Archives by Month: May 2015

informDD May 2015

Watch Superintendent Trunk talk about the upcoming changes to the DD system, learn more about Summit DD’s enhanced Free Choice of Provider Process, and read about two recent success stories in our residential and employment programs.

LA 2015 Special Olympic World Summer Games Comes to US for First Time in 16 Years

Los Angeles will host the 14th Special Olympics World Summer Games July 25 – August 2. More than 7,000 Special Olympic athletes from 170 nations are expected to compete in 25 Olympic-type sports, which include aquatics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer), golf, gymnastics and volleyball among others. The Games could bring Read More ›

Summit DD Hosts Community Meetings to Discuss Changes

(Tallmadge, Ohio) – Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, is hosting a series of community meetings to discuss a new Center for Medicaid Services (CMS) rule that went into effect in March 2014. The rule states that federal Medicaid funds can no longer be used to pay for Waiver services that have the effect of isolating people.  Further, CMS says an organization cannot provide both case management and services to individuals with disabilities because there is a conflict of interest. Read More ›

Summit DD Enhances Free Choice of Provider Process for Adults with Disabilities

Summit DD Service and Support Administrators, or SSAs, have many roles and play an important part in the lives of over 2,000 adults in Summit County. They help connect people with disabilities to the services and supports they need, but it’s important to note that they do not choose the providers for people. Not only are there rules against choosing providers for an individual, but assigning someone to a provider they had no say in would rob that person of their right to choose! This process (commonly referred to as “free choice of provider”), though essential, is a timely one for each SSA. That’s why Summit DD now has a designated SSA who will assist adults and their teams through the process of finding and choosing a provider that best meets their needs. Read More ›

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