Initiatives and Partnerships

The developmental disabilities community is made up of many partners, including providers, County Boards, state agencies, community organizations, and national organizations. DODD partners with many groups to develop and conduct research, develop solutions, and implement programs. Through this collaboration, DODD is able to identify emerging trends and learn from best practices, thus improving service to individuals and families. These efforts often are supported by grant opportunities.

Current Partnerships

Current partnerships include:

  • Ohio Coordinating Center of Excellence (CCOE): A cross-agency initiative that aims to make life better for people with dual diagnoses of mental illness and a developmental disability.
  • EmploymentFirst: A cross-agency initiative that helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, seek, and work in the community.
  • Ohio Interagency Workgroup on Autism (IWGA): A cross-agency initiative that coordinates the State's efforts around autism, and increases awareness of issues and resources.
  • National Core Indicators (NCI): A voluntary effort by public developmental disabilities agencies to measure and track their own performance.
  • Strong Families Safe Communities: A cross-agency initiative that engages local systems to identify community-driven solutions to improve care coordination and provide support for families with children in crisis who present a risk to themselves, their families or others because of mental illness or a developmental disability.
  • Help Me Grow: A cross-agency system designed to ensure comprehensive, coordinated and statewide delivery of Early Interventions Services, through Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
  • Trauma Informed Care (TIC): A cross-agency initiative that seeks to expand opportunities for Ohioans to receive trauma-informed interventions by enhancing efforts for practitioners, facilities, and agencies to become competent in trauma informed practices.

Competitive Grant Opportunities

DODD competitively awards grants related to the Department's work. All competitive grants follow a similar award process with some variation due to the funding source and program structure. Below is a summary of current opportunities.

Competitive Grant Opportunities
​Title ​Overview ​Eligible Entities​Open Date
​Close Date
​Full Details
Youth Residential Pilot The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), in cooperation with the Ohio Departments of Medicaid (ODM), Jobs and Family Services (ODJFS), Mental Health and Addiction Services (OMHAS), and Ohio Family and Children First Council (OFCFC), is issuing this Request for Interest ("RFI") to determine the number, location and capacity of providers willing to pilot a project in Central Ohio to expand residential services to youth with complex support needs. For the purposes of this project, "youth with complex support needs" is defined as: youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including but not limited to autism, and extremely aggressive behaviors.Eligible Entities (who can apply): Priority will be given to providers who are currently certified DODD and OMHAS providers in good standing and have an established method of delivering education/educational services (whether directly or through a relationship with the local education agency(ies), etc.). If not currently certified by both agencies, must be willing and immediately able to become certified. Provider must also agree to pursue other certifications/accreditations/etc. that may be necessary to maximize funding. In addition, priority will be given to experienced providers who are able to deliver crisis services, respite, residential treatment and high-fidelity wrap around.

June 1, 2016

June 30, 2016

RFI for Residential Pilot

RFI Webinar

Residential Youth Pilot RFI Questions

Coordinating Early Intervention ServicesDODD partners with the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to implement Ohio’s early intervention system, including Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Early Intervention, which is part of the larger Help Me Grow system. Both DODD and ODH can develop, implement and monitor service provision. ​State Fiscal Year 2017 Administrative Agents for Help Me Grow Early Intervention: Evaluation and Assessment and Service Coordination Continuation Funding Grants (solicited by ODH)March 25, 2016
April 15, 2016

Request for Proposal

Attachment A - Intent to Apply

Attachment B - Grant Agreement

Addendum A - Offshore Affirmation Form

Addendum B - List of Counties and Award Amounts

Exhibit A - Questionnaire

Exhibit B – Invoice Template

Employment First Grant Opportunities
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