About Us / Board
Who We Are
Since the early 1960s, Developmental Disabilities of Clark County has provided information, support, and services for people with a developmental disability such as intellectual disability, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, or a traumatic brain injury.
We currently assist over 1,100 Clark County residents throughout their lives with funding, support, safeguards, and connections with partner agencies. Much of what we do takes place in the community, where individuals with developmental disabilities live, work, and participate as everyday citizens. Our mission is to empower people who have developmental disabilities to achieve their fullest potential.
We offer quality training for partner agencies to attain certification from the state in order to work for individuals with developmental disabilities. We provide job skill training so that adults with developmental disabilities can be successfully employed and become more self-sufficient. We arrange housing and independent living options so people with developmental disabilities can be assured that their needs will be met when family members can no longer care for them. We also assure services for children and adults with severe disabilities that would be too costly for families to afford.
F.F. Mueller Center. We manage and operate the F.F. Mueller Center, which is a package of services that incorporates 24-hour nursing for 23 people with developmental disabilities. The F.F. Mueller Center is funded through the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County tax levy and Medicaid.
Community Living Services (CLS). CLS staff work with individuals age 3 and up to identify needs and goals, and assist individuals to live, work and participate in our community. We determine eligibility for services, assist in accessing resources, and authorize services that meet the person’s needs. A majority of services are paid by 60% Federal government funds, and 40% from State and local tax dollars.
Early Intervention (EI). EI provides services for children age birth through two who have developmental delays. Staff have special training to assist babies and toddlers with a variety of needs including hearing and vision loss, autism, language delays, Down syndrome, gross motor deficiencies, and more. This program is highly effective, with 50% of the children no longer needing services upon entering kindergarten. EI is funded by Help Me Grow and the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County tax levy.
Adult Habilitation. Quest Adult Services offers programs that promote independence, self-sufficiency, and involvement in the community. Services are tailored to meet the needs, interests, and desires of the recipient. Quest is funded by Medicaid waivers and local tax dollars.
Transportation. We provide transportation for work and day services through our specially adapted bus and van fleet. We recently replaced the majority of our buses and vans through seeking grant funds. Transportation services are funded through Medicaid waivers and the Developmental Disabilities of Clark County tax levy.
Health and Welfare. We ensure individuals we serve are safe and afforded the same rights as other citizens. Unfortunately, individuals with developmental disabilities can be vulnerable to physical abuse, neglect, poor medication administration, and financial misconduct. Developmental Disabilities of Clark County Investigative staff monitor and investigate situations in order to maintain safe living conditions for individuals.
Employment Training. Through the Employment First, Quest Discovery, Project SEARCH, and Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities programs, we provide vocational training to enrich the lives of those we serve. Vocational services are customized for each individual through assessments and one-on-one meetings with professional counselors.
Provider Training and Certification. We offer training and technical assistance to providers to help them attain and maintain certification in order to provide services for people with developmental disabilities. We also offer and encourage on-going training for providers in order to assist them in providing the best care for the individuals they serve.
Board Members and Meetings
Board members are appointed by the County Commission or the Probate Judge. They serve a four year term and are limited to three terms. Serving on the board is an unpaid position.
Meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month from 5:15 – 7:15 p.m. in the Administration Conference Room, 2527 Kenton St. Change of meeting date, time, or location will be announced in the Springfield News-Sun. All meetings are open to the public.
Addressing the Board
Any individual or group may address the Board concerning a subject that lies within the Board’s jurisdiction. Questions are to be directed to the Board as a whole and may not be put to any individual member of the Board or the Superintendent or the staff, except by permission of the President. A Request to Address the Board Form must be submitted in order to address the board.
Any matter upon which the Board may be requested to act must be submitted in writing to the Board not less than seven (7) days, excluding Sunday and holidays, prior to the date of the meeting at which the subject is to be discussed. Any matter upon which the Board may be requested to act must be submitted in one of two following ways:
- The matter may be submitted in writing to the Board prior to the start of the meeting at which the subject is to be discussed. When such method of submitting a matter to the Board is used, not more than three minutes may be allotted to each speaker and not more than thirty minutes to each subject under discussion except with the consent of the Board, or:
- The matter may be submitted to any individual board member orally, at any time prior to the start of the meeting. The board member may then bring the matter up for discussion at the appropriate time. Discussion time line will be the same as in option 1.
Jill Acuff, President