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State of Ohio - Controlling Board Request
30 East Broad Street, 34th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3457
(614) 466-5721 FAX:(614) 466-3813
Status:  Approved
Meeting Date:  2/26/2018


Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Authorization Requested Pursuant
to Revised Code Section 131.35
Increase Appropriation Authority
Create a New Fund
Establish Appropriation Authority
Fiscal Year(s)
Bill No.
H.B. 49

Line Item
Line Item Name
FYCurrent Appropriation AmountAmount of Increase or New Fund Total
Appropriation Amount

Maria Seaman 02/26/2018
Agency Director or Authorized Agent On The Date Of
02/05/2018 Christine Morrison
Date Controlling Board President/OBM Director
Name:  Therese A Dyer Title:  Chief Fiscal Officer
Phone:  (614) 438 - 1763 Fax:  (614) 985 - 9798 E-Mail:
  The Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency (OOD) respectfully requests Controlling Board approval to increase appropriation authority in the amount of $5.5 million for FY 2018 for fund 3L10, ALI 415608, Social Security Special Programs/Assistance.

  The only source of revenue to Fund 3L10 is Social Security Reimbursement (SSR) dollars. Social Security pays State vocational rehabilitation (VR) agencies for the services they provide to beneficiaries with disabilities if the services result in the individual achieving work at a specified earnings level.

OOD continues to reap the benefits of eliminating the waiting list for services and increasing quality employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities by seeing an increase in Social Security Reimbursement revenue.

In state fiscal year (SFY) 2011, OOD received $1.9 million in SSR funds. Since then, SSR revenue has continued to steadily increase each year by an average of $1.2 million (43%). In SFY 2017, OOD received more than $9.5 million in SSR revenue. To date, in SFY 2018, OOD has already received $11.1 million, exceeding the current appropriation to expend these funds. In addition, OOD anticipates filing at least $5 million in additional claims this SFY. This increase in appropriation request is based on the estimated amount of claims that are likely to be approved and processed by Social Security and liquidated by OOD by the end each state fiscal year.

In addition, Federal regulations govern the use of these funds (34 CFR 361.63) and the timing of expenditures (34 CFR 80.21). The SSR funds may be used to support VR or transferred to support Independent Living (IL) programs. The funds that are utilized for the VR program must be spent prior to drawing down Federal VR grant funds. This request for an appropriation increase is being made so that OOD may expend the additional SSR dollars to provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with disabilities to assist them in achieving their employment goals and in accordance with federal regulations.
Attachments Controlling Board Request No.: RSC0100054
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Fund/Appropriation Request 
Required Information
Controlling Board Request No.: RSC0100054
1. Identify the source of additional revenue (e.g., increase in fee, increase in state or federal grants, etc.).
  The revenue is reimbursement from the Social Security Administration for a portion of the cost of VR services. The increase in revenue is due to an increase in the number of individuals with disabilities who receive vocational rehabilitation services and obtain and maintain employment.
2. If applicable, explain why creating and/or increasing a new fund and/or line item is more appropriate than depositing the revenue into an existing fund and increasing the appropriation authority of an existing line item.
  Not applicable.
Time line: Has the revenue been received? No
When is the revenue expected to become available? Revenue is received monthly as SSA approves cases filed for reimbursement.
4. For federal funds only, provide the following information:
a. Grant identification number from the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance: N/A
b. Amount of state matching funds required: 0
c. Source (appropriation line item) of that match: N/A
d. Statutory or executive authority for participation in the program:
C.F.R. 34 Section 361.63
  Include a brief summary of the text or a copy of the reference.  
  CFR: Program income means gross income received by the state that is directly generated by an activity supported under this part. Sources of program income include, payments from SSA for assisting Social Security beneficiaries and recipients to achieve employment outcomes.
5. How will the additional appropriation and/or cash be used?
  Appropriation will be used to help individuals with disabilities prepare for and obtain employment. Vocational Rehabilitation services include medical, psychological, and vocational evaluation, physical or mental restoration, vocational training, occupational tools and equipment, transportation and interpreter services, and job placement and follow-up.
  Provide the following information below relative to this budgetary adjustment. NOTE: If a new fund and new appropriation authority are being requested, the "Current" and "Requested" columns are not required.
Account Category Account Category Description Current Appropriation Authority Requested Increase in Appropriation Total Appropriation Authority
500   Personal Services - Payroll   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
510   Purchases Personal Services and Others   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
520   Supplies and Maintenance   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
530   Equipment   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
550   Subsidies and Shared Revenue   $7,000,000.00   $5,500,000.00   $12,500,000.00
570   Capital Items   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
590   Judgements, Settlements and Bonds   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
Other   Other   $0.00   $0.00   $0.00
Total: $7,000,000.00 $5,500,000.00 $12,500,000.00
6. For each additional amount shown in the table, provide a short description of what the dollars will be used to accomplish. For example, if increasing a subsidy account category, provide detail on the added recipients or the allocation formula for distribution of moneys. For Account Category 500, respond to specific questions in number 9 below.
Account Category Short Description
500 No new appropriation will be used for payroll.
510 No new appropriation will be used for consultants.
520 No new appropriation will be used for supplies and maintenance.
530 No new appropriation will be used for equipment.
550 Funds will be used for medical, psychological, and vocational evaluation, physical or mental restoration, vocational training, occupational tools and equipment, transportation and interpreter services, and job placement and follow-up.
590 No new appropriation will be used for ISTV purchases from other state entities.
7. Will this transfer be used to maintain current service levels, expand an existing program or activity, or begin a new program? Explain.
  This increase will enable OOD to properly expend program income funds (i.e. Social Security Reimbursement) in accordance with 34 C.F.R. 80.21 (f)(2) and support existing program costs.
8. Based upon the response to number 7, explain how these services or programs would have been funded if this
additional funding were not available.
  Services to individuals with disabilities would be provided using Federal Vocational Rehabilitation Grant dollars and associated state matching funds.
9. Account Category 500-Personal Services:
a. Explain why changes are being requested in the personal services account category 500.
Not applicable.
b. How many existing staff are being affected by this transfer? 0
What appropriation line item are they currently being paid?  N/A
c. How would these existing staff have been affected if these additional funds were not available?
d. Will new staff be hired as a result of the additional funds?  No
10.  List any other transfers involving these appropriation line items and/or cash approved by the Controlling Board in the current biennium, including the date and requested amount of the adjustment(s).
ALITransfer DateTransfer AmountCBR Number