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The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities has an Adult Team of Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) that serves the unique needs of adults with developmental disabilities. The Adult Team includes SSAs with knowledge of resources, services and needs of adults and the aging community. The goal of the Adult Team is to support each individual in living a healthy, safe and quality life.
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Service and Support Administration
All individuals (age 3 and above) enrolled with the Knox County Board DD will have access to a Service and Support Administrator (SSA). The SSA will assist individuals with planning for future goals/needs, making informed choices and leading a self-determined life. The SSA will assist individuals and families in understanding and using community resources, understanding and advocating for their rights and making decisions regarding their lives. All SSAs must meet the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities rules for certification and on-going trainings. In addition, Service & Support Administrators are selected for their unique abilities and their knowledge of community resources.
Hours of services: 8am to 4pm, or otherwise determined by team and individual or family.
Days of services: services are available based on board approved program calendar
Frequency of services: based on individual's needs and plan
Referral source: Service & Support Administration
Support Settings: Supports take place in the community in the home, work enviornments or the individuals typical daily environment. The administrative offices are located at:
Service & Support
The Knox County Board of DD provides support to individuals with challenging behaviors. Such individuals and their interdisciplinary support team are led through an assessment process by a County Board specialist to ascertain the nature, function and antecedents of their behavior. A formal behavior plan or behavior guidelines may then be developed to identify preventative measures and appropriate interventions for direct care providers to utilize to support the individual during problematic episodes as well as reinforce appropriate replacement behavior for the future.
For more information contact the SSA Associate Director at 740-397-4565.
Residential (Home Supports):
Planning for Home Supports is built around the individual’s and the family’s wants and needs. You may want to live in your own home, in an apartment, with your family, or you may want to live and share expenses with roommates. Services may include hiring a provider who can help with living skills, transportation assistance, or purchasing adaptive equipment.
There are a variety of funds available to help pay living expenses, including Medicaid. We can help you apply for residential services, or to plan a budget for the things you need.
Club: The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities is proud of the local clubs designed specifically for indivbiduals with developmental disabilities. These clubs help individuals learn about their own strengths and to give back to the community through advocacy or community service.
Aktion Club: Sponsored by Kiwanis, this is a group for adults with disabilities interested in giving back to the community. Individuals learn leadership skills by running the meetings, electing officers, selecting activities, conducting fundraisers and giving back to the community through various forms of community service. Individuals also have the opportunity for social interaction and fun experiences. The group is assisted by advisors from Kiwanis, the Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities and parents/family of individuals.
People First of Ohio: A self-advocacy group that helps individuals learn about their rights and exercise their ability to speak out for themselves to make changes in their lives. The group is trained in advocacy, the advocates’ Bill of Rights, community awareness, Roberts Rules of Order, Self-Determination, and how to speak out about their dreams to make changes in their lives. People First encourages involvement in government. They testify at the state level, and they sit on many boards (such as the Futures Committee at the Ohio Department of DD) that make very important decisions about the lives of people with disabilities in Ohio. They encourage individuals to vote and to live the lives they want including jobs, friends, homes in the community, relationships independence and dreams for the future.
Some Day Services also provide Vocational Habilitation services designed to teach and reinforce concepts related to work such as:
Currently three Adult Day Services provide Supported Employment services. These are intensive, ongoing supports that help people to perform work in a typical employment setting, including self-employment.
If you are interested in receiving supports through the Knox County Board DD you may:
If you need help, the intake person will explain the steps to take to apply for enrollment and assist you with completing the application and getting the documents you may need.
We will need:
If you are interested in services, please contact:
Intake Department: 740-397-4607, firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are interested in having a job, your service and Support Administrator can help you get connected with supported employment services. This may include BVR or a supported employment provider. Skills can be developed in a sheltered workshop, an Adult Day Service program or in the community
There are several agencies in the community that will help support an individual in their employment. Through the agency of your choice, we can arrange for you to have help in finding, learning and keeping a job. Supports may include, helping you complete an application, helping you write a resume, going with you to the interview, helping you learn your job, or talking to your employer to help you keep a job. A Supported Employment provider can also work closely with your team to help identify and strengthen the qualities that employers look for in their employees.
The Knox County Board of Developmental Disabilities believes in person-centered planning. The person-centered approach creates a team of people who know and care about the individual with a disability, who come together to develop and share a dream for the person's future, and who work together to organize and provide the supports necessary to make that dream a reality. The goal is to organize truly individualized, natural, and creative supports to achieve meaningful goals based on each individual's strengths and preferences. Central to person-centered planning is a circle of friends and supporters, including the person with a disability, family members, friends, peers, teachers, and other service providers. The individual's team meets at least once a year to evaluate progress and to create a plan for the coming year. The Individual Service Plan or ISP (formerly the Essential Lifestyle Plan or ELP) is meant to be a unique reflection of each individuals' personality, lifestyle goals, needs and progress. The objective of the ISP is:
• Discover what is important to a person in everyday life; and what is important for a person in order for them to stay healthy, safe and have a quality life.
When goals and areas of need are identified the plan directs services that work towards a fuller and more independent life for each individual. This plan also acts as a "contract" with service providers to provider the services outlined as frequently and for the length of time that the team decides.
Here is a personal workbook that helps you look at your life and plan for many of the questions that the team will address during your team meeting.