FOCUS ON A Newsletter by ODC, Inc.
MY WORK. MY CHOICE.
TOP: Members of the Central Wisconsin A Team and others who are advocating for a full array of service options for people with disabilities recently gathered for a rally at ODC in Wisconsin Rapids.
For nearly 50 years, ODC has worked to meet the needs of people with disabilities in our community. We have developed programs in response to emerging needs, and in partnership with our funding sources and donors, we have been innovative in creating work opportunities for people at all levels of ability. ODC offers an array of programs that give individuals options and the ability to choose the program or programs that work best for them. Our programs include center-based training, community-based employment and day services. Through an ongoing process called person-centered planning, each person identifies their desired goals and outcomes. Various options are discussed, and through an informed choice process, individuals are able to select the programs they feel will best meet their needs. Some people may participate in one program, while others may combine multiple programs. ODC’s programs are funded in part with state funding and in part with federal Medicaid funding. Recent changes in Medicaid funding rules could have a significant impact on any programs that operate within ODC’s center-based settings. These new rules require services to be delivered in the “most integrated setting appropriate to meet the individual’s needs”, based on the person-
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centered plan. The federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is still in process of determining whether or not center-based work or day services programs meet these changing rules. In the meantime, the State of Wisconsin is required to submit a plan for how they will meet the CMS rules; without clarity on the rules for work settings, the state plan is also unclear on the future of center-based program options. “ODC has always believed that offering a variety of options is a very good thing, in order to meet a wide variety of needs and to give people choices,” states Pam Ross, ODC President. - Aden Ward, Parent of an “We strongly support individual with a disability people’s choices. If a person wants to work in the community, we will support them toward that goal. We’ve increased community employment significantly over the years;
“My son’s life blossomed with his connection to ODC."
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