SCBDD accreditation process starts

Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities met Tuesday afternoon and heard Superintendent Lew Hurst say planning for the April 2019 accreditation process has begun. He believes the review will be tough due to the push for more community integration of individuals.

He noted the board’s annual retreat Aug. 8 at the Seneca County Opportunity Center where members plan to view webinars. The annual in-service training is to include supportive technology, Ohio’s Home and Community Based Services waiver waiting list, key statewide data and the data warehouse and cash flow projection tools.

Hurst recognized Janeen Smith on her retirement after serving as a teacher’s aide for 32 1/2 years.

Hurst said the School Emergency Operations Plans mandated by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has been submitted. The scope for planning has been broadened to include nuclear and chemical disasters.

Hurst commented on an article in The Columbus Dispatch speaking to the crisis of finding direct support professionals. He said it is difficult to find staffing but they always are looking at ways to solve the problem. He said wages may be an issue.

In other action, board members:

• Accepted the financial report.

• Approved the employment contracts as recommended by the personnel committee: Kimberly Groth, human resource director; Marta Mohr, consumer advocacy and supports; Ron Davidson, transportation director; Rick Gagnon, children’s services director; and Rodney Biggert, adult services director.

• Approved Hurst attending the 2018 ACCSES summer conference July 22-25 in Washington, D.C.

• Approved employee benefit changes for classified employees and adjustments to substitute and stipend rates, adjustment to wage ranges and adjustment to instructor salary scale. Changes are effective for 12-month employees June 23 and nine-month employees Aug. 18.

• Approved the appropriation of an additional $20,000 to the Family Support Services Fund.

• Approved an annual sponsorship of $100 to Together for Choice, a 501c3 organization with a mission to unite to protect and advance the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live, work and thrive in a community or setting of their choice.

• Resolved to set the ceiling for Family Support Services at $1,000 per individual effective July 1-June 30, 2019, and the state allocation for the period will be divided equally between Level One Match dollars and FSS funds.

• Approved a revision to a board policy regarding Family Support Services regulations.

The 169 board is to meet at 4:30 p.m. July 10.