YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED

State Announces Plans to Eliminate Independent Providers

The executive budget proposed by Gov. Kasich contains provisions that would effectively eliminate Medicaid-funded independent providers by 2018.

This news has spread throughout Ohio’s DD system, especially among parents and families who currently rely upon independent providers to ensure their loved ones’ health and safety.

Understandably, many individuals, parents and family members have expressed strong opinions after learning of the proposal.

 

If you have strong feelings on this issue, it is recommended that you send your feedback to the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD (OACB).

All input will be considered and the OACB will use that input to develop a position statement on this issue and to advocate in the best interests of individuals and their families and guardians.

OACB may use anonymous excerpts and statistical data gathered through this feedback tool in their testimony on the state budget (e.g., “X of Y respondents to a recent survey support/oppose the decision,” or “one respondent said the following about the proposal…”).

 

The OACB feedback form can be accessed using the link below:

 

FEEDBACK FORM: www.oacbdd.org/providerfeedback

 

We hope this tool is useful for those with strong opinions as we collectively continue to advocate for individuals, parents, and families on this important issue.

Help Wanted

Substitute Teachers – Must have an ODE  Teaching license.

Substitute Teacher Assistants – Must have a Paraprofessional license or Associates Degree. Works with the Classroom Teacher and Educational Aides.

Substitute Adult Service Aides – Must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, valid driver’s license and good driving record.  Ability to lift up to 75 pounds.  Must meet requirements to obtain ODDD certificate.

Substitute School Bus Drivers– Must possess a valid Ohio Class B CDL, w/school bus passenger, & air brake endorsements, & good driving record.

Substitute Van Drivers – Must possess a valid Ohio Driving operator’s license with good  record.  Two years experience.  Knowledge of Ohio driving rules/regulations; drive/safety practices, operation of passenger vehicle.

Substitute RN or LPN to provide medical services to children and adults with developmental disabilities at Beacon School and Atco.  Nursing License required.  Experience serving persons with developmental disabilities preferred.

Resumes may be emailed to personnel@athenscbdd.org or applications may be obtained from and submitted to Athens Co. Bd. of DD, Personnel Dept. 801 W. Union St., Athens, OH  45701.  EOE and Service Provider.

Better Hearing Means Better Speech & Language Development

Better Hearing Means Better Speech & Language Development

Hearing is an invisible sense that is a necessary precursor for speech and language development. Hearing is also linked to reading and writing skill development, as well!  We are all connected; our ears are connected to the back of our noses by the Eustachian Tube.

‘Tis still the season when children have colds and “stuffy noses! When noses are filled with mucus, often the mucus moves into the ears, creating Intermittent Hearing Loss.  The good news is this is a manageable problem.  Over-the-counter, saline nasal spray (salt water) will naturally clean out the mucus from the nose which cleans the inner & middle ear.  When the ear is clean, sound can vibrate to the brain for optimal hearing ability. Hearing is a first order event!

RESCHEDULED: the CMS Transition Forum

Hello again – the Dept. of Dev. Disabilities has RESCHEDULED the CMS Transition Forum for next Thurs., 1/15/15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Beacon School – Weather Permitting.
In addition, individuals/families are also able to view the presentation and learn how to provide feedback by going to the “Our Future” page of DODD’s website.http://dodd.ohio.gov/OurFuture/Pages/CMS.aspx

DODD CMS Transition Forum has been CANCELLED

Please be advised  that due to the weather and a Level 2 Snow Emergency – the DODD CMS Transition Forum has been CANCELLED for tonight.  We will be in contact with a reschedule date, if possible.  The public comment period ends Jan. 23, therefore, DODD is trying to reschedule a date prior to Jan. 23.  Please pass this information along to any interested persons.  Thank you very much.

Job Postings

Substitute Teachers – Must have an ODE Substitute Teaching license.  Works with a classroom Instructor Assistant and Educational Aides.

Substitute Instructor Assistants (Aides) – Must have a Paraprofessional license or Associates Degree. Works with the Classroom Teacher and Educational Aides.

Resumes may be emailed to personnel@athenscbdd.org or applications may be obtained from and submitted to Athens Co. Bd. of DD, Personnel Dept. 801 W. Union St., Athens, OH  45701.  EOE and Service Provider.