Ohio agency to test residential program for disabled kids


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state is launching a pilot program to help central Ohio families whose kids have developmental disabilities that require costly residential treatment.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2aGDkBg ) reports the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has chosen Oesterlen Services for Youth to test an effort that would provide and pay for out-of-home treatment at the agency’s Springfield campus, about 45 miles west of Columbus.

Officials say the department is setting aside $1 million for the program, which will be made available in October and focus on central Ohio youths. The agency hopes to ultimately expand the program statewide.

Officials expect that about $500,000 in services could be billed to Medicaid.

The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities is developing new residential options for older youths who can’t safely live with their families.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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