Ohio Governor-Elect Mike DeWine announced Thursday, January 10, that Jeff Davis, executive director of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), will be the next director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
Davis previously served as a deputy director at DODD from 1991 to 2007 and oversaw legislative and rule-making activities. During his previous tenure at the department, Davis also oversaw public information and parent and self-advocacy initiatives. Davis has also served as director of integrated health services for Buckeye Community Health Plan, a managed care plan that contracts with the State of Ohio to provide services for Medicaid recipients.
Davis joined OPRA in 2011 as the organization's director of government affairs. In this role, he acted as the organization's voice at the Ohio Statehouse and coordinated feedback on and the implementation of statewide policy issues affecting Ohioans with developmental disabilities. OPRA's membership includes more than 150 for-profit and non-profit organizations providing services to people with developmental disabilities.
Throughout his career, Davis has been a steadfast advocate for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families and a regular contributor to statewide workgroups and joint initiatives (such as the recently concluded Fix The List campaign). Last year, he oversaw the launch of DSP Ohio, a statewide campaign to address Ohio's workforce shortage of direct support professionals.
"Jeff has proven himself to be a time-tested leader in Ohio's DD system," said OACB Executive Director Bridget Gargan. "He has been a valuable partner to OACB and Ohio's county boards and a vocal advocate for people with developmental disabilities learning and living in the community. We look forward to working with him in the years ahead."
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