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Summit developmental disabilities day centers are closing
Compliance with new federal healthcare law is the issue

Tim Rudell
Billi Jo David, Communication, Quality and MUI Director, Summit DD
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Summit County’s Developmental Disabilities Board is shutting down all six of its adult services centers. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on why, when and who will be affected.

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Board spokeswoman Billie Jo David says the day centers can no longer provide services that are directly paid for by Medicaid and be case managers for people getting the service. A 2014 federal law says that’s conflict of interest.

The first of the centers -- the one on West Exchange Street in Akron -- will close this summer.

But she says,the closing of all six will be gradual, with a transition of care to private providers.

“About 60 percent of the adults we serve in day programs already are receiving their services from somebody other than Summit DD. Summit DD is still coordinating and funding those and still insuring the health and safety of those individuals.  And, we will continue with those functions.”

The agency has until 2024 to eliminate all of its day service centers.

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