Matt Campbell, Superintendent

Wow! It is hard to believe it is March and DD awareness month once again. This year's theme is "What is your story?" The Developmental Disabilities world is in the midst of drastic change. Our focus on person centered thinking has brought about many wonderful changes in services.

I am proud of the services Carroll County Board of Developmental Disabilities provides to Carroll County. I believe the reason why we are so successful is the number one resource we have is our staff. I know the main reason we received the maximum Accreditation of 3 years this year is due to staff effort. I want to share with you the comments that Beth Chambers made about our staff. "The general theme is staff know individuals very well. Staff empower people, think outside the box, have community connections, are confident, have good relationships, and have good communication skills. Staff received Good Life training and Person Centered Thinking training and have interwoven these concepts when providing services. The Board is efficient with County dollars. It is evident that the focus is on community employment and self-advocacy is interwoven into all services."

The Board remains committed to improving services by supporting person centered thinking and self-advocacy. The Board will pay for anyone eligible for services to receive Project STIR training. If you are interested please contact your SSA or Amy Swaim at 330-627-6555. We also encourage self-advocates to attend CHIT CHAT, the self-advocate group, at Carroll Hills Industries. For more information please contact Kristen Long at 330-627-5524.The Board will also focus on Good Life training for staff in April by utilizing the four Good Life trainers on staff.

The Board is exploring other services that will improve person centered thinking. The Board contracts with a council of government Mid East Ohio Regional Council (MEORC). MEORC provides many services such as accreditation readiness and MUI Investigation. I want to thank MEORC for helping our Board get ready for and receive the maximum Accreditation.

We are exploring new services such as provider recruitment, FANS (friends, allies, and neighbors support), and employment navigation. Provider recruitment is required and will give more options for those needing day, transportation, employment, and homemaker personal care services providers. FANS is a network that is accessed on a computer by posting a need for a community member and others have the option of helping. FANS is like Craigslist with the intent people volunteer or donate services and goods to meet a need. Employment navigation is a way to link someone with a job and community integration.

I want to thank you for your support of our program. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. I would also encourage you to tell staff what a wonderful job they are doing!