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Tiffin Developmental Center

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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 serves 99 residents in a number of living areas on the campus . The majority of people who reside at TDC are diagnosed with severe and profound challenges and need extensive supports in the areas of daily living, health care, and social skills development.

TDC’s main campus is located on the north edge of the city of Tiffin along the Sandusky River.  In the past year, TDC served a 14-county catchment area that is primarily rural and meets all the requirements for participation in the Medicaid Program.   With family and friends residing in these nearby communities, many individuals are able to maintain close contact and enjoy the benefit of their families' continued involvement in their lives.

TDC provides input and support to community providers, steering committees, and county boards of DD, and continues to develop community partnerships that will help identify and close gaps in the service delivery system, and more effectively serve the residents.  NorWesCo Industries and Greenhouse is a very successful workshop and greenhouse which provides employment opportunities for individuals who reside at Tiffin Developmental Center.  

Tiffin Developmental Center:  Serving the counties (Region 1) of Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Ottawa, Defiance, Henry, Wood, Sandusky, Erie, Paulding, Putnam, Hancock, Seneca, Huron, Van Wert, Allen, Wyandot, Crawford, Mercer, Auglaize, Hardin, Marion and Morrow

Residents can attend Norwesco Industries and complete work for a paycheck. They can move into and out of all of these program as they gain skills or want new experiences. A few residents attend the Seneca County Board workshop or the Senior Center. 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.

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