Friday Update – May 19

Featured contents this week

  1. New Medicaid Waiver rule delayed
  2. Update on Ohio's budget process
  3. Lott Industries nearing provider status
  4. New Guide to Parent Rights
  5. ARC/Camp Courageous presents What Next? Life Skills Series
  6. Go social with the Board of DD
  7. Toledo and Lucas County seek applicants for Commission on Disabilities
  8. Family Advisory Council begins monthly #FamilyTalk sessions
  9. Job Postings
  10. Self-Advocates arrested at White House
  11. Summer programs guide
  12. Upcoming Events
  13. Worth Repeating

1. New Medicaid Waiver rule delayed

The Trump administration is giving states more wiggle room in the roll out of a rule that establishes a new standard for what counts as home and community-based services. Read more

2.  Update on Ohio's budget process

Ohio's Operating Budget (HB 49) has been taken up by the Senate Finance Committee for testimony and hearings.  Here are some highlights of the DD Budget that was passed by the House and being considered by the Senate:

  • Restores some New Funding for Waivers in FY19
  • No Increase for ICF Rates
  • No Increase to Rate for ICF Adults on Ventilators
  • Removes the Following Prohibitions
    • New Waiver Slots
    • Complex Care Add-On
    • DSP Increased Wages
    • Restructuring of Shared Living Rates

Arc of Ohio points out that though the prohibitions were taken out and some funding for new waivers were added, it is still not close to the funding level that Governor Kasich's executive budget proposed.  Arc suggests continued contact with state legislators and to let them know how important services are for you and your family.

3.    Lott Industries nearing provider status

Lott Industries this summer will finish the process of severing its direct link to the Board of DD. That means Lott Industries will become a separate provider of services, no longer availing itself of the Board’s financial and staff support. This separation process was outlined in a plan submitted in 2015 to the State.

The major catalyst to these changes is a directive from Medicaid. The Board of DD can no longer be the entity that administers Waiver dollars and also accept those dollars to provide services.

4.   New Guide to Parent Rights

The Ohio Department of Education has published  A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education. This publication replaces Whose IDEA Is This?

5.    ARC/Camp Courageous presents What Next? Life Skills Series

What Next? Session 3: Social Walking Group: This group will meet at a different metro-park each week. A snack and drink will be provided during the social time afterward.  The group is for individuals ages 16 - 26.

The sessions begin Wednesdays, June 21- July 26 and will run from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Cost is $25 each.  Register online at or call 419-882-0941.

6.   Go social with the Board of DD

Download the free mobile app for your smartphone from the Apple App Store or from Google Play. Say "yes" when asked if you would like to receive "push" notifications.

Find us on Facebook.  There are also Facebook pages for the Shared Lives Studio, and Lucas County Special Olympics.

A text message alert system is set up with Twitter. To receive the messages to your cell phone send a message to 40404 with this text follow LucasDDAlert

You can read the Friday Update on our mobile app. It is usually posted on Thursday afternoons. You may also have the Friday Update delivered through an RSS feed (

7.    Toledo and Lucas County seek applicants for Commission on Disabilities 

Citizens who wish to be considered to serve on the Toledo/Lucas County Commission on Disabilities are encouraged to apply through the City of Toledo or Lucas County websites.  Applications will be accepted until 4:30 pm on Friday, June 2, 2017.

The 21-member commission strives to create opportunities and coordinate resources to promote access so that people with disabilities may fully participate in our community.

Residents in Toledo or Washington Township may apply for two current vacancies through the City of Toledo website. To have an application mailed, please contact Carrie Hartman at 419-245-1024 or by email

There are currently two vacancies in Northwestern Lucas County and Southwestern Lucas County. Northwestern Lucas County includes the Villages of Berkey and Ottawa Hills; Richfield, Sylvania, Spencer, and Harding Townships; and the City of Sylvania, and Southwestern Lucas County includes the Villages of Swanton, Holland, Waterville, and Whitehouse; Waterville, Monclova, Providence, and Springfield Townships; and the City of Maumee.

Applicants from the locations above may contact the Board of Lucas County Commissioners office at One Government Center, Suite 800, Toledo, Ohio, 43604, or by calling (419) 213-4500. A printable and fill-in version of the application is also available on the Lucas County Commissioners’ website.   The completed applications and resumes must be forwarded to the attention of Lucas County Project Manager Brittany Ford at the address listed above or via email.

8.    Family Advisory Council begins monthly #FamilyTalk sessions

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the Family Advisory Council are excited to launch #FamilyTalk, a family chat hosted on Facebook Live the first Friday of every month. Sessions will be led by Family Liason Kim Weimer.  Join the conversation on DODD's Facebook page starting at 12:30 PM June 2!

9.    Job Postings

If you are a provider seeking employees, we would like to help. Send an email to with the details. We'll be happy to include the information in the next Friday Update email.

10.    Self-Advocates arrested at White House

Dozens of disability rights activists have been arrested outside the White House while calling for President Donald Trump to support community-based living.  Read more

11.    Summer programs guide

The Autism Society of  Northwest Ohio has published its new guide to summer programs. Click here.

12.     Events for the DD Community

May 21 - Double ARC Family Party

May 21 - March of Dimes March for Babies

June 3 - ASNO Spectrum Festival

June 6 - Summer Family Playgroup begins at the Art Museum

June 8 - Roommate Mixer

June 17 - Elvis Tribute Party at Josina Lott

June 16-17 -  Black Swamp Benefit

June 24 - Ohio SIBS gathering in Seneca County

July 6 - iDance Gala

July 12-15 - The annual conference of the Autism Society

August 19 - 5th Annual Lace It Face It Walk

September 17 - Autism Speaks Walk

13.   Worth Repeating

"He dreamed he was eating shredded wheat and woke up to find the mattress half gone." -Fred Allen

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