Ohio's Home Health Care Crisis
In December 2014, the Columbus Dispatch published a three-part series on the home health care crisis in Ohio. The Dispatch found wide-spread fraud, low paid, poorly trained workers, aides not showing up for work, no oversight, and a lack of information for families to properly vet services. How can the DODD responsibly propose to move more vulnerable Ohioans into this system before addressing the concerns and safety issues of the Ohioans currently accessing waiver services?
Find the Columbus Dispatch's articles:
"Home-care crisis: Fraud costs taxpayers, vulnerable Ohioans" HERE.
"Home-care for vulnerable Ohioans leans hard on poorly paid workers"HERE.
"Families on their own in trying to find reliable home health care" HERE.
In November 2013, News Channel 5 (Cleveland) ran a three-part series uncovering abuse, neglect, and failure to follow health regulations in Ohio's home care system. Despite reports of abuse, DODD failed to act. DODD declined request for an on-camera interview regarding provider certification. Michael Kirkman of Disability Rights Ohio said Channel 5's investigation raised serious questions. The report quotes Kirkman, "I think what your uncovering is that it's actually not working." DAA asks why DRO proposes to move more vulnerable Ohioans into Ohio's home care system which it admits is not working?
Watch News Channel 5's reports:
"Ohio DODD fails to act, leaving disabled at risk" HERE.
"Hundreds of Ohio services providers for disabled repeatedly ignore health, safety regulations" HERE.
"Sexual abuse, neglect triggers increased scrutiny of service providers for Ohio's disabled" HERE.
The Threat to Ohio's Intermediate Care Facility Homes & Day Habilitation Programs
In a letter dated July 1, 2014, Disability Rights Ohio (DRO) has threatened to sue the State of Ohio if the State does not take action to "significantly reduce" the number of persons residing in Intermediate Care Facility homes for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF/IID) and attending facility based day habilitation programs. DRO's actions and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disability's (DODD) willingness to enter into confidential negotiations with DRO pose a significant threat to the health and welfare of Ohio citizens who rely on ICF/IID homes for safe and compassionate nursing and personal care.
Find DAA Update on Ohio Budget HERE.
Find DAA Comments to Executive Budget Proposals HERE.
Find DAA Comments to DODD Strategic Planning Leadership Group Final Report HERE.
Find DAA Comments to Ohio CMS Transition Plan HERE.
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MORE Media Reports on problems with small community care settings
"Widespread Abuse, Neglect, and Death in Small Settings Serving People with Intellectual Disabilities" HERE.
Georgia Health News, "Transfers of disabled patients still a problem"HERE.
Non Profit Quarterly, "People as Pendulums: Deinstitutationalization of People with I/DD"HERE.
For additional information, please visit VOR at www.VOR.net. VOR is a national advocate for high quality care and human rights for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).
Disability Rights Ohio's Harmful Lawsuit Against State of Ohio
On March 31, 2016, Disability Rights Ohio (DRA) filed a class action lawsuit against the State of Ohio alleging discrimination in Ohio's Developmental Disabilities Service System. Disability Advocacy Alliance (DAA) responded to DRO's lawsuit in a letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine and Governor John Kasich requesting separate and independent legal representation for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities harmed by DRO's litigation.
Letter to Attorney General Mike DeWine click HERE.
We ask you to join us in our fight by contacting the Governor and the Attorney General through a ready-to-send electronic email. Go to our Take Action page now to access links to the appropriate letter.
Congress Recognizes the Need for Choice for Individuals with I/DD
Even Congress recognized the importance of considering individual choice based on need in ADA (Olmstead) enforcement activities in this December 2014 Report language to accompany the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2015:
"Deinstitutionalization.-There is a nationwide trend towards deinstitutionalization of patients with intellectual or developmental disabilities in favor of community-based settings. The Department [of Justice] is strongly urged to continue to factor the needs and desires of patients, their families, caregivers, and other stakeholders, as well as the need to provide proper settings for care, into its enforcement of the Americans with Disabilities Act." [Conference Report to accompany the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015 (for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies, p. 17) (December 2015)].
The U.S. Supreme Court's Olmstead decision PROTECTS
individual choice in residential and day service placement for people with intellectual disabilities. Don't let the DODD or DRO tell you otherwise!!!
ICF Homes provide $65 million in financial benefits to the Ohio HCBS Waiver System. Learn more HERE.