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Nearly 96,000 Ohioans access services by working with their county board of developmental disabilities, direct service providers, and provider agencies to get the support they need to live the life they want.

Waiver Settings

More than 36,600 people access person-centered supports through home and community-based service waiver settings; that might be someone living at home on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with someone who provides full-time care through Ohio Shared Living.


Intermediate Care Facilities 

Nearly 6,000 people live in private intermediate care facilities and eight state-run developmental centers. As an important component of Ohio’s developmental disabilities service system, facility-based settings provide a bundle of services to people in one location with 24/7 access to emergency care.

Early Intervention

The department now offers programs to support a person with developmental disabilities across their lifespan. Providing services to parents of children younger than three years old who have developmental delays or disabilities, Early Intervention provides support and resources to assist families in enhancing their child’s development through everyday learning. 


The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities is committed to improving the quality of life for Ohioans with developmental disabilities and their families. Offering support across the lifespan of people with developmental disabilities, the department oversees a statewide system of supportive services that focus on assuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment.

Participating in More Integrated Services

The department's adult day waiver services, including Career Planning, Individual Employment Supports, and Group Employment Supports, along with modified vocational habilitation and adult day supports to focus on community integration opportunities and community service settings. 

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Community Employment

Employment First works to ensure every person with a developmental disability of working age has an opportunity to work, earn money, and contribute to their community. 

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John Martin

Director's Corner

The Ohio Provider Resource Association has launched a campaign and recruitment effort -- DSPOhio -- to address a critical need for more direct service providers (DSP) in the developmental disabilities field. The new career site seeks to fill some of the thousands of open DSP positions.

"The jobs could be working in a family's home, helping that family support their son or daughter at home," Director John Martin told Good Day Columbus. ​

"It could be in a small group home, or it could be in a large facility," he said. "We have lots of different opportunities around the state for jobs in this particular industry."

WATCH Director Martin explain the new career website. LISTEN to the director, who also discussed the effort with Cumulus-Toledo radio.

Deputy Directors

Kimberly Mowry
Fiscal Administration
Antoinette Harkness
Human Resources
Michelle Burk 
Information Technology Services 
Bradley Singer
Legal and Oversight
Zachary Haughawout
Legislative Affairs and Communications 
Lori Horvath
Medicaid Development 
and Administration
Kim Hauck
Policy and 
Strategic Direction
Ginnie Whisman
Residential Resources

In the News

Media Contact 

Laura Tucker
Public Information Officer
(614) 644-0263

State Plans Pay Increase For Some Staff Serving People With Disabilities
People who provide services for those with disabilities could receive a raise starting July 1 under a new program overseen by the Department of Developmental Disabilities. 
Gongwer 4/4/2018
DSPOhio Campaign
DODD Director John Martin discusses the Direct Support Professionals campaign and recruitment effort, DSPOhio.
Sunny 95 12/8/2017
Becoming a Direct Support Professional
DODD Director John Martin speaks with London Mitchell about the DSPOhio campaign.
Cumulus-Toledo Radio 12/3/2017
From 'remote' to realistic shot
Chris Collins waited his whole life to live alone and, for the past two years, has enjoyed every moment of it.
The Sandusky Register
Ohio Creates Crisis Fund to Help Parents Keep Custody of Severely Disabled Kids

For the first time, the state is to create a "crisis stabilization fund" that can be tapped to help so-called multisystem youths.

The Columbus Dispatch