Latest Posts

Here you will find the most recent postings across the OPRA Members-only and public facing pages of the website.

May 2020 Friday Fives
05/22/2020

May 2020 Friday Fives

The Friday Five is OPRA's written recap of the Friday-Members Only Update call. They are sent out every week on Friday afternoon!

Covid-19 Friday 5 and Member Updates
05/22/2020

Covid-19 Friday 5 and Member Updates

Written recap of Covid-19 member calls and other important information from our system partners.

2020 Policy Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials
05/21/2020

2020 Policy Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials

New materials added for the upcoming meeting!

05/19/2020

COVID-19 Resource Toolkit

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, OPRA has been working with members to help provide you with resources and samples to help navigate your staff. This toolkit will be updated with new content frequently, so please check back regularly for the latest resources.

05/16/2020

Ohio Department of Medicaid Update Presentation

On May 14th, the Ohio Department of Medicaid's Director Corcoran delivered a presentation to Advocates for Ohio's Future and the Medicaid Coalition. She discussed the actions taken by ODM and the Governor and the impact the economy will have on ODM's budget.

05/15/2020

Vorys Webinars: Return to Work Preparedness

As part of their COVID-19 response, our partners at Vorys have put together a variety of webinars on legal issues providers should consider as you plan to reopen parts of your agency.

05/12/2020

Civil Liability Legislation

OPRA recently submitted testimony on two bills being debated in the Ohio General Assembly that would protect providers from many civil lawsuits related to COVID 19.

05/11/2020

Governor DeWine Announces $775M in State Budget Cuts

Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Education, and the Department of High Education take nearly 90% of the budget cuts.

05/08/2020

Legislative Advocacy Action

The first of many opportunities to connect with your legislators to advocate for the protection of our services.

05/06/2020

Handling Employees Who Refuse to Report to Work

VORYS Update on Unemployment Compensation Concerns

04/30/2020

Responsbile Restart Ohio

Information from the state of Ohio on the safe reopening of many Ohio businesses.

04/28/2020

Governor DeWine Announces Plan to Slowly Reopen Ohio

Read Governor DeWine's plan for slowly reopening Ohio's economy. Plus- read suggestions for reopening from Ohio's Democrat and Republican members of the Ohio House of Representatives.

04/28/2020

SBA Releases Additional PPP Guidance

The federal Small Business Administration released additional guidance and frequently asked questions on the administration of the Paycheck Protection Program. Plus- find information from our partners at Vorys.

04/26/2020

County Board Provider Liaisons for Covid-19

List of of County Board staff tasked with helping coordinate the local response to Covid-19.

04/23/2020

CMS Announces Blanket Waivers for ICFs

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released multiple blanket waivers applicable to ICFS and certain other providers.

04/23/2020

Emotional Support for Staff and People Served

Helpful resources that can be shared with staff and people served.

04/23/2020

Free BCBA CEUs

CentralReach is offering free continuing educations units to Board Certified Behavioral Analysts.

04/22/2020

Covid Questions

Questions and answers from our 'Covid Q's' email address.

04/22/2020

Governor DeWine/Director of Health Executive/Directors Orders Regarding COVID19

A list of the Governor and Director of Health's Executive Orders/Director's Orders

April 2020 Friday Fives
04/17/2020

April 2020 Friday Fives

The Friday Five is OPRA's written recap of the Friday-Members Only Update call. They are sent out every week on Friday afternoon!

04/15/2020

Governor DeWine Announces Submission of 1135 waiver and Appendix K

The submission was announced on the Governor's 4/14 press briefing. The OPRA team is currently reviewing the submission.

04/14/2020

Ohio's Economic Taskforce

OPRA recently submitted suggestions to the Ohio House of Representatives Economic Taskforce.

04/14/2020

Covid-19 Friday 5 and Member Updates

Written recap of Covid-19 member calls and other important information from our system partners.

March 2020 Friday Fives
04/07/2020

March 2020 Friday Fives

The Friday Five is OPRA's written recap of the Friday-Members Only Update call. They are sent out every week on Friday afternoon!

04/07/2020

MyHIPAA Guide Privacy Update

Information from OPRA Vendor Partner MyHiPAA Guide on changing rules around privacy during the covid-19 pandemic.

04/05/2020

Staff Access of Members-Only Content

How to view and edit which of your staff have access to Members-Only content on the OPRA website.

04/02/2020

COVID19 (Coronavirus) Small Business Administration Loans

Helpful links and information on the US Small Business Administration Small Business Disaster Loans.

03/30/2020

US Department of Labor Wage and Hour Resources on the FLSA, FMLA, and FFCRA

New resources from the Wage and Hour Division of the US Department of Labor

03/28/2020

Week of 3/22 Passed Legislation

This week was a busy one for state and federal lawmakers.

03/28/2020

Vorys Q & A

Collection of questions posed to our partners at Vorys about the relevant and changing HR and legal issues presented by Covid-19.

03/27/2020

Self-Insured Nonprofits and Unemployment Insurance

Information from the National Council of Nonprofits on reimbursing/self-insured employers.

03/26/2020

OPRA Local Preparation and Coordination Memo

The OPRA team has developed this guidance to help providers and local teams make connections, develop emergency plans, coordinate resources and prepare for a potential infection or outbreak of Covid-19. This guidance is not exhaustive and your own response and planning will be dependent on your community and local partners. We hope you find these items helpful in coordinating a local plan in your community.

03/22/2020

COVID 19 (Coronavirus) Vorys Resources

Information and resources from our attorneys at Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pace.

03/18/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resources from Vendor Partners

View offers from some of our Associate Members.

03/16/2020

COVID19 Unemployment Resources

By Christine Touvelle

Resources on Ohio's changing unemployment requirements due to Governor DeWine's 3/15 executive order.

03/12/2020

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Helpful Links and Documents

Find links to various state and federal entities with information regarding COVID19 (coronavirus) and sample documents your business may use as you prepare for a potential outbreak.

March 2020 Friday Fives
03/09/2020

March 2020 Friday Fives

The Friday Five is OPRA's written recap of the Friday-Members Only Update call. They are sent out every week on Friday afternoon!

03/06/2020

Sandata Help Desk Changes and Bi-Monthly Webinars

By Christine Touvelle

Our partners at the Ohio Department of Medicaid have asked us to share the following information.

03/04/2020

New Federal Bill Introduced to Recognize the Role of Direct Support Professionals

By Christine Touvelle

A new bill introduced in the US Senate would direct the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to add the Direct Support Professional (DSP) as a unique occupation in their Standard Occupation Code.

03/01/2020

ANCOR DSP Workforce Survey

By Pete Moore

02/28/2020

2020 Compensation, Benefits, and Turnover Survey

By Anita Allen

We are now collecting data for the 2020 Compensation, Benefits, and Turnover Survey! Click to find out how to participate!

February 2020 Friday Fives
02/28/2020

February 2020 Friday Fives

The Friday Five is OPRA's written recap of the Friday-Members Only Update call. They are sent out every week on Friday afternoon!

2020 Facility-Free Workgroup Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials
02/24/2020

2020 Facility-Free Workgroup Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials

New materials added for the upcoming meeting!

02/22/2020

February 2020 ODM EVV Stakeholder Meeting

By Christine Touvelle

Read notes from the most recent ODM EVV stakeholder meeting and view the presentation.

02/20/2020

Ohio Department of Medicaid HCBS Settings Targeted Review

by Pete Moore

The Ohio Department of Medicaid has announced their intentions to conduct site visits to non-residential service settings (Day/Vocational Habilitation) to assess DODD's adherence to their HCBS transition plan. The announcement letter outlines the details related to the visits.  They will be visiting nearly 90 sites across the state.  OPRA staff will be reaching out individually to our members who have been selected for a site visit.

2020 HR Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials
02/20/2020

2020 HR Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials

New materials added for the upcoming meeting!

2020 ICF Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials
02/18/2020

2020 ICF Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials

New materials added for the upcoming meeting!

2020 Day Services Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials
02/14/2020

2020 Day Services Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials

New materials added for the upcoming meeting!

02/11/2020

2020 US Census Guidance

By Christine Touvelle

New guidance available!

2020 OPRA Healthcare Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials
02/05/2020

2020 OPRA Healthcare Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials

New materials added for the upcoming meeting!

2020 Day Array Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials
02/05/2020

2020 Day Array Committee Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Additional Materials

New materials added for the upcoming meeting!

02/03/2020

New 2020 Friday-Members Only Update Call Information

We have updated the call-in information to maintain the call as an exclusive, Members-only benefit.

January 2020 Friday Fives
01/31/2020

January 2020 Friday Fives

The Friday Five is OPRA's written recap of the Friday-Members Only Update call. They are sent out every week on Friday afternoon!

2019 Friday Five Newsletter Archives
01/27/2020

2019 Friday Five Newsletter Archives

Review the weekly Friday Fives sent out in 2019.

2019 Employment Services Meeting Agendas and Minutes
01/27/2020

2019 Employment Services Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Review the agendas and meeting minutes from all of the Employment Services Committee meetings held in 2019.

01/27/2020

ODM 1/15/2020 EVV Stakeholder Meeting

By Christine Touvelle

Notes and presentations from the meeting are now available.

01/27/2020

OISP Workgroup Minutes and Draft Assessment Questions

By Scott Marks

Attached are the minutes from the OISP workgroup 12.18 meeting and draft questions for the assessment created by DODD's One ISP workgroup soon to be piloted.

2020 Committee Meetings Schedule
11/26/2019

2020 Committee Meetings Schedule

Any committee is open to any staff of all OPRA Members. Committees typically meet in-person at the OPRA office but have a webinar/call-in option for Members that can not attend. Some Committees meet monthly while others meet bi-monthly. Meetings may get canceled, so please check the OPRA training and events calendar for the most up to date meeting schedule.

2020 District 3 Meetings Schedule
11/25/2019

2020 District 3 Meetings Schedule

Join OPRA Board of Directors District Representatives Jerri Elson and Lisa Reed for a quarterly discussion on all things OPRA! All OPRA Members providing services in the district are welcome and encouraged to attend!