What We Do
The Belmont County Board of DD funds the basic, essential needs of eligible people with developmental disabilities and ensures their health, safety and well-being. Supports can begin at birth and continue throughout a person’s entire life, 24/7, 365 days per year. Supports are delivered by various providers and we help people choose the provider that is right for them. We also monitor the supports to make sure people are satisfied with what they are receiving. The following supports are available:
EARLY INTERVENTION – EI is a statewide system that provides coordinated Early Intervention services to parents of eligible children under the age of three with developmental delays or disabilities. Our team of developmental specialists provides specialized instruction in all areas of childhood development.
TRANSITION – Transition planning is a coordinated set of activities that helps students of all abilities prepare for life after they are out of school. Young people who want to work are being given the opportunity to discover their talents through Employment Navigation.
ADULT SERVICES - Supports for adults ages 22 and older can include community/supported employment; vocational training; adult day activities; and transportation.
RESIDENTIAL - We work with the Eastern Ohio Housing Development Corporation, Sunrise Acres Ranch, ResCare and Paramount Support Services to develop quality housing options for people with disabilities. We also ensure people have what they need to live in the community where they are connected to family and friends.
TRANSPORTATION – We are mindful of what each person needs when we coordinate transportation. For some that means using options in the community, like taxis, bus lines, family and friends. For others it means utilizing private providers. In all cases, we make sure transportation is appropriate and safe for the people we support.
EDUCATIONAL – The County Board offers grant funding and other resources that support the education of students with developmental disabilities in the seven public school districts and the career center.
24 HOUR CRISIS INTERVENTION - The Board operates an 24-Hour hotline for the reporting of emergencies or suspected abuse, neglect or health/safety issues involving people with developmental disabilities. The emergency number is 740-310-2255.