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The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has found the Knox County Board of DD as providing an exceptional level of services and in 2013 provided the County Board with a five-year accreditation. This is the highest-level accreditation that can be awarded. The accreditation found that the Knox County Board complied with all standards set forth by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and the team recommended that the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities apply for the “Areas of Excellence” citing exceptional standards in monitoring and an exemplary Early Intervention program as just a few of the ways in which the Knox County Board is a leader in quality services. A five-year “Areas of Excellence” accreditation can be applied for only if a four-year is achieved. The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities applied for this five-year accreditation and was awarded it.
The five-year accreditation follows an extensive review conducted by a team that specializes in the rules and regulations governing county boards of Developmental Disabilities. The accreditation review is a very thorough and meticulous process that includes interviews and extensive records reviews. The Ohio Department of DD sets the standards of the different levels of accreditation based on 14 areas of the board’s programs and administration.
This review found that the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities achieved substantial compliance with the standards set forth by the DODD. The review team was also impressed with the way in which Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities creatively implemented best practices in all areas with a clear focus on self-determination.Service & Support Administration (SSA)
Andrew Taylor, SSA Director: 740-397-4621 Brody Boggs, SSA: 740-263-1032 Melissa Bryant, SSA: 740-263-1107 Miranda Conkle, SSA: 740-398-3080 Brittany Coon, SSA: 740-263-1034 Bessie Cline, SSA: 740-263-1042 Jace Cree, SSA: 740-485-7001 Bobbie Kirch, SSA: 740-263-1108 Kim Lannoy, SSA: 740-263-1040 Kristin Miller, SSA: 740-263-1106 Sherrie Simmons, SSA: 740-398-8150 Terri Spurgeon, SSA: 740-263-1035 Cindi Strawser, SSA: 740-263-1036 Heather White, SSA: 740-263-1379 Help Me Grow (HMG) Shana Miller, HMG Project Director: 740-393-5720 Deanna Kirkendall, HMG Coordinator: Kimberly Laws, HMG Coordinator: 740-393-5719 Angie Hedges, HMG Coordinator: 740-393-5718 Early Childhood (EC)
Krista Crall, EC Director: 740-393-6977 Vicki Clark, EC Specialist: 740-393-6983 or Cell: 740-398-1340 Betsy Nixon, EC Specialist: 740-393-5724 or Cell: 740-398-3244
Kim Wayne, EC SSA: 740-393-5714 or Cell: 740-398-0334 Administration
Steve Oster, Superintendent: 740-397-4656, ext. 427
Jill Lahna, Human Resources Director: 740-397-4712
Fiscal Robert Mahle, Fiscal Director: 740-397-4701
Eileen Hill, Federal Funds Manager: 740-393-6975
Evelyn Duston, Fiscal Specialist: 740-397-4619 Advocacy/Housing
Jeanette Carpenter, Advocacy & Housing Manager: 740-397-4475
Maintenance/Custodian Carey Fry, Facilities Director: 740-397-4656, ext. 334 Doug Trowbridge, Maintenance/Custodian
Johnny Conkle, Custodian Jean Scott, Custodian Patrick Lovell, Custodian MUI Emergency On-Call: 740-501-4592 Public Relations/Compliance
Andrea McKay, Compliance & Outreach Director: 740-393-5713
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Individuals with disabilities are more active in the community today than ever before. They are employees, volunteers, home owners, business owners, and consumers. The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides the added support individuals with disabilities may need to become an active part of their community. The Knox County Board provides services for qualified individuals with a Developmental Disabilities. Examples of Developmental Disabilities are Autism, Down Syndrome, or Cerebral Palsy.
The services the County Board provides are built around the strengths and needs of each individual and family. These services can begin in infancy with Early Intervention Services when a child first begins to exhibit delays. These services may be provided throughout an individuals' life or an individual may no longer need services.
The County Board provides individuals and families with resources, referrals, advocacy, and service coordination. The County Board acts as a gateway to specialized financial resources that help support the special needs of individuals with disabilities.
In addition, The Knox County Board monitors for health, safety, and quality of life. We provide a 24-hour emergency on-call number that people can call if there is an emergency for an individual with a disability. The services provided by The County Board today touch a vast network of specialized service providers, community agencies, and community businesses.
To view the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities's organizational chart, please click here: County Board Organizational Chart
The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities is located at:
11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Suite A
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The Board of Developmental Disabilities is composed of community members appointed by the Commissioners and the Probate Judge to oversee the operation of the County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Kevin Peterson, President
Jesse Marlow, Vice-President
Linda Kerr, Recording Secretary
Robert (Bob) Drews
Captain Jay Sheffer
The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities complies with all laws regarding nondiscrimination in employment, including those with respect to race, color, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, military service, and disability. Employment with Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities is contingent upon completion of a successful background investigation which includes, but is not limited to, social security verifications, criminal convictions, driving records, educational credentials, employment verification and drug screening.
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The Service & Support Administration department (formerly Case Management) is responsible for coordinating services and the development of community options. A Service & Support Administrator (SSA) works directly with eligible individuals to assist in the planning, implementation and monitoring of services. The department manages home supports that include Medicaid Waivers and Supported Living and serves as the connection to Knox County providers in the community. The SSA Director oversees 13 Service and Support Administrators that make the SSA Department. For more information contact the SSA Director at 740-397-4621.
The Early Childhood (EC) program is a non-mandated program that receives 100% of its funding locally. It is designed to meet the identified needs of eligible infants and toddlers (birth to age three) and to meet the needs of the family related to the child’s development. EC services are flexible, build upon family strengths, and are responsive to family choice. EC Specialists provide services in the home, in a classroom setting and in the community. Families learn how to use everyday experiences and materials in their child’s natural environment to engage their child and promote their developmental achievement. Each child’s services may incorporate play-based occupational, physical and speech therapy. An interpreter has been made available for the Spanish speaking families enrolled in EC.
he Human Resource (HR) Department manages the agency’s personnel functions, including recruitment and hiring of employees, maintaining employee files, administering employee compensation and benefit packages, maintaining the Policy manual and also acts as the Heath Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
The Fiscal department oversees the management of all Board funds. The employees of the fiscal department provide support to providers, process payroll, and process payments to vendors. In addition to managing the Board funds, the Fiscal department is an important part of the overall operation of Board services. The Fiscal Department is comprised of the Fiscal Director, a Federal Funds Manager, and a Fiscal Specialist. For more information regarding payments or fiscal operations contact the Fiscal Director at 740-397-4701Superintendent
The Superintendent is the chief executive officer operating under the direction of the Board. The Superintendent implements the Board's agenda and oversees all departments and their operations. The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent is Steve Oster. To contact the Superintendent call 740-397-4656, ext. 427.
The Coompliance & Outreach Director assures that individuals and families are receiving quality services and supports that comply with their individual service plan. Provider Compliance Reviews are coordinated and completed by the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Internal QARs are completed annually for each department of the Knox County Board in accordance with accreditation standards. The Quality Assurance Department is supervised by the Compliance & Outreach Director. For more information you may contact the Compliance & Outreach Director: (740) 393-5713.
Over sixty years ago, a group of Knox County parents of children with developmental disabilities banded together to support and enrich the lives of individuals in Knox County who had developmental disabilities. Ten years later, the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities (KCBDD) was established as the local government agency charged with the responsibility to serve and protect these same individuals and their families.
In 2009, self-advocates and supporters of the developmentally disabled helped create and pass a law that removed "Mental Retardation" from the name of state and local entities as well as several funds.
Over the past forty plus years, the Board has filled many roles, doing whatever was necessary to help individuals live fulfilling lives and be welcomed as members of our community. As our residents' needs have changed and government regulations have evolved, the services and supports offered have changed to ensure that the Board continues to serve the best interests of individuals in Knox County.
Supporting individuals with developmental disabilities by creating opportunities and coordinating resources through community collaborations while maintaining fiscal responsibility.
Enhancing involvement of individuals in our community by increasing the opportunity for inclusion and respect.
Partnering with Individuals and the Community.
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