OACB, partner stakeholder organizations send unified DD budget priorities to Gov. DeWine

By Erich Hiner, OACB
Published Friday, March 8, 2019 3:30 pm

OACB has joined five other DD system stakeholder organizations in sending Governor Mike DeWine a list of shared priorities for the upcoming FY2020-21 state budget process.

Supports for Ohioans with developmental disabilities are funded by a combination of local, state, and federal dollars. Much of the state’s portion of that funding is decided every two years during Ohio’s biennial budget process, during which lawmakers draw up the state’s two-year spending plan.

The 2020-21 state budget will be written in the first half of 2019. The process begins when the governor proposes a state spending plan. Governor DeWine will release his proposed budget on or before March 15.

The letter, co-signed by OACB, the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA), The Arc of Ohio, the Ohio Health Care Association (OHCA), the Ohio Waiver Network, and the Values & Faith Alliance, highlights the following DD system issues as the most pressing for this year's budget negotiations:

  • Addressing Ohio's direct support workforce crisis by appropriating funds to raise wages for DSPs and rates for on-site/on-call;
  • Supporting a revised non-medical transportation reimbursement rate to remove systemic financial barriers to community integration efforts;
  • Protecting health and safety with a provider summary suspension process, allowing boards to act quickly and effectively when people's safety may be at risk;
  • Creating multi-system solutions for high-needs youth by funding and creating a streamlined service coordination process for young people supported by more than one type of human services agency (e.g. county boards, JFS, ADAMH, etc.).

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