Special Olympics Ohio - 2015 State Summer Games
Portage County Board of DD sent 30 athletes and 10 + chaperones to Ohio State University for the annual State Games (June 26, 27, and 28). The weather was rainy and unusually cool- not what any of the annual volunteers, coaches and athletes are used to. The athletes were able to compete in a variety of sports (as you can see listed below), enjoyed Opening Ceremonies with the mounted police, a parade, balloons and the lighting of the torch. During down time, the athletes were able to enjoy Tent Town and a host of games and prizes, go shopping at the gift store, visit the petting zoo and eat popcorn and snow cones (a favorite of all). A special thanks goes out to all the PCBDD employees who gave up their weekend to make it so MEMORABLE for the athletes. That’s what it’s all about!
- Master Blaster #1- Mason Lease and Charlie Deveny- Gold
- Master Blaster #2- Libby Stauber and Michael Dukes- Silver
- Dave Sabo- Gold
- John Terlecky- Gold
- Chrissy Giebel- Silver (Bench Press), Silver (Dead Lift), Silver (Combination)
- Aaron Dallner- Silver (Bench Press), Silver (Dead Lift), Silver (Combination)
- Matthew Sisley- 7th Place (Bench Press), 7th Place (Dead Lift), 7th Place (Combination)
- Donny Shardy- Silver (Bench Press), Silver (Dead Lift), Silver (Combination)
Track and Field
- Ashley Wilson- 100M walk- Gold Softball Throw- Gold
- Christina Sonny- 100M Walk- Gold Softball Throw- Silver
- Kathy Wagar- 400M Walk- Gold 800M Walk- Bronze
- Silver- Brandon Boyett, Donald Flegal, Shanna Gentile, Ben Salvo, Kristin Maccharola, Joe Persavich, Jerry Dowling
- 4th place- Kenneth Fletcher, Tyler Furness, Cainin Mizer, Andrew Struzynski, Craig Hughes, Michelle Reed, Shelby Martell, Camden Furness- partner, Shanley Mizer- partner
Congratulations to all of the Blue Steaks athletes!
DODD announces CMS has approved the state’s request for 10-year Corrective Action Plan on Conflict Free Case Management
On Tuesday, June 23, DODD announced that CMS had accepted the state’s proposal as a plan for compliance that meets the federal requirements regarding Conflict Free Case Management. DODD had previously submitted their proposal to CMS on January 9, 2015. CLICK HERE
to view a copy of Director Martin’s presentation.
The following elements are included in the DODD proposal:
County boards of DD will not be permitted to provider waiver services to new enrollees including Adult Day Support, Vocational Habilitation, Supported employment and Nonmedical Transportation UNLESS there is no other willing and able provider in the geographic region to do so. DODD has not set a date certain as an effective date for this to occur.
County Boards of DD will be permitted to continue to directly provide waiver services to existing enrollees that choose to remain in their programs until 2024. Over the 9-year period, county boards will work to reduce their census by transitioning waiver enrollees to private providers. In accordance with the recently revised Free Choice of Provider rule, counties are required to recruit providers of these services and will need to submit benchmarks to DODD by 9/1/15. The 9-year transition period will allow boards to develop private provider capacity, particularly in geographic areas where the capacity does not currently exist.
In addition to the above, CMS has asked DODD to ensure that county boards will reduce the number of waiver enrollees directly served by boards to 30% on a statewide aggregate by 2020. This means private providers would be serving 70% of waiver enrollees in these services by 2020.
DODD formally submitted the proposal last week to CMS as a part of the state’s waiver renewals and amendments previously submitted in March 2015. Immediate approval from CMS is expected.
In an effort to streamline the question-and-answer process regarding the state's plans for compliance with conflict-free case management rules, we are asking members to submit their questions using the following form – www.oacbdd.org/cms-questions
OACB will continue to be actively engaged with lawmakers, DODD policymakers, and potentially CMS officials on the specific and more nuanced aspects of implementation. OACB’s first priority is to ensure expectations are clear and all questions to regulatory agencies are answered as definitively and quickly as possible.
Where possible, we may answer your questions directly if they have already been asked and answered. Additional resources on this topic will be shared with members via OACB PolicyBrief and posted online at www.oacbdd.org/cms
When the state’s plans on this topic have been finalized, OACB is prepared to offer training, technical assistance, and support in the coming weeks, months, and years to prepare our members and offer assistance throughout this process, including but not limited to: guidance on establishing benchmarks, how to identify potential “service holes” (and mitigate their impact), and how to build provider capacity in local communities where it does not currently exist.
For more information about this topic, please contact Lori Stanfa (firstname.lastname@example.org
) at 614-563-7183.
Brandon Johnson's Akron Beacon Journal Article
Congratulations to Brandon on his academic achievements at Crestwood High School. We wish him continued success as he pursues his future goals at Kent State University.
Ohio Day at the Range & Outdoor Adventure Fair
A committee of ten organizations from Ottawa County, Ohio and beyond to host the Second Annual Ohio Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure Fair on September 12th, 2015 at Camp Perry State Route 2, Port Clinton, OH 43452. Our Mission is “To introduce people with disabilities to many of our area’s outdoor activities through education, hands-on opportunities and assistive technology, so they may choose to participate at their own ability level. Opening doors for people with disabilities leads to fulfilling dreams and moving beyond the boundaries placed on them. It is our hope many will learn their dreams can come true – if only they dream and then act upon that dream.” Last year, this event was the first outdoor all inclusive recreation event of its kind in Ohio! Participants will have the opportunity to shoot guns, shoot archery, learn fishing skills, learn birding skills, make bird feeders, etc.
The Portage County Provider Person Centered Thinking Coalition
The Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities is happy to share our Person Centered Thinking Champions! This dedicated team of professionals provided a fantastic composition of key personnel from private provider agencies and county board programs. The team participated in two, eight hour trainings on May 6th and 7th to gain a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of Person Centered Thinking and ultimately Person Centered Planning.
Barb Sapharas, Speech Language Pathologist and Mentor Trainer for Person centered Practices offered the team guidance and direction on learning the principles of Person Centered Thinking. Barb is incredibly knowledgeable and entertaining in her training style. She draws on her professional experiences spanning about 40 years in the developmental disabilities field and personal experiences of supporting her brother Nick, who had cerebral palsy through life and unfortunately his passing away a few years ago. Barb brings and beautiful balance creating personal empowerment for those that use our supports and services with the conflict of professional and organizational limitations encountered in developing these plans.
The group quickly developed into a team during the two day training. They connected and bonded to one another during the experience and found a common purpose to improve the service delivery system at each of their agencies and the county system as a whole. The team has committed to capitalize on the training to benefit the people they support by making an concentrated effort of advancing the practices in each of our workplaces and Portage County.
I am looking forward to the wonderful things these champions of Person Centered Planning will accomplish in the near future through Person Served Empowerment!