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Accreditation

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) has found the Knox County Board of DD as providing an exceptional level of services and in 2008 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 in July 2008 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.

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Agency Directory

Main Desk
Sharon Beck, Secretary/Receptionist: 740-397-4656
 
Administrative Assistant
Christy Payne, Administrative Assistant: 740-397-4607
 
Service & Support Administration (SSA)
Andrew Taylor, SSA Director: 740-397-4621
Brody Boggs, SSA: 740-263-1032
Melissa Bryant, SSA: 740-263-1107
Bessie Cline, SSA: 740-263-1042
Krista Cook, SSA: 740-398-3080
Brittany Coon, SSA: 740-263-1034
James (Jace) Cree, SSA: 740-501-5430
Bobbi 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 Snow, HMG Director: 740-393-5720
Kimberly Laws, HMG Coordinator: 740-393-5719
Jolanda Davila-Mason, 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
Robert Mahle, Fiscal Director: 740-397-4701

Fiscal
Eileen Hill, Federal Funds Manager: 740-393-6975
Evelyn Duston, Fiscal Specialist: 740-397-4619
VACANT, Bridges Coordinator: 740-398-5810
 
Information Systems
Jeanette Carpenter, Infomation Systems Director: 740-397-4475

Maintenance/Custodian
VACANT, Facilities Director: 740-397-4656, ext. 334
C. Douglas Trowbridge, Maintenance/Custodian
Johnny Conkle, Custodian
Jean Scott, Custodian
Patrick Lovell, Custodian
Randall (Randy) Sherrets, Substitute Custodian
 
MUI
Kelly White, RN, MUI Manager: 740-397-4651
 
Compliance
Andrea Perry-McKay, Compliance & Outreach Director: 740-393-5713
 
Initiative Director
Theresa Vernon, Program Initiative Director: 740-397-4656, ext. 465

 

Please direct any e-mail to: support@knoxdd.com

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Agency Overview

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 adobe pdf

The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities is located at:

11700 Upper Gilchrist Road, Suite A
Mount Vernon, OH 43050


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Please direct any e-mail to: support@knoxdd.com

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Board Members

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.

Angie Muston, Secretary
Probate Judge Appointment

Jessie Marlow

Jesse Marlow
County Commissioner Appointment

Kevin Peterson

Kevin Peterson, President
County Commissioner Appointment

Robert (Bob) Drews
County Commissioner Appointment

Linda Kerr

Linda Kerr, Vice President
Probate Judge Appointment

Valerie Hawk

Valerie Hawk
Probate Judge Appointment

 

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Careers

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.

Job Postings: Vacant positions will be posted as they occur. If a position is listed as available below, please click on it to open the listing qualifications, responsibilities and deadline for submitting application.

Positions Available (Click to open):

No Positions are currently available.

EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION PDF Format

Application Process:

  • Click on the link above or call 740-397-4712 for copy of the position description (to be picked up or mailed to you.)
  • An application can be obtained by clicking the "Employment Application" above or by calling Human Resources at 740-397-4712 to arrange to pick up an application or to have one mailed to you.
  • Complete and return application, as instructed, to the Human Resources Director.
  • Submit all requested documents listed on posting by deadline.
  • Candidates selected for an interview will be called to schedule date and time.
  • A letter will be sent to all candidates not selected for interviews.
  • The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will not discriminate in any way against any person because of race, color, national origin, handicap, age, sex, sexual orientation and/or religion.
  • This policy applies to all services or benefits rendered by the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities and its employees.

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Departments

Service & Support Administration (Case Management)
Administration
Human Resources
Fiscal
Superintendent
Quality Assurance (QA) Department
Early Childhood

Service & Support Administration (Case Management)

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.

Early Childhood

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.
EC has been found to be a good investment in future success.  After receiving these specialized services at a young age, about 40% of school-aged children are able to successfully join their peers in a typical classroom and there is an estimated 700% cost savings in what KCBDD would pay for future services.This department is supervised by the Superintendent. For more information, contact the Help Me Grow (HMG) program at 740-393-5720 or 1-800-439-1464.

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Administration

Human Resources

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)
privacy officer. The KCBDD is dedicated to providing equal
opportunities for employment regardless of age, sex, marital status, race, color, religion, national origin, political affiliation, handicapped status or sexual orientation. Upon request to the HR Director, the Board shall make reasonable accommodations for a person with a disability to be able to participate in these processes. For more information contact HR at 740-397-4712.

Fiscal

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 740-397-4701

Superintendent

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.

Quality Assurance (QA)

The Coompliance & Outreach Director assures that individuals and families are receiving quality services and supports that comply with their individual service plan. Quality Assurance Reviews (QARs) are conducted for individuals receiving services through waivers and supported living. 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.

History

Over fifty 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.

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Mission

Empowering people to reach their full potential.

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Values

Collaboration

Opportunity

Responsibility

Efficiency

 

Visionary

Acceptance

Leadership

Understanding

Excellence

Safety

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Vision

Enhancing involvement of individuals in our community by increasing the opportunity for inclusion and respect.

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