(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.
Summit DD is committed to quality services that ensure the health and welfare of those we support. The Agency sees this change as an opportunity for those who want to participate in a more integrated experience to do so, and allow those who wish to remain in their current settings to do so – as long as that setting does not have the effect of isolating them from the broader community.
During the informational community meetings, Summit DD Superintendent John Trunk will discuss the key issues driving change for Ohio’s Developmental Disabilities system. The meetings also give individuals and families the opportunity to ask questions or express any concerns about the upcoming changes.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, where approximately 50 people attended to learn and ask questions about the changes, Summit DD has two additional community meetings scheduled. The first will be held at the Cuyahoga Falls Public Library, 2015 Third Street in Cuyahoga Falls from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 21st. The second will be held at the Lake Anna YMCA, 500 W. Hopocan Avenue in Barberton, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1st.