Ethics Council Policy

Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities

ORC Reference:         O.R.C.  5126.031 and 5126.032                                

Ohio Administrative Code Reference:          

I.          Subject:                       Ethics Council

  1. Purpose

The Carroll Board of Developmental Disabilities supports the belief that membership of a person on, or employment of a person by the County Board of MR/DD does not affect the eligibility of any member of their family for services provided by the County Board or by any entity under contract with the County Board.  Therefore the County Board has created an Ethics Council to review all direct services contracts meaning any legally enforceable agreement with an individual, agency or other entity that, pursuant to its terms or operation, which may result in a payment from the County Board of Developmental Disabilities to an eligible person or to a member of the family of an eligible person for services rendered to the eligible person.  

  1. Definitions

“Direct Services Contracts” means any legally enforceable agreement with an individual, agency, or other entity that, pursuant to its terms or operation, may result in a payment from the County Board to an eligible person or to a member of the immediate family of an eligible person for services rendered to the eligible person.  Direct service contracts include but are not limited to, Supported Living, Family Consortiums, Family Resources (if payment is made directly to the family), and reimbursement for transportation expenses. 

“Eligible person” means a person eligible to receive services from the County Board or from an entity under contract with the County Board.

“Former board member” means a person whose service on the County Board ended less than one year prior to commencement of services under a direct services contract.

“Former employee” means a person whose employment by the County Board ended less that one year prior to commencement of services under a direct services contract.

“Immediate Family” means parents, brothers, sisters, spouses, sons, daughters, mothers-in-law, fathers-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-laws.

IV.       Policy 

The Carroll Board of Developmental Disabilities hereby establishes a policy for the establishment of an ethics council for the review of all direct service contracts.  The County Board shall not enter into a direct services contract that would result in payment to a County Board member, former County Board member, employee, former employee, or member of the immediate family of a County Board member, former County Board member, employee, or former employee if the person who would receive services under the contract stands to receive any preferential treatment or any unfair advantage over other eligible persons.

  1. Development of Procedures to Implement this Policy

The Board authorizes the Superintendent to develop and implement written procedures consistent with Board policy and applicable rules, regulations and statutes.

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