Building Innovative Service Models:
Call for Applications

DODD is seeking proposals to work with a selected Subject Matter Experts (SME) to provide assessment and planning toward innovative service models that prioritize person-centered, community based services for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Building Innovative Service Models RFP

Extended Deadline: Friday March 24, 2017

Community Integration Recorded Webinar Now Available!

This is an on demand version of the required training for direct care staff, if the provider agency is authorized and elects to receive the community integration rate modification for the Adult Day Support or Vocational Habilitation services.

To view the recorded webinar, log into DODD MyLearning at Click “Add-on Trainings” then “Community Integration Recorded Webinar" and select the button that says "Enroll Me." Certificates are available upon completion of the webinar and an 80% or higher score on quiz questions embedded throughout the presentation.

WIOA Section 511 Employment First Taskforce Joint Guidance

Employment First Taskforce Joint Guidance (PDF)

Section 511 of the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) applies to youth 24 years old or younger and is intended to ensure youth with disabilities have every opportunity to pursue competitive, integrated employment.

Section 511 outlines a series of steps to be completed prior to payment of subminimum wage. This provision of the Act became effective on July 22 of this year.

It is understandable that these changes have prompted many questions about how this new process will be completed and documented. The Employment First Taskforce agencies, including Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, understand their systems play a role in providing supports and services that empower youth to choose and succeed in competitive, integrated employment. The Taskforce agencies jointly developed policy guidance to ensure compliance with Section 511, in alignment with Ohio’s Employment First Policy.

This guidance will reflect Ohio’s priorities, including:

  • The expectation that youth with disabilities should have opportunities to pursue competitive, integrated employment, and employment must be considered in every person-centered plan;
  • Person-centered planning is key to effective services and supports and should ensure a balance of what is important to and for a person, and
  • Services should take place in the most integrated setting, and be appropriate to the individual’s identified goals and outcomes

STABLE Account Open

Enrollment is now open for STABLE Accounts - the nation's first savings plan for people with disabilities. With the creation of a STABLE Account, eligible participants are able to save and invest money beyond current asset limits to be spent on qualified expenses such as healthcare, education, housing and transportation – all without affecting participants' eligibility for benefits programs such as Medicaid and SSI.

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