From the Superintendent sarah June 26, 2024

From the Superintendent

Schools are out, summer is in full swing, and I hope you’re finding time to enjoy yourself this season! For HCDDS it’s been a busy year already, and we have several major tasks ahead of us in 2024.
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The five-year levy that funds our work will be on the ballot for renewal this year. As part of that process, the Hamilton County Tax Levy Review Committee (TLRC), as well as an independent consulting firm, spent the first half of this year reviewing all of our operations to ensure we’re providing high-quality services and responsibly managing taxpayer funding.

In its recommendation to the Hamilton County Commissioners, the TLRC stated, “The passion and commitment of HCDDS’s leadership and staff was readily apparent… HCDDS has been a good steward over the monies provided to it through levy funds. HCDDS has operated in a manner that provides notable service and good value to have the maximum impact to its clients.” I’m proud of our staff for their outstanding work in supporting families in our community. The final step in this process will be for the Board of County Commissioners to vote to place the renewal levy on the ballot, which we expect will take place in late July.

This year is also significant because we are preparing for our accreditation review by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). DODD conducts accreditation reviews of every board of developmental disabilities in Ohio at least once every three years to ensure all aspects of a board’s operations comply with statewide rules. Depending on the findings of the review, a county board may be awarded an accreditation term of up to three years.

Our accreditation review will take place on July 23, 24, and 25 and will use a new review tool which launches on July 1, 2024. Preparing for and completing a successful accreditation review is an enormous undertaking. Our Quality and Performance team is leading the effort to organize all of documentation and interviews for DODD’s review team and many people throughout the organization will participate in sharing information, answering questions, and ensuring reviewers have a full understanding of the quality support we provide in Hamilton County.

If you’d like to learn more about what we have in store for the rest of the year, please take a look at our 2024 Annual Plan, which outlines other key priorities and highlights.