An individual support coordinator can work with an individual and family to identify any immediate needs that a person has and to make plans to address these needs. We follow the 'hierarchy of services' to meet needs through service planning and funding: 1) Natural (family/friends) support; 2) Community resources; 3) Commercial or private insurance; 4) Medicare; 5) Medicaid state plan or “basic” services; 6) Medicaid HCBS waiver services including those administered by Ohio Department of Aging, by Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), and by Ohio Department of Job and Family Services; and 7) Local Tax Levy Dollars. Waivers can be one way to pay for services that help people with developmental disabilities live their lives. DODD administers three different types of waivers: Individual Options, Level One, and Self-Empowered Life Funding waivers. Each waiver has different spending limits and offer some different services. By blending together multiple funding sources, such as local county board of developmental disability levy funds and Ohio Medicaid benefits, a person with developmental disabilities may be able to have their service needs met without a waiver. In order for an individual to receive a waiver, he/she must have an identified need and request to be placed on the waiting list. The waiting list rule OAC 5123:2-1-08 dictates enrollment based on priority categories. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is your best resource for information on waiver funding and the different types of waivers. http://dodd.ohio.gov/IndividualFamilies/ServiceFunding/Pages/default.aspx and http://dodd.ohio.gov/IndividualFamilies/ServiceFunding/Pages/WaiverTypes.aspx. Please contact an individual support coordinator if you have questions about funding options, hierarchy of services, and the waiver waiting list.
Home and community-based waivers are one way to receive funding to help pay for services needed to live at home or in a community-based setting. Another option is an Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) which is a place where a person with a disability can live and receive services in a group setting. For more information about ICF options, click here.
The State offers an interactive map to help locate ICFs throughout Ohio. To use the map tool, click here.