Proud individuals served by Our Lady of the Wayside’s Bremerton home were pleased to host a visit from Mr. John Martin, Director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). Wayside’s Bremerton home is unique in that the agency, in partnership with DODD and the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, has converted funding to supported living services for the individuals residing in the home. This replaces from traditional Medicaid funding with an individual-based waiver. Mr. Martin stopped in to see how the individuals living in the recently converted home served by The Wayside were doing with the changes.

Terry Davis, President and CEO for Our Lady of the Wayside thinks this is a really exciting opportunity for the children and adults the agency supports. “This change in funding allows people with developmental disabilities access to all of the day-to-day services they require while giving them the flexibility and control to choose where they want to live and who provides their services and supports. Ultimately, I see this as a chance for Wayside to better serve its constituents and further improve its already strong position as a leader in services for individuals with developmental disabilities.”

Our Lady of the Wayside is one of the largest agencies of its kind participating in the conversion with DODD and is at the forefront of this process with 29 of its 42 eligible beds being converted by October of this year. Additional beds will be converted in 2016.