Ohio Pilots Developmental Disabilities Funding Program

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state is launching a pilot program to help central Ohio families whose kids have developmental disabilities that require costly residential treatment.

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has chosen Oesterlen Services for Youth to test an effort that would provide and pay for out-of-home treatment at the agency’s Springfield campus, about 45 miles west of Columbus.

Officials say the department is setting aside $1 million for the program, which will be made available in October and focus on central Ohio youths. The agency hopes to ultimately expand the program statewide.

Officials expect that about $500,000 in services could be billed to Medicaid.

The Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities is developing new residential options for older youths who can’t safely live with their families.