Updated August 18, 2017
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has been allotted approximately $64 million to pursue priorities such as new DD waivers, a DSP wage increase, and other items. A comprehensive analysis of the department's budget will be included in OACB's detailed budget analysis in mid-July.
As of Friday, June 30, Governor Kasich has issued several dozen vetoes in response to the legislature's final version of the budget. We will update this section if the legislature reconvenes to override any of the governor's vetoes.
FY 2018-19 State Budget: OACB Priorities
Below is a brief overview of the current status of OACB’s budget priorities as reflected in the final version of Am. Sub. H.B. 49. These priorities were approved by the OACB Board of Trustees (in consultation with the Policy Committee) in March of this year. These priorities were updated as the budget process evolved in consultation with trustees and committee members.
Several of the DODD-related priorities below marked as “Work in Progress” are not directly specified in the state budget. However, OACB advocacy will continue in the coming weeks and months to ensure that the county boards objectives articulated below are met. The OACB Board of Trustees and Policy Committee will issue direction on further advocacy efforts as necessary.
OACB Budget Analysis Distributed
OACB released its full budget analysis, which contained a complete rundown of all DD-related appropriations and policy provisions, on July 24, 2017 to members via the OACB PolicyBrief. If you are an OACB member and did not receive a copy of this document, or if you would like to learn more about this document in general, please contact Bridget Gargan (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (614) 431-0616 for information.
OACB is actively monitoring several pieces of legislation that could affect county boards of developmental disabilities and the people with developmental disabilities they serve. Where necessary, OACB is engaging directly with lawmakers and their legislative staff in order to ensure the voice of county boards is heard. For a complete list of bills currently on OACB's radar, please contact Bridget Gargan (email@example.com) for more information.
OACB staff members regularly participate in the creation and review of rules contained within the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) proposed by various state agencies, including: Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ohio Department of Medicaid, Ohio Department of Education, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), among others. In addition, OACB frequently empanels rule review workgroups so subject matter experts from county boards of DD have an opportunity to participate in the rule review process. For a complete list of rules upon which OACB is actively engaged, please contact Lori Stanfa (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (614) 563-7183.