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2017 Ohio School Report Cards Released

Thursday, 14 September 2017 12:42

Report CardEach year the Ohio Department of Education issues report cards to each public school district in Ohio. Given the changes in the standards and testing, the past few years have shown some unusually poor grades across the state. However, the state expects that this year’s report cards will show some improvement. Click here to see your district’s report. 

There is also a separate yearly report specifically focused on special education. Click here to see your district’s results. Here, districts are rated on the following questions about their students with disabilities:

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In-home Care vs. Facility - You Decide

Monday, 14 August 2017 12:59

Couple2One of the most common questions posed in care coordination is how to decide between in-home care and facility placement. While there is no simple answer to this question, it is important to recognize the pros and cons of both choices. There are several factors involved in making the best choice: level of care/care needs, cost, and safety are just a few. Let’s look at home care first.

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Giving Up Custody to Save Your Child

Monday, 24 July 2017 11:58

 

ParentsCan you imagine being left with no choice but to surrender custody of your own child in order to get him help?  Consider a hypothetical family of four: mom, dad, one typical child, and one child with extreme and violent behaviors, all living together under one roof.  They’ve tried everything: school-based interventions, private therapy, brief periods of hospitalization, medication.  Still, the behaviors persist.  They can’t get a waiver and they can’t afford a private boarding facility.  So they lock their bedroom doors at night, or even send the typical child to live with other family members to ensure her safety.  They are scared.  They’ve been physically injured.  The police know them and have had to intervene many times.  While this is a pure hypothetical, situations like this do happen. 

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The Knowns and Unknowns of Medicaid Application

Monday, 12 June 2017 13:52

knownunknown“…[A]s we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns – the ones we don't know we don't know.”
     - Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld

One of the most difficult conversations with our elderly clients and their family members involves explaining how difficult and mysterious applying for and obtaining Medicaid coverage can be if they do so without experienced, knowledgeable counsel. Secretary Rumsfeld’s now famous (or infamous) quote comes to mind as I try to explain what it is that our firm brings to a Medicaid application.

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