DRO works to address nursing concerns for people with developmental disabilities

December 7, 2018 / nursing services

A girl with developmental disabilities sits in a wheelchair while her nurse cares for her

Disability Rights Ohio has received many calls from people with disabilities and their families because the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) was proposing to have their nursing care provided by aides instead of licensed nurses. This is often called “delegated nursing.”

DRO is concerned that this is a systemic problem, and DRO attorneys have shared correspondence and met with officials from DODD. The department has made some improvements to the system, but problems remain. This letter summarizes our recent conversations with DODD, the assurances the state has made to DRO, and the areas where we agree and disagree. Individuals and families who are challenging DODD’s proposal through a Medicaid state hearing may find this information helpful. People can contact DODD’s Office of Medicaid Development and Administration if they have questions about their services or are experiencing problems. The number is 614-387-0375.

Like all Medicaid issues, cases raising this issue can be very complex. DRO encourages families to reach out to any of the following organizations for advice and guidance tailored to your specific situation.

Disability Rights Ohio

Phone: 800-282-9181, option 2
Web:  disabilityrightsohio.org/intake-form

Your local legal aid organization

Web: https://www.ohiolegalaid.org/ohio-legal-aids/

For additional support, the Coalition for Community Living is a parent-led advocacy organization working toward greater options for people with developmental disabilities to live in their community. This organization enables parents to stay connected to others across the state and stay updated on what is happening in system in Ohio. To become a member, send an email to ccl55000@gmail.com.

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