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Eligibility Information

Getting Started

If you wish to receive services, you must live in Hardin County, have a developmental disability, and meet the eligibility criteria established by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.

 

Definition of Developmental Disabilities:

A developmental disability is defined as a severe, chronic disability that:

 

  • Is attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment that is not solely caused by mental illness

  • Manifested before the age of 22

  • Is likely to continue indefinitely

 

Birth through two years:

The Hardin County Board of Developmental Disabilities supports families by providing developmental evaluations and early intervention services for infants and toddlers with developmental delays. All referrals for children birth through two are made through Help Me Grow/Early Intervention Central Intake at 1-800-755-4769. To contact Early Intervention please call 419-674-4158.

 

Age 3 through 5

Children ages 3 through 5 years are considered eligible for services if they are eligible for special education services based on the Evaluation Team Report (ETR) completed by local school district, have a medical diagnosis that is known to cause developmental delays, OR have standardized testing showing documented delays of a standard deviation of -2.0 in one area or a -1.5 in two areas. Children must have their eligibility re-determined at age 6 in order for services to continue. For further information please contact your local school district.

 

 

Age 6 through 15

A child who is between 6 and 16 years old is eligible for services if he or she meets the following criteria:

 

  • Has been diagnosed with a developmental disability by a qualified professional.

  • Has a diagnosis that is expected to be a life-long.

  • Is determined to have three functional limitations based on the results of the Children's Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI).

The areas that will be assessed are:

  • Self-Care: Skills such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, etc.

  • Communication: Skills in the areas of receptive and expressive communication

  • Mobility: How well the child moves about in their environment

  • Learning: The child's ability to read, time telling, count money, etc.

  • Self-Direction: The child's ability to make age appropriate decisions and understand cause and effect

  • Capacity for Independent Living: The child's ability to do daily living tasks at an age appropriate level such as make a snack, operate a television or microwave, take dirty dishes to sink, etc.

 

Eligibility determinations can be initiated at any time. Reassessments with the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI/OEDI) will occur at age 6, 16, and as determined by the Director of Support Administration.

 

Age 16 through adult

A person over the age of 16 is eligible for services if he or she meets the following criteria:

 

·         Has been diagnosed with a developmental disability by a qualified professional.

·         Must have occurred before the age of 22.

·         Has a diagnosis that is expected to be a life-long.

·         Is determine to have three functional limitations based on the results of the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI) The areas that will be assessed are:

  • Self-Care: Skills such as bathing, toileting, dressing, eating, etc.

  • Communication: Skills in the areas of receptive and expressive communication

  • Mobility: How well the child moves about in their environment

  • Learning: The child's ability to read, time telling, count money, etc.

  • Self-Direction: The child's ability to make age appropriate decisions and understand cause and effect

  • Capacity for Independent Living: The child's ability to do daily living tasks at an age appropriate level such as make a snack, operate a television or microwave, take dirty dishes to sink, etc.

  • Economic Self-Sufficiency: The individual's ability to work and manage their finances

Eligibility determinations can be initiated at any time. Reassessments with the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI/OEDI) will occur at age 6, 16, and as determined by the Director of Support Administration.

 

For further information about the eligibility process, contact the SSA Director.

Health & Safety Alerts

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) periodically identifies risks to people and what can be done to avoid or reduce that risk. They issue informational guides called Health and Welfare Alerts. These can be found on the DODD website and should be reviewed annually:

 

http://dodd.ohio.gov/HealthandSafety/Pages/Health-and-Safety-Alerts.aspx

Links to Community Resources

Below are some of the community resources available to people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Advocacy and Protective Services Inc. Ohio (APSI) – www.apsiohio.org

Social Security Administration – www.ssa.gov

Medicaid & Medicare Services – www.cms.gov

Ohio Department of Education – www.ode.state.oh.us

United Way of Hardin County - www.unitedwayhardincounty.org/

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) - http://dodd.ohio.gov/

Hardin County Council on Aging - http://www.hardincoa.net/

WestCON Council of Government - https://www.westconcog.org/

Ohio Association of County Boards (OACB) - http://www.oacbdd.org/

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities - http://www.ood.ohio.gov/

Employment First - http://www.ohioemploymentfirst.org/

Hardin County Job & Family Services – http://jfs.ohio.gov/County/index.stm

Hardin County Government Agencies - http://www.co.hardin.oh.us/index.php

MUI Hotline

To report a Major Unusual Incident (MUI), please call the SSA on-call phone at 567-295-8249.

Ohio Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights for People with Developmental Disabilities

The Ohio Revised Code offers specific rights to individuals with developmental disabilities. This is referred to as the Bill of Rights for People with Developmental Disabilities. Those rights include:

  • The right to be treated at all times with courtesy and respect and with full recognition of their dignity and individuality.

  • The right to an appropriate, safe, and sanitary living environment that complies with local, state, and federal standards and recognizes the persons' need for privacy and independence.

  • The right to food adequate to meet accepted standards of nutrition.

  • The right to practice the religion of their choice or to abstain from the practice of religion.

  • The right of timely access to appropriate medical or dental treatment.

  • The right of access to necessary ancillary services, including, but not limited to, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, and behavior modification and other psychological services.

  • The right to receive appropriate care and treatment in the least intrusive manner.

  • The right to privacy, including both periods of privacy and places of privacy.

  • The right to communicate freely with persons of their choice in any reasonable manner they choose.

  • The right to ownership and use of personal possessions so as to maintain individuality and personal dignity.

  • The right to social interaction with members of either sex.

  • The right of access to opportunities that enable individuals to develop their full human potential.

  • The right to pursue vocational opportunities that will promote and enhance economic independence.

  • The right to be treated equally as citizens under the law.

  • The right to be free from emotional, psychological, and physical abuse.

  • The right to participate in appropriate programs of education, training, social development, and habilitation and in programs of reasonable recreation.

  • The right to participate in decisions that affect their lives.

  • The right to select a parent or advocate to act on their behalf.

  • The right to manage their personal financial affairs, based on individual ability to do so.

  • The right to confidential treatment of all information in their personal and medical records, except to the extent that disclosure or release of records is permitted under sections 5123.89 and 5126.044 of the Revised Code.

  • The right to voice grievances and recommend changes in policies and services without restraint, interference, coercion, discrimination, or reprisal.

  • The right to be free from unnecessary chemical or physical restraints.

  • The right to participate in the political process.

  • The right to refuse to participate in medical, psychological, or other research or experiments.

Referral Information

Program participants are generally identified through referrals from public schools, social service and human service agencies, hospitals, doctors and from the parents, friends, and relatives.

 

 
COMMUNITY

ARC

The Hardin County ARC is a group of parents, staff and friends of Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries. We fund many different programs and groups associated with Simon Kenton School and Harco Industries. One of our major services is a Summer Respite program held throughout the summer for families with special needs children. We also offer funding for many events during the year.

We hold one key fundraiser each year, our annual auction, typically held the first Sunday in December. The auction is made up entirely of donated items.

Meetings are held monthly during the school year on the second Tuesday of the month. Be sure to check our Facebook page for changes...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hardin-County-ARC/

Aktion Club

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Special Olympics

Hardin County Special Olympics provides opportunities for training and competition for persons aged 8 and up who are eligible for board services. Currently, participants have the opportunity to compete at the local, regional and state level in bowling, basketball, swimming, pep club, track and field, and softball.

For more information on how you can get involved in Hardin County Special Olympics, please contact the Special Olympics Coordinator, Amber Shaffer, at 419-674-4159 or by email at ashaffer@harcoindustries.org.

People First Language

Language is a reflection of how people see each other. That’s why the words we use can hurt. It’s also why responsible communicators are now choosing language which reflects the dignity of people with disabilities – words that put the person first, rather than the disability.

 

Download a printable version of People First Language pamphlet here.

 

Think people first. Say, “A woman who has mental retardation,” rather than, “A mentally-retarded woman.”

 

Avoid words like, “unfortunate,” “afflicted,” and “victim.”

 

A developmental disability is not a disease. Do not mention, “symptoms,” “patients,” or “treatment,” unless the person you are describing has an illness as well as a disability.

 

Use common sense. Avoid terms with negative or judgmental connotations, such as “crippled,” “deaf and dumb,” “lame,” and defective.”

 

Never refer to a person as, “confined to a wheelchair.” A person with mobility impairment “uses” a wheelchair.

 

Try to describe people without disabilities as “typical” rather than “normal.”

 

Most importantly, if you aren’t sure how to refer to a person’s condition, ask.

 

 
PROVIDERS

Health & Safety Alerts

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) periodically identifies risks to people and what can be done to avoid or reduce that risk. They issue informational guides called Health and Welfare Alerts. These can be found on the DODD website and should be reviewed annually:

 

http://dodd.ohio.gov/HealthandSafety/Pages/Health-and-Safety-Alerts.aspx

How to Become a Provider

 

If you are interested in becoming a provider of Home and Community Based Medicaid (Individual Options, SELF, or Level 1 Waiver) Services to individuals with developmental disabilities, you must be certified through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD).

 

All potential providers should start with the “New Provider” page on the DODD website.  http://dodd.ohio.gov/Providers/Pages/default.aspx

 

From that page you can learn about the differences between Agency and Independent Providers and the requirements for each.

MUI Hotline

To report a Major Unusual Incident (MUI), please call the SSA on-call phone at 567-295-8249.

On the DODD website, there are many templates available for UIR’s and the mandatory MUI reporting.

http://dodd.ohio.gov/HealthandSafety/Pages/Tool-Kits.aspx

UIR and MUI forms can be found by clicking on the “Click Here to access the Toolkit” button.

All providers are required to submit a Semi Annual & Annual MUI Analysis to the Hardin County Board.

Training and Resources

The Application process requires that potential providers complete an 8 hour certification course as well as CPR/1st Aid training. Verification of these trainings is submitted with your application. Other requirements include a BCII and FBI background check and copies of your driver’s license, high school diploma, and social security card. It costs between $250-$350 in application fees and all necessary trainings and background checks.

 

Once you’ve been certified:

 

Once you have received both letters of approval (an Initial Letter and a Final Letter of Approval), copies must be submitted to the Hardin County Board of DD.

 

You must include an email address and phone number where you can be reached. Your information will be given to our COG and you will receive email notification regarding individuals who are looking for providers.

 

Any changes to your contact information should first be completed with DODD, then update the Provider Search Tool, and then let the SSA department know