Matt Campbell, Superintendent
On July 24, 2014, I attended an Employment First regional community forum held at Medina County Windfall Industries. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is collecting input on how to incentivize community employment. The goal is to move individuals with disabilities out of sheltered workshops. People with disabilities need to get services in integrated settings and those of working age should have a job in the community.
I was happy to hear that the plan is for 40 hours of service per week. This means the intent is for those with disabilities to work at a community job for 40 hours. If an individual cannot work a 40 hour community based job, then the 40 hours can be fulfilled by working part-time in the community and utilizing part-time day services. However, the day services will have to be integrated. The challenges will be; finding the jobs, maintaining the jobs, and integrating day services.
I also attended the Superintendent's Summer Conference August 6 through August 8 at Mohican State Park Lodge. Director Martin from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities was there to talk about the Disability Rights Ohio (DR0) letter and the transition plan to address the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule changes. The Disability Rights Ohio letter addresses system problems of segregation in developmental centers, intermediate care facilities, sheltered workshops, and large residential homes. Disability Rights Ohio is advocating for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to address the waiting list and segregation by paying the match for more Medicaid Waivers.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is also facing coming up with a transition plan to address the new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services rules. The Federal Government will no longer pay for segregated housing, segregated employment, or conflicts in case management. The conflict free case management means an agency cannot provide the service, establish eligibility and funding range, and coordinate services. Sheltered workshops are under review because of the segregated setting (they currently only serve those with developmental disabilities), pay below minimum wage, and the lack of funding for community employment options. The Federal Government no longer wants to pay for segregated housing where 7 or more individuals with disabilities live together, receive residential services, and attend day services together in the same building.
The Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities is facing many challenges and changes with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule changes and the Disability Rights Ohio letter. The good news is the Carroll County Board has positioned itself to give those with Medicaid Waivers options to receive day services and transportation services from private providers and/or the Carroll County Board. The Carroll County Board provides only 34% of Medicaid Waiver day services and 32% of transportation. The questions that remain are will the Board be forced out of providing sheltered workshop, day habilitation, transportation, and employment services for those on Medicaid Waivers. This will mean that private providers will provide these services. The Board may continue providing day habilitation, transportation, and employment services for those who do not have Medicaid Waivers since the CMS rules only apply to those who are being funded by the Federal Government.
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1182 Roswell Road N.W.
Carrollton, Ohio 44615
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