FAQ’s 2016-11-17T19:46:17+00:00

Frequently Asked Questions

About Koinonia

You can contact Koinonia by calling our home office at (216) 588-8777 Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. You can also send an e-mail to info@koinoniahomes.org, or visit the Contact Us page on this website.
Our home office is located in Independence Ohio: 6161 Oak Tree Blvd., Suite 400 Independence, Ohio 44131 (216) 588-8777 Koinonia Enterprises has two locations: West - Brooklyn Heights 1200 Resource Drive Brooklyn Heights, Ohio 44131 (216) 741-6659 East - Mayfield Village 701 Beta Drive, Suite 5 Mayfield Village, Ohio 44143 (440) 461-9718 Our office hours are from Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.
Partnering with people who have developmental disabilities to achieve healthy, fulfilling, and enriched lives.
Koinonia (coin-o-Nee-yah) is a leading non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in Northeast Ohio that provides residential services, day programs, and employment services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Our service portfolio includes 21 licensed group homes, over 50 supported living arrangements, transportation services, and shared living options all provided in safe and healthy settings. From 24/7 care to drop-in residential options, we also assist a wide range of adults and youth transitioning from school to the working world.
Koinonia serves individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. These individuals may also have physical challenges, (walking or mobility changes, visual/hearing impairments, etc.) medical issues (seizures, diabetes, etc.), learning disabilities, autism, and mental illnesses. Most of these people have other special needs and challenges, and many have dual diagnoses.
Koinonia (coin-o-Nee-yah) is a rich complex word of Greek origin. Community, partnership, and generous sharing are at the heart of the word. It is translated into English to mean fellowship.
Our portfolio includes 21 Licensed Group Homes, over 40 supported living arrangements, Transportation, Host Families and shared living. We offer everything from 24/7 care to drop-in services, helping a wide range of adults.
Koinonia provides nursing care coordination, nursing supervision, and clinical services for over 450 individuals enrolled in our residential, day support, and vocational programs. More than 60% of the people we support have more than five chronic diagnoses (comorbidities) and see multiple specialists. They also average 5 - 10 medications daily. This requires attention to monitoring healthcare data (vital signs, blood sugars, seizures, etc.) and training on care, prevention, medications, side effects, etc.
A positive, comfortable environment is what makes a house a home. In our homes, individuals become active, decisive participants in small households of four to eight people. They benefit from the 24-hour support our compassionate staff provides in each of our 21 homes, located in residential neighborhoods throughout Northeast Ohio. Eighteen of the houses are certified as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs/MR), meeting federal requirements and certified by the Department of Health (Medicaid). Three homes are funded through waivers. All of our homes are licensed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
All of our clients have been diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability and are currently a Medicaid recipient. Obtaining services and support begins with your local Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Ohio Shared Living (OSL) is a residential service option that allows individuals to receive continuous care and support while living in a family home setting. The Goals of OSL is enhanced community integration for the individual served, and reduced turnover in the individual's life; enhancing service continuity and relationships.
A Shared Living Provider (SLP) may be families, couples, or individuals. A SLP can work from home, or can work outside of the home in other employment. All Koinonia SLP's receive on-going, in-home training and support from our specially trained staff.
A Shared Living Provider (SLP) can work from home, or they can work outside of the home in other employment. A SLP does not pay taxes on income derived from providing Shared Living services, Social Security is not deducted. SLP guides their own support schedule and enjoy a more enriched and fulfilling life with their families. Become a SLP improves life/work balance.
Everyone has different needs. Some people need drop-in support; some require 24-hour assistance. Our Supported Living services focus on each individual's specific necessities and preferences. Individuals choose where to live and assert responsibility by paying their living expenses. Personal resources (earned, benefit, and gift income) are first used to meet basic needs and all living expenses (rent, food, utilities, etc.) The result is a more informal, natural support system. Koinonia serves over 50 supported living sites throughout Northeast Ohio.

About Koinonia Enterprises

Koinonia Enterprises (KE), a wholly owned subsidiary of Koinonia, is certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (ODDD) in Adult Day Supports, Vocational Habilitiation, Supported Employment and Community Integration. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) has certified KE in Job Development, Job Coaching, and Job Seeking Skills Training. KE is also accredited by the Commission on Accreditation and Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).
Supported Employment is a diverse range of services that empower people who have developmental disabilities to realize their career and community-integration goals. Our person-centered approach includes job exploration, resume prep, interview skills, job shadowing, and internship opportunities. We have two vocational training centers in Brooklyn Heights and Mayfield Village. Our staff has intense training in autism, medical care, and mental health.
Senior Services are designed to enhance and sustain the level of mental and physical health required to live life fully during retirement. It provides a group setting that supports independence and productivity as well as support strategies when needed. Each individual's needs and interests guide the life enrichment activities we plan and the opportunities we offer. Some of these include; exercise and healthy living programs, experiential learning, music therapy, and art therapy. We also get involved in our community through outings and volunteer opportunities.
A full, enriching life extends beyond the home. Koinonia nurtures personal development through Adult Day Services (ADS), held at Koinonia Enterprises' location at 1200 Resource Drive in Brooklyn Heights, Ohio. Individuals achieve fulfilling and enriching lives by connecting to the community through a variety of nostalgic, recreational, and community integration opportunities.

Determining Eligibility

A developmental disability is a mental or physical impairment that starts before age 22, continues indefinitely, and causes substantial difficulties in self-care, language, mobility, self-direction, independent living, learning, and economic self-sufficiency. Developmental disabilities can range in severity from mild to profound based on an individual's need for supports.
Your journey begins with the Intake and Eligibility department of your local county board of developmental disabilities. They will work with you to complete the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument to determine "substantial functional limitations" and eligibility for services. Evaluation Specialists and Service and Support Administrators will assist you through this process.
In addition to children, Individuals age 16 and above are usually eligible for County DD services if they have a documented history of life-long developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three of seven life areas on the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI). Areas evaluated are mobility, receptive and expressive language, self-care, self-direction, and capacity for independent living and learning.
To begin the process, your county board of developmental disabilities must receive an intake referral. They accept referrals for individuals three and older looking to receive services. Referrals can be made by individuals, parents, physicians, teachers, or anyone who believes a person residing in Ohio may benefit from and qualify for services from their county board of developmental disabilities.
The Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument, or OEDI, is an assessment used to determine eligibility for services for individuals ages 16 and older.
Many services are funded through Medicaid. Waiver programs, which fund most residential services, give a great deal of flexibility to individuals to choose his or her residence and provider. A waiver is a way that Medicaid can pay for services to keep you in your home, or a home in the community, so you do not have to move to a long-term care facility or nursing home.
The county board creates a waiting list for waiver services if there are not enough resources to meet the needs of all individuals who request waiver services. There may be a waiting list for each waiver program. If you ask to be enrolled on a waiver program for which there is a waiting list, you will be placed on the waiting list if you so choose. You can be on a waiting list for multiple waiver programs.

Shared Living FAQ’s for Individuals Seeking Shared Living Services

Ohio Shared Living (OSL) was once known as "Adult Foster Care." It's a flexible and completely personalized residential service option for people who have developmental disabilities through the Individual Options Waiver. The program allows people to live in a family/partnership setting while receiving the care and support they need to thrive.
Our goals include educating potential Shared Living providers on the program model and benefits of providing services, greatly increasing the current number of Shared Living providers, reducing annual service costs for the people we serve, enhancing community integration, reducing turnover in the individual’s life, enhancing service continuity & relationships while increasing the satisfaction of the people we serve.
In order to qualify, a person must be eligible for Medicaid and the County Board must authorize funding. They must also meet the requirements for ICF/DD level of care which include being diagnosed by the age of 22 with an intellectual and/or developmental disability, have substantial functional limitation in self care, self-direction, economic self-sufficiency, mobility, or the capacity for independent living. For more information on qualifying for services, visit the Resource section of our website.
Typical services provide include bathing, dressing, walking, toileting, eating, recreation, socialization, passing medications, managing money, health management including going to doctor's appointments, religious observations, assistance using the telephone or another form of communication, personal grooming, and transferring.
A home study will be conducted to assess personalities, family dynamics & interests to help insure successful matches
We will work with the individual to transition them out of the current living arrangement into one that they are better suited with as little disruption to their life as possible
An Koinonia agency representative will visit your home at least once every month

Shared Living FAQ’s for people interested in becoming a Koinonia Shared Living Provider

Shared Living Provider's must be at least twenty-one years of age, able to utilize effective communication, provide appropriate housing & transportation - determined by the applicable stakeholders, have a sufficient income to maintain their household expenses - exclusive of SL income, successfully complete initial & annual training, attend all necessary Individual Service Plan meetings, and complete medication passer certification. All Shared Living Provider's & Adult Household Members must pass local/state/federal criminal background checks and be cleared from the State abuse register. They must also be free of restrictive physical, emotional or mental conditions.
Benefits of becoming a Shared Living Provider include the option of working from home and/or outside of the home in other employment, a better work & personal life balance, NO TAXES are paid on income derived from providing Shared Living services, nor will Social Security be deducted. In addition, Shared Living Providers are in control of their own schedule, and enjoy a more enriched and fulfilled life. All Shared Living Providers receive on-going, in home training and management from Koinonia.
Typical activities for the person served will include bathing, dressing, walking, toileting, eating, recreation, socialization, passing medications, managing money, health management including going to doctor's appointments, religious observations, assistance using the telephone or another form of communication, personal grooming, and transferring.
All training is conducted and covered by Koinonia Homes, Inc. and includes: Introduction to IDD, Active Treatment, Person-Centered Planning, Abuse Prevention, CPR/FA, Cultural Competence, Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Medication Delegation, TB Questionnaire, Annual Compliances, Health & Safety Alerts.
A home study will be conducted to assess personalities, family dynamics & interests to help insure successful matches.
We will work with the individual to transition them out of the current living arrangement into one that they are better suited with as little disruption to their life as possible.
An agency representative will visit your home at least once every month.
The SLP is required to report any incident but a Koinonia representative will file any required paperwork.
A Koinonia representative will file all Billing information
Highlights of the contract include: 1. Residence must be inspected & certified by the Agency, CB & Guardian 2. Allowable occupancy will be established; max allowable individuals is three per home 3. Update Agency of changes in the structure of the home that affect existing certification or its renewal 4. As regulated by HIPPA, any health information about the individual is Protected Health Information (PHI) 5. Immediately report any incidents adversely affecting health & safety of individuals 6. Individual(s) must have his/her own private bedroom 7. Notify Agency of changes in persons living in the home, whether related or not. 8.Subcontractor shall maintain a valid driver’s license & good driving record. 9. Maintain standard homeowner/renter’s insurance policy covering the dwelling & submit proof of insurance at least annually. 10. Notify the Agency no later than 24 hours if anyone in the household is convicted of a felony 11. Provide appropriate habilitation, skill development, transportation, homemaker and personal care programs & services according to the Individual Service Plan. 12. Ensure participation in community programs that will benefit the individual socially, psychologically and/or medically. 13. This includes, but not limited to, active participation in the interdisciplinary process, employment , medical and dental services, counseling, shopping, church, recreation, day program, and transportation. 14. Pay personal bills of the individual promptly. 15. Provide adequate food & nutrition. 16. Ensure adequate supply of clothing that is in good repair and well fitting as well as personal care supplies. 17. Provide transportation for the person served. 18. Respite services must be approved by Agency Cooperation in scheduling of timely access to the residence for Agency activities. 19. Visits, inspections, monitoring for health and welfare, quality assurance processes, and investigations.