Frequently asked questions

What is a developmental disability?

A developmental disability is a severe, chronic condition that manifests itself before the age of 22 and is characterized by a cognitive or physical difference or a combination of the two that is likely to continue indefinitely.

How do I receive supports from the developmental disabilities' system in Belmont County?

Contact the Service and Support Administration at the Belmont County Board of DD at 740-695-7433. The first thing we do is talk with you to learn exactly what it is you need or want. At that time, we may ask you to provide certain information verifying that you have a developmental disability. An evaluation called a Level of Care Assessment may then be completed to determine your abilities in seven life activity areas.

Who provides services in Belmont County?

People with developmental disabilities choose who they want to serve their needs through the Individual Support Plan process. A list of certified providers is maintained by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Click on this link to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to search certified providers.

Who do I contact if I think someone with a disability is being neglected or abused?

If the person is in immediate danger, dial 911 for the appropriate police, fire or emergency personnel. Other cases can be reported to the Board's emergency on-call number at 740-310-2255. This number is manned 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.