As we have promised, I wanted to update you on what we are doing to deal with the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) rules.
One area of intense focus is the future of adult centers. In several other counties, community providers of services have assumed operation of adult centers, which is called privatization. I told you in February that we here in Hamilton County were exploring every possible option, including privatization, and that some community agencies had been talking with us and visiting our adult centers.
In the last few weeks, we have stepped up the exploration of a community agency coming in to operate the centers. 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. This RFQ process will take at least three months to complete.
In the RFQ, our request is for a provider to continue operating the three centers that currently exist in Hamilton County. These are Elmer P. Beckman in Colerain Township, Thomas H. Kidd in Evendale, and Robert W. Franks in Green Township. This request is for a provider to continue serving all the people who currently attend these centers with their same services. It also requests that the provider employ all of the staff who currently work at the centers. We will keep you posted of any new developments as we go through the process.
These times of major change are hard for everyone involved. I want to assure you that our longstanding tradition of caring about people with disabilities and their families will continue. Some changes will go smoothly, and some may not, but we will be at every step to help those we serve and their families through whatever transitions are necessary. I am counting on everyone to keep the best interests of people with disabilities and their families at the forefront as we walk through this together.
Alice C. Pavey