The Arc of Ohio Fall Conference

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Critical Changes in DD Waivers, DD Certification Staff Available for Questions, Independent Provider Information, Ohio RISE Program

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9:00a – 10:00a RegistrationCoffee/Tea and Pastries

10:00a – 12:00a Opening Session Waiver Changes-Ready, Set, Go! The Arc of Ohio Gary Tonks, President/CEO & David Lewis, Vice President/COOThere have been significant changes to waivers within the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in attempt to simplify a very complex system. There are also major changes yet to come. Gary and David will not only review the changes but will provide an opportunity for attendees to recommend further necessary improvements. This will include plans for the up-coming state budget and an initiative to increase payment rates to direct support staff. It is time to mobilize efforts to support our direct support staff and eliminate the bias against families who choose to maintain their loved ones at home.

12:00p – 1:00p Buffet Lunch (included with registration) Visit Vendor Tables, NetworkingThe Ohio Department of DD Certification staff will provide a face to face opportunity to ask questions and interact with providers and potential providers regarding certification throughout the day.The Noon hour is an opportunity to speak one-on-one with other attendees, visit various vendor tables and learn from one another.

Afternoon Sessions

1:00p – 2:00p Marketplace Services On Seen – Michael Lanese & Randy SmithThe single greatest challenge for individuals/families and independent providers is connecting. One needs support and the other needs a method to connect with someone to support. The Arc of Ohio has partnered with On Seen to develop a software app to support these connections as needed. Free Choice of Provider is a cornerstone of our Waivers, yet it seems impossible, at times, to find one another. We believe this will help individuals, families, independent providers and Service and Support Administrators use technology in a simple, effective way to make real free choice a reality.

2:00p – 3:00p Ohio Department of Medicaid Ohio RISE – Marisa Weisel & Kelly SmithChildren with complex behavioral health and multi-system needs, who often also carry the label of developmental disability, have not always had the support they required. Leading staff from the Ohio Department of Medicaid will explain Ohio RISE (Resilience through Integrates Systems & Excellence), a new managed care program and how those we support can access services often previously unobtainable. The Arc of Ohio, family members and adults who experienced these needs as children have been integral to the program’s development which began accepting thousands of Ohioans on July 1, 2022.

Continuing Education Credits are pending with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.