At their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, Quadco board members learned more about changes that are being made to the way services are to be provided to individuals with developmental disabilities who also receive support from Medicaid. The board members watched portions of a video webinar about a transition plan the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities submitted to the Centers on Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) in response to a rule they revised. The rule, published in March of 2014, revised the way CMS home and community-based waiver services are to be provided, assuring they would be done in the most integrated setting. The state’s transition plan was submitted in March of this year and speaks to how the state plans to meet the new standards.
In the webinar program, John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities said that CMS was concerned that services through the waiver were becoming institutional in nature. So, CMS revised the rule to draw a “bright line between community services and institutional services.“
After the webinar, the Executive Director said he felt it would be a problem for QRC to come into compliance with the new standards, even by 2019 should CMS not allow for an extension. He noted the state biennial budget process is still ongoing. The Ohio House, concluded their budget process including in it a provision that calls for committee oversight on any closing of institutions. The annual summer picnic was talked about too. A number of activities are planned for those who come, including the serving of the ever-popular root beer floats. The picnic is scheduled to take place on June 12 in Archbold. The next joint meeting of the boards is scheduled for June 23 at noon in the Stryker conference room.