About Us

The Ohio GPS Partnership:
The Ohio Department of Health, Nationwide Children’s Hospital/Autism Treatment Network, Family Voices of Ohio, University of Cincinnati/UCEDD and St. Vincent Mercy Hospital (Toledo) came together in 2013 to create an online care notebook for all Ohioans. With much enthusiasm, energy, resources and time, this collaborative group remained focused on helping people with special needs, who use multiple service systems, organize their records using an online tool. This Ohio GPS website was born!

This GPS is designed for all people with special needs, including teens and young adults with special health care needs or disabilities and their families.

Ohio Department of Health
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) is a cabinet-level agency, meaning the director reports to the governor and serves as a member of the Executive Branch of Ohio’s government. The ODH executive team helps the director of health formulate the agency’s strategic policy goals and objectives. The team is composed of the Chief of Staff, the Medical Director, the Chief Policy Advisor, and the General Counsel. These leaders, along with agency senior-level managers and supervisors, work in tandem to ensure the state health department is responsive to the needs of Ohio’s 11.5 million residents. Additionally, ODH houses Ohio’s Title V Maternal and Child Health program including Ohio’s children with special health care needs programs who have been pleased to partner on the GPS effort.

Website: www.odh.ohio.gov
Phone: (614) 466-3543
Address: 246 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio 43215

UC University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UC UCEDD)
UC UCEDD is a leader in working with and on behalf of children and adults with disabilities and their families so they can lead the lives they want. UC UCEDD accomplishes this mission through education, training, research, impact on policy and sharing information. Our vision is for all people, including children and adults with disabilities and their families, fully participate in society and live healthy, safe, self-determined and productive lives. UC UCEDD’s Areas of Emphasis are in Health and Quality of Life with expertise in Family Support, Advocacy & Youth Leadership Development, Transition from Pediatric to Adult Health Systems, Health Disparities and Health Promotion.

Website: www.ucucedd.org
Email: ucucedd@cchmc.org

Autism Treatment Network (ATN) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
The Autism Treatment Network (ATN) located at Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) provides diagnostic assessment, ongoing care and consultation for patients and families with developmental concerns. Our dedicated team supports families during the assessment process and provides assistance in next step recommendations and for children diagnosed with autism and other developmental disabilities. The ATN/CDC team can also assist patients and families during transitional moments in their development as they age.

The ATN/CDC provides comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary, care to children with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families. Coordinated subspecialty care such as sleep, genetics, neurology and gastroenterology as well as family participation plays a vital role in our patient and family centered care approach.

Website: www.nationwidechildrens.org/autism-treatment-network
Phone: (614) 355-7500
Address: 700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, OH 43205

St. Vincent Mercy Hospital (Toledo)
The Ohio Statewide Medical Home and Listening with Connection Project for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, in partnership with the Ohio Department of Health, Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps (BCMH) and Family Voices of Ohio was awarded a federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grant for the statewide implementation of services for Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN). The purpose of the project is to increase understanding and expectations among parents and providers such as public health nurses, Help Me Grow, Early Intervention specialists and Early Childhood Educators regarding medical homes. During this 4 year project we educated and coached on medical home and a listening based communication tool, Listening with Connection. In Ohio, a significant proportion of the population of CSHCN does not a true medical home. CSHCN who do not have a medial home have more health care needs and less health care than those who do. The project implemented statewide training to create sustainable improvements in the system of care by changing cultural expectations regarding medical homes among families, family support providers and medical providers. Ohio’s Medical Home Project ended June 30, 2015. For more information on the medical home, please go to: http://www.hrsa.gov/healthit/toolbox/childrenstoolbox/buildingmedicalhome/whyimportant.html

Family Voices of Ohio
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. Through our national grassroots network, we provide families tools to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among professionals and families, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

What is a Care Notebook?
A care notebook serves a vital role for empowering families and individuals who use multiple services. The Care Notebook goal is to maintain an ongoing and updated record of care, services, providers, and notes. It is also a way to preserve open communication between many providers and services that help care for individuals and their families. Professionals recommend that families and individuals bring a care notebook or parts of it to school meetings, community programs, medical appointments, therapies, on vacations, etc. In the past, we had forms and papers to fill out. Now, by using our online GPS, users can keep and print only the forms you wish to use and share with others.

The GPS “logo”
The GPS was created by self-advocate, Danni Miller. Danni is recognized as the contest winner for her logo design, which represents the Ohio “GPS” Guiding People through Systems web-based care notebook website. Thanks to the Ohio Arts Council for assisting with this logo contest!

For more information, please visit: www.oac.state.oh.us

Contact Us
Questions, comments and suggestions about this website can be directed to ucucedd@cchmc.org. Thank you.