Building Innovative Business Strategies

The following are the grant recipients of the FY 19 Innovative Business Strategies for Adult Day, Employment, and Transportation Services project. Adult Day and Employment Services in Ohio have evolved rapidly over the past few years. Provider organizations are changing programs and practices as they respond to multiple and complex demands from federal and state authorities, advocacy organizations, and people with disabilities and their families.

This project supported the stakeholder feedback DODD received to provide an identified number of providers with business experts who can facilitate system transformation in business practices.

For more than 65 years, New Avenues for Independence (NATI) has been providing services in Northeast Ohio for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization’s mission is to support people who have developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling, and enriched lives. In the beginning, NATI’s main emphasis was residential and children’s services. But in 2005, New Avenues established a Day Services program that expanded in 2007 to include vocational services linking individuals with disabilities with meaningful employment opportunities. Today, New Avenues’ programs are serving over 300 individuals, in Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Lorain, Lake, and Summit counties, through an array of programs and services.

Subject Matter Expert: TransCen, Inc

CA Group has built many integrated employment and meaningful community services. We are ready to take this to the next level and plan for full community inclusion, with a focus on sustainability. With help from the SME, a business plan and roadmap will be developed. In coordination with this, CA Group will be completing a new strategic plan and evaluating their mission and vision keeping its culture that begins with the assumption that everyone is competent and can be successfully employed and/or engaged in one's community.

Columbus Center for Human Services, Inc. (CCHS) is a non-profit provider of comprehensive support services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our mission is to prioritize the health, welfare, and personal goals of individuals with disabilities and to promote positive roles for them in the community. Organization-wide, we currently provide support to 533 individuals in Franklin, Union, and Madison counties through a variety of programs and services. This proposal focuses on our Adult-day program, Career, Activity, & Community (CAC).

Goodwill Columbus has a vision to transform its Adult Vocational Rehabilitation and Day Habilitation Program to a community integrated and supported employment model. The philosophies chosen to guide this model focus on 100% inclusion, zero exclusion, and competitive employment. They will also institute their services based on peoples’ choices and allow individuals with disabilities to have control over their day. Goodwill serves hundreds of individuals each year and the transition to community-based services is of great importance in ensuring that individuals receive the best services and can live their best life.

RT privatized on January 1,2018 with a new Management Team at the helm as the previous CEO retired 12/31/17. Immediately, we began evaluating our business and service structure specifically regarding our existence/Who are we?, Mission & Core Values and Strategic Planning, Vocational Habilitation within a sheltered Production Facility setting, Adult Day Services needing to focus on meaningful activities and community inclusion, Transportation stigma with buses and logos, All services job titles and Table of Organizational structure, DODD Rule regarding service delivery, hiring and training requirements, Business Department allocation of funds & understand revenue streams.

Venture Production provides day array and non-medical transportation services to fifty-five (55) adults with developmental disabilities in Adams County. 15 out of the 55 people also receive homemaker/personal care services from Venture Productions. Venture Production was incorporated in 1981 to be the sheltered workshop program of the Adams County Board of DD. It is the only provider of adult day array services in Adams County resulting in a wide range of abilites and needs within the day services program.