Events / Funding System Redesign Community Forums - Register today
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities invites and encourages DD stakeholders to attend a regional forum at the time and location most convenient for them to discuss possible options for re-designing the funding system that supports employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities. At the forum, attendees will receive a set of Key Principles for Employment First to review and discuss, as well as have an opportunity to learn about at least two funding redesign proposals. To register for this FREE event, click here.
Training / Good Life Planning Academy in Cincinnati still accepting registrations
The Good Life Planning Academy will enable a select group of dedicated professionals to learn, share, and collaborate with their colleagues on the importance of promoting a "Good Life" in all aspects of Ohio's DD service delivery system. The Good Life Planning Academy is a new, experiential learning experience that will incorporate both the new SSA rule as well as the new federal CMS HCBS rule requirements into participants' regular work activities. To experience the "SHIFT" in thinking that will be necessary for the new rules to be fully embraced by our system, we are asking that county boards of DD and private providers from participating counties attend this training as a team. Each county that is interested must send a team of 3 people, one of whom must be employed by a private provider. County boards may send more than one team as long as space is available. This is a limited training opportunity, so we have provided some guidance on who would be a good candidate to take advantage of attending the Good Life Planning Academy. Click here to learn more and register.
Staff Updates / OACB welcomes Joe Russell as policy and advocacy director
After an extensive series of interviews, we are pleased to announce that Joe Russell has been selected to lead OACB's government affairs and grassroots advocacy efforts. Joe joins OACB after serving as Director of Government Affairs in the Columbus office of Strategic Health Care, a national consulting firm that specializes in health care policy analysis and government advocacy. Prior to joining the firm, he worked extensively on Medicaid and state budget issues as the Senior Legislative Aide to State Representative Barbara Sears (R-Toledo). In this position, Joe will coordinate all major policy initiatives on behalf of Ohio's county boards of developmental disabilities. Major areas of focus will include the biennial state budget, state administrative rule review, and Medicaid regulations at the state and federal level, among others. If you'd like to send Joe a note of introduction, he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 431-0616 ext. 7986.
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