Weekly Focus: Biennial Budget Update; 25 Years After ADA

An update and information report for doctors who provide consultative exams for OOD’s Division of Disability Determination
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Kevin L. Miller, Executive Director

June 5, 2015

The mission of the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency is to ensure individuals with disabilities achieve quality employment, independence and disability determination outcomes.

What's Inside:

Biennial Budget Update

New Day Ohio

As the state fiscal year draws to a close, the biennial budget process is also nearing completion.  Despite the short time frame remaining--the budget must be signed by Governor John Kasich by midnight on June 30th--some difficult work remains as the House and Senate wrestle with significant public policy issues.


The current schedule, subject to change, is for the Ohio Senate Finance Committee to continue deliberations on the budget bill (HB 64) next week with committee passage and a Senate floor vote to follow.  Conference Committee would begin following passage by the full Senate with the intent of sending Governor Kasich the bill the week of June 22nd.


We will continue to keep you informed as this process continues.  Once the budget has passed and is signed by the Governor, we will be reaching out to our stakeholders and partners to discuss budget provisions impacting the agency and those we serve.  This outreach will include stakeholder conference calls and email updates as well as events and meetings across the state.


Getting to Work - 25 years after ADA

Governing Magazine Cover June 2015

This month’s Governing magazine had an interesting article exploring how states are rethinking their approach to vocational rehabilitation twenty-five years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). 


It discusses the progress and reforms that have been made but also notes the challenges that remain.  The article also highlights the current and future impacts of changes resulting from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule changes and the implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).


Obviously, a great deal of work remains to truly serve individuals with disabilities seeking employment in Ohio but I am proud of the work our staff, and our partners and service providers, have done to increase both the number of individuals we serve and the number of individuals with a disability finding successful employment.


Since Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2011 we have reduced the average time to reach an eligibility decision by nearly 60%, reduced the time to rehabilitation by 23%, increased the number of plans written by 85%, and increased the total number of rehabilitations by 36%.  All while reducing the cost per outcome by 10%.  These numbers indicate we are serving more people, more effectively, and in a timelier manner.


Challenges remain, but we are excited about the opportunity to achieve even more for those we serve in the future.


Read the Governing article in its entirety at the following link: http://www.governing.com/topics/mgmt/gov-american-disabilities-act-compliance.html

Disability Determination Division Welcomes New Class

This week the Division of Disability Determination (DDD) welcomed a new class of twenty-two adjudicators and I was happy to welcome this impressive group to OOD.  The division has also received federal approval to bring in another class in September with an additional sixteen staff members.


In FFY 2014, DDD determined eligibility for 183,976 claims and had an accuracy rate of over 99%.  Ohio continues to be the top performing state in its six-state region.

Operation Feed Update

As noted last week, OOD has already exceeded our goal of 16,110 meals for the 2015 Mid-Ohio Foodbank Operation Feed Campaign. With one week remaining, we have already collected funds and goods equal to nearly 24,000 meals!


It is great to see staff volunteering their time and resources to such a worthy cause.


Opperation Feed Dollars to Meals

Job Ready Status by County

Individuals in Job Ready Status* Statewide: 3,892

(For larger map and county details please click here)


Job Ready Status by County


*Job Ready Status: Have received Vocational Rehabilitation services and are ready and seeking employment.

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