Friday Update weekly newsletter
This is the weekly newsletter from Lon Mitchell, Public
Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
September 19, 2014
- Voters Forum will focus on the three countywide
- Provider compliance reports are now online
- Board member to be honored for distinguished leadership
- Sibshops are for siblings of children with special needs
- Civitan Again selling popular meat and cheese boxes
for the holidays
- Workshops scheduled to discuss Employment First
- Download the Board's New Mobile app
- Board of DD endorses Issue 8 for Mental Health & Recovery Services
- Health Alert discusses Psychotropic Medication Side Effects
- Parent support groups starting
- More upcoming events
1. Voters Forum will focus on the three
countywide levy issues
How will passage of the three countywide levies in Lucas
County affect people with disabilities? That will be a question proposed to
representatives attending a Voters Forum sponsored by Maumee Valley Civitan, the
Ability Center of Greater Toledo, and the Lucas County Commission on
Disabilities. The Forum will be October 1 at the Sanger Branch Library on
Central Avenue just east of Secor Road. Representatives from the three
countrywide levy campaigns will be attending -- Lucas County Children Services,
Mental Health and Recovery Services, and Area Office on Aging. The forum will be
from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A representative from the League of Women Voters
will also be present to discuss voter registration and accessibility at voting
the flyer at this link.
2. Provider compliance reports are
(from Pipeline) To help individuals
and their families make well-informed choices about who provides services for
their family member, the Ohio Department of DD now is posting provider
compliance reports on the Department’s website. The reports are posted in
the Provider Search feature on
DODD’s website. Provider Search includes a complete overview of a provider,
including what services a provider is licensed to offer, the compliance review
report, the expiration date of their current license, and contact information.
Reports for 2013 and 2014 currently are online, and new reports will be posted
as they are completed.
Follow these steps to access the online compliance
- Go to the Provider Search feature on DODD’s
- Complete the online form. If you are looking for a
specific provider or service, you can narrow your results by location,
service, and provider name. A few tips:
- In the first section (Type), check the box
“Include Providers Not Accepting New Individuals” to return all
providers that meet your criteria, not just those who have capacity to
accept new individuals.
- If you are looking for a compliance report for
a specific facility, you will need to search under the provider’s name,
not the facility name.
- Click “Search” at the bottom of the page, and your
results will appear. 4. If the provider had a compliance review in 2013 or
later, the report will be listed in the second column, “Compliance Report” –
you will see a PDF icon.
- Click on the icon, and the compliance report will
open. You can read the report online. To print the report, click on tools in
the upper right corner of the report and select “Print.”
- Return to your current search or start a new search
by clicking on the buttons above the compliance report.
If you are unable to find the report you are looking
for, please contact the Office of Provider Standards and Review at 614-466-6670
3. Board member to be honored for distinguished
Linnie Willis, a member of the Lucas County Board of DD and the Executive
Director of the Lucas County Metropolitan Housing Authority, will be honored for
distinguished leadership at the African-American Legacy Project's tenth
anniversary celebration October 3 and 4. For information on tickets you
can all 419-720-4359.
4. Sibshops are for siblings of children with special
Wendy Smenner, Parent Mentor with the Educational Service Center of Lake Erie
West, reminds us that brothers and sisters of kids with special needs now have a
program that’s just for them called Sibshops. At Sibshops, they’ll have a chance
to meet other kids whose brothers and sisters have special needs and talk about
the good and not-so-good parts of having a sibling with a disability. Most
important, they’ll have fun!! Sibshops are for 9 to 16 year old brothers and
sisters of children who have special needs. Sibshops are run by a team of people
who have a professional and, in some cases, a personal understanding of the
impact a child’s special needs can have on brothers and sisters. Equally
important, they have great kid skills! Sibshops will have fun outrageous games,
cooking activities and hands on activities that will keep your kids engaged in
an energetic way.
Read more at this link.
5. Civitan is again selling popular meat and cheese gift
boxes for the holidays
Again this year, for holiday gift-giving, Maumee Valley Civitan will again
sell its popular meat and cheese gift boxes. This year, the boxes come in two
sizes. Civitan is now taking early orders.
Follow this link
to read the flyer and download the order form. Funds from the sales of the gift
boxes not only help with the planning of integrated community-based events for
persons with developmental disabilities but also with employment..7.
6. Workshops scheduled to discuss
Employment First Initiative
Families and providers are invited to attend workshops to discuss the
Employment First Initiative. The first session is October 8 with a repeat
discussion on October 21. Read the flyer
at this link
for complete details.
7. Download the Board's new mobile app
Smartphone users will want to download the Board of DD new mobile app. Not
only does the app has all the contact information for the Board, current videos,
and other information, but once you download the app you will be able to receive
timely messages from the Board, such as when there might be a transportation
delay or a closing. The app is available in the App Store and from Google Play.
When you download the app, be sure to say “yes” when asked if the app may
send push notifications.
8. Board of DD endorses Issue 8 for
Mental Health & Recovery Services
At its September meeting, the Lucas County Board of Developmental
Disabilities endorsed Issue 8, a renewal levy for the Mental Health and Recovery
Services Board. The half-mill renewal, not a new tax, is expected to
generate $3.67 million dollars annually for mental health services "for those
with the most severe need in Lucas County." In a letter to the Board, Audrey
Weis-Maag, who chairs the levy committee, said, "Without renewal of the .5 mill
levy, valuable services to some of our community's most vulnerable citizens will
9. Health Alert discusses Psychotropic Medication Side
link for the new Health Alert from the Ohio Department of DD regarding the
side effects of psychotropic medication.
Nursing Supervisor Kim Hineline reminds us many individuals we serve are
limited in their ability to communicate. Since many individuals take
psychotropic medications to help support their mental health, it is important
that anyone providing services be aware of potential side effects an individual
may have difficulty communicating. As with side effects associated with the use
of ANY medication, it is critical that emergency action be taken if any side
effect is life-threatening. The alert describes what some of those side effects
10. Parent support groups starting
Two Parent Support Groups starting back up for the new school year. The
Group has been meeting for three years and the
Support Group started at the end of last school year Both groups meet at
Grace United Methodist Church in Perrysburg and are facilitated by Michelle
Self, Ph.D. Please follow the links for more information or contact Michelle
11. More upcoming events
Here is a family fun event that will help raise funds for the Shared Lives
Studio. Dine with alpacas! Saturday, September 20, pack up a lunch to auction...
and plan on bidding on one from another guest... all while enjoying the day at
the Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm in Swanton. Follow this link for more information.
Saturday, September 20th, The Sight Center is excited to hold its 7th Annual
White Cane Walk on the campus of ProMedica Flower Hospital.
Follow this link
for additional information.
September 25 the Shared Lives Studio will be participating in the last Art
Walk of the season sponsored by the Arts Commission.
Follow this link
for more information.
September 27 will be the first annual “Ohio Day at the Range & Outdoor
Adventure Fair” sponsored by the Ohio Day at the Range and Outdoor Adventure
Fair Committee. It will be held at Camp Perry. 10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. This
event offers people with disabilities a chance to explore area recreation
opportunities. It is modeled after a very successful outdoor program in Missouri
and will provide accessible fishing, shooting, archery and craft opportunities
for all participants. Admission is FREE to all people with disabilities, their
families, friends and caregivers. The event includes a lunch: hotdogs, chips and
ice cold bottled water Read more at this link.
Fun Day sponsored by Northwest Ohio Apraxia Support will be September 27 in
Read the flyer at this link.
Are you a fan of fashion? Can't get enough of the latest trends? October 8,
the Auxiliary to The Ability Center celebrates its 30th Anniversary Style Show
at The Premiere on Heatherdowns. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the Style Show runs
until 2 p.m. For tickets or more information, call: 419-885-5733 or 866-885-5733
Beginning October 9, Double ARC again is offering Triumph…Through the
Challenges of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders to parents, foster and adoptive
parents, guardians, respite care supports, and relatives raising or interacting
with children with a diagnosed or suspected Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).
This proven curriculum examines characteristics of FASD, strategies for
addressing a child’s inappropriate behavior, coping skills for parents, and much
more. While focusing on FASD, the series may be helpful for parents whose
children have diffuse brain damage. For more information read the brochure
at this link.
October 13 Triad Residential Services will host a benefit dinner and wine
tasting at Rosie's Italian Grille.
Read more at this
The Fall Dinner-Dance will be Friday, October 17, from 6:30-10:00 at the
Premier Banquet Center. Enjoy a nice meal and dancing with your friends! This
event is for adults receiving Lucas County Board of DD services (high school
graduates and older) and their adult guests. For more information or to order
follow this link to read the flyer.