BDD votes to monitor for Internet violations

LISBON – Concerned about Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) issues, the county Board of Developmental Disability voted to have someone monitor the Internet for possible violations.

Facebook sites and others will be monitored to make certain the rights of the clients who obtain services through the BDD are protected. Superintendent Bill Devon pointed out to the board Wednesday the Internet has the potential to open people up to more exposure.

HIPAA protects health-related information from being released to the general public.

Besides monitoring the internet, the board also approved a $2,500 contract to develop a new website for the BDD. The old website was set up in such a way it cannot be updated, according to Devon. The current website has long stated it is under construction.

The board also created the position of part-time central intake assistant for Help Me Grow with a wage of $10 per hour.

The board approved a new policy involving the care of early intervention clients. Devon said the new policy provides a new funding source of about $56,000 for the BDD. According to Ohio Revised Code, the agency would be able to obtain bonds for those clients for which they are serving as guardians.

In other matters:

– The board thanked two Eagle Scouts, Caley and Caleb McHenry of Boys Scout Troop 41 in East Liverpool. The boys planned a 500-yard walking path behind the EDI-South facility, organized the supplies and led their fellow Scouts in creating it on a Saturday. The gravel trail also includes benches and is being used by clients at EDI-South during their breaks.

– Devon presented former board member Ruth Marhefka with a blue vase commemorating the eight years she served.

– The annual Harvest Festival will be held at EDI-Central from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 4. The event will include raffles and visits from wrestlers.

– The clients will be treated to a rodeo at Simmons Equestrian in Negley on Dec. 7. Devon said the event will be free for the clients and include a boxed lunch. Tickets will be sold for anyone else wishing to attend.