Update on Changes to Services from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Our system, both here in Ohio and nationally, is experiencing change. The expectations of and for individuals with developmental disabilities rightfully is increasing, and individuals want to more fully participate in their communities. Also, outside forces are causing us to look at how services are offered, including new federal regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Our system must evolve to respond to these needs, and that leads to a significant amount of change.


A new tool has been developed to help you better understand these changes. Direct Line is a series of updates that will offer an overview on a specific topic, and connect you with more information. Some will focus on a high-level topic, and others will go into details on a specific component of a change. The first three issues of Direct Line are included in this email.

Watch for more issues of Direct Line to learn more about the changes taking place in our system. New issues will be sent via email, and all issues will be available on DODD.Ohio.gov. If there is a specific topic you would like us to cover in future issues of Direct Line, please email kerry.francis@dodd.ohio.gov.


Change can be unsettling, but understanding what is changing and why, and how changes may or may not affect you, can help you prepare for and take advantage of what lies ahead. I hope you find Direct Line useful in understanding how our system is evolving.

Internship Sites=Free Labor, No Obligation to Hire

Internship sites, previously known as Job Samplings, are an excellent way for businesses to receive short-term help while enabling our staff to evaluate the strengths and abilities of the individuals we serve.

During the Internship, PersonnelPlus pays for the Job Trainer, pays the individual’s wage and provide Worker’s Compensation.  This is a FREE service to the business with no obligation to hire and a professional Job Trainer supervises the Intern the entire Internship.

The Duration of an Internship can vary from person to person.  They can be three weeks, one week, three days or even two hours.  Internship schedules are based on the needs and availability of the business.

If you or your business would be interested or would like more information, please contact Internship Coordinator Julie Jones at 740-592-3416.

2015 Disabilities Awareness Festival

PrintFree and Open to the Public. 

You are invited to come join us for the 2015 Disabilities Awareness Festival, March 11, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Athens Community Center, 701 East State Street, Athens, Ohio.

We would also like to invite you(r) organization or business to set up a free table display or activitiy at this event or to be part of the formal presentation.  There is a five minute limit so we can accommodate all within the allotted time.

For more information contact Mark Cullison at 740-592-6659, ext. 215 or mcullison@athenscbdd.org .

Celebrate the Scarlet and Gray with an OSU Passion Flower

Buckeye-Flower-Small_medium[1]The Sugar Bowl bound Ohio State University Buckeyes are looking to bring home a big win in the New Year!

Show your support and love for the Buckeyes year round with an OSU Passion Flower!

The Official Ohio State University Buckeye Passion Flower is made from recycled aluminum printing plates from our local newspaper. Every flower is hand-painted by Passion Works Studio artists and is as unique as the people who make them!

OSU Passion Flowers