Disability Integration: 811 and ODMSD Roundtable


Thursday, November 9: 9:30am – 11:30am

The Ohio 811 program is a project-based subsidy demonstration administered by OHFA designed to expand the supply of housing for individuals with disabilities while also making available appropriate supports and services under the Ohio Medicaid Plan. As a supplement to the Ohio 811 Program, the Ohio Department of Medicaid's Subsidy Demonstration (ODMSD) program provides a similar project-based subsidy, but targets individuals with disabilities who also require a higher level of unit accessibility. Come learn about both of these programs can be used in properties you own or manage during this interactive roundtable.


Moderator:

Taylor Koch, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Taylor Koch serves as the Senior Asset Manager in the Office of Program Compliance at OHFA. He oversees OHFA-funded multifamily projects for financial sustainability and manages the Ohio 811 PRA Program, a rental subsidy program designed to help integrate extremely low-income individuals with disabilities into the community. Previously, he served as a graduate assistant in the Office of Planning, Preservation, and Development and the Office of Research and Strategic Planning, as well as an intern in the Office of Program Compliance. He has a Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Administration as well as a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from The Ohio State University.


Speakers:

Diane Alecusan, Ohio Housing Finance Agency
Diane Alecusan is the Project Administration Manager in the Office of Planning, Preservation, and Development at OHFA. Her team oversees all aspects of the construction process for the affordable rental housing projects funded by the Agency through tax credits, grants, and loans. Diane joined the team at OHFA after seven years at the Ohio Development Services Agency, where she oversaw nearly 20 different development financing programs focused on the revitalization of cities and development of businesses throughout Ohio. Diane holds a master's degree in City and Regional Planning from the Ohio State University, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, an Economic Development Finance Professional, and a LEED accredited professional.

Doug Bailey, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
Doug received his Master of Labor Relations and Human Resources (MLRHR) degree from the Cleveland State University Graduate School of Business with concentrations in public administration & business management. In his current position, Doug plans, manages, and implements a specialized capital program that includes construction projects for community mental health & addictions facilities & properties statewide. His previous professional experience includes six years as a Human Resources Manager in two Fortune 500 companies, twelve years as a direct service provider for persons with disabilities, and twenty years directing programs aimed at helping people lift themselves out of poverty. Previous positions over the past seventeen years with the Ohio Department of Mental Health include providing oversight for housing, employment, benefits and other programs for people with severe mental illness.

Jeannette Welsh, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities
Jeannette Welsh's collective background in government, not-for-profit and law has largely focused on improving housing opportunities for low-income individuals and persons with disabilities. As a privately practicing attorney, Ms. Welsh worked with Preferred Properties, Inc., to develop needed housing units throughout Ohio using HUD's Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities (Section 811). As a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, she worked with qualifying individuals needing legal representation, including many with disabilities. While employed by the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio, she worked with Ohio's largest continuum, the Balance-of-State, which serves 80 counties, to secure maximum HUD Continuum of Care funding for providers serving individuals experiencing homelessness. Since joining state government in 2006, Ms. Welsh has worked with the state's Interagency Council on Homelessness and Housing and its successor organization the Ohio Housing and Homeless Collaborative to address the shortage of housing for homeless and/or disabled individuals and to remove barriers to housing for these individuals. In her current role as Housing Manager for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, Ms. Welsh works with state government partners and other stakeholders on housing initiatives targeted to individuals with a defined developmental disability, including Ohio's 811 Project Rental Assistance (PRA) Program. Ms. Welsh is an Ohio licensed attorney and received her Housing Development Finance Professional certification from the National Development Council in 2015. She holds a BA in History from the University of Toledo as well as a JD from the University of Toledo - College of Law.

Emily Van Buren, Ohio Department of Medicaid
Emily Van Buren is the Housing Policy & Program Manager at the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM). Her role focuses on programs and partnerships that expand housing opportunities for individuals in the HOME Choice program and other Medicaid beneficiaries who receive long-term services and supports. Prior to ODM, Emily worked for the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio. She earned both a Master of Public Health and a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University. Emily is currently studying to become a licensed real estate agent.