It is a requirement that all County Boards of Developmental Disabilities be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to ensure compliance with state and federal laws. The Carroll County Board was reviewed in November of 2009 and awarded a 2 year accreditation. Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities can place a County Board in abeyance, meaning significant improvement is needed and another County Board has to sign off on all legal documents, or award County Boards 1 to 4 years Accreditation based on compliance and only a 5th year if the Board shows areas of excellence in 4 out of 5 areas. Our Board only received a 2 year because we received 5 citations in personnel, 6 citations in behavior support, 1 citation in medication administration, 1 citation in Title XX, and 5 citations in Medicaid Waiver management.
November 16 and 17th, 2012, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities again reviewed our program and found many significant improvements. This time there were no citations in personnel, medication administration, or Title XX. There were a total of 3 citations - one for an aversive behavior plan and 2 for failure to report major unusual incidents in a timely manner. The Carroll County Board was awarded a 4 year Accreditation from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
The 4 year Accreditation was due to the commitment and hard work of Carroll Hills staff to resolve system issues. The Service and Supports Administration (SSA) department took over behavior support plans and did a great job reducing the number of aversive behavior plans from 65 to 11. Our entire program has adopted the Positive Culture Initiative which improves communication with those we serve and finds ways for them to deal with issues without disruptive behaviors or crisis behavior. A ?well done? is in order for SSA Director, Jan Clayborn for taking the lead on Accreditation preparedness and SSA staff: Lisa Erwin, Shannan Boone, Diana Strader, and Vicki Brumback for making dramatic improvements since our last Accreditation.