Ohio House of Representatives Hearing Testimony on H.B. 166, the State Operating Budget for FY 20-21
The Governor's proposed budget (H.B. 166) is making it's way through the legislative process, and this week the House Finance Subcommittee on Health & Human Services began hearing testimony related to the proposed increases in funding for services that support individuals with disabilities.
Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities Director, Jeff Davis, along with Kevin Miller from Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, both gave testimony in support the proposed budget initiatives.
H.B. 166 in its current form focuses on these key areas:
- Increased pay for Direct Support Providers (DSP's)
- Increased funding for non-medical transportation
- Maintaining current funding levels for Intermediate-Care Facilities (ICF's)
Testimony will continue next week with lawmakers hearing from providers, families, and individuals. While these increases are promising, and desperately needed, they are far from guaranteed. Please reach out to your Representative and let them know you support the increased funding for Ohioans with disabilities.
Save the Date; Next Bridge 2 Equality Rally Set for May
Please join CCHS and other stakeholders for the second Bridge 2 Equality Rally at the Ohio Statehouse!
This rally will focus on celebrating the successes and current unity in our field, and also aims to bring more awareness to the community and our legislators about the support we need.
The line-up of speakers includes:
- Keynote: DODD Director, Jeff Davis
- Ohio County Board Association
- Ohio Provider Resource Association
- Faith and Values
- Ohio Health Care Association
- Ohio Waiver Network
With the biennial budget under review, we must be unified to show legislators the importance of proper funding to meet the needs of individuals across Ohio. Please save the date to come out and show your support!
This Inspired That Opens Saturday at Open Door Art Studio & Gallery
Saturday, April 6, 2019 | 5-7 PM | Click here for directions
We have opened our doors to creative collaboration!This Inspired That invites selected community artists to hand pick an Open Door artwork that sparks their creative vision. They then use that spark to create a response piece, relating to the original through content, stylization, or subject matter. The two works are then displayed side-by-side in an exhibition of artistic admiration.
This Inspired That will be on view through May 3, 2019.
This Inspired That has been made possible thanks to generous support from Kegler, Brown, Hill, + Ritter.
Open Door Art Studio & Gallery in the News
Open Door is also being featured in a segment of Out n' About Columbus' Downtown Living show airing on ABC 6' April 6 and 7, 2019. Be sure to check it out!
AccessABLE Community Garden Kicks Off Spring with New Projects and a Special Event
Thanks to generous funding received from Franklin County and Scotts Miracle-Gro, the CCHS AccessABLE Community Garden will be making some big improvements this year!
The AccessABLE Community Garden has given individuals with limited mobility an increased opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of gardening. However, for individuals utilizing a wheelchair, accessing the garden still requires the help of a staff member. Full accessibility is important, and this year, thanks to funding provided by the Scotts Miracle-Gro Community Garden Academy and Kegler, Brown, Hill + Ritter, we will be constructing a concrete pathway to the garden, and a concrete floor throughout its interior. This will enable everyone, regardless of their mobility, to independently access the garden.
In addition, Franklin County, in partnership with the City of Columbus and The Columbus Foundation, has provided funding for a large outdoor greenhouse; making it possible for us to grow fresh fruits and vegetables year-round.
We are also excited to be launching a pay-if-you-can farmer's market run by the individuals in our adult day program, Career, Activity, & Community, which will provide our low income neighbors with fresh fruits and vegetables! We expect the farmer's market will be mutually beneficial; increasing food security in our community, while providing important social interaction and helping individuals build skills for future employment opportunities. Market dates and times will be coming soon!
Dirt Devils Gardening Group to Honor Garden Leader, Teresa Waits
Please join us as we honor garden leader Teresa Waits during a special event on May 2, 2019 in the AccessABLE Community Garden. The Dirt Devils gardening group will be dedicating the garden to her for teaching them not only how to plant a seed and watch it grow in the garden, but also how to plant a seed and watch it grow within themselves. This event will coincide with our annual garden clean-up day and will feature a small ceremony, music, and the painting of our raised beds with the help of artists from Open Door Art Studio & Gallery.
Community members and volunteers are welcome and encouraged to attend. If you would like to help with this year's clean-up day or anytime throughout the growing season, please click below to sign-up as a garden volunteer!
Next Fishing with Friends Event to be Held at Prairie Oaks Metro Park
Join us April 18, 2019 from 9a-1p at Prairie Oaks Metro Park for our next Fishing with Friends event!
With all fishing and adaptive equipment provided, Fishing with Friends gives individuals with disabilities the opportunity to learn, practice, and catch fish in various locations throughout Central Ohio! Volunteers will be available to provide support and companionship throughout the event, and a cookout lunch will be provided.
Special thanks to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for their generous support which helps make these events possible!
If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please click below to sign-up!
Fundraiser Being Held to Support Individuals at Park West Court Apartments
Thursday, April 25, 2019 from 6-9 PM at Career, Activity, & Community.
Help support the needs of the individuals living at Park West Court Apartments while creating your own Tree of Life masterpiece! Receive expert guidance from instructor Mary Grover Davis, and leave with a beautiful painting, created by YOU!
The registration fee of $35 includes all materials, instruction, and light refreshments. Click below to sign-up and we hope to see you there!
CCHS Awarded DODD Grant to Develop Innovative Business Strategies for Career, Activity, & Community
CCHS' Career, Activity, & Community adult day program was recently awarded funding from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities' Innovative Business Strategies for Adult Day, Employment, and Transportation Services Grant.
This grant has paired CCHS with Tim Vogt, a Subject Matter Expert, from the Cincinnati based provider Starfire to help us continue completing the transformation of our adult day program to a fully community-based model. We will keep you up-to-date as the transformation process continues.
Special thanks to Stacy Collins and Tom Hess from DODD for their support of our proposal, and to our Subject Matter Expert Tim for lending us his expertise!
Experiences Are Everything
Individuals supported by CCHS are going places! With over 300 community experiences, volunteer, and career exploration opportunities available each month, individuals are building independence, meeting personal goals, and achieving their dreams.
Experiences Are Everything is a visual look back at some of the places we have recently explored. Enjoy!