Update on Privatization of CHI and Community Employment

The first Community Forum regarding privatization of Carroll Hills Industries was a success. It was held on June 30, 2016 with 34 people in attendance. The Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities is privatizing Carroll Hills Industries workshop services because of the 2014 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule. The Federal Government will no longer pay for workshop services that County Boards provide and also provide case management services. This is considered a conflict of interest.

Plans for the privatization of Carroll Hills Industries are moving forward with Edgar Barnett hired as Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Barnett has been in contact with an architect to start the process of renovating Carroll Hills Industries building located on 1182 Roswell Road. The septic system was approved by the Environmental Protection Agency to expand for the projected 35 individuals and 10 staff. Mr. Barnett is also applying for provider certification for Carroll Hills Industries.

Management staff have met and will continue to meet to phase in changes of service. The current plan is to get on a contractor list to renovate the 540 North High Street building for County Board administrative staff, community employment staff and direct care staff for those who do not have Medicaid funding for adult services. Four individuals who receive adult services have already been moved to the 1182 Roswell Road location due to a team leader being hired as a job coach. We will be moving staff and individuals receiving services before January 1, 2018 to avoid moving people twice and so renovation can occur in both buildings.

The Community Employment program is going very well. Employment Specialist Sabrina Seal has been successful with a total of thirteen placements over the last three years. Currently she has three new job placements with HARCATUS Head Start. The increase in placements required the hiring of another job coach, Vivian Day. The Community Employment program staff consists of Employment Specialist Sabrina Seal and job coaches Claudia Vasquez, Reva Castelucci and Vivian Day.

Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities is required to stop providing services to those receiving Medicaid (Federal) funding as per 2014 Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule. The Board is currently compliant with transportation since private providers are providing the service. The Board will be compliant with day services and vocational services (workshop services) when privatizing Carroll Hills Industries on January 1, 2018. We are currently working on being compliant with community employment services. The Board will continue to provide employment navigation services with Sabrina Seal assisting individuals to find jobs. We need to find private providers to complete job coaching and transportation services for those receiving federal funding through Waivers.

Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities is diligently working on navigating all these changes in our system. Our goal remains to ensure we either serve or make sure services are available for people with disabilities in our community. The Board will continue to use levy money to fund Board provided services and the match for services provided by private providers. I want to thank you for your support of our program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.