Disability Rights Ohio Submits Interested Party Testimony in Budget Review Process
March 3, 2021
In support of their vison of fostering a society where people with disabilities are free to live, work, learn, go, and receive services where and how they choose, this week Disability Rights Ohio submitted interested party testimony to the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee as part of the budget review process. While DRO applaud's Governor DeWine's budget proposal, we believe that more can be done for Ohioans with disabilities.
“This budget provides additional funding to support people with disabilities to maintain their independence and live and work in their communities," the testimony reads. "As COVID-19 continues to impact the state and our systems of care, it is critical services are fully supported for people with disabilities.”
The testimony focused on six core issues and their impacts on Ohioans with disabilities: Increasing investments to support direct support provider wages, Ensuring Ohio draws entire federal funding for vocational rehabilitation services, Providing additional oversight of hospitals, Decreasing nursing home capacity through the nursing home bed reduction program, Funding for care coordination preventing individuals from being placed in an institutional setting, and Increasing investments supporting multi-system youth and preventing custody relinquishment.
A full copy of the submitted testimony is available here.