Written by: Amy Kerrigan, Communication Specialist
Service & Support Administrators (SSAs) are tasked with completing Individual Service Plans (ISPs) for each person who qualifies for services with the county board. These plans are done annually, usually spread out over the course of the year.
Recently, the Ohio Department of Development Disabilities created one statewide ISP template for all 88 counties to use. Until now, each county had their own form.
Now that the SSAs’ training on the new statewide ISP is complete, summer days are for renewing plans with each person on their caseload. We asked the SSAs a few questions about how the new Ohio ISP process is going, and this is what they told us…
How long, on average, does it take to onboard one person to the new Ohio ISP?
ANSWER: It varies person to person; between scheduling the ISP meeting, having the meeting, then updating to the OISP, the process currently is averaging around 15 hours per person.
What is your biggest challenge with implementing the new Ohio ISP?
ANSWER: Well, the new Ohio ISP is very time intensive. So, finding the time to complete it with the individual/team, know where everything goes in the plan, and complete it. Just when you think you know what you’re doing there will be a change, e-mail, or a glitch in the system. Trying to balance the time it takes to complete the OISP and have all other duties completed can be a balancing act at times. I know it will get easier with time, and CCBDD is figuring out where to put the important components. I have a great supportive team that has been helping me figure things out, and answer questions. We got this.
One question in the Ohio ISP is “What makes the person’s typical day better?” - How would you answer that question about yourself?
ANSWER: Coffee to get the day rolling.
If you could use the Ohio ISP to interview any celebrity, who would you choose? Why?
ANSWER: Gary Busey – because he’s a wild and crazy guy!
Written by: Stacey Patterson, Early Intervention Service Coordinator
Summer is in full swing and so are young children! We all know that summer play is fun, but it is also an important developmental tool.
Outdoor play not only encourages more vigorous play, such as running and jumping, which helps build gross motor skills, it also helps with the mental health of our youngest children. Regular exposure to the great outdoor can help reduce anger and aggression, even in young children. Playing outside also encourages curiosity, exploration and problem solving!
No child is too young to enjoy being outside. Even infants benefit from fresh air each day. Try doing tummy time on a blanket in a shady spot. In addition to being an important gross motor activity, it can also be a great sensory experience!
CDC Outdoor Play Recommendations:
For more information on outdoor play, check out these additional resources:
Early Intervention Play in the Park Slideshow