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This is the weekly newsletter from Lon Mitchell, Public Information Manager of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

September 19, 2014

  1.  Voters Forum will focus on the three countywide levy issues
  2. Provider compliance reports are now online
  3. Board member to be honored for distinguished leadership
  4. Sibshops are for siblings of children with special needs
  5. Civitan Again selling popular meat and cheese boxes for the holidays
  6. Workshops scheduled to discuss Employment First Initiative
  7. Download the Board's New Mobile app
  8. Board of DD endorses Issue 8 for Mental Health & Recovery Services
  9. Health Alert discusses Psychotropic Medication Side Effects
  10. Parent support groups starting
  11. 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 locations. Read the flyer at this link.

2.  Provider compliance reports are now online

(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 reports:

  • Go to the Provider Search feature on DODD’s website.
  • 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 leadership

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 needs

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 be lost."

9.    Health Alert discusses Psychotropic Medication Side Effects

Follow this 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 may be.

10.    Parent support groups starting

Two Parent Support Groups starting back up for the new school year. The ADD/ADHD Support Group has been meeting for three years and the Special Needs 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 Self at

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 (www.SouthwestMissouriDayAtTheRange.com) 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 Bowling Green. 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 toll-free.

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 link.

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 tickets please follow this link to read the flyer.