A plan that details how Ohio will ensure that people with disabilities receive integrated services has been submitted to federal authorities according to Quadco (QRC) Executive Director Bruce Abell. Mr. Abell told members of the QRC joint Administrative and Non-Profit boards on Tuesday (March 24) that the state transition plan was sent to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services this month.
In previous meetings, Mr. Abell and the board members have talked about the state working on the plan as they created a stakeholders group to provide input and then held public comment sessions around Ohio to get additional direction before submitting the plan.
Just as the state has been working on this process, so has QRC. Mr. Abell has been sharing some of the research with the board members that he has seen on transformation plans for providers presented by experts in the field as they develop a transformation plan that provides for outcome-based community-integrated services.
As a part of the on-going research, Bill Priest, Director of Marketing, told the board members about participating in the first of a four-part webinar series on a transformation project hosted by Ohio Employment First and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
The program titled “Meaningful Integrated Day” was led by Nancy Gurney, an expert from Minnesota, who spoke of her experience helping transition people from a developmental center to community employment in the mid 1990’s.
Today her agency continues to help people find jobs in the community.
They also have a number of crews at enclaves, fully supervised teams of people who work at jobs in the community.
Ms. Gurney also noted that they create volunteer opportunities for people that benefit both the community and the person. She said it is often something that creates a bond between the person and an important area of the community.
Mr. Abell noted that the people at QRC are looking forward to the response from the federal agency to the state’s plan, and will continue to collect more information from other experts as they craft QRC’s own transformation plan that will provide successful community-based outcomes for the people they serve.
Mr. Abell announced that March is designated as Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month.
QRC participated along with 11 other providers of services in the annual Hope Services Soup Challenge held last Thursday (March 19) at the Filling Home south of Napoleon.
Each provider made at least one cooker and one crock-pot full of soup to be sampled by the people who came. QRC’s entry was “Old Fashioned Vegetable Soup” concocted by Kelly Gray, RN and Training Specialist Dana Fritch with assistance from Program Manager Shannon Zellers.
There was a full house for the benefit and the soup was all gone by the time it was over.
Ms. Zellers announced that the QRC men’s and women’s clubs had restarted after a break for the winter. Members enjoyed some recent rounds of bowling.
Participants of the Senior Activities Center enjoyed a program about the Lone Ranger according to Ms. Zellers. The presentation by Training Specialist Bobbi Schlosser included information on Ralph Goll, her father, who was a writer for the show and was from Williams County.
She said the group also made bird feeders to use at their homes, and decorated for St. Patrick’s Day.
Mr. Priest reported that he attended the annual weather spotter training session on March 2 hosted by the Defiance County Emergency Management Agency. Two meteorologists from the National Weather Service office in North Webster, Indiana gave the presentation on identifying and reporting severe weather so people can take the necessary precautions to protect themselves.
The next regular meeting of the board will be on April 28 in the Stryker building conference room.