DODD oversees the statewide developmental disabilities system, including developing programs and managing the licensure and certification process. DODD also operates ten residential Developmental Centers (DCs) across the state. The DCs provide temporary residential placement, offer programs that teach skills individuals need to live in a less intensive, more community-based setting, and provide extensive outreach services to County Boards and providers, including case consultation and staff training.
County Boards of Developmental Disabilities are responsible for developing person-centered plans that identify the supports that will help an individual achieve their goals, and connect individuals with the providers and funding needed to implement those person-centered plans. Each of Ohio’s 88 counties has a County Board, which is accredited by DODD. Ohio’s County Boards were established in the 1960s as a way to transition people with developmental disabilities out of long-term institutional care and integrate them into their local communities. County Boards are funded by a mixture of local, state, and federal dollars.
Providers work with individuals, families, and caregivers to deliver the services specified in their person-centered plans. Providers offer facility-based services such as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs), or community-based services. Community-based providers may be agencies with several employees, or independent providers who work on their own. DODD oversees providers, and is responsible for the licensing/certification process that ensures providers meet the necessary qualifications for the services they offer.