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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

We all benefit when people with developmental disabilities are equal partners in the workplace, in schools and in the community.

Help us spread the word about this year's theme by:
       Liking us on Facebook
       Following us on Twitter
       Visiting our YouTube channel
       Sharing a favorite photo of what You Can Do on Instagram

Can Do! Like You Integration and Awareness Art Show
will be displayed at Cleveland Public Main Library (325 Superior, Downtown) through March 31st.
This special exhibit is sponsored by CCBDD, SAW Inc., Welcome House, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Cleveland Public Library.

Rockin' Roll Awareness Concert
(May 15, 2015) *presale tickets* now available for a limited time. These special tickets are only available for individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Tickets for the general public go on sale March 22, 2015.
Additional details are available HERE.

Important Information on CMS & Medicaid Waivers

New Report from the Center for Community Solutions- Ohio at a Crossroads: The Developmental Disabilities System (March, 2015)

Pipeline Quarterly (Winter 2014-15)
: Our Future- What Lies Ahead for Ohio's Developmental Disabilities Community?

Direct Line
is a new tool from DODD Director John Martin to help you better understand the changes occurring in the DD system in Ohio. The first three issues include:
1) Independent Provider Changes: Overview
2) Independent Provider Changes: Common Law Employer/Employer Authority
3) CMS Transition Plan: Employment and Day Services

Three NEW documents about Ohio's CMS Transition Plan:
1) Copy of the transition plan submitted to CMS
2) Summary of Public Comment and Changes as a Result of Public Comment
3) One-page Summary of Public Comments

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODODD) Redbook
 (February 2015)
This attachment is an analysis of the proposed executive budget for ODODD and includes details of budget recommendations.

Testimony by John L. Martin, Director of ODODD
before the House Committee on Finance and Appropriations and Health and Human Services Subcommittee (February 25, 2015)

Memorandum from Superintendent Kelly Petty
 (2/5/15) regarding updates on the transition process due to changes in CMS Rules

Issues Driving Change in Ohio's DD System 
Agency-Only Model: What These Changes Mean to Me
These are two charts developed by the Ohio Dept. of Developmental Disabilities.

Issue Brief: New Opportunities for Individuals with Disabilities to Expect Better Quality Services and Outcomes
This article, by the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination, provides an overview on the changes to home and community-based services for individuals with developmental disabilities and offers a new vision for innovative service models.

Latest News

Register now for the 2015 Cuyahoga County Transition Expo

   April 18, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at Notre Dame College. This is a free event.



News, Views and Notes (February 2015) 

   A publication from Superintendent Kelly Petty


Planting the Seeds for a Successful Future Workshop Series

Join John and Carol Culley, life planners serving people with developmental disabilities, for a 3-part workshop series covering legal planning, residential options, and person-centered planning.
     Next Series: September 9, 16 and 23, 2015 from 6:30-9:00 p.m. at the Rocky River AAC
For more information and to register (required), click here.


Get to know our superintendent, Kelly Petty
Read Grant Segall's profile from The Sunday Plain Dealer.

Check out the latest edition of Insight
This award-winning publication is mailed to the homes of those receiving our services and supports. You can read it right here.

Here's our most recent annual report.

Click here for our April calendar.

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Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1275 Lakeside Avenue East
Cleveland, Ohio 44114-1129
PHONE: (216)241-8230 - FAX: (216)861-0253