DODD releases updated eligibility determination instruments; some individuals may lose eligibility

May 21, 2010

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) released updated versions of the Children's Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI) and the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI). Starting August 1, 2010, the updated versions must be used to determine eligibility for county board services.

One change to the OEDI worth noting is in the area of Economic Self-Sufficiency. The revised version eliminates the item that asks if the "individual has allowable income at or greater than poverty level." The elimination of this item makes it more difficult for adults with disabilities to qualify in this area and possibly for county board services.

The revisions to the eligibility determination instruments were last updated in 1997. The current instruments were developed by county board eligibility specialists and DODD staff and did not include input from individuals with disabilities, family members and advocates, despite being a recommendation of the Futures Committee, which consisted of families and advocates of people with disabilities.

Ohio Legal Rights Service (LRS) has represented numerous individuals in appealing C/OEDI decisions before a county board and DODD. You can contact the LRS Intake Department if you experience problems with the eligibility determination process.

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