To be an Independent Provider

PCW Reformat Delay: PSM in Testing

Earlier this year, the department announced that its online application Provider Certification Wizard or PCW is being "re-platformed" to a new, more user-friendly system called Provider Services Management (PSM). 

PSM will take the place of PCW in guiding providers through the process of submitting new and renewal applications, however it will launch statewide later than anticipated. While the department previously stated that PSM would be available on August 28, extensive testing and data validation are still underway, with the goal of ensuring a smooth transition from PCW to PSM.

This extended timeline means that providers submitting new or renewal applications will have more time to complete applications in PCW before the system is replaced by PSM.

Watch for more information, including a new PSM launch timeline in Memo Monday and next week’s Pipeline.

An independent provider is a self-employed person who provides services to people with developmental disabilities.
  • They are not employees of the State of Ohio or the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).
  • They cannot employ someone else to provide services on their behalf.

Below are some of the requirements to become certified as an Independent Provider. For more requirements see rule 5123:2-2-01 Provider Certification.

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Have a valid social security number.
  • Have the ability to read, write, and understand English.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.
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Steps to becoming an Independent Provider

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1View the Initial Overview online training. This orientation for independent providers is required for certification.  

Click here for technology requirements for viewing the training.