Press Release - TuscBDD Reaffirms Commitment to Fund Individuals with Disabilities Countywide at November Board Meeting

Thu, Dec 7th, 2017


TuscBDD Reaffirms Commitment to Fund Individuals with Disabilities Countywide at November Board Meeting

New Philadelphia, December 7, 2017: At the November 2017 regularly scheduled board meeting for the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities (TuscBDD), Board members approved a $2.1 million budget to financially support people living with disabilities who have received Medicaid waivers and are eligible for County Board supports. The $2.1 million payment draws down $8.4 million from Medicaid enabling private providers to serve individuals with disabilities in Tuscarawas County. As a result, private providers are able to provide jobs for approximately 200 employees county-wide. "Each year our Board must allocate money to support people living with developmental disabilities who rely upon a Medicaid waiver," expressed TuscBDD Superintendent, Nate Kamban. TuscBDD serves as the local Medicaid authority and is required to pay approximately 40% of all costs incurred by individuals in Tuscarawas County who qualify and utilize a developmental disability waiver. These dollars are used to support local provider agencies throughout the county who serve people with these waivers. "Due to the community's generous support of the TuscBDD levy, we are able to financially support over 42 private providers with 10 of those receiving over $250,000 in Medicaid funds. These local provider partners include: Adult Developmental Services, Advocates for Success, Bradford Homes, Ember Complete Care, Horizons, Person Centered Services, Starlight Enterprises, Inc., Stepping Stone and several others. "Without the community's support, many people would lose services as they would need to cover the large expenses associated with their loved one's care out of pocket," further noted Kamban.

Other topics included events that will be coming up in December at Charmed: Gifts with Meaning.
• Charmed: Gifts with Meaning Christmas Open House
December 14th from 11am-6pm - Live entertainment all day from special guests: Larry Schweitzer, Nicole Donant-Moore, Marc Davis, and Sami Krocker. You can catch up with the Crafty Chick, Patty Bland from 1-2:30pm and sneak a peek at her latest designs. Person Centered Services will provide food and drink to dine in or carry out ($5 donation per meal is requested). One lucky winner will take home a candy sleigh bouquet.

• Share-A-Christmas: Through December 11th, Charmed will be collecting non-perishable canned and boxed food items, hygiene products, hats, gloves and packaged socks and underwear to donate to the "May Your Christmas Be Merry and Bright" Share-A-Christmas 2017.

Other Decisions made at the November meeting include:
• Board President Tom Fantin was re-appointed to his Board position for another term. Fantin was appointed by the Tuscarawas County Commissioners and will serve the term from January 2018 until December 31, 2021.