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The Ohio Department of Aging

Ohio Department of Aging Structure of the Ohio Department of Aging

Divisions of the Department of Aging

The Department of Aging is organized into nine divisions, each of which performs or supports a critical function of the agency or the aging network.

  • The Executive Division directs the daily operation of the department, sets goals, guides policy and represents the agency to partners, constituents and decision makers. The division drafts budget concepts, proposes and analyzes legislative language and reviews testimony. Staff also supports the development of a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of elder friendly, person-centered programs and services, as well as explores opportunities to promote policy and systems change through strategic partnerships and monitors legislation that impacts older Ohioans and their families and provides information to legislators.
    Director: Stephanie M. Loucka 
    Chief of Staff: Joel Whetstone
  • The Communications Division (CD) coordinates public and media outreach. The division plans special events and recognitions and creates and distributes educational and informative publications, articles and audiovisual resources. Staff maintains the department's website and social media presences and operates the Golden Buckeye program.
    Division Chief: John Ratliff
  • The Division for Community Living (DCL) develops and manages a comprehensive and coordinated system of community services for seniors and individuals with disabilities accessed through the Aging and Disability Network. The pre-admission review and long-term care consultation program administered by the division facilitates consumers' access to available options. Staff develops and furnishes operational oversight of services and programs funded through community-based Medicaid-related programs and services and programs supported through state funds and grants. Medicaid-related programs include the PASSPORT home and community-based waiver program, the Assisted Living Waiver program and PACE, as well as new Medicaid initiatives.
    Division Chief: Matthew Hobbs
  • Elder Connections Division (ECD) staff develop and manage a comprehensive and coordinated system of community services for older adults and people with disabilities. The services and supports they oversee are funded through the federal Older Americans Act along with other state, federal and local dollars. Older Americans Act services include meals, nutrition, transportation, caregiver support, disease self-management and other supportive services. In addition, the division collaborates with Area Agencies on Aging, other state agencies, providers and local partners to develop health, wellness and prevention programs throughout the aging network. Their focus is on evidence-based models of disease self-management, injury prevention and general health and wellness, such as the HEALTHY U and STEADY U initiatives.
    Division ChiefJulie Trackler
  • The Elder Rights Division (ERD) safeguards the rights of consumers of long-term care and other services throughout Ohio. The division houses the Office of the State Long-Term Care Ombudsman, whose mission is to seek resolution of problems and advocate for home care consumers and residents of long-term care facilities, with the goal of enhancing their quality of life and care. Division staff coordinates legal and benefits assistance, and manage the Long-term Care Consumer Guide, which provides information about Ohio nursing homes and residential care facilities. The division also serves as the administrative body for the Ohio Person-Centered Care Coalition.
    Division Chief: Beverley Laubert
  • The Fiscal Division monitors the programs, services and administrative entities that receive funding through the department. Fiscal staff ensure compliance with applicable regulations, statutes and policies; process payments to vendors and subrecipients, and manage the department's administrative resources, purchasing, revenue, travel and inventory. They also track spending, prepare and monitor the biennial budget, manage the grants process for funds passed through the department, and monitor the fiscal processes of the department's grant subrecipients.
    Division Chief: Kevin Flanagan
  • Human Resources Division (HRD) performs all functions of workforce and human resources planning and management. Staff coordinate and lead statewide workgroups on civic engagement and workforce planning and development, and represent the Department on statewide human resources teams. Staff also hires new employees, processes payroll and manages benefits, as well as coordinates staff development, employee wellness initiatives, labor relations, equal employment opportunity (EEO) and employee policies and procedures. The division acts as a role model for implementing human resource solutions that ensure a qualified workforce.
    Division Chief: Helena Carter
  • The Information Systems Division (ISD) provides for the technological needs of the department and the aging network. Staff design, implement and support the department's primary network as well as specialized information infrastructures (i.e., databases, applications, T1 communications) for agency programs and entities. They purchase, configure and maintain desktop and network computer equipment and software systems for the department and provide help desk services and specialized training programs for employees and partners. Staff also provides facility management, including maintenance of office space, furniture and equipment; and facilitates mail, reception, records retention and telecommunications services.
    Division Chief: David Saunders
  • The Performance Center Division (PCD) implements a performance management model to ensure that the department meets its goal of being on the leading edge of innovation and responsiveness to the growing and changing aging population. The division is comprised of three sub-divisions that promote the efficiency, effectiveness and accountability of all agency services: project management, data evaluation and quality assurance. Staff manages projects, coordinates and designs more efficient processes, encourages data-driven decision-making, aligns employees to the strategic plan and monitors and evaluates system outcomes.
    Division Chief: Eric Miller
  • The Board of Executives of Long-term Services & Supports (BELTSS) is an independent board housed within the Ohio Department of Aging that promotes increased quality of care in Ohio's nursing homes and assists in providing nursing homes for Ohio's elderly that are healthy, safe and dignified. The board believes that quality care is directly linked to management by a qualified nursing care facility administrator. BELTSS develops and enforces standards for nursing home administrators; formulates appropriate examinations; and issues, revokes, and suspends licenses. The board also investigates complaints; evaluates and approves continuing education courses to meet license renewal requirements; controls an ongoing trainee program for prospective nursing home administrators; and maintains a register of all licensed nursing home administrators.
    Executive Director: Deborah Veley