Community integration continued as an ongoing discussion at Quadco Rehabilitation Center’s regular monthly board meeting on May 23.
Executive Director Bruce Abell shared that the Center for Medicaid Services has extended the deadline for states to comply with the new community integration standards for adults with disabilities. The previous deadline for compliance was 2019. Recently, CMS moved the deadline to 2022.
“For the last few years, we have been going through a lot of changes – changes that every program in Ohio has been experiencing,” Abell told the board. “As a result, Ohio has become one of the most compliant states in the nation. It’s something that we can all be proud of.”
He added that “Quadco, like other programs, has a lot more work ahead of us, but we will continue to focus on the goals and dreams of the people we serve because it’s the right thing to do.”
The board was notified of the annual Quadco Summer Picnic, to be held Friday, June 16, at Ruihley Park in Archbold. Activities will include a barbecue, dance, Bingo, and outdoor games.
An update was presented on the projects being completed by the Art Club. In April and May, participants created: Spring floral wall decorations; sponge paintings; Mother’s Day cards; and key chains. They recently worked on Memorial Day wall art.
Among the community integration activities was a trip to the Henry County Humane Society and several luncheon outings.
Rachel Lange, Quadco’s Employment Services manager, told the Board that Northwest Employment Services is continuing to see an increase in referrals, and is currently serving 43 individuals in job placement and retention services. She shared with the board two recent success stories
The next regular meeting of the non-profit board will be June 27 in the Stryker facility conference room.