GRANGER TWP. — Superintendent Annette Davis-Kramp is looking forward to continuing her work with the Medina County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Davis-Kramp said there are changes on the horizon in the field of developmental disabilities.
“There are so many unknown factors — a new governor, Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act — all of those things will factor in what we’ll look like in the future.
“I’m certainly not finished with all the work that has yet to be done,” she said Wednesday.
Speculation swirled before the DD board meeting this week that Davis-Kramp would not be retained, but board President Sandra Thomas Fain quashed that rumor.
“The board is behind her,” Thomas Fain said following an executive session earlier this week. “The parents are behind her and the staff is behind her.”
Of the executive session, she said: “We were discussing her yearly evaluation. After we finish the evaluation, then we’ll work on a new contract.”
Davis-Kramp, whose contract expires Dec. 31, makes about $114,000 a year.
About 75 people attended the Monday meeting where Davis-Kramp’s contract was discussed in executive session. In the open portion of the meeting, a few parents voiced concerns about David-Kramp’s job performance, but the majority of the parents and staff who spoke supported her.
That didn’t go unnoticed by Davis-Kramp, who has been superintendent for three years.
“Overall, the comments were positive toward me and the board,” she said Wednesday. “Our staff was there to support me. That bolstered me. I’m so thankful, and we’re fortunate to have the staff that we have.”
Some parents who spoke said installing new leadership might be counterproductive.
“People were expressing their fears and anxieties,” board spokeswoman Patti Hetkey said later. “We can hear their angst. We are sympathetic.
“They don’t want things to change. If their child has been here for 40 years, they want to continue to bring them here.”
Of the 1,250 individuals the DD board serves, all but about 150 are still left to be transitioned out to non-DD board providers, Hetkey said. Those individuals have the most intensive needs or require the most services.
“We have a large group of providers in the community,” she said. “We cannot perform all the services.”
By 2020, according to state and federal mandates, all county boards of developmental disabilities in Ohio can provide direct services to only 30 percent of individuals on Medicaid waivers.
By 2024, the boards no longer may provide direct service to any individual on a waiver.
The board is finding private providers to help with transportation, day programs, employment programs and early intervention programs.
“We are trying our hardest to make sure everyone has services,” Hetkey said.
In the interim, Davis-Kramp, who has worked for the DD board for 27 years, said she doesn’t expect the board to vote on her contract at its next meeting Sept. 25.
She said the board first must appoint two people to the seven-member board. Members Sharon Holmes and Edward Perkins resigned in recent weeks.
Davis-Kramp said potential board members are going through an interview process with county Probate Judge Kevin Dunn. Members of the board can be appointed by county commissioners or the probate judge.
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