Registration with PayPal is now available.

All OADDP members and potential members are invited.

For complete 2014-2015 meeting schedule see our Meeting Schedule page.

Ohio Releases HCBS Draft Plan

From Ohio DoDD Pipeline, Dec 15, 2014

In January 2014, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new requirements for Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers administered by states. Today, as required by the new federal rule, the Office of Health Transformation (OHT) released a draft transition plan for public comment. Based on the comments it receives, OHT will refine and submit a final transition plan to CMS by March 17, 2015.

The draft plan is available on the Office of Health Transformation’s website. Also, a public notice, a one-page summary and Q&As also are posted on the website.

More information about changes to Ohio’s developmental disabilities system – including the new CMS rule, the letter from Disability Rights Ohio, and the  Strategic Planning Leadership Group – is available online at DODD.Ohio.Gov/OurFuture. Also, watch Pipeline for more information.

Ohio DoDD – CMS Transition Plan Regional Forums – New

Updated Schedule: DODD CMS Transition Plan Public Forums

A new schedule for the DODD CMS Transition Plan forums has been set. Join members of the DODD CMS Transition Plan Committee to learn more about the new rule from the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), and what the state is doing to ensure we’re in compliance. Below is an updated schedule.

Tuesday, December 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
West Toledo Public Library
1320 Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, 43612

Thursday, December 18, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Goodwill Columbus
1331 Edgehill Road, Columbus, 43212

Tuesday, January 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Athens County Board – Beacon School
801 West Union Street, Athens, 45701

Thursday, January 8, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
ESC Conference Center
6393 Oak Tree Blvd. South, Independence, 44131

Saturday, January 10, 10:00 a.m.-noon
Hamilton County Board – Beckman Adult Center
2600 Civic Center Drive, Cincinnati, 45231

Download the new ODODD HCBS Rules Forum Flyer or visit the Ohio DoDD Our Future site.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new rules regarding federal funding for Home and Community Based Services. OEA members working in Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and the individuals to whom they provide direct services, or those individuals wanting services provided by the County Board, will be directly affected by these changes.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODODD) and other state agencies are in the process of drafting a plan to comply with the new rules. While the federal agency is giving states until March 2015 to become compliant, we anticipate drafts of Ohio’s transition plan to be released for public comment in late fall of this year.

While we haven’t seen the draft transition compliance plan, the ODODD released on November 14, 2014 a schedule of the “CMS Transition Plan Public Forums.” The forums are intended to educate the public on the transition plan and to provide feedback on the plan.

Ohio DoDD “Our Future” Website

On November 7, 2014 Ohio DoDD announced the launch of their new “Our Future” website to provide new tools to keep the public informed about upcoming changes to Ohio’s DD system and to receive feed back on proposed changes.

  • The Our Future website: This new website will collect information about all of the changes in one place, and offer tools and resources to make it easy for you to keep up to date. Check back regularly for new information.
  • Pipeline: DODD’s newsletter delivers news and information to your email inbox, and includes regular updates about changes. Subscribe online. You also can read Pipeline online.

 

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Federal CMS Rule Change

Background Information

Earlier this year, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released new rules regarding federal funding for Home and Community Based Services.  OEA members working in Ohio County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and the individuals to whom they provide services will be directly affected by these changes.

OEA is particularly concerned with the provision that would restrict the ability of a County Board of Developmental Disabilities to provide direct services to individuals.

Our specific request to Governor Kasich, Director Martin and other individuals working on developing Ohio’s compliance plan, is to focus on “building a better firewall” to address the conflict of interest concerns of CMS.  Specifically, the rule appears to prohibit the same individual from assessing eligibility for services and also providing those services. Additionally, OEA is requesting that the plan preserve individuals’ access to a broad choice of providers, including those quality services provided by County Boards.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and other state agencies are in the process of drafting a plan to comply with the new rules.  While the federal agency is giving states until March 2015 to become compliant, we anticipate drafts of Ohio’s transition plan to be released for public comment in late fall of this year.

Talking Points

  • County Boards of Developmental Disabilities choosing to remain direct service providers must be permitted to do so in order to preserve a full range of service options.
  • Ohio’s plan must protect the ability of individuals to choose their provider by ensuring that the quality of the programs directly offered by County Boards of Developmental Disabilities remains viable.
  • CMS concerns about the potential conflicts of interest with County Boards of Developmental Disabilities must be addressed through a review and revision of the Firewall Document. 

Take Action on the OEA website at http://www.ohea.org/get-involved.  

  • Scroll to the Current Actions item: “Stop Medicaid Rule Change From Harming Individuals With Developmental Disabilities”,
  • Click on the link: “Ask Governor Kasich and others working on the plan to continue allowing County Boards of Developmental Disabilities to provide high quality, direct services”,
  • Feel free to add your own thoughts or edit the letter,
  • Enter your email address and click “Submit”.

For more Information, Talking Points, Sample Letterers and Links go to our Medicaid Rule Change page.

 

12th Annual Milestones Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference

The 12th Annual Milestones Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference will be held on June 18-19 at the Cleveland I-X Center.

Keynote speakers include: Dr. Peter Gerhardt, EdD, National Autism Consultant and Brittany Lauber & Justin Rooney, Self Advocates, OSU.

Professionals:

  • Earn Continuing Education Credits
  • Attend evidence-based workshops
  • Learn how to be a better practitioner
  • Network with leaders and colleagues in the field

Parents:

  • Discover strategies to make life easier
  • Find new tools and resources
  • Meet local autism experts and therapists
  • Connect with other families like yours