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Our History RT Industries incorporated in 1974 as a 501(C)(3) organization, with the purpose of promoting the welfare and needs of adults with disabilities, under the jurisdiction of the Miami County Board of Developmental Disabilities/Riverside Developmental Disabilities. With the support of Riverside Developmental Disabilities, RT Industries grew, providing training and paid work through its production facility and by providing meaningful daily living and leisure activities through its Adult Day Services. In the 1980’s RT Industries secured contracts to provide janitorial and landscaping services to various Ohio Department of Transportation locations (roadside rest areas and District Headquarters) which expanded job opportunities and resulted in the development of the Community Employment Department.
Evolution In 2014, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) called for what they refer to as “conflict-free case management.” County Boards in Ohio employ Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) who determine eligibility, develop service plans and connect people to service providers. These are considered case management functions by CMS. In addition to providing these SSA services, or case management services, many County Boards also provided transportation and adult services (like day programs and community employment services) directly to individuals, which are funded through federal Medicaid Waivers. According to the federal government, this is an inherent conflict of interest – overseeing the service coordination AND providing services directly to individuals. The federal government is requiring County Boards to resolve this conflict by no later than 2024 by phasing out of providing these services directly to individuals. Learn more about privatization here: https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/hcbs/downloads/conflict-of-interest-in-medicaid-authorities-january-2016.pdf
Over the course of 4 years, RT Industries worked with the County Board (Riverside) through the process of privatization of services. As of January 1, 2018, RT completed this transition by assuming service provision functions including transportation, Adult Day Services and Community Employment supports. Riverside Developmental Disabilities continues to coordinate services and supports for people in Miami County. RT is proud to provide some of those services and supports in Miami County and now surrounding counties.
In 2018, Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities determined that one of its’ service definitions (vocational habilitation) was not in line with the federal CMS regulation. Namely the following discrepancies were discovered:
· Vocational Habilitation cannot be used to pay for just supervision of someone who is working to produce goods or perform services on behalf of an employer.
· Vocational Habilitation cannot be used to help people with job-specific skills they need to do their work. Other employment services may be used for that purpose.
· People who are earning 50 percent or more of Ohio’s minimum wage should not use Vocational Habilitation but may use other employment services to help them be successful. earning 50 percent or more of Ohio’s minimum wage while using the Vocational Habilitation Service.
· More information about this guidance can be found here: http://dodd.ohio.gov/Communications/SiteAssets/VocHabInfo.pdf
After much debate and evaluation with providers from around the state, RT made the decision to separate our production component, creating Production Solutions. This included building a wall that would encompass the production department as a stand-alone part of RT, physically separate from the service element. Production Solutions employs people with and without disabilities to complete the contract work for local businesses that RT has always been known for. For more information about how RT can help your business, contact Production & Career Discovery Coordinator MaryJo Leonard at MaryJo.Leonard@rtindustries.org or 937-335-5784 ext. 112.
Looking to the Future The recent changes we have made are also driven by our desire to be more actively involved in the community. We don’t want to simply be in the community, we want to help people engage with the community in meaningful ways. Our community presence is centered around each person’s unique skills, interests and abilities. This remains our focus as we help each person live their best life. Each person makes the choice to work towards community employment, socialization, independent living skills or something else- the opportunities you seek are determined by you.
At RT, we are committed to helping people achieve personal success by developing skills to confidently work, interact and thrive in the community!
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