Week of May 24th, 2021
Jeremy interview Andy Swaisgood from the Clearwater COG to talk about their new initiative.

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While we don't have any action shots this week of Jeremy & Dave working up a sweat keeping up with the Pleasant Elementary School kids-- we thought this was a fun one of one of the kids. All of the kids were so happy to be allowed to go on a field trip. Thanks to COVID, CLI & Kenilee Lanes got to be the absolute hightlight of the school year!
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John's usual excuses & apologies--

The video above was put together by OPRA (Ohio Provider Resource Association) to highlight the workforce crisis that we're in right now in the DD field. I appreciate OPRA's initiative putting this video together. They've asked that all providers share this video in our newsletters and on social media.

Almost 10 years ago, Ohio changed the law, making old-school segregated services not an option after 2022. While I am proud of the kind of workshop day program that CLI provided for more than 40 years-- I do think that moving away from this model is better for people with disabilities-- IF the system replaces the old system appropriately.

169 legislation created County Boards of DD in the late 60's because individuals with DD should be supported in their communities-- and because families needed day time supports. The shift toward small groups integrated into the community, away from very large, segregated spaces, is progress. However, it also requires professional staff who can work completely independently vs. old-school top-down management.

Professions that take care of people-- regardless why those people need care have always struggled to recruit-- even in good economies. In this labor market, DD providers are are in trouble. There is no way getting around that if Ohio wants the next chapter in DD services to be successful, the system is going to have to figure out how to reallocate more of the money toward the actual services and the people who provide those services. When Director Davis visited Huron County in 2019, he said that Ohio spends approximately $4,000,000,000 on roughly 100,000 individuals with DD. That's an average of $40,000 per person. Somehow, we need to make a larger portion of that money available to families so that they have more viable options-- and so the rate they pay to providers is sufficient to hire/expect quality.

That's my $.02 for this week. I know we're all excited about the new mask rules-- but please be smart about when you take it off-- especially if you aren't vaccinated. CLI will be rolling out our new safety standards soon. Stay tuned.

Just keep washing those hands!
John

Ohio Mask Mandate Update--

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a series of statewide drawings to provide incentives to Ohioans to get a COVID-19 vaccination. With wide access to the fife-saving vaccine to help Ohioans safe, Governor DeWine also announced that most COVID-19 health orders would be removed on June 2nd.  DeWine made the announcements during a statewide address to Ohioans Wednesday evening.

Vaccine Incentives/Statewide Drawings -
In an effort to increase the number of Ohioans who currently have not taken a COVID-19 vaccine to get vaccinated, Governor DeWine announced a series of statewide drawings to help incentivize vaccinations. Ohioans under the age of 18 who are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine will be entered into a drawing for a four-year full scholarship to any of Ohio's state colleges and universities, including full tuition, room and board. 

Ohioans aged 18 and older will be entered into a weekly drawing with a prize of up to $1 million. A total of five weekly drawings for each prize will take place, with the first winners being announced on May 26th. Winners must have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine by the date of the respective drawing. 

The drawings will be administered by the Ohio Department of Health, with technical assistance from the Ohio Lottery Commission, and will be funded through existing allocations to the Ohio Department of Health of unexpended coronavirus relief funds. Further  details and contest rules will be announced by the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Lottery Commission next week during a briefing to news media.
(Top left) Jeremy & Christina enjoyed the warm weather while playing with tech to take pictures. Jeremy was the camera man, but Christina used the iPad to take the pictures.

(Bettom left) Angi & Deanna went on a community scavenger hunt this week & learned how to read a map, follow directions & be safe navigating the community.

(Bottom middle) Michelle kicks the ball around during "Balance - Mind & Body"
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