To be an Independent Provider

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.
​Helpful Documents

Provider Timeline

Steps to becoming an Independent Provider

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1 View the Initial Overview (Orientation for Independent Providers) online training. This orientation for independent providers is required for certification.  

Click here for technology requirements for viewing the training.