As part of our ongoing efforts to equip and empower providers, we've launched a newsletter just for you. This periodic update will include information on important rule and billing changes, training opportunities, and more. If there's other information you'd like to see in these newsletters, let us know! 
Happy Holidays!!

From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season! 

We are so grateful and thankful for our wonderful provider community! We could not achieve our mission without your unwavering support. This past year we saw the voters of this community approve our levy with 76% support, which was our highest level of support ever. We believe this would never have been possible without our providers! 

So thank you for supporting us and for doing the work that matters so very much to this community. We look forward to another successful year in 2020!
Rule Changes Coming in 2020 rule
Expect to see some rule updates in early 2020 including some much needed changes to the NMT rule.  These changes will include an additional budget for transportation needed to facilitate community integration while at ADA programming.  A summary is included in the attached Notice of Public Hearing and final updates will be given at the provider forum on 1/8/20.
2020 Annual Plan Hearing hearing

Join us for a public hearing on our 2020 Annual Plan. It's 3-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Support Center, 1520 Madison Road. 

Click here to review our plan.
A-LIFE Team for a "Good Quality" Life alife

Do you know about our A-LIFE professionals?  A-LIFE Stands for-   
Click here to learn more about our A-Life Team and how our staff can help individuals with DD and their families by 
* Working to reduce the isolation and loneliness so many individuals with DD and their families experience
* Getting you the best source of information when you have questions or need verification
* Getting you to the best resource options
* Contributing out of the box solutions when system supports aren't applicable or fall short.
2020 Provider Forum Schedule
Our provider forums have been so successful that we plan to continue them into 2020 and possibly beyond!
If you cannot attend in person, no worries! You can always view them via LiveStream or recorded on our Provider Page at a time convenient for you.  

All sessions are held at 9 a.m. Wednesdays at our Kingsley Office (5093 Kingsley Dr., 45227). We hope to see you at one of these great sessions!

Jan. 8 May 6 Sept. 2
Mar. 4 July 1 Nov. 4
Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 9 a.m.
HCDDS Kingsley Offices
5093 Kingsley Drive 45227 or
  click here to livestream

If you are looking for information from a previous Provider Forum, the livestream, minutes and handouts are archived on our  Provider Page .  
Tobacco Law Guidance tobacco

On Oct. 17, Ohio law changed to make it illegal to give, sell, or otherwise distribute cigarettes, other tobacco products, or alternative nicotine products like e-cigarette/vaping products to any person under the age of 21. Read Ohio Revised Code 2927.02  for the law's exact language.
Specific to the developmental disabilities field, providers of services to people with developmental disabilities cannot give, sell, or distribute cigarettes, etc., to people under the age of 21. The law applies in all settings and circumstances. This prohibition includes driving an underage person across state lines to purchase or receive tobacco. 

Questions? Read the guidance by clicking here
Free Bootcamp!

Anna Hall is a personal trainer at the Blue Ash Recreation Center. She has worked in the field of special needs for seven years and became a personal trainer with the goal to serve this community. She is offering a three week training trial prior to making it a permanent program for 2020. 

Interested in learning more? Click here
Training for New Residential Providers
All sessions are held on a Wednesday at the  HCDDS Support Center, 1520 Madison Road, Cincinnati, Ohio 45206. Providers who are not new are also welcome to attend. The deadline to register for each training session is the Wednesday prior to the training date. To register, please click here

New Independent Providers
  • Jan. 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Feb. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Mar. 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Apr. 22, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • May 27, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Jun. 24, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Aug. 26, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Sept. 23, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 28, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Nov. 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
New Residential Agency Providers
  • Jan. 22, 1-4 p.m.
  • Mar. 25, 1-4 p.m.
  • May 27, 1-4 p.m.
  • Sept. 23, 1-4 p.m.
Trauma Responsive Care: What to do about it
This two-day training opportunity is available for providers, program managers and DSPs on Dec. 16-17 at the Warren County Board of DD. Learn how to incorprate what you have learned into ISPs and IEPs. The deadline to register has been extended. Click here to learn more. 
The Academy Training Opportunities
Adult Day Services and Vocational Habilitation Training. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities states  that Adult Day Support and Vocational Habilitation waiver providers must take 8 hours of Adult Day Support and/or Vocational Habilitation training  in addition to the 8 hour provider certification training. Staff must have this training within 90 days of hire  and annually thereafter. This class does not apply to Independent Providers. Please click on the dates below for details and registration. 

To view The Academy's full schedule of training opportunities, click here
DODD Offered Training & New MyLearning Transcript Feature
DODD offers free training for Direct Service Professionals and other provider staff. 

Check out the new transcript feature in DODD MyLearning that documents all of the courses a user has successfully completed. Users can submit their transcript to DODD for certification and re-certification, which allows them to submit a single document rather than multiple certificates.