Benefits for Associate Members
Communications & Networking
- Advertising Opportunities (Job Openings, Service Provider Directory)
- Mailing Labels (coming soon!)
- Member Directory
- Sponsorship Opportunities
OPRA works to make sure members are informed, whether it is DD Industry News, Policy Development, OPRA news or events. OPRA provides its members with e-mail updates and notificaiton on important and developing issues. Communication happens through List Serve communication, E-Newsletters, informaiton and articles on our website, Webinars and in-person meetings.
- List Serves
OPRA list serves facilitate timely communication among association members. The list serves cover everything from general member information to specific topic areas and many correspond to the above listed OPRA committees. Group members receive updates on important issues related to DD (such as the state budget, waiver reimbursement, adult day services, rule changes, etc.), and are asked to provide input as well as post questions and comments. More information about List Serves and to sign up>>>
- Discounts to Training & Educational Events
OPRA Members may receive a $50 savings on any exhibit space or sponsorship (when offered), as well as unlimited discount registrations to a wealth of Training and Education events.
- Member Discount Program
To help reduce costs and improve your bottom line, OPRA has aligned with industry organizations to equip its members with discounts and savings on the products and services that you need and use every day. Check out the programs, exclusive to OPRA members.
Governmental & Regulatory Representation
These are challenging times for the providers of Developmental Disabilities services. The next generation of ICF/IID services is being developed – and OPRA is pro-actively engaged in this process. Significant funding reductions are possible for a variety of Medicaid programs – and some could be eliminated altogether. Many, if not all, of these changes could directly impact individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and they will certainly have important consequences for providers who serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities. The need for providers to have a STRONG VOICE – to be heard as these and other policy changes considered and made – has never been greater. That is why the role played by OPRA – the leading voice for choice and quality care and the premier resource for private providers of Developmental Disabilities services – has never been more critical.
OPRA has consistently stood up for what we believe to be important for the care and support of those we serve. But providers and those who advocate for Ohioans with Developmental Disabilities can only be effective if their voice in strong . . . and, if they speak with a SINGLE VOICE that is heard by public officials and others who are making vital decisions that affect services to individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.
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OPRA’s online directories offer a great way for people with developmental disabilities, as well as caregivers and service providers, to easily access a wide variety of important information about the services available in their counties and surrounding areas. We strongly encourage our members to join and utilize the Service Provider and Service Openings Directories as well as the Citation Database. These are useful tools for your business regardless of your size. You can link directly to these directories through your OPRA web account. (link to log in page)
- Advertising Opportunities
- Job Openings
OPRA supplies an online Job Bank for jobs available in the DD Industry. OPRA Members can post any and all job openings they have free of charge. All listings will appear for 1 month, or until the position has been filled.
- Service Provider Directory
OPRA’s Service Provider Directory offers vital information for individuals with developmental disabilities, caregivers, and support professionals, featuring a comprehensive list of resources and service providers in Ohio’s DD system. Associate members may display their organization and services/products provided.
The Service Provider Directory offers an interactive map of Ohio, and search features that include a comprehensive listing of individual providers, county boards, and private providers all searchable by agency, county, city, or services. OPRA members can customize their entries with pictures and images and provide more information to help their organizaiton stand out.
OPRA Associate Members will have the opportunity to purchase pre-printed mailing labels of our membership list. This is a great marketing tool, giving OPRA Associate Members direct access to decision makers with OPRA Provider Members.
3. Member Directory
This list is printed and mailed to members once per year.
4. Sponsorship Opportunities
Sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers are a large part of what makes OPRA’s annual Spring and Fall Conferences so successful. Not only does their support help to enrich the quality of those events, but attendees from across Ohio look forward to visiting the exhibits and personally interacting with company reps to learn more about the offered products and services. As the Conferences have grown over the years, sponsor, exhibitor, and advertising space have become a hot commodity: being at an OPRA event ensures high visibility, contact-list expansion, and prospecting opportunities in concretely measurable ways. More information about Sponsorship >>>
Keeping providers informed of the ever-changing landscape of customer needs, new technology, best practices and pending rules, regulations, and system plans is a critical element of OPRA's role. To keep members up-to-speed, OPRA conducts several statewide conferences and training seminars annually. Other efforts include forums among the DD service systems' leaders encompassing strategic planning, financial management, and direct service staff development.
- Access to Online Resources
OPRA members have access to a number of online resources in its Member's Only section of the website.
OPRA holds two conference every year - Spring and Fall. Conferences feature an assortment of separate, up-to-date educational tracks for CEOs, COOs, Program Directors, HR, Direct Support, DD Nurses and Housing Specialists, and Technology Experts. More information about Conferences >>>