Ohio law requires the licensure of facilities that provide services to two or more unrelated individuals who have developmental disabilities, unless such individuals are sharing services in a Supported Living arrangement. In a licensed setting, a specific provider holds the license to operate the facility for a specific number of individuals at a specific location.
Holding the license means that the provider of the housing is the same as the provider of the services received by the people who live there. Ohio law limits the number of licensed beds that can exist throughout the state, and that capacity has been reached. Therefore, DODD is not increasing the number of licensed facilities.