Among some of many benefits of OPRA Membership is the opportunity to join a number of committees and workgroups. The committees and workgroups have been established to convene members around central themes, service types, or member staff functions. Each committee will have an assigned OPRA staff member who will attend meetings and provide support, as needed, to ensure the committee’s work, communication, and coordination is maximized.
Participation provides Members the opportunity to share ideas, experiences and knowledge to advance the collective mission and improve the group advantage. The core standing committees and workgroups include Day Services, Employment, Facility Free Services, Human Resources, Healthcare, ICF, Policy, and Residential Waiver. All committees and workgroups are chaired by employees of OPRA Provider Members.
Take a look at the Calendar for committee meeting dates and locations.
Among the benefits of OPRA Membership is the opportunity to join a number of Committees, which address a variety of industry-relevant areas. Participation provides Members the opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and knowledge, and to advance the collective mission and improve the group advantage. The core standing Committees include Policy, Program Directors, Human Resources, and IT. All Committees are chaired by employees of OPRA Provider Members. OPRA also encourages Members’ active involvement with the various listservs – which mirror the standing Committees’ focuses.
Take a look at the Calendar for Committee meetings’ dates and locations.
Chair: Matt Ottiger, ResCare, Inc., (614) 203-1813
The Policy Committee serves as the clearinghouse for most issues affecting any aspect of DD services, and makes recommendations for action to OPRA’s Board of Directors. Every effort is made to allow sufficient time to discuss issues in detail in order to understand the impact on individuals and providers, and to consider what position OPRA should take on a given issue. Ad hoc workgroups are established from time to time to examine issues more fully. The Policy Committee typically meets once a month, and includes representatives from all OPRA Districts.
Chair: Kimberly Bartell, Hattie Larlham, (330) 274-2272 x4201
The Program Directors Committee serves as a standing subcommittee of the Policy Committee to examine issues which have a direct impact on the programs and services provided to individuals. Rule changes related to MUI reporting or delegated nursing might be discussed in detail in order to evaluate the impact. The Program Directors Committee discusses program issues across all service environments, including ICF, supported living, and waiver services. It usually meets once a month, and includes representatives from all OPRA Districts.
Chair: Patty Schlosser, Josina Lott Residential & Community Services, (419) 866-9013
The HR Committee is comprised of HR professionals, or anyone responsible for the life cycle of employment for his/her agency. This group of professionals meets six times a year to discuss best practices in HR, from the recruiting and hiring process, to keeping abreast of upcoming new regulations that affect employment law and/or training requirements.
Chair: Carol Parcell, Josina Lott Residential & Community Services, (419) 866-9013 x104
The IT Workgroup provides updates and elicits feedback on issues related to technology, from internal operations applications, to its use directly serving individuals with DD. The Workgroup’s main focus is to provide a forum for participants to share their experiences and to learn from each other.
Chair: Shelly Wharton, SHC-Medina, (330) 722-1900 x126
The Nursing Committee is comprised primarily of nursing staff, but does include other members who are interested in health and health care related issues. The group focuses on nursing services in the waiver, nursing in ICF settings, rules and regulations that affect the DD nursing community, training, education and best practices.
Chair: Lisa Reed, RHDD, (740) 622-9778 x103
The Workforce Committee was formed to deal specifically with the workforce crisis in the DD field. The group focuses on issues of recruitment and retention and the development of projects that can help strengthen the DSP workforce. The Workforce Group works frequently with the HR Committee.
Chair: Lori Sontag, Franklin County Residential Services, (614) 844-3800 x266 The Finance Committee is designed for CFO’s, Controllers or Finance Directors, as well as IT professionals, to meet on a regular basis to network and discuss the finance issues experienced in the field. Topics that may be discussed include financial systems, reimbursement, funding sources, and planning for new regulations. The group would bring in subject matter experts to provide advice, discuss new policies and present best practices in our industry. Feedback from the group will be used to help OPRA continue their mission
Other Committees & Workgroups
Chair: John Swanson, Echoing Hills Village, Inc., (740) 327-2311
The ICF Committee examines issues which have a direct impact on the programs and services provided to individuals in Intermediate Care Facilities. The Committee is used to disseminate information, provide updates, and elicit feedback on important issues related to ICFs.
Membership & Services
Chair: Marti Adams, Cincinnati’s Optimum Residential Environments, Inc., (513) 771-2673
The Membership & Services Committee conducts research and creates unique partnerships to give OPRA Members a variety of pre-screened products and services that ensure quality and competitive/preferred pricing.
Chair: Justin Blumhorst, Capabilities, Inc., (419) 778-7400
The Employment First Committee is the meeting place for all providers who provide employment services. We meet monthly to discuss best practices and trends in employment for people with developmental disabilities. We provide training and updates from the state in dayhab and community employment for both DODD and OOD providers.