May 2, 2017
To proactively position ourselves to continue to provide the highest quality services and supports while responding to ongoing changes within Ohio’s DD system, HCDDS is engaging in a number of activities designed to make sure we’re listening to families as we plan for the future, including community conversations.
Apr 3, 2017
Our 2016 Report to the Community gives an overview of how we support people, shares some of the specific work we did to improve last year, and highlights a few stories to give you a window into the lives of people we serve. You can view the report here
Mar 3, 2017
Last May we began a formal process to find a provider to operate our three adult centers. That process is now complete. Beginning May 1, operation of Beckman, Franks, and Kidd adult centers will become the full responsibility of Active Day.
Jan 11, 2017
Stephen J. Jones was recently appointed to the Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) by Hamilton County Commissioners.
Dec 29, 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year. Our system of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities continues to undergo major changes to the traditional way services have been delivered for the past 40 years.
Dec 14, 2016
The draft of HCDDS' 2017 Annual Plan is now available online. Each of the 10 goals follows to fundamental beliefs: move toward integration in everything we do and build the capacity of community organizations to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
Dec 6, 2016
Individuals enrolled in a Home and Community-Based Services waiver may choose to enroll in managed care instead of the traditional fee-for-service program, but enrollment is 100% optional.
Nov 10, 2016
Jason has been collecting tabs for years to help the Ronald McDonald House.
Oct 21, 2016
I want to update you on the ongoing process to select a provider who will operate our three adult centers. Unfortunately, this process has taken longer than we hoped, and we are not yet able to announce the chosen provider.
Oct 19, 2016
Starting Oct. 24, music will fill the air at our Northside facility as Melodic Connections, Cincinnati’s only nonprofit music therapy organization, relocates to our building for a few months after their studio was damaged by a flood.
Oct 17, 2016
Advocate Diana Mairose wrote a column to help keep people with disabilities informed of their rights when it comes to voting in elections.
Aug 23, 2016
As promised, we want to update you on the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to have a provider operate our three adult centers. In late July, REM Ohio/Mentor Network, Person Centered Services and Active Day submitted statements.
Aug 8, 2016
The new MUI Reporting Hotline is active and allows staff, providers, and/or others to report an MUI through a voicemail system. There is also an option to speak with a HCDDS staff if immediate assistance is needed 24 hours a day/7 days per week.
Jul 13, 2016
Ohio Gov. John Kasich signed two important DD-related bills into law at St. Joseph Home in Sharonville. One officially removes the "R" word from the Ohio Revised Code, and the other relates to nursing and early intervention services.
Jun 1, 2016
Ohio became the first state in the nation to offer STABLE Accounts, which allow people with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefit programs.
Jun 1, 2016
Recently, we have received some questions about the budget deficit we are facing and the reasons for it. I wanted to address them here in case others have the same questions.
May 26, 2016
The Board of HCDDS, with direction from the Hamilton County Commissioners, has chosen to publicize a formal Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking interest from any provider to become the operator of the adult centers in Hamilton County.
May 11, 2016
As promised, I wanted to update you on what we are doing to deal with the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rules. In the last few weeks, we have stepped up the exploration of a community agency coming in to operate the centers.
Feb 22, 2016
Ever wonder how your tax dollars help people with developmental disabilities in Hamilton County? Our infographic and video help explain.
Feb 22, 2016
Hamilton County DD Services' 2016 Annual Plan Summary is now available and focuses on four areas: Promote Integrated Employment Opportunities, Build Capacity for Aging Caregivers, Strengthen Community Collaborations and Manage Resources Fairly and Wisely.
Feb 5, 2016
We partnered with the Boards of DD in Butler, Clermont and Warren counties for a series of commercials airing on Local 12 throughout the year. Hamilton County's features Nakiea Spaulding, who works at Cincinnati Children's.
Feb 5, 2016
The stakeholder workgroup launched last fall has presented its final recommendations to help Hamilton County DD Services position itself to meet federal and state mandates that require conflict-free service delivery by 2024.
Jan 1, 2016
Hamilton County DD Services' 2015 Report to the Community is now available online and includes information about our agency, including the budget, number of people served, and highlights from the year.
Dec 31, 2015
HCDDS Board President Nestor Melnyk was recently elected as a trustee for the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities.
Nov 3, 2015
Rene Brinson and Paul Haffner are the newest members of the HCDDS Board.
Oct 15, 2015
The first provider fair on Oct. 14 was a success. Many families received the day program provider catalog, which is now available online.
Oct 15, 2015
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM), a time to celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities. Did you know we have a blog focused on employment for people with disabilities?
Sep 8, 2015
At the Sept. 8 meeting, the board voted to consolidate the four adult centers operated by the agency into three. The consolidation will be complete by March 1, 2016.
Aug 31, 2015
In our ongoing desire to share relevant information, we recently asked people served and their families to tell us about any concerns or questions they have regarding our present or future.
Jul 29, 2015
Hamilton County DD Services and Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services collaborated with Metro to move a bus stop, which we all felt was dangerous for the people we jointly serve.
Jul 8, 2015
As we move forward into the future I hope the ADA continues to knock down barriers for people with disabilities and continue to make our society more inclusive. By James Harley
Jul 3, 2015
I have been inspired by the American’s with Disabilities Act. I hope you will be as well. Whatever your goals and dreams are you can achieve them. As long as we continue to fight for equality we will be successful. By Robert Shuemak
Jul 2, 2015
As Independence Day approaches, a few developments have occurred that we've been waiting for and talking to you about for many months, including the 2015-16 state budget and the CMS conflict-free rules.
May 21, 2015
Strong advocacy efforts and quality services earned Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services another three-year accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Apr 24, 2015
Spring reminds me of the new future we are looking toward as we respond to several different and still-emerging national and state issues that are changing the landscape of DD Services in Ohio.
Apr 16, 2015
March 2015 was the three-year anniversary of Ohio's Employment First initiative. To mark the anniversary, we'd like to introduce you to our new blog, "Employment Spotlight."