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Summit DD Receives Three-Year Accreditation

Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, has received a three-year accreditation from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the maximum level an organization can receive.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities conducts reviews of each county board of developmental disabilities to ensure they are meeting standards outlined in Ohio Administrative Code.  Based on the outcome of the review the county board may receive an accreditation from one to three years.  Earlier this year a team of professional surveyors were on-site in Summit County to review all aspects of its operations and how successfully Summit DD is connecting people with disabilities to the community.

“The results of our accreditation review can be attributed to our dedicated staff who work incredibly hard to provide quality services to those we support,” stated Summit DD Superintendent John Trunk.

Areas reviewed included person-centered service planning, Medicaid management, community inclusion, Early Intervention, health and safety assurance, and provider oversight, among others. 

“Summit DD has demonstrated more than fifty years of innovation in connecting people with disabilities to the community.  Our success is dependent upon the achievements of those we serve and the support of the community,” continued Trunk.

Summit DD was identified as having best practices for its person-centered planning process, oversight and support of more than 500 private disability service providers, practices to ensure health and safety, and innovative community integration.

Local Impact of State Budget

HB 166, “As introduced” version

The Ohio General Assembly introduced HB 166, Governor Mike DeWine’s proposed state budget for the 2020 – 2021 fiscal biennium.   Throughout budget hearings by the House Finance Committee on Health and Human Services, several key priorities of the budget were discussed that will have a local impact in Summit County.  The state’s budget priorities include investing in the direct service professional workforce, investing in children, investing in community transportation, investing in youth with complex needs, and investing in the quality of our system. Read More ›

Summit DD’s 2019-2021 Long Range Plan: Making Meaningful Connections

Summit DD’s 2019-2021 Long Range Plan

Summit DD spent the last year talking to more than 300 people as we designed our next three-year strategic plan.  The next three years is all about making meaningful connections.  With those we serve, with families, with providers, with schools, with the community and countless others to achieve our vision that “Summit County is a community where people feel included.” Read More ›

What to Expect: New Waiting List Rule

Over the past two years a coalition of disability organizations, parents and people with disabilities have worked simplify Ohio’s Medicaid waiver waiting list.  As a result of this coalition’s work, more than 1,600 people Summit County who were on the waiting list prior to September 1, 2018 were placed on the Transitional Waiting List until their needs can be assessed.

Summit DD is required to complete an assessment for everyone on the transitional waiting list, along with anyone newly eligible for services who feel they have unmet needs.  You may opt-out of the assessment if you don’t believe you have unmet needs at this time.

We have trained a team of SSA’s on the consistent use of this assessment tool and will keep families informed as we work through the list.  See our infographic below on what to expect from this assessment.  Download here.

What Can I Expect If I am on the Transitional Wait List?

If you currently have an SSA, your assessment will take place around the time of your annual team meeting.  You will be sent a notice 90 days in advance.  If your support staff is a Developmental Specialist, RSS, or you have no SSA assigned (you do not have an annual team meeting), we will schedule assessments beginning with the top of the list.  You will be sent a notice 90 days in advance.  Summit DD must complete all assessments by December 2020.

If you disagree with the results of the assessment, your Summit DD support staff will provide you with information on your right to due process.

It is important to remember that your experience with your Service and Support Administrator (SSA), Referral and Support Specialist (RSS) or Early Intervention team will not change.  If, at any time, a change in you or your family’s situation occurs and you believe you have unmet needs you should contact your support staff to talk about your needs to determine if an assessment should be completed.

For more information on the waiting list rule or to see a copy of the assessment please visit the Fix the List website.

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