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Each summer, we begin our planning process for the coming year. We consider the current economic situation, listen to our various constituencies and look at federal and state mandates that may affect us to determine priorities for the coming year. We publish a draft Program & Expenditures Plan in September, inviting public comment, and present that draft plan at a public meeting immediately preceding the regularly scheduled October board meeting. Our board then votes on the plan at that board meeting. The Cuyahoga County Council must then review and approve our plan before the end of the year.
Here's our 2016 Program & Expenditures Plan (coming soon) and our current annual report.
In late 2015 and in response to new state and federal mandates, we announced our long range planning initiative which we are referring to as Vision 2024
. This initiative is intended to help us plan for our future, which includes phasing out of our role as a provider of direct services, supporting Ohio's Employment First
initiative, and incorporating more opportunities for community integration into day service programs.
We have identified four key focus areas for Vision 2024 that will be explored in 2016 with final recommendations on each presented before the end of the year:
- Community Engagement- Assure an increase in the number of safe, accessible activities and places throughout the community; Promote acceptance of individuals with developmental disabilities and encourage those individuals to participate in the community.
- Provider Development- Support provider agencies while enhancing quality and increasing capacity.
- Employment- Prepare ready and trained employees and engage more with the business community with the goal of creating more opportunities.
- CCBDD's Changing Role- Analyze future service models and phase out of our role in direct services.
As recommendations are drafted, there will be opportunities for individuals, parents/guardians, staff, providers and members of the community to review them and provide feedback. We hope you take advantage of these opportunities to help us plan for the future.