​Developmental Centers





Developmental Centers

DODD operates eight residential Developmental Centers (DCs) across the state. DCs are licensed and certified as Intermediate Care Facilities (ICFs) for the developmentally disabled. DCs serve people who require comprehensive programs, medical, behavioral, and residential services, and ensure each resident may experience a life of increasing apabilities and independence. The staff support individuals through developing a person-centered plan and using trauma-Informed care practices to identify the supports needed to achieve the persons' goals.

DCs provide temporary residential placement, offer programs that teach skills needed to live in a less intensive, more community-based setting. Centers also provide technical assistance and training to county boards of DD, as well as families and providers, that can help someone remain in their own home and avoid admission to a DC. If the team determines the individual needs a short-term admission to assist in stabilization, the admission to a center is coordinated with the county board where the individual resides. Planning for the person's return to their home begins at admission and includes the people who are important and necessary to make the individual's return to their home successful. It is also DODD's belief that all residents of its centers, with the appropriate supports and services, can live safe and enjoyable lives in their own homes in the community. 

Following the discharge of a person from a center into their own home, staff from DODD will provide follow-along services to the individual, county board and provider to ensure that services are being appropriately delivered and to address any situations that may arise as the individual adapts to his/her new home.

When a Developmental Center (DC) is contacted for technical assistance or with a potential admission, all steps will be taken and thoroughly documented to demonstrate that all resources and alternatives were utilized or exhausted in an effort to prevent an admission to a DC. Any guardian, provider, county, or individual can request technical assistance. The DCs will complete technical assistance for any individual who is receiving services in the developmental disability system. The individual will be evaluated for and offered all reasonable alternatives for service within the state prior to an admission. Admission to a center can occur on a voluntary basis, where the individual or his/her guardian agree to a temporary admission to the center as a result of a crises or emergency situation that can best be addressed by the unique services available in a center, or on an involuntary basis, where a court orders the admission to a center based on legal criteria.

Ohio's DCs are state-operated ICFs. They provide services to Ohioans with developmental disabilities whose needs cannot be currently met in their own homes. Admission to a center can occur on a voluntary basis, where the individual or his/her guardian agree to a temporary admission to the center as a result of a crises or emergency situation that can best be addressed by the services available in a center, or on an involuntary basis, where a court orders the admission to a center based on legal criteria.

DCs are licensed by the State of Ohio and certified to receive Medicaid funding. Centers must adhere to numerous standards and regulations including the provision of 'Active Treatment' - a comprehensive, continuing program of training designed with and for each individual in order to assist him/her to develop in all functional areas of life.

All admissions to a center are coordinated with a county board. Planning for the person's return to their home begins at admission and includes all those persons who are important and necessary to make the individual's return to their home successful.  It is also DODD's belief that all residents of its centers, with the appropriate supports and services, can live safe and enjoyable lives in their own homes in the community. 

Centers also provide technical assistance and training to County Boards of DD, families and providers, in order to assist an individual to remain in their own home and avoid admission to a developmental center. Following the discharge of a person from a center into their own home, staff from DODD will provide follow-along services to the individual, county board and provider to ensure that services are being appropriately delivered and to address any situations that may arise as the individual adapts to his/her new home.

Superintendent:    Patricia Nixon

Operations Director: Vacant

Program Director: Kim Morgan

Medical Director: Dr. Gary Greenspan

Nursing Director:  Pam Leigh

Human Resource Director: David Montgomery

Psychology Director: Dan Cowan

Warrensville Developmental Center (WDC) is located on 42 acres within the community of Highland Hills in eastern Cuyahoga County.  It is conveniently located to shopping centers, a community park and several major highways.  WDC serves 90 developmentally disabled adults who reside at the facility and provides housing and extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, social skills development and pre-vocational training.

WDC serves Region 8 which include the counties of Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull, Summit, and Portage.

WDC residents currently attend three different county board activity centers, including county operated employment enclaves and mobile crews, as well as four community based day programs.  Future planning with the CCBDD involves transferring our residents from the county operated centers to private providers in the community for pre-vocational training and work.  Some residents at WDC are school age and, therefore, continue to participate in school programs until they graduate.  For residents not receiving services from Cuyahoga County, WDC operates an onsite alternative program.  In this program, individuals create artwork and various craft projects, participate in gardening, and are learning how to operate vending machines including other pre-vocational opportunities.  WDC is working closely with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) to assist the residents in securing independent employment opportunities.


WDC provides a full array of health services including a medical director, 24-hour nursing, a psychiatrist, occupational therapy, psychological services and specialists in audiology, speech therapy, dietary, vision, and podiatry.