OOD partners with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) in promoting positive employment outcomes for individuals with severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. The purpose of the Interagency Agreement between OOD and OhioMHAS is to outline a collaborative framework for coordinating services to improve engagement and facilitate outreach to individuals with severe and persistent mental illness, as well as facilitate eligibility and improved utilization of state vocational rehabilitation (VR) services. The agreement identifies the roles and responsibilities of each agency, methods for providing technical assistance to the field including information and consultation on each agency’s programs and procedures for outreach. This will ensure consistent information and guidance about VR programming and availability of services is provided for individuals served through the two programs.
OOD partners with the Ohio Department of Education, Office for Exceptional Children (ODE/OEC) to support effective service and improved outcomes for students with disabilities in Ohio. The purpose of the Interagency Agreement between OOD and ODE/OEC is to share efforts in order to prepare students with disabilities for successful careers, community jobs and independent living; outline a collaborative framework for coordinating state and local resources; and provide basic guidance for coordinating plans, policies and procedures, developed to facilitate the transition of students with disabilities from school to post-school activities – including receipt of vocational rehabilitation services.
OOD partners with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) to improve opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities, including individuals with developmental disabilities enrolled in a home and community-based services waiver administered by DODD, in accordance with its Interagency Agreement with ODM to achieve employment and independence. The agreement outlines a collaborative framework for coordinating services that prioritizes competitive, integrated employment and assists individuals with developmental disabilities to move from facility-based work and non-work settings to competitive, integrated employment. The agreement identifies methods to improve outreach to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families regarding vocational rehabilitation programming and services. It also improves information sharing between the agencies and provides technical assistance training to DODD and local county boards to increase employment opportunities for people with developmental disabilities.