Ohio Senate Bill (SB) 270, sponsored by Senator Michael Skindell and Senator Kevin Bacon, was recently introduced to add an additional layer of transparency to the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) oversight of residential facilities and supported living providers. The bill requires DODD to make copies of facility surveys conducted available on the DODD website. For facilities and providers that do not meet all necessary standards, DODD must also make plans of correction available on the website. Disability Rights Ohio provides oversight of residential facilities and other providers and often works to help individuals with disabilities when facilities and providers are not meeting the state’s minimum standards. From this oversight role, we know that greater transparency of surveys and plans of correction like that proposed in this bill can help individuals with disabilities and their families make better choices about what facilities and providers to use. In addition to this stand-alone bill, the text of SB 270 is also included in the House-passed version of Ohio House Bill 472 (see above), where it will soon be considered in the Senate.
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