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Join us for the 2023 Fall Conference. Critical changes are happening, including an historic increase in Provider Rates. This is an event you don't want to miss! Donations have made registration incredibly affordable.

The Arc of Ohio / People First of Ohio Fall Conference

Hollywood Casino Columbus – Event Center

200 Georgesville Rd., Columbus, OH 43228

Friday – September 22, 2023

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Registration (Coffee/Tea/Danish)

10:00 a.m. Opening Comments

Unwinding Appendix K – Next Steps Kimberly Hauck, Director & Clay Weidner, Division of Fiscal Administration – Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

The 2022/23 State Budget reflects an historic increase in provider rates. The opening session will include a discussion of how and when these rates will become effective as well as new initiatives within the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD)

11:00 a.m. Proposed Rule Changes with Medicaid and DODDAllan Showalter, Deputy Director of Medicaid Administration/DODD & Jesse Wyatt, Bureau Chief of Long-Term Services & Supports/Ohio Department of Medicaid

Administrative Rules are being finalized to support individuals with developmental disabilities through both the Ohio Departments of Medicaid & Developmental Disabilities. These rules will affect not only who may provide services, but where and how often services can be authorized. This is a must see session for individuals supported by waivers, providers and county board representatives.

Noon Lunch – Included in Registration

Use this time as an opportunity to network with fellow conference attendees.

1:00 pm. Participant Directed Services (Homemaker Personal Care/Goods & Services)Nyoka Caddolph, Assistant Deputy Director of Medicaid Administration/DODD, Paul Sheffield, Director of Operations & Sarah Davies, Director of Relationships/GT Independence

The authorization and delivery of participant directed services is too often considered a mystery to both those authorizing the support and those in need of support. This session is an overview of Participant Directed Service, both Homemaker/Personal Care and Participant Directed Goods/Services with an emphasis on how those services should be requested with the authorization and delivery process.

2:00 p.m. Systems Advocacy in Action Gary Tonks, President/CEO & David Lewis, Vice President - The Arc of Ohio

Gary & David will discuss “The Arc Way” of doing business with an emphasis on grassroots participation/representation. Given a day of current pending rules and plans within DODD, the presentation will be a discussion of what individuals and families need from the current support system. Participants will be encouraged to provide their recommendations and suggestions regarding: current assessment tools such as the Ohio Developmental Disability Profile, Acuity Assessment, Extraordinary Care Assessment as well as the new Individual Service Plans and Waivers in general.

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Continuing Education Units are Pending.