State to cut more to centers

Opportunity Center Director Lew Hurst told Developmental Disabilities board members Tuesday Ohio may again be downsizing developmental centers.

The plan is to build three intermediate care homes for developmentally disabled in Seneca County with at least six clients in each. Twenty are planned around the state.

Cynthia Morrison said STIRS (Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility) clients are to conduct self-advocacy classes in Fostoria and Tiffin.

She also announced the Seneca Arrows won their basketball division and now go to the state championships. They play at 6 p.m. March 22 at Hilliard/Weaver Middle School. If the Arrows are successful, they play again at 11 a.m. March 23.

Upcoming events during Developmental Disabilities Month:

Opportunity Center Craft Show is Saturday with 50 vendors in attendance. Proceeds are donated to UNITY.

Celebrity Basketball Game, March 19 at Seiberling. Doors open at 6 p.m., game begins at 7 p.m.

Palm Sunday ham/chicken dinner, March 24, with an Easter egg hunt for 1-10-year-olds at 1:30 p.m.

Junior Olympics, March 25-27.

Business Manager Dick Williams said insurance costs may increase 50-80 percent. He reported a new refrigerator was bought to replace an original 1975 model.

As chairman of the state business managers’ organization, Williams said the Cost Report Design Committee is working with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities on an online version of the cost report. They hope to help county boards do a better job in eliminating simple errors.

Williams said it is possibile Seneca County may receive less from the Title XX program due to the sequester. They have been receiving $44,000 per year.

Children’s Services Director Rick Gagnon said early intervention screening is in progress visiting the YMCA and area daycares. He announced three students will be graduating May 9.

Adult Services Director Rod Biggert said he is reseraching how the Affordable Care Act may affect Seneca Re-ads clients.

Janet Vay, human resources director, said safety training continues for staff members to learn ways to de-escalate situations. The benefit committee has been examining job descriptions and will recommend wage changes if necessary. The Opportunity Center is in need of substitute bus drivers.

Members approved the review of 20 policies and the revision of six.

The board is to meet at 5 p.m. April 9 at Fostoria Re-ads.