Mission, Vision, Values 


The Mission of the DODD is continuous improvement of the quality of life for Ohio’s citizens with developmental disabilities and their families.


Ohio’s citizens with developmental disabilities and their families will experience lifestyles that provide opportunities for personal security, physical and emotional well-being, full community participation, productivity, and equal rights.


The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities will:

… provide leadership in the development of public policy that supports self-determination principles of freedom, support, authority, responsibility, and confirmation.

… conduct business in an ethical manner, and within a formally-structured quality management system.

… develop sustainable resources that are consistently and equitably distributed and administered.

… increase the capacity of state and local systems to support individuals and families.

… work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders to establish statewide policy that positively affects the day-to-day lives of individuals and their families.

… communicate and promote, throughout the developmental disabilities system, an environment of open dialogue about system issues and changes as they are developed and implemented.


Goal 1

Create less complex service delivery, with fair and logical payment systems that are federally compliant.

Goal 2

Continue to be good stewards of limited resources.

Goal 3

Provide quality outcomes through a combination of people and processes.

Goal 4

Design service delivery models in response to choices made by the people served, in alliance with community supports.

Goal 5

Develop a system-wide vision and long-range strategic plan by listening to our funding partners, constituents and stakeholders.​