Developmental Centers

Developmental centers

DODD operates ten residential Developmental Centers (DCs) across the state.  DCs are licensed and certified as Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled. DCs serve people who require comprehensive programs, medical, behavioral, and residential services, and assure that an array of choices ensure that each resident may experience a life of increasing capabilities and independence. The staff support individuals through developing a person-centered plan and using Trauma Informed Care practices to identify the supports needed to achieve the individuals' goals.

The DCs provide temporary residential placement, offer programs that teach skills individuals need to live in a less intensive, more community-based setting.  Centers also provide technical assistance and training to County Boards of DD, families and providers in order to assist an individual to remain in their own home and avoid admission to a developmental center.  If the team determines the individual needs a short-term admission to assist in stabilization, the admission to a center is coordinated with the County Board in the county the individual lives.  Planning for the person's return to their home begins at admission and includes the people who are important and necessary to make the individual's return to their home successful.  It is also DODD's belief that all residents of its centers, with the appropriate supports and services, can live safe and enjoyable lives in their own homes in the community. 

Following the discharge of a person from a center into their own home, staff from DODD will provide follow-along services to the individual, county board and provider to ensure that services are being appropriately delivered and to address any situations that may arise as the individual adapts to his/her new home.

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When a Developmental Center (DC) is contacted for technical assistance or with a potential admission, all steps will be taken and thoroughly documented to demonstrate that all resources and alternatives were utilized or exhausted in an effort to prevent an admission to a DC.  Any guardian, provider, county, or individual can request technical assistance.  The DCs will complete technical assistance for any individual who is receiving services in the Developmental Disability system.  The individual will be evaluated for and offered all reasonable alternatives for service within the state prior to an admission.  Admission to a center can occur on a voluntary basis, where the individual or his/her guardian agree to a temporary admission to the center as a result of a crises or emergency situation that can best be addressed by the unique services available in a center, or on an involuntary basis, where a court orders the admission to a center based on legal criteria.


Ohio's Developmental Centers (DC) are state-operated ICFs. They provide services to persons with developmental disabilities whose needs cannot be currently met in their own homes. Admission to a center can occur on a voluntary basis, where the individual or his/her guardian agree to a temporary admission to the center as a result of a crises or emergency situation that can best be addressed by the unique services available in a center, or on an involuntary basis, where a court orders the admission to a center based on legal criteria.

DCs are licensed by the State of Ohio and Certified to receive Medicaid funding.  Centers must adhere to numerous standards and regulations including the provision of 'Active Treatment' -  a comprehensive, continuing program of training designed with and for each individual in order to assist him/her to develop in all functional areas of life.

All admissions to a center are coordinated with a County Board. Planning for the person's return to their home begins at admission and includes all those persons who are important and necessary to make the individual's return to their home successful.  It is also DODD's belief that all residents of its centers, with the appropriate supports and services, can live safe and enjoyable lives in their own homes in the community. 

Centers also provide technical assistance and training to County Boards of DD, families and providers in order to assist an individual to remain in their own home and avoid admission to a developmental center. Following the discharge of a person from a center into their own home, staff from DODD will provide follow-along services to the individual, county board and provider to ensure that services are being appropriately delivered and to address any situations that may arise as the individual adapts to his/her new home.

State Operated Developmental Centers

66737 Toland Drive,
Cambridge OH 43725-1155
Telephone: 740-439-1371
Fax: 740-439-4382

Superintendent: Cathleen Ballinger
Operations Director: John Charles
Program Director: Daniel Duniver
Medical Director: Andrew Eddy, M.D.
Nursing Director: Grace Bates, R.N.

The Cambridge Developmental Center (CaDC) is located in the historic community of Cambridge Ohio. The center has homes where approximately 80 people with intellectual disabilities live and experience quality opportunities.  Many of the people residing in these homes are learning skills to transition into their community and experience a life of self-determination with their family and friends.  People at the center have normalized activities, working each day and spending their extra time in activities of choice. Additionally, the center has had an integral role in working with community members around Region V.  The center facilitates services to assist those experiencing challenges with their lives and providing supports to integrate them back to the home and family.  Many of these people who are admitted require specialized services based on their dual diagnoses and/or have concurrent criminal court jurisdiction.

The homes at CaDC are regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A wide range of supports in basic skills, behavioral strategies and medical services are available emphasizing a person centered approach to their dreams and aspirations.   To facilitate self-management, and empowerment, each person who lives at the center is supported by well trained staff. These include, qualified intellectual disability professionals, residential managers, nursing and medical personnel, psychologist, psychiatrist, therapeutic program workers, and other ancillary professionals to promote an environment that enables and fosters quality experiences for which to learn and succeed. The center is continually evolving and focuses on the mission of providing the utmost of quality services with the purpose to provide meaningful habilitative services and a person centered approach to community living.


1601 W Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43222-1087
Telephone: 614-272-0509
Fax: 614-272-1054
Superintendent: Robert Capaldi
Business Administrator 3: Jeremy Knapp
Program Director: Curtis Wright
Medical Director: Dr. Remus Nervez
Nursing Director: R.N. Bonnie Coulter
Human Resource Director: Joseph Fanell

The Columbus Developmental Center began as a rural facility in the 1860’s. However, Columbus’ growth kept the Center from maintaining a rural profile, and it is now located five minutes from an extensive downtown area. The Center currently serves 105 people. Individuals live in several different homes situated in a campus setting. The majority of people who reside at CDC are dually diagnosed and have significant challenges and need extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, and social skills development.

Columbus Developmental Center: Serving the counties, Miami, Logan, Pickaway, Clark, Union, Madison, Delaware, Greene, and Franklin.

Although some of the Center’s residents attend day programming on campus, the majority are employed in some capacity, with community programs operated and/or funded by the Franklin County Board of DD. Many individuals work at the nearby Learning Center operated by the Goodwill Rehabilitation Center, as well as at ARC Industries, Goodwill Edgehill, and the Living Skills Center. Through these opportunities, the Center focuses on involving individuals in vocational endeavors. In addition to this vocational training, the center provides a full array of health services, including physician, specialists, nursing, psychiatrist, OT/PT, and programmatic specialists such as psychology, social work, and speech therapy.


2500 Ohio Avenue
Gallipolis, OH 45631-1699
Telephone: 740-446-1642
Fax: 740-446-1341

Superintendent: Margaret Mossbarger
Program Director: Debbie Ward
Medical Director: Christina Kremer-Goodson
Nursing Director: Shannon Flint

The Gallipolis Developmental Center (GDC) is located on an Ohio River Plateau within the historic city of Gallipolis.  GDC is currently home for approximately 52 individuals with developmental disabilities. These individuals reside in comfortable, home-like living units. The majority of people who reside at GDC need extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, and social skills development. The Center provides a wide variety of professional services.

Gallipolis Developmental Center : Serving the counties (Region 4) of  Ross, Pike, Vinton, Jackson, Athens, Meigs, Gallia, Lawrence, and Scioto.A majority of the individuals served participate in off-campus work/habilitative activities provided during the day through an agreement with Riverview Productions and Gallia County Board of DD. In addition, a 35,000 square-foot Activity Center is an on-grounds location for habilitation, recreation, work-readiness, and therapeutic training for individuals choosing those activities. In addition to this vocational training, the center provides a full array of health services, including physician, specialists, nursing, psychiatrist, OT/PT, and programmatic specialists such as psychology, social work, and speech therapy.








1250 Vernonview Drive
Mount Vernon, OH 43050 
Telephone: 740-393-6200 

Superintendent: Dana Mattison
Business Manager:  Nancy Dean
Program Director: Amanda Kelley
Medical Director: Kamal Talukder
Nursing Director: Marilyn Christopher
Human Resource Director: Joyce Hudson-Ray

Mount Vernon Developmental Center (MVDC) is located on 310 acres of park like land, centrally located in Knox County. There are approximately 75 residents at the Center, in five different living areas. The majority of the residents at MVDC need extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, and social skills development.  MVDC provides technical assistance services to County Boards of DD, and to providers and families within our Region 5 area.

Mount Vernon Developmental Center serves the following counties (Region 5): Knox, Holmes, Licking, Fairfield,  Perry, Muskingum, Coshocton, Richland, Ashland, and Wayne.  

Mount Vernon Developmental Center offers vocational and activity based day programming in various settings both on and off campus. Crossroads Day program is our retirement/activity program for our fragile individuals.   Willow Works provides opportunities for greenhouse gardening, paid work crews, planned outings, and various other programs such as cooking, sports and educational services.  Willow Works work crew opportunities include custodial, food service, lawn care and vending. The DC encourages people to participate in programs in the community and has several choices to offer our individuals including:  New Hope Industries, Midwest Innovations, and Concepts in Community Living.  In addition to these training and activity resources, the center provides a full array of excellent health services, including physician, specialists, nursing, psychiatrist, OT/PT, and programmatic specialists such as psychology, social work, and speech therapy.  MVDC also provides specialized services to people with tracheostomies and to those who require nutrition through tube feedings.

MVDC 2014 Annual Report


1101 South Detroit Avenue
Toledo, OH 43614
Telephone: 419-385-0231
Fax: 419-382-0719 

Superintendent: Richard Suehrstedt
Operations Director: Ethel Hierholzer
Program Director: Cliff Sweinhagen
Medical Director: Larry Johnson, M.D.
Nursing Director: Fred Bodmer
Human Resource Director: Amy Gilmore

The Northwest Ohio Developmental Center (NODC) was dedicated in November 1976, and the first individual was admitted in January 1977. NODC is located in the City of Toledo, within Lucas County, near Ohio's northern border. NODC serves 101 individuals in homes on campus. The majority of people who reside at NODC are diagnosed with severe and profound challenges and need extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, and social skills development.

Northwest Ohio Developmental Center: Serving the counties (Region 5) of Allen, Auglaize, Champaign, Darke, Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Shelby, VanWert, Williams and Wood.

Nearly all residents spend their daytime hours participating in activities provided through the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, or are employed through community based providers. In addition to this vocational training, the center provides a full array of health services, including physician, specialists, nursing, psychiatrist, OT, dental, and programmatic specialists such as psychology and social work.


4399 East Bauman Lane
Batavia, OH 45103
Telephone: 513-732-9200 or 513-732-9222
Fax: 513-735-8232

Superintendent: Scott McVey
Business Administrator:  John Eardley
Program Director: Mary Jeanette Gillespie
Medical Director: Rukhsana Alam
Nursing Director: Terri Smith
Human Resource Manager: Lori Finch

Southwest Ohio Developmental Center (SODC) borders the village of Batavia, Ohio, 30 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. The Center is designed to serve 110 residents in several cottages.  The majority of people who reside at SODC need extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, and social skills development.

Southwest Ohio Developmental Center: Serving the counties (Region 6) of Adams, Brown, Preble, Butler, Warren, Clinton, Hamilton, Highland and Clermont

A wide variety of opportunities are currently available on the grounds of Southwest Ohio Developmental Center and through the Clermont County Board of DD. These opportunities include, but are not limited to community job placement, work crews, workshop (seniors program) and other adult programs that emphasize self-help, work readiness, arts and crafts, recreation, relaxation and/or sensory integration activities. In addition to this vocational training, the center provides a full array of health services, including physician, specialists, nursing, psychiatrist, OT/PT, and programmatic specialists such as psychology, social work, and speech therapy.


600 North River Road
Tiffin, OH 44883
Telephone: 419-447-1450
Fax: 419-447-5829

Superintendent: Frank J. Lengel
Program Director: Karen Keckler
Medical Director: Christopher Sears M.D.
Nursing Director: Martha Chwalik
Human Resource Director: Karen D. Ringle
Fiscal Officer:  Richard Dipold 

Located in Seneca County, Tiffin Developmental Center (TDC) is listed in the Department of Interior, National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places under the resource name "National Orphans' Home, Junior Order United American Mechanics."  This facility has a licensed capacity of 90 and the individuals reside in a number of living areas on campus.  The people who reside at TDC are diagnosed with mild, moderate, severe and profound challenges and need extensive supports in the areas of daily living, physical and mental health care, behavioral stabilization, and social skills development.

TDC is located on the banks of the Sandusky River at the north edge of the city of Tiffin.  In the past year, TDC served a 12-county catchment area that is primarily rural and meets all the requirements for participation in the Medicaid Program.  Many individuals are able to maintain close contact and enjoy the continued involvement of family and friends in their lives.

The overall objective of the TDC program is to provide multipurpose residential care and training services for people with developmental disabilities and acknowledges each individual's capacity for learning, growing, and developing, regardless of his or her disability.  To this end, all staff and volunteer efforts are directed toward programming adequately for each individual.  The ultimate goal for all individuals is to prepare them to function as independently as possible in the least restrictive setting possible.

Professional staff who work with the individuals include QIDPs, social workers, psychologists, therapeutic program workers, activity therapists, physicians, psychiatrist, RNs, LPNs, and various specialists as needed, such as speech pathologists, physical therapists, and occupational therapists.

TDC also provides input, support, and training to community providers, and county boards of DD.   It also services the counties of Crawford, Erie, Hancock, Hardin, Huron, Lorain, Marion, Medina, Morrow, Sandusky, Seneca, and Wyandot.

NorWesCo Industries, which includes the Brubaker Workshop and TDC Greenhouse, is a very successful workshop and greenhouse that provides employment opportunities for individuals who reside at Tiffin Developmental Center.  A few TDC individuals attend the Seneca County School of Opportunity or Re-Ads, as well as TDC's Senior Center. 


Superintendent: Wendy W. DiGregorio
Operations Director: Mark Jones
Program Director: Michelle Dobbins
Medical Director: Dr. Gary Greenspan
Nursing Director:  Pam Leigh
Human Resource Director: David Montgomery

Psychology Director: Dan Cowan

Warrensville Developmental Center (WDC) is located on 42 acres within the community of Highland Hills in eastern Cuyahoga County.  It is conveniently located to shopping centers, a community park and several major highways.  WDC serves 90 developmentally disabled adults who reside at the facility and provides housing and extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, social skills development and pre-vocational training.

WDC serves Region 8 which include the counties of Cuyahoga, Lake, Ashtabula, Geauga, Trumbull, Summit, and Portage.

WDC residents currently attend three different county board activity centers, including county operated employment enclaves and mobile crews, as well as four community based day programs.  Future planning with the CCBDD involves transferring our residents from the county operated centers to private providers in the community for pre-vocational training and work.  Some residents at WDC are school age and, therefore, continue to participate in school programs until they graduate.  For residents not receiving services from Cuyahoga County, WDC operates an onsite alternative program.  In this program, individuals create artwork and various craft projects, participate in gardening, and are learning how to operate vending machines including other pre-vocational opportunities.  WDC is working closely with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) to assist the residents in securing independent employment opportunities.


WDC provides a full array of health services including a medical director, 24-hour nursing, a psychiatrist, occupational therapy, psychological services and specialists in audiology, speech therapy, dietary, vision, and podiatry.