To be an Independent Provider

The provider certification application will move from Provider Certification Wizard, or PCW, to a new platform called Provider Services Management on July 31, 2017. Provider Services Management, or PSM, will offer an easier platform for providers to submit initial application packets and recertification packets.

Please note:

  • Any initial application packets or recertification packets that are started in PCW must be completed and application fees paid before July 30. Incomplete application or renewal packets will not be saved as the system changes from PCW to PSM on July 31.
  • If an application in PCW is incomplete July 30, the application information will be lost when the system changes July 31 and will need to be restarted in PSM.
  • Please make sure your email address is current in PCW so additional communication regarding the new system reaches you.
  • Your login for PSM will be the same as it was for PCW.

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.