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Service Information

​​Group Homes offer living arrangements for 6 to 12 people who share a home and receive up to 24 hours per day of supervision, support, and training in daily living skills. Group Home residents are 18 years of age or older. Group Homes are single-family homes located in the community close to other services and activities. The home is owned or leased by a private agency. The agency receives reimbursement from Developmental Disabilities Services (DDS) for supervising and supporting the residents of the home.

Applications for Group Home vacancies are handled by each agency. Please refer to the Group Home Vacancies list for contact information.

  • Needs rise to the level described in policy OAC 317:40-1-1
  • Individuals 18 years or older
  • Needs cannot be met in the family home
  • The individual must be able to participate in employment services
  • Approved for Group Home services through a review process

Converting State Funded Group Home Slots to the Waiver

Yes. We realize there are people in those slots who will not qualify for the waiver. They will be able to remain in their State funded slot. 

Agencies will work to assist their members as needed just like they do currently. Depending on who helped your members with their DDS application, you may provide a lot of assistance or very little if family members will be providing that help.  

Current State funded plan of care dates will change to new waivered plan of care dates after they are approved for the waiver. A case manager will be assigned and will begin developing the new IP.

DDS is assigning cases as appropriate and will try not to assign more than one case manager to a home. 

The current state funded cases that convert to the waiver will be permanent. The individuals who do not qualify for the waiver will remain in a state funded slot. If that spot becomes vacant, we will work with agencies on a one-on-one basis to address the empty slot.  We realize there will continue to be a need for state funded slots

Currently, there is not an identified amount. Some group homes have no state funded slots at all, and some have several. Most state funded people will be converted to the waiver and their slot as well.

Yes, and this rate is determined by occupancy in a group home. 

For the members, there should be very little change. They will be assigned a case manager and DDS Registered Nurse (RN) and will have a few planning meetings prior to the new plan being implemented. The PC/agency staff currently acting in the case management role will no longer have that responsibility and will no longer develop the plan of care.

Nothing. Intake has the information on all current State funded members statewide and will begin pulling the DDS applications to work eligibility. The agency might be called upon to assist with gathering documents for eligibility determination.  The agency will be notified when the State funded member is being worked and will be part of the planning process to transition to waiver services. 

Please contact Ron Porter or Cindy Leishman at for more information. 

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