This Week in Public Policy has returned. Also, save the date: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 is the DD Awareness and Advocacy Day Kickoff Event at the Ohio Statehouse. Registration will open next week. Keep an eye on the DD Council Facebook Page for more details.
On Tuesday, January 16, 2018, the House Education and Career Readiness Committee held a hearing on House Bill 246 (School Funding/County Boards of DD). The bill would allow county boards of developmental disabilities to access funding from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. No testimony was offered. An amendment had been prepared, but the chairman held it over until a later hearing.
On Wednesday, January 17, 2018, the US Department of Education approved Ohio’s plan to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). More information about Ohio’s plan can be found here.
On Friday, as of this writing, the US Senate was not able to pass a stop-gap spending bill, resulting in a “government shut-down”. During a press briefing on Friday by Office of Management and Budget Director Nick Mulvaney, the director stated that they would be encouraging federal agencies to use carry-over funds and transfer authority to operate as possible during the shutdown.
NEXT Week in Public Policy: January 22 – 26, 2018
On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, the Senate Health, Human Services and Medicaid Committee will hold SPONSOR Testimony on House Bill 286 (Palliative Care). The bill creates a Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Council, requires training and creates information about palliative care and requires certain health care facilities to establish a system to identify patients or residents who would benefit from palliative care. The hearing will take place at 3:15 p.m. in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, the Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Study Committee will meet to hear a presentation from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Service on long-term services and supports trend. The Ohio Department of Medicaid will also present to the committee the rationale for managed long-term services and supports. The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room.
On Thursday, January 25, 2018, the Joint Medicaid Oversight Committee will meet to receive an update on the behavioral health redesign from the Ohio Department of Medicaid and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The committee will also receive an actuarial report from Optumus. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 9:00 a.m. in the North Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.
The US House of Representatives is not scheduled to be in. The US Senate has scheduled several committee hearings, but none pertaining to disability policy. This schedule is subject to change, pending an outcome on federal budget negotiations.