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Roberta Montenegro joins Ohio SIBS as the executive director

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Ohio Special Initiatives by Brothers and Sisters (Ohio SIBS) is pleased to announce that Roberta “Bobbi” Montenegro has joined the organization as our new executive director. Bobbi began her service with Ohio SIBS in May.

Bobbi brings a wealth of experience to the position as a skilled administrator having worked in the developmental disabilities (DD) field for the past 18 years. She was the executive director for The Arc of Stark County for eight years. Most recently, she retired from Stark County Board of DD as a department director. Before becoming professionally involved with the DD system, she held a variety of leadership positions in the private and nonprofit sectors.  Ms. Montenegro holds a Master of Science degree from The Ohio State University with a major in community mental health nursing.

“I have spent my entire professional life being challenged by a diverse repertoire of environments and responsibilities,” Montenegro said. “I realize what a huge benefit that diversity has been to me. I truly hope that my career experiences will benefit Ohio SIBS and the quality of our partnership.”

Montenegro is a native of Marietta, Ohio, but has been a resident of Stark County since 1970.  Her two children and their families also live in Stark County.  She has three step-children living in Georgia, one of whom has developmental disabilities.

Ohio SIBS is a nonprofit corporation recognized as the unified voice and partner for Ohio adult siblings of people with DD and their families. It provides advocacy, education, leadership, and supports that promote enhanced quality of life, improved public policy, and increased services and supports for adult siblings and their families.

The Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) identified five primary characteristics required for settings where home and community-based services (HCBS) are provided. Ohio needs to be in compliance by 2019. Please CLICK HERE here to see the informational document from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

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SIBLING TRANSITION

For more information about your sibling’s transition opportunities, click here to view the webinar and slides by Drs. Tom Fish and Sarah Hall titled “Involving Siblings in the Transition Process for Young Adults with Disabilities”

 

SELF Waiver Handbook: A handbook about the newest waiver administered by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

 

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1-855-SIBS-NOW (742-7669) or fish.1@osu.edu