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Day & Employment Services

During 2017, the way Ohio’s individuals with developmental disabilities are served outside residential settings will change. As the push for community participation for individuals with disabilities continues to increase, our system must evolve. This evolution will be fast-tracked with the enactment of new rules from the two state agencies tasked with providing services day and employment services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the divestment from county boards of DD from direct service provision.  The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) plan to implement their new day and employment services on April 1st, 2017 and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) plan to implement their new vocational rehabilitation fee schedule starting October 2017. The new rules make it easier for eligible providers to braid the funding between the two entities, allowing individuals served to access services from both state agencies. It is OPRA’s duty to help our members understand these the rules and changes they bring so members can prepare their agencies for the future. For the individuals our members support, we hope to accomplish:

  • Day services based in the community.
  • Active community inclusion for individuals with IDD.
  • Employment rates for individuals with developmental disabilities that are comparable to the employment rates of individuals without disabilities.
  • Wages for individuals with developmental disabilities at or above minimum wage.
  • Adequate funding for community-based day and employment services.
  • Funding systems that encourage quality outcomes for individuals with IDD

Below are OPRA developed resources for the new DODD rule changes that were effective April 1, 2017.

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Contact Lisa Mathis (lmathis@opra.org) for questions or comments on these changes. 

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