Ohio Association of Developmental Disabilities Professionals


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/


2016 OADDP Annual Conference

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OADDP 2016 Annual Conference and General Membership Meeting

Jumping Into the New Frontier

Jumping Into the New Frontier

Friday – Saturday, March 4-5, 2016

Mohican State Park Resort and Conference Center
4700 Goon Road, Perrysville, OH 44864.

For more information visit our OADDP 2016 Annual Conference page.

Online Registration with PayPal is now available.

All OADDP members and potential members are invited.

For complete 2015-2016 meeting schedule see our Meeting Schedule page.

OADDP Winter Meeting

Out next meeting will at 10:30 AM on January 9, 2016 at

Hudson OEA UniServ Office
591 E Boston Mills Rd, Suite 100
Hudson, Summit Co, Ohio 44236-1195
800-221-7427 or 330-492-1648 x2701
Click here for Google Map and directions.

Open to any OADDP member. This is an opportunity to meet other DD professionals, share experiences, and learn from other’s situations.

For other meeting dates and locations go to our Meeting Schedule page.

OADDP at OEA Representative Assembly

Join us at the OEA Representative Assembly!

OADDP Membership Meeting

Saturday, December 5, 2015, during the lunch break at the:

OEA Representative Assembly
Ohio Expo, Voinovich Center
717 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH

Lunch is included for members so please make plans to join us!  Please vote before going to lunch.  Then enjoy lunch and network with other DD Professionals.  We look forward to seeing you!

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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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.