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Anyone may participate in the Ohio Department of Aging's rule-development process. Please contact our policy development manager at rules@age.ohio.gov to give input on improving ODA's rules. You may also contact the Common-Sense Initiative (CSI) office to give input on improving our rules. CSI's mission is to generate a more jobs-friendly regulatory climate in Ohio.

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Comment Periods

Before the Ohio Department of Aging files a rule proposal with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to begin the legislature's rule-review process, we generally publish the proposal on this web page in search of comments. Your participation in this stage of the rule-development process is very important. We may revise a rule or its business-impact analysis according to your comments.

None at this time.

Awaiting Recommendation from CSI to File

ODA Provider Certification. (This comment period ended on 11/14/21.)

Legislative Review

ODA files a rule proposal with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) to begin the legislature's rule-review process. The process requires ODA to conduct a public hearing 31-40 days after the original file date. Generally, 41-65 days after the original file date, JCARR schedules ODA to appear before a meeting concerning the rule proposal.

Currently Under JCARR's Review

173-3-01 Older Americans Act: introduction and definitions.
173-3-04 Older Americans Act: general requirements for AAA-provider agreements.
173-3-05 Older Americans Act: procurement standards.
173-3-05.1 Older Americans Act: procurement standards for renewable and multi-year AAA-provider agreements.
173-3-06 Older Americans Act: requirements to include in every AAA-provider agreement.
173-3-06.1 Older Americans Act: adult day service. (Revised on 11/08/2021)
173-3-06.2 Older Americans Act: home maintenance and chores.
173-3-06.3 Older Americans Act: home modification.
173-3-06.4 Older Americans Act: homemaker service. (Revised on 11/08/2021)
173-3-06.5 Older Americans Act: personal care. (Revised on 11/08/2021)
173-3-06.6 Older Americans Act: transportation.
173-3-07 Older Americans Act: consumer contributions.
173-3-09 Older Americans Act: administrative hearings for adversely-affected providers.

173-4-05 Older Americans Act nutrition program: nutrition projects. (Refiled on 11/08/2021)

173-6-02 Golden buckeye program: eligibility requirements for persons.
173-6-03 Golden buckeye program: enrollment process for persons sixty years of age or older.
173-6-04 Golden buckeye program: enrollment process for persons eighteen to fifty-nine years of age.
173-6-05 Golden buckeye program: business participation agreements.
173-6-06 Golden buckeye program: electronic business directory.
173-6-07 Golden buckeye program: cardholder records.
173-6-08 Golden buckeye program: ODA's administrator.

173-11-03 Senior facilities program.

173-14-02 Types of representatives.
173-14-03 Duties of the representatives of the office.
173-14-04 Hours of professional development required for representatives of the office, certification.
173-14-05 The administration of ombudsman professional development.
173-14-06 Professional development deadlines.
173-14-07 Professional development curricula.
173-14-10 Content and administration of examinations. (Revised on 10/28/21)
173-14-11 Registration of representatives.
173-14-12 Separation of representatives from the office.
173-14-13 Continuing education requirements, approval of clock hours, certifying fulfillment.
173-14-14 Staffing requirements, staff qualifications, and background checks.
173-14-15 Conflicts of interest.
173-14-16 Complaint-handling protocol.
173-14-18 Referrals of complaints to other agencies.
173-14-19 Case records and reporting of core services.
173-14-22 Initial designation of regional long-term care ombudsman programs: standards.
173-14-25 Initial designation of regional long-term care ombudsman programs: process.
173-14-26 Changes in a regional program's designation status; notice rights; and hearing requirements.
173-14-27 Decertification of a representative or removal of a candidate for certification.
173-14-28 Bed fee collection guidelines.
173-14-29 Response to allegations about ombudsman performance.

173-38-01 Assisted living program (medicaid-funded component): introduction and definitions.
173-38-03 Assisted living program (medicaid-funded component): enrollment and reassessment of individuals.

173-40-01 PASSPORT program (state-funded component): introduction and definitions.
173-40-02 PASSPORT program (state-funded component): individual eligibility requirements.
173-40-03 PASSPORT program (state-funded component): individual disenrollment and other actions.

173-42-01 PASSPORT program (medicaid-funded component): introduction and definitions. (Revised on 11/30/21)
173-42-06 PASSPORT program (medicaid-funded component): individuals' choices and responsibilities.

173-43-02 Long-term care consultation program: process and general standards for providing consultations.
173-43-03 Long-term care consultation program: required consultations and exemptions.

173-45-03 Long-term care consumer guide: consumer guide content.
173-45-06 Long-term care consumer guide: facility page.
173-45-06.2 Long-term care consumer guide: facility staffing information.
173-45-09 Long-term care consumer guide: fees, invoices, and penalties.
173-45-10 Long-term care consumer guide: consumer satisfaction surveys.

173-50-03 PACE: enrollment, plan of care, and reassessment.
173-50-05 PACE: voluntary disenrollment.
173-50-05 PACE: involuntary disenrollment.

173-51-01 Assisted living program (state-funded component): introduction and definitions.
173-51-02 Assisted living program (state-funded component): eligibility requirements.
173-51-03 Assisted living program (state-funded component): disenrollment and other adverse actions.

Emergency Rule (Temporary, Now Expired)

173-1-04 ODA-administered programs during the federal COVID-19 public health emergency. (Effective 06/18/21 to 10/17/21)

Note: The emergency rule has expired. In its place, ODA adopted a regular rule, which took effect on 10/18/21. See 173-1-04 ODA-administered programs during the federal COVID-19 public health emergency.

Recently Completed JCARR's Review, But Effective Date Not Yet Established

173-1-02 Public hearing notices for rule proposals.
173-1-03 Public meetings.

173-2-07 AAAs: monitoring AAAs and imposing corrective actions upon AAAs.
173-2-08 AAAs: de-designating an AAA.

173-4-01 Older Americans Act nutrition program: introduction and definitions.
173-4-02 Older Americans Act nutrition program: meals eligible for payment.
173-4-03 Older Americans Act nutrition program: consumer enrollment.
173-4-04 Older Americans Act nutrition program: procuring for person direction.

173-4-05.1 Older Americans Act nutrition program: congregate dining projects.
173-4-05.2 Older Americans Act nutrition program: home-delivered meals projects. (Revised on 09/28/2021)
173-4-05.3 Older Americans Act nutrition program: congregate dining projects based in restaurants or grocery stores.
173-4-06 Older Americans Act nutrition program: diet orders.
173-4-07 Older Americans Act nutrition program: nutrition counseling.
173-4-08 Older Americans Act nutrition program: nutrition education.
173-4-09 Older Americans Act nutrition program: nutrition health screening.
173-4-10 Older Americans Act nutrition program: grocery shopping assistance.
173-4-11 Older Americans Act nutrition program: grocery ordering and delivery.

173-13-04 Confidential personal information: statutes and rules.

Public Hearings

The legislature's formal rule-review process requires the department to conduct a public hearing on each rule proposal 31 to 40 days after we first file the rule proposal with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review.

Ombudsman Programs. (12/22/21)

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program: Bed Fee. (12/27/21)

PACE. (12/27/21)

Medicaid-Funded Component of the PASSPORT Program. (12/27/21)

Medicaid-Funded Component of the Assisted-Living Program. (12/27/21)