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Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is the primary funder and provider of services for children and adults with developmental disabilities. This county agency provides direct and contracted educational and support services to residents of Mahoning County who meet eligibility requirements. Services are provided at no charge to the individuals served and are supported by local tax dollars as well as state and federal funding. Programs include: • The Early Intervention Program helps children and families wherever they choose to live, play and spend their day. • School-age programs designed to assist children with disabilities to flourish in an environment that is best suited to their special needs. • Adult services designed to increase independence including vocational programs and habilitation services. • Senior services and programs for medically fragile individuals. • Transportation services • Case management and Community Services • Administration of waiver programs providing for residential and community-based services. This wide range of comprehensive educational, vocational and support services is provided throughout the life span of each individual served. Approximately 1,343 individuals and families receive services each year from the MCBDD. The Board of Directors of the MCBDD is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Mahoning County Commissioners or the Probate Judge. The law requires that at least three of the Board members are family members of individuals who either receive, or are eligible to receive, services from the Board. All Board members serve on a voluntary basis with no compensation for their services.

Our Mission: Providing opportunities that maximize quality of life through collaboration and connection to the community. Our Vision: Empowering people to live their lives.

Celebrate CommUNITY In an effort to educate the p u b lic a b o u t the ser vice it provides, the Mahoning Count y Board of Developmental Disabilities is pleased to present this special insert. The theme, “Celebrate CommUNITY” encourages each of us to better understand the meaning of unity in our communities and to discover the abilities that each person contributes. We are connected and alike in many ways. It encourages each of us to look beyond an individual’s disabilities and see their capabilities and to focus on how they make a difference in our community. Statewide, and across the nation, organizations devoted to serving individuals with developmental disabilities work to raise public awareness of the many abilities people have, regardless of disability. “Celebrate CommUNITY” helps people to understand that when people with disabilities are welcomed into local neighborhoods, workplaces, house of worship, and schools, everyone wins. The purpose of this special circular is to increase awareness of what developmental disabilities are, to educate the public about

the services and programs provided by the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) and community partners, and t o e n c o u ra g e t h e public to better understand the individuals served. “Through the work we do on a daily basis, our organization focuses on encouraging the public to better understand the individuals we serve,” said Bill Whitacre, Superintendent of the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities. “We encourage people to learn more about the hundreds of people in this community who have developmental disabilities and to recognize that all of us have talents and abilities that we can offer to make this a better place to live,” Whitacre added. Everyone has unique abilities. Imagine what we can do when we work together in UNITY! It is often attitudinal barriers that affect everyday life for people with developmental disabilities. In addressing these barriers through positive awareness efforts, fears and negative attitudes can be replaced with knowledge and understanding. Through “Celebrate CommUNITY” we can educate, unify and support people with abilities.


t is often attitudinal barriers that affect everyday life for people with developmental disabilities. In addressing these barriers through positive awareness efforts, fears and negative attitudes can be replaced with knowledge and understanding.

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A Message from the Superintendent March 2018 is Developmental Disabilities Awareness month. During this time of year county boards and other service providers across our state and nation bring recognition to the positive impact individuals with developmental disabilities and their service providers have on our society. MCBDD and our provider partners encourage you to read the spotlight stories about the people in this insert to gain a greater understanding of this impact. We have developed this insert to bring recognition to the efforts of numerous agencies in our county that are committed to Making Lives Better. Each and every day numerus providers with hundreds of staff members create meaningful experiences for the people they serve across Mahoning County. A number

of those providers are highlighted in the pages that follow. I would encourage you to learn more about what these agencies do and how they support the citizens of our county. Thanks to this netBill Whitacre work of providers we are able to provide opportunities that support individual choice, community engagement and community membership! In this edition of the insert you will also notice our new logo that was adopted in

late 2017. This logo was adopted with the following in mind: The goal of the new MCBDD logo is to create an identity that represents an idea that is tangible for not only the board, but the people it affects as well. The concept of Circles of Support is an important aspect of MCBDD’s work. Using one figure in the middle to represent all individuals supported by the MCBDD, the outer figures represent the support built around the individual whether it come from family, friends, community members, or service providers. I invite you visit our website , our Facebook page and Twitter to learn more about MCBDD and keep up to date on the latest information impacting our agency. Departmental and contact

information is posted on the website. If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact us via email or phone. On behalf of the nearly 1400 individuals and families we support, our board members and MCBDD staff I would like to thank you for your continued support of our agency and its mission. Thank you for your support,

Bill Whitacre, Superintendent 330-797-2827

Board Office: Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities 4791 Woodridge Drive Austintown, OH 44515-5100 Phone: 330.797.2825 Fax: 330.797.2843 Superintendent Bill Whitacre MCBDD Board Members Gary O’Nesti, President Peter Noll, Vice President Marilee Meloy, Recording Secretary Charles Holden Jodi Kale Andrea Patton Joseph Pecchia Mahoning County Commissioners David Ditzler Carol Rimedio-Righetti Anthony Traficanti Mahoning County Probate Court Judge The Honorable Judge Robert N. Rusu, Jr.

First Row L to R: Attorney Angela Battaglia, (Prosecutor’s Office), Marilee Meloy (Recording Secretary), Andrea Patton and Jodi Kale Second Row L to R : Peter Noll (Vice President), Gary O’Nesti (President), Christopher Sammarone (Board Attorney), Bill Whitacre (Superintendent), Charles Holden And Joseph Pecchia


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C.A.R.E. The core values of the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities are person-centered and revolve around the concept of caring.

Collaboration – to increase opportunities and resources

Accountability – to the community Responsibility – for the actions and duties we perform Excellence – to ensure quality outcomes CARE – it’s what we do to make lives better for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities Philosophy Excellence in every aspect of the service we provide is embedded in our Mission, Vision and Core Values Individualized programs will exhibit “best practices” We will provide flexible, equitable and balanced programs for each individual with developmental disabilities in our county. All programs will: • Incorporate the current “best practices in the field.” • Be integrated into the community to the greatest degree possible. • Reflect the individual abilities and needs of each person we serve. • Display teamwork and mutual respect. • Focus on outcomes so that each individual can achieve to his/her maximum capability. Financial strategies will focus on the long-term Prudent budgeting that makes the best use of available resources is the only way to achieve long term stability and offer appropriate accountability to the taxpayers who so generously fund our services. We will maximize all available resources and will not engage in deficit spending that threatens the long-term health of the organization.

Facilities will be attractive, appropriate and accessible All facilities maintained by the MCBDD will be clean, safe, accessible, appropriate and attractive and will comply with all building codes. Architecture will blend into the community to the greatest degree possible. We will be a good neighbor in the communities we serve As a member of the community, the MCBDD will be a prudent steward of the dollars that taxpayers entrust to us. We will be ethical, reasonable and credible in our practices. We will provide the best services possible within the resources available to each person we serve. We will reach out to the community and become involved as individuals, and as an organization, in projects that make a difference.

Personnel will be productive and positive Those employed by the MCBDD will be productive, positive team players focused on advancing the goals of the individuals we serve. Initiative, mutual respect and flexibility are expected at all times to ensure that common interest will prevail over individual self-interest. Ethical and professional behavior will be the norm.

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Think “People First”

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The Rights of Individuals with Developmental Disabilities • To be treated nicely at all times and as a person. • To have a clean, safe place to live and a place to be alone. • To have food that is good for you. • Be able to go, if you want, to any church, temple, or mosque. • Be able to go to a doctor or dentist when you are sick. • Be able to have people help you, if you need it, with the way you walk, talk, do things with your hands, act or feel. • Be able to have people help and teach you, if you want. • Be able to have time and a place to go to be by yourself.

Language is a reflection of how people see each other. That’s why the words we use can hurt. It’s also why responsible communicators are now choosing language which reflects the dignity of people with disabilities - words that put the person first, rather than the disability. Read on for a short course on using language that empowers. • Think people first. Say “a woman who has a disability” rather than “a disabled woman.” • Avoid words like “unfortunate,” “afflicted,” and “victim.” Also, try to avoid casting a person with a disability as a superhuman model of courage. People with disabilities are just people, not tragic figures or demigods.

• Be able to call, write letters or talk to anyone you want about anything you want. • Be able to have your own things and be able to use them. • Be able to have men and women as friends. • Be able to join in activities and do things that will help you grow to be the best person you can be. • Be able to work and make money. • Be treated like everyone else. • Not to be hit, yelled at, cursed at, or called names. • Be able to learn new things, make friends, have activities to do, and to go out in the community.

• Be able to tell people what you want and to be part of making plans or decisions about your life. • Be able to ask someone for help and to let others know how you feel or what you want. • Be able to use your money to pay for things you need and want, with help, if you need it. • Be able to say yes or no before people talk about what you do at work or home or look at your file. • Be able to complain or ask for changes if you don’t like something without being afraid of getting in trouble. • Not be given medicine that you don’t need or held down if you are not hurting yourself or others. • To vote and learn about laws and your community. • To say yes or no to being part of a study or experiment.

• A developmental disability is not a disease. Do not mention “symptoms,” “patients,” or “treatment,” unless the person you’re describing has an illness as well as a disability. • Use common sense. Avoid terms with obvious negative or judgmental connotations, such as “crippled,” “deaf and dumb,” “lame,” and “defective.” If you aren’t sure how to refer to a person’s condition, ask. Further, if the disability is not relevant to your conversation, why mention it at all? • Never refer to a person as “confined to a wheelchair.” Wheelchairs enable people to escape confinement. A person with mobility impairment “uses” a wheelchair. • Try to describe people without disabilities as “typical” rather than “normal.”

“I work hard and I dance with my friends and sing at the dances.”

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Individual in MASCO day programming


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Individual Spotlight

Kira’s Life is Better Because of Early Intervention


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o me, Leonard Kirtz School is like family. The whole staff pulls together for every student. ” Parents of a child at Leonard Kirtz School

Leonard Kirtz School Located in Austintown, Leonard Kirtz School is a chartered public school, which provides comprehensive programs and education for students between the ages of 6 and 22 with developmental disabilities. School Age Program

Leonard Kirtz is a public but separate facility for students with intensive needs from the surrounding local school districts. All of the students work on individualized educational goals in a setting that blends the state’s content standards and the individual’s functional needs to be as independent as possible, both in and out of the classroom. The school offers related services such as Speech, Physical Therapy, and Occupational Therapy. Students benefit from community interaction with numerous public outings as well as inclusionary events such as Prom, Community Read Alouds and No One Eats Alone Day. By Emily Wilson, Kira’s mom Getting the Autism diagnosis was terrifying, but Early Intervention (EI) has given us direction and hope that Kira will lead a wonderful fulfilling life. Thanks to EI, Kira’s quality of life and our family’s life have changed for the better. Kira, now age 2 1/2, is learning new ways to communicate her wants, needs and emotions. She is able to learn from the comfort and safety of her own home. She has been able to connect with her family and friends on a more meaningful level thanks to the social skills she has learned through this program. Kira’s progress has made feedings, outings, bedtime and other routine tasks go from difficult to manageable and even fun. Jennifer, our Primary Service Provider, has given us the tools to teach and guide Kira even outside of the scheduled sessions. This has allowed us to connect with and understand Kira in a way we didn’t think was possible 8 months ago. Kira is happier, more outgoing and less afraid to try new things. Thanks to Early Intervention, we just might hear “I love you” someday.


Students that have already met the state graduation requirements take part in Leonard Kirtz School’s post-secondary program. The students are active in many simulated work experiences in the school setting. The students take advantage of a fully operating greenhouse to grow and sell some flowers and produce.


y teacher helps me.”

They also practice their folding and sorting skills while taking orders for custom made t-shirts and apparel. This year, the program has started to work with local businesses to give the students the opportunity to work in a community based setting for the second semester of the year. Adapted Physical Education

A full-time adapted physical education teacher meets with students individually to help them to meet gross motor skill goals. The program also provides students with the opportunity to register for small group classes such as yoga, aero-

Student at Leonard Kirtz School bics and sittercize to promote healthy living beyond their school years. Summer Camp/ Extended School Year Leonard Kirtz School offers a five-week summer camp experience for students that qualify for the service. The camp is set up to provide an extended school year to promote academics in a fun summer setting that allows students to continue their growth and promotes further learning. For additional information, please contact Jeff Novak, Leonard Kirtz School Director of Education, at 330-797-2846 or

Early Intervention (EI) Program The Early Intervention (EI) program provides services and supports for families of infants and toddlers, from birth to age three, with developmental delays and disabilities. Starting intervention early is the key to improving a child’s ability to learn and grow. Mahoning County Early Intervention professionals partner with families every step of the way in promoting their child’s learning and development during the first three years. When families enter EI, they are assigned a Service Coordinator who assists with accessing community resources, coordinating developmental evaluations and assessments, and obtaining services for the child and family. MCBDD also offers all eligible families access to a core intervention team comprised of Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists and

Developmental Specialists. Services are delivered through coaching and teaming and are individualized to address each child’s needs and each family’s priorities. A member of the core intervention team is selected to be the family’s Primary Service Provider (PSP) who visits on a regular basis and is the single point of contact to address all questions and concerns. Team members meet weekly and share their expertise, allowing the PSP to offer each family suggestions from the entire team. The PSP models techniques for caregivers using a coaching interaction style. Together, the caregiver and PSP develop a plan for how to incorporate the evidencebased interventions into the child’s daily routine. Research shows that young children learn best through everyday experiences and through interactions with their family and familiar people in their lives.

EI services provide parents and caregivers with the tools necessary to enhance their child’s learning and development and increase participation in family and community activities that matter the most to the family. As children near the age of three, EI Service Coordinators facilitate a smooth transition into preschool or other community programs where future learning can take place. If there are concerns regarding milestones like rolling, sitting, walking or talking, or if there are special health care needs related to prematurity or other medical diagnoses such as Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy or Autism, EI is here to help. For more information, or to initiate services, contact Melissa Leighton, Early Intervention Director at or 330-799-9324.

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Waiver Program and listing of Community Providers La La Love Healthcare LLC Transportation to/from Leeda Northeast, Inc. Adult Day Services Legacy Visiting Health Services A Special Touch Home Services, LLC New Leaf Residential Services Inc. Accessible Home Sevices, Inc. Raearc Industries, Inc. Active Home Care LLC Sacred Arms, Incorporated Consumer Support Services, Inc. Second Phase, Inc. Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Share and Kare, Inc. Columbiana County Siffrin, Inc. Friendly Support Services Ltd Synergy Enrichment Gateways Industries TLM Residential Services In Christ’s Hands True Hearts of Care LLC Iron and String Life Enhancement Turning Point Residential Services Kareng 4 U LLC ViaQuest Residential Services Leeda Northeast, Inc. Families can begin the process to apply MASCO, Inc. Residential Services for Medicaid and a waiver for their loved Raearc Industries, Inc. Accessible Home Sevices, Inc. one by contacting an SSA in the Communi- Second Phase, Inc. Consumer Support Services, Inc. ty Services Department at 330- 797-2925. Siffrin, Inc. Friendly Support Services Ltd. MCBDD is proud to contract with the folSynergy Enrichment Gateways to Better Living, Inc. lowing community partners in providing TLM Residential Services Genesis Home services to individuals with developmental Transit Service Inc. Hattie Larlham Community Services disabilities in Mahoning County: True Hearts of Care LLC Home Care Network, Inc. Turning Point Residential Services Homecare with Heart LLC. HPC (personal care in the Threshold Residential Services, Inc. home) ViaQuest Day & Employment Services, LLC Iron and String Life Enhancement Kind & Loving Hearts, LLC A Special Touch Home Services, LLC x-excel Knabe Two Sisters Homes, LLC Accessible Home Sevices, Inc. Leeda Northeast, Inc. Active Home Care LLC Adult Day Services Legacy Visiting Health Services Alliance Residential Services Accessible Home Sevices, Inc. Maxim Healthcare Services Angels In Mission LLC Consumer Support Services, Inc. New Leaf Residential Services Inc. Artemis Care LLC Easter Seals of Mahoning, Trumbull and Raearc Industries, Inc. Community Caregivers of Mahoning Columbiana County Sacred Arms, Incorporated County, LLC Friendly Support Services Ltd Second Phase, Inc. Consumer Support Services, Inc. Gateways Industries Siffrin, Inc. ENA, Inc. DBA Necco In Christ’s Hands Synergy Enrichment Family First Supports and Consulting, LLC Iron and String Life Enhancement TLM Residential Services Friendly Support Services Ltd Leeda Northeast, Inc. Turning Point Residential Services Gateways to Better Living, Inc. Raearc Industries, Inc. Synergy Enrichment Golden String Inc Second Phase, Inc. Turning Point Residential Services Hattie Larlham Community Services Siffrin, Inc. ViaQuest Residential Services Home Care Network Inc. Synergy Enrichment Homecare with Heart LLC Threshold Residential Services, Inc. Supported Employment Iron and String Life Enhancement True Hearts of Care LLC Services Knapp Center for Childhood Development Turning Point Residential Services LaLa Love Healthcare ViaQuest Day & Employment Services, LLC Active Home Care LLC Empowering People Inc. dba CLW Legacy Visiting Health Services x-excel Family First Supports and Consulting, LLC Maxim Healthcare Services New Leaf Residential Services Inc. Transportation (General/Not Gateways Industries Iron and String Life Enhancement Noble Health Care Adult Day Services) MCBDD PNP INC DBA Community Home Health A Special Touch Home Services, LLC Raearc Industries, Inc. Raearc Industries Inc. Accessible Home Sevices, Inc. Second Phase, Inc. Sacred Arms, Incorporated Active Home Care LLC Siffrin, Inc. Second Phase, Inc. Alliance Residential Services Serenity’s Way Consumer Support Services, Inc. Share and Kare, Inc. ENA, Inc. DBA Necco Siffrin, Inc. Gateways to Better Living, Inc. y son is nonSynergy Enrichment Golden String, Inc. verbal, but I know Threshold Residential Services, Inc. Hattie Larlham Community Services he is happy by the way he TLM Residential Services Home Care Network, Inc. True Hearts of Care LLC In Christ’s Hands acts. He is always eager to Turning Point Residential Services Iron and String Life Enhancement get on the bus.” ViaQuest Residential Services Kind & Loving Hearts, LLC Comment from Annual Plan Survey Knabe Two Sisters Homes, LLC


Transportation Services

What is a Waiver? You may have heard families and providers in our community talk about waivers and Medicaid. A waiver is a way to fund services for an individual with developmental disabilities. Services that are available through a waiver include respite, transportation, supervision and personal care in one’s own home or in a home that serves other individuals with disabilities. Other services that waivers can pay for are adult day programs and employment services.


Transportation to and from the school, workshops, and the senior and habilitation programs is available to any student or adult enrolled in all of the day programs provided by the MCBDD. Transportation is provided five days a week, Monday thru Friday, from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each year, transportation services are provided to approximately 190 individuals. Consisting of more than 35 buses and 15 other vehicles, the Transportation Department fleet logs more than 1,095 miles per work day, 250,000 miles per year, and provides door to door services to passengers throughout Mahoning County. All MCBDD buses are equipped with hydraulic lifts to accommodate the 40 passengers who use wheelchairs. The safety and comfort of MCBDD passengers are top priorities of the Transportation Department. Each bus is equipped with a two-way radio. The radios allow bus drivers and dispatchers instant contact in case of emergency, and the radios ensure accurate and timely service to all riders. All school buses undergo a rigid inspection each year by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Each bus is Board-owned, and maintenance is performed at the Board’s bus maintenance facility located next to Leonard Kirtz School. To ensure the health and safety of passengers, the MCBDD employs a transportation aide for each bus. Transportation aides meet the needs of the riders while on route, so bus drivers may devote their full attention to operating the bus. All drivers must hold a Commercial Driver’s License renewable every six years, and all drivers and aides must maintain CPR and First Aid Certification. Transportation staff also attend in-service training sessions to continue to update their knowledge and skills. Drivers and aides are well-trained, caring professionals and are the “driving force” behind MCBDD programs. For additional information, contact Waymond Grace, Transportation Supervisor at 330-797-2837 or


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Individual Spotlight

Herman: Self-determination and a smile

In meeting Herman, one tends to focus on his winning smile that is brighter than the Cheshire cat’s. But his burning desire and determination to lead a productive and purposeful life is brighter than his facial expressions. Herman exhibits a deep desire to fully participate in events that others may feel are beyond his abilities. Herman however has other ideas, and with great strength of character and self-determination he achieves his dreams. With energetic support from others and his desire to fully participate in life, he is a model of fortitude and self-determination. He is the Vice- President of the Penguin Committee at the Meshel facility. This self- advocacy group meets to recommend change and growth for everyone at the day program. Herman is a great advocate for himself, but no one can navigate this system without assistance. He has utilized his resources to establish a team of individuals that includes friends, staff and professionals that will help resolve issues beyond his control. Living in a general care facility, he creatively accesses public and private transportation to propel him to desired activities and events within his community. With a determination to be independent and self-sufficient, Herman obtained an identification card from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Herman, though one of many, is a jewel that shines of its own accord. He is a gentleman that is not satisfied with the status quo and constantly raises expectation for himself to the highest level with self- determination and a smile that warms your heart!

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The Adult Services Program provides services and funds a wide range of habilitation and vocational services for adults with developmental disabilities who are 16 years of age and older. Services are provided in a variety of settings, including two day program sites and programs for retirement and individuals with intensive medical needs. Habilitation activities are geared toward increasing the independence and quality of life for each individual. Activities may include training or assistance with the activities of daily living, social and recreational experiences, and functional academics. Ancillary services such as speech, physical and occupational therapy are available when needed. Social activities such as field trips, picnics, holiday parties and the annual softball game are popular. Evening activity nights with themes such as Bike Night, Classic Car and Hot Rod Night and the Halloween Party are the most popular social events. Volunteer help from parents and caregivers is an important part of the success of these activities. Mahoning Adult Services Company (MASCO), Inc., a nonprofit company, operates as the business entity for the two day programs under contract with the MCBDD. MASCO, Inc. employs adults enrolled with the MCBDD. Approximately 258 individuals are utilizing the services provided by the Adult Services program at the Bev and Meshel programs located in Boardman. MASCO, Inc. employees engage in a variety of subcontract work procured from the local business community. Examples of production work include assembly, packaging and sorting. Staff provide supervision and assistance to the individuals employed at the adult day programs who are paid in accordance with the U.S. Department of Labor Standards for day program settings. Further information about the Adult Services Program may be obtained by contacting James Critell at 330-797-2915 or jcritell@


taff should be commended for their outstanding professional qualities and work ethic.” Survey response


he day program that my son attends has been a blessing for me as well as for him. It is a place he can go to be with his peers and feel a sense of friendship. It is his workplace where the smallest task that he completes is a large achievement, which gives him a feeling of self-worth. When he is happy and content I am happy and content for him.”

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is job means everything to him. He loves to work and has much better awareness of activities going on around him.” Parent of an individual in the employment program.

Siffrin Employment Services Specializing in assisting people obtain and/or maintain employment, Siffrin’s Employment Services Team works with job seekers and employees to identify their strengths and abilities in order to match them with employer needs. As a vendor of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Siffrin works with people of all ages with varying disabilities. Additionally, Siffrin is able to work with people that do not meet DD eligibility with the County Boards of DD by being internationally accredited through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities [], specifically Community Employment Services: Employment Support and Community Employment Services: Job Development. Siffrin operates the Project SEARCH program at Aultman Hospital, located in Canton, OH. This is a nationally recognized program for on-the-job

training courses and job placement for young adults with disabilities. Additional businesses have since become supporters of Project SEARCH and now serve as “internship sites” for the program and offer interns the opportunity to train on the job. Other services that Siffrin’s Employment Services offer include Benefits Analysis, Career Exploration, Community Based Assessments, Follow Along/Fading, Job Coaching, Job Development, Personal/Work Adjustment, and Pre-Vocational Training through Siffrin Academy. Once a person begins their job, Siffrin also offers 24/7 Transportation Services so employment can be maintained. All individuals with developmental disabilities have the right, and should have the opportunity, to become participating members of the community through employment.

Provider Spotlight:Siffrin The difference is experience. Since 1976, Siffrin has been providing services to people across NE Ohio. Internationally accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) since 1993, as well as the recipient of a 100% compliance score by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, a GuideStar Gold Participant, and Gold Star Standard Provider, Siffrin is committed to delivering quality outcomes and services to those served. Siffrin offers many options to support people, including Supervised Living, Community Support/Drop In Services, Shared Living Services, Payeeship Services, 24/7 Transportation, Employment Services, Benefits Analysis, and three types of Community Integrated Day Services: Siffrin Academy: Siffrin Academy is a dynamic program that provides a foundation of education, discovery, self-advocacy, volunteerism, and prevocational training. It consists of innovative curriculum and instruction to provide the proficiencies and mechanisms essential for success in the

community and workforce. Attendees are required to participate and take an active role in the success of their identified personal and professional goals. Siffrin recently partnered with the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities to offer people from the MCBDD Workshops the opportunity to participate in Self-Advocacy training. The Bridge: With a Registered Nurse on site, The Bridge offers peace of mind to persons served and their families and/or guardians. An updated, open floor plan affords people the necessary space they may need with use of adaptive equipment and for physical therapy. Recreational activities and daily living skills are important to people that attend this location. The Collective Palette Studio: The Collective Palette Studio is a collaboration between Siffrin, REM Ohio, Western Reserve Independent Living Center, and the Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities. The Collective Palette Studio supports and encourages approximately 75 different artists with disabilities annu-

ally by offering opportunities to display and sell their work, as well as create, all in the center of downtown Warren at Courthouse Square. For more information about Siffrin’s services, contact Ryan Cavanaugh, Regional Director at 330-799-8932 x201 or


Individual Spotlight

Catherine: Service, Commitment and Optimism

Catherine Sciulli has been a committed employee at the MCBDD for over 20 years. Catherine graduated from what is now Leonard Kirtz School (LKS), worked many years at MASCO day programs, and is currently employed in the cafeteria at LKS. Her positive attitude, diligence and dedication to tasks at hand, and hard work ethic have made her a valuable team member on the cafeteria staff. Additionally, she has adapted well into each of the positions she has worked over the years and enjoys the challenges of trying new things. Her contagious smile and optimistic outlook on life make her a true “people person” to students, staff, and co-workers alike. In November 2017, Catherine suffered a challenging injury that prevented her from working. Catherine thrives on consistent attendance and rarely misses a day. Nothing displeases her more than missing work, like MCBDD program closures and calamity days, let alone time off the job due to injury. However, through determination and drive, Catherine will soon return to work at LKS with as much enthusiasm as ever. Catherine’s presence at LKS symbolizes what MCBDD stands for: service and commitment to the community and making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.


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Senior and Habilitation Program The Adult Services Senior and Habilitation Program is located at The Centre @ Javit Court and is geared to serve the individual needs of older adults with developmental disabilities or those in need of more intense medical care. The 21,000-square-foot building features include wide hallways, indirect lighting, colored floor pathing, sky lights and large windows in all program areas. There are nine pod or program areas, four spacious changing rooms, large restrooms, a multi-sensory room, a kitchen and lunch room, a therapy pool, outdoor pavilions and a memory garden. Senior Program: The Senior Program is designed to serve the individual needs of older adults with developmental disabilities. This program was created because the need for services for older adults with developmental disabilities has consistently increased over the last several years. This day program emphasizes recreation, arts, leisure activities, and socialization for adults who are 55 and older, including crafts, exercise, socialization, memory therapy, music, choice making and community outings. All services are based on an individual plan developed by an interdisciplinary team, in accordance with the individual’s choices, desires, and preferences.

Many persons in the Habilitation program require the use of a wheelchair for ambulation. Each individual spends time daily, outside of their wheelchair for stretching, range of motion, relaxation and therapy. Staff utilizes adaptive rocking chairs, therapy tables, floor mats and bean bag chairs in order to accommodate this goal. Staff at the Centre utilizes one of the ten automatic or manual lifting devices to move individuals from their wheelchairs to the changing rooms or program areas. Another feature of the Habilitation Program is the therapy pool which is used for aquatic therapy by specially trained therapists. The Aquatics Program is designed to strengthen individuals in the water, so that they may receive land therapy in the future. Further information about The Centre @ Javit Court may be obtained by contacting Brian Meenachan at 330-7972101 or

Habilitation Services: The Centre @ Javit Court’s Habilitation Services Program is designed to serve individuals with complex medical and physical needs. Most of the individuals in this program receive nursing services for seizure disorders, breathing difficulties and even issues with eating. Several individuals receive nutrition via a feeding tube and some require continuous oxygen for breathing. Individuals in this program require total assistance from staff to complete all daily needs in the areas of movement, eating, toileting, medical care and activities.


Provider Spotlight: The Carousel Center Operated by RaeArc Industries, the mission of The Carousel Center is “to educate our individuals through leisurebased activities throughout the community. We will strive to promote informative decision making, community participation, and self-sufficiency. We will help them turn their lives around with the support and involvement of family and friends.” The Carousel Center serves over 50 individuals and strives for excellent service and provides care to best suit each individual’s needs. Through small groups, educational activities, and leisure activities, The Carousel Center creates the most individualized experience possible for individuals served. A certified coordinator plans a monthly recreation calendar and develops educational plans specific to individual needs. With the help of various agencies and businesses, individuals are integrated into the community to enhance their learning experiences. Self-sufficiency and normalization are promoted, ensuring that individuals achieve their maximum potential. Services offered include: habilitation and day programming, transportation, community involvement, Adult Basic

Education (A.B.E.) classes, sensory room, arts and crafts, exercise, self help, language and mobility skills, self direction, economic self-sufficiency, on-call nurse, and residential care. For more information visit or call 330-793-4080.

Self-advocacy is about bringing people with developmental disabilities together to create a strong voice with others that will be heard enough to make a change. It’s about making legislators and communities aware of individuals’ needs and the needs of others. Self-advocacy involves people with developmental disabilities making decisions in all aspects of their life:  having optimal health, choosing where they want to live, experiencing emotional well-being, selecting their own friends, becoming employable, and being a viable part of the community. People with developmental disabilities have the right to possess the necessary tools to succeed in life and to be given the opportunity to make a difference. MCBDD believes that people with developmental disabilities have the right be self-advocates; to assert their own interests, to express creativity and needs, to understand their rights and to be empowered to make decisions to the best of their abilities. People with developmental disabilities have the right to make their voices heard and the right to speak up and recognize that their voice matters. Learning about and practicing peer advocacy skills can enhance a person with developmental disabilities role and improve confidence to make decisions that affect an individual’s life.

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Community Services The mission of MCBDD Community Services is to support individuals in determining and choosing life goals and/or services; to aggressively work toward that attainment; to work with families, guardians and natural supports to access, provide and/or enlist whatever assistance or support is needed in any life area, including protective intervention; and to maintain the individual as the focus while coordinating services across multiple systems. Nearly 900 individuals are currently receiving case management services through Community Services. Service & Support Administrators are employed by the MCBDD and follow rules written by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to provide a variety of services. Service & Support Administrators make sure that individuals with developmental disabilities receive the services they want and need to ensure a high quality of life. Eligibility is determined based on an assessment by a qualified intake SSA. What services do Service & Support Administrators provide? • Information and Referral • Service Placement • Service Coordination • Crisis Intervention

Self Determination and the Person-Centered Planning Process Self Determination is a framework that helps an individual with disabilities to design and receive needed services and supports. Individuals and their families meet and work with MCBDD staff to develop an Individual Service Plan (ISP).

• Major Unusual Incident Investigation/Reporting • Service Monitoring If you or someone you know thinks they are eligible for MCBDD Community Support services, call Rebecca Macklen at 330-799-9039 or If you have an emergency, call Help Hotline at 330-747-2696, and ask for the MCBDD Service & Support Administrator on call. Service & Support Administrators are on call 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

Provider Spotlight: The Arc of Ohio Northeast Branch The Arc is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation established in 1955, for the express purpose of advocating, assisting and furthering the goals of persons with developmental disabilities. The goal of The Arc is to advocate for human rights, personal dignity and community participation of individuals with developmental disabilities in the Tri-County area, through information and referral, education, family involvement, legislative and social action. The Arc of Ohio Northeast Branch provides regularly scheduled educational conferences and trainings to families and professionals as well as our Annual Family Advocacy Conference. The Arc participates in various legislative events to advocate for individuals with developmental disabilities. Social Interaction is just as important for persons with Developmental Disabilities as they are for everyone else. The Arc tries to fill that need by working with community sponsors and by providing our own programs such as: • The Next Chapter Book Club is a community-based literacy and social program for adolescents and adults with disabilities of ALL reading levels. • Bingo for our special population is held the first Friday of each month at Leonard Kirtz School. • Library/Activity Night is held on the second Thursday of each month at the Bev Masco Workshop. Shows are regularly presented. • Dances are held on the third Friday of each month


at the Leonard Kirtz School. • The 10th Annual Family Advocacy Conference will be held on Friday, April 27, 2018 at Avion on the Water. All Arc of Ohio Northeast Branch programs are made possible through fundraisers, donations, grants, membership dues and allocations from The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities, The Hine Memorial Fund, and The United Way. For more information, contact: Jennifer J. Bionci, Executive Director 3040 Center Rd. (Rt. 224) Poland, Ohio 44514 (330) 707-1134

Self Determination Means: • People have the freedom to choose and design the support they need to pursue the life they envision. • People have the freedom to plan their own life and to pursue things that are important to them with support. • People have the freedom to experience the same life opportunities as other people their age. • People enjoy the freedom of economic independence and security with opportunities to earn income. • Each person has authority over their own individual support budget. • People take responsibility for decisions in their own lives and for the support money allocated to them. Individual Service Plan (ISP): An individual service plan (ISP) is like a map. It helps the individual to navigate a path to success that they themselves help to design. The ISP contains goals for the individual to help them to become as independent as they would like to be in a particular life area. Supports are listed as well so that staff, family and friends know what services are needed and what assistance to provide without compromising the individual’s independence. An Individual Service Plan is unique for each individual and includes what he or she sees as important in reaching his/her life’s goals.


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Individual Spotlight

Diane: A Story of Finding Happiness

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Provider Spotlight: Turning Point Residential, Inc. The mission of Turning Point Residential is to empower people with disabilities through advocacy, education and support. Turning Point Residential owns and operates four day programs in Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull Counties. The NO LIMITS ALTERNATIVE CENTERS strive to provide teaching, training and mentoring for individuals so they can achieve their goals, whatever they may be. Some are on a path to community employment and others work on daily living skills that will aid them in independent living choices.

Each success is celebrated in working toward future goals. Turning Point Residential’s mission is to guide and assist those with disabilities. Turning Point believes that caring for someone is more important than “taking care of someone.” Turning Point focuses on individual strengths and interests, keying in on the truth that every goal in life is obtainable if you work towards it. For more information about the services offered by Turning Point Residential, please visit www.turningpointresidential. com or call 330-788-0669, ext. 116.

Provider Spotlight: New Leaf Residential Services Diane was born in Trumbull County in 1964. She had a traumatic fall when she was eight months old and the injury caused her disability. But Diane never let her disability get in the way. She was teased in school for being different but always prayed and wished her classmates well even when they weren’t so nice to her. She was and still is a thoughtful, caring person. She grew up with her mom and dad and had two sisters (Kathy and Carol) and three brothers (Raymond, Larry and Robbie). After graduating from Mathews High School she worked in the community for the sheriff’s department and “did some painting jobs.” After that Diane moved from provider to provider and had “some really bad experiences.” She participated in several day programs along the way. Diane said, “I am where I am meant to be, this is home. I learned a new job here and I make money. Diane’s sister Kathy said, “I am so happy with her progress at Gateways Industries. She is doing well and looks happy. I am proud of her.” “Diane loves to make people happy from her big smile to her comical wit she is a delightful addition to our team,” said Kristie Rossi, Vocational Director, at Gateways Industries. She enjoys participating in art class, yoga and going into the community, in addition to the work she does on a daily basis. “I make a big check every payday” said Diane. She likes to spend her money by going shopping in the community and plans on saving money for a trip to New York City. Kathy, her sister says, “Diane is more motivated since she’s making money.” “This is the first time I had my own apartment and it’s all mine. The staff helps me anytime I need them.” Diane enjoys living with Gateways to Better Living in a Waiver Apartment. She has made quite a legacy and is proud of the life she now has. She said “My family is proud of me.” Diane has a daughter Chalet, 29, and son Christopher, 31, and two grandchildren Maya, 7 and Aiden, 12. Diane has found happiness and success at Gateways and can’t wait to see what happens in her future. She says, “I like Gateways a whole lot and I want to stay here the rest of my life. I am happy now.”

New Leaf Residential Services Inc. was founded in early 2004. This supported living agency was built on the belief that all individuals can excel in communitybased settings regardless of the challenges that may be faced on a daily basis. As a result, over the last decade, New Leaf has expanded from their original office in Austintown to serving Mahoning, Trumbull, Columbiana, Portage, Stark and Cuyahoga Counties through three regional offices. New Leaf Residential Services Inc. is committed to providing the best possible quality of care to individuals with developmental disabilities; the agency is committed to working towards the principles of Self Determination: Freedom, Authority, Support and Responsibility. The individuals served are

always given the outlet to promote their dreams, wants and individuality. Additionally, through a rigorous system of checks and balances, New Leaf has always ensured that their supported living homes are clean and safe environments which match the personality of the people living there. Personal relationships with consumers, their families and friends are very important to New Leaf. New Leaf staff strives every day to build and strengthen these relationships; their service will always be about the consumer first. New Leaf management has made a commitment to never lose touch with individuals served or the events of their daily lives. To learn more about the services provided by New Leaf Residential Services, please call 330-793-8582.

Provider Spotlight: Gateways to Better Living Experience is key. For over 45 years, Gateways to Better Living, Inc. has provided a dignified, fun and safe environment for individuals with developmental disabilities. Gateways believes in empowering individuals by offering person-centered services and encouraging a healthy happy lifestyle that emphasizes personal choices. With locations throughout Mahoning County, Gateways to Better Living, Inc. offers services including group homes, respite care, waiver services, and housing management. A safe, welcoming, comfortable place to call home is essential to living a life of independence. Gateways to Better Living offers Waiver services in both Mahoning and Trumbull Counties as a certified provider of Level 1 and Individual Options (IO) waivers. Our Wavier program has grown to over

26 homes and a 5 unit apartment complex integrated within our community. In addition, Gateways manages 15 residential Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) group homes throughout Mahoning County. Gateways Industries offers Adult Day Services at two locations – The Galleria in Niles and the main campus in Youngstown. Vocational services, including a sheltered workshop are also available at the Youngstown location. Through all services, Gateway’s vision is to create a daily experience for individuals to learn, explore, grow and live life to its fullest. To learn more about Gateways to Better Living, go to www., or call 330-792-2854 for more information. Also check out our Gateways to Better Living Facebook Page!

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Community Outreach, Events and Activities The MCBDD has become more visible through public service-oriented projects and engagement in activities designed for community integration. These activities included participation in the Canfield Fair, and the Down Syndrome Association of the Valley Buddy Walk, volunteering for Second Harvest Food Bank, First Covenant Food Bank, Community Kitchen and participating in activities with several nursing homes.The MCBDD also volunteers with the Struthers Youth Baseball League. Staff and enrollees have participated with the United Way Day of Caring and the Veterans of the Valley Luncheon. MCBDD staff has developed a number of community partnerships to incorporate into programming for the individuals they serve. Outreach sites include: • Assumption Nursing Home • Community Kitchen • First Covenant Church Food Bank • Greenbriar Nursing Home • Mahoning County Dog Warden • Rescue Mission • Second Harvest Food Bank • Struthers Baseball Also enriching the lives of our individuals through exposure to various events and sites in the community, including: • Austintown Library • Austintown Park • Boardman Park • The Butler Art Museum • Down Syndrome Association of the Valley Buddy Walk • Eastwood Mall • Canfield Fair • Italian Festival • Mahoning Valley Scrappers games • Oh, WOW! Museum Special Events include: • Bike Night at Meshel MASCO • Library Night at Bev MASCO • Annual Softball Game • Summer picnic • Valentine’s Day Dance • Day of Thanks • Thanksgiving Dinner

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Provider Spotlight: Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket was created by Golden String Inc., a MCBDD Community Provider, in collaboration with the Oak Hill Renaissance Center. The “Lunch Bucket” is a dine-in cafeteria located in the basement of Oakhill and is open Monday thru Friday with breakfast options from 9am to 10am, lunch from 10:30am-1pm. Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket is maintained daily by The Purple Cat and employs over 20 adults with special needs. Employees

learn skills in cooking, baking, food prepping, and customer service. The menu offers cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pizza, wraps, salads, and soups which are available every day as well as a daily special. Follow the Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket on Facebook for updated daily specials or call at 330-744-7000. For more information on Golden String Inc. and Gallagher’s Lunch Bucket visit www.

Provider Spotlight: The Purple Cat The Purple Cat was founded in 2003 to offer day-program alternatives for adults. Clients participate in a wide range of vocational functions, creative projects and classes that develop daily-living skills. The Purple Cat motto is “Work hard, be kind and have fun.” The Purple Cat currently offers day programming at five locations! Farmer Casey’s Ranch in Coitsville, The Pearl Street Mission, St. Lucy’s, Purple Cat Productions at the Morley Theater downtown and The Oakhill Renaissance building. The creative arts program continues to develop the clients’ talents which include painting, theater, music, drawing, screenprinting, writing, jewelry making, sewing crafts and many more! Handmade prod-

ucts by artists with disabilities are available for purchase. At some locations, clients perform duties in agriculture, lawn care, snow removal, building maintenance, food service, animal care and office work. Individuals enjoy the satisfaction of receiving a paycheck for a job well done! Clients learn life skills to assist them within the community this includes supplementary skills that benefit them at home and at work. Healthy eating, exercise, pedestrian rules, communication skills, reading and computer usage are skills that promote their independence. Visit Isle’s Purple Cat on Facebook, or visit the website at for more information.

Provider Spotlight: MASCO Transportation Frank is a driver for MASCO, Inc. and drives workshop employees with developmental disabilities to and from work. Frank’s day begins with a pre-trip vehicle inspection. Each driver must perform this inspection to ensure vehicle safety. This multi-point inspection includes checking numerous parts of the vehicle, including functions and verification that the proper equipment is on-board. Frank receives messages prior to starting his route which can include call-offs, special pickup instructions or route changes. “Each day is a little different”, Frank said. Some days flow like clockwork and others have a few “bumps in the road”, no pun intended. Regardless, everyone arrives at their destination, driven by a transportation professional who understands the important role they have in supporting the independence of individuals with developmental disabilities. Safety is of the utmost importance. Each

driver receives special training to prepare them for challenges they may encounter. All drivers are First-Aid and CPR certified and has received training prior to employment as well as throughout the year. Each MASCO, Inc. driver’s focus is on the road ahead but all keep a watchful sense of those he transports. Overhearing conversations of the prior evening’s events or of a great day at work provide both insight and understanding of those he transports. “I enjoy hearing about their accomplishments” he said. “Knowing that this service enables individuals to be the best they can be is rewarding”, he also said. Frank’s passion is helping people. Frank spent 30 years as a firefighter for the Youngstown Fire Department before coming to MASCO, Inc. Though the job is quite different than he expected, he has enjoyed every minute of it. Being able to carry on his passion of helping people

has provided the perfect fit. For more information about MASCO, Inc. transportation services, contact MASCO, Inc. Transportation Supervisor, Renee VanNatta at reneev@mascoinc. org or 330-931-0050.


Special Olympics The MCBDD supports and encourages participation in the Special Olympics program. The Special Olympics provide individuals with the opportunity to become active in the community and stay physically fit while participating in individual or team sports with their peers. Teaching teamwork and responsibility to others and promoting physical activity are all goals of this worldwide organization founded by the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver. This organization has operated with MCBDD for 50 years and enables nearly 150 athletes to participate in the sport of their choice. The local organization, consisting of athletes, coaches and volunteers, hosts a variety of sporting competitions throughout the year including bowling, baseball, basketball, swimming, track and field, and volleyball. The annual Mahoning County Invitational Track Meet is held at Austintown Fitch High School each June. Individuals from the Mahoning Valley also participate in the State Summer Games held in Columbus in late June. Individuals from the Mahoning Valley also participate in the State Summer Games held in Columbus in late June. Participants are recognized at an annual banquet held in November. For more information, contact David Grossman at 330-720-4818.

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Provider Spotlight: Consumer Support Services Consumer Support Services (CSS) believes in providing supports for all individuals to maximize their ability to exercise their choices and preferences. The company has been rooted in this philosophy since its founding in 1994 and is currently in 19 counties throughout Ohio. In Mahoning County, there are three Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) group homes, Independent Living Homes, a Day Habilitation Program (Beyond Expectations) and Non-Medical Transportation Services. A Second Day Program and additional Licensed Homes to better serve all Individuals will be opening. CSS has decades of experience and has been serving and building relationships with individuals with disabilities and their families in a wide array of settings for over 20 years. Person-centered programs offer individuals the opportunity to exercise choices and options, enhance daily living and life skills, improve communication, socialization, interpersonal and educational skills with increasing an individual’s self-esteem. CSS always has on On-Call supervisor and LPN available in case there are questions or concerns. We also have our own Behavior Support Specialist to assist our staff and families to create a positive environment. For more information about the services provided by Consumer Support Services, please contact Jacki Bender at 330-787-0731 ext. 5010 or email at

Individuals Served by Program Total Waivers Administered........................ 916 Community Services..................................889 Adult Services (ages 16+)..........................258 Early Intervention......................................239 Family Support Services.............................227 Transportation..........................................190 School Age Program (ages 6 – 22)...............72

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Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Dedicated Staff

“We think you do a great job!”

One of the strengths of the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities is the quality of its staff. The MCBDD staff is a highly dedicated, committed and specially trained group of people representing many professions. Staff members must meet certification or registration standards set by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities and/or the Ohio Department of Education. Each professional also meets standards in his/her own particular field. Approximately 280 full and parttime and substitute staff members are employed by the MCBDD. The majority of the staff provides direct services to the children and adults served by Board Programs. Despite their different roles, the one thing they all have in common is their commitment and dedication to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in Mahoning County.



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Program and Service Locations

Board Office

4791 Woodridge Drive • Austintown, OH 44515 Phone: 330.797.2825 • Fax: 330.797.2843

Meshel MASCO

160 Marwood Circle • Boardman, OH 44512 Phone: 330.797.2902 • Fax: 330.726.1522

Leonard Kirtz School

4801 Woodridge Drive • Austintown, OH 44515 Phone: 330.797.2847 • Fax: 330.797.2861

Community Services

130 Javit Court • Austintown, OH 44515 Phone: 330.797.2925 • Fax: 330.799.2977

Transportation Department

4795 Woodridge Drive • Austintown, OH 44515 Phone: 330.797.2837 • Fax: 330.797.2929

The Centre @ Javit Court

153 Javit Court • Austintown, OH 44515 Phone: 330.799.2120 • Fax: 330.799.2530


825 Bev Road • Boardman, OH 44512 Phone: 330.797.2886 • Fax: 330.758.4236


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Your levy dollars support the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities in many ways. Here are just a few... 1. The Board funds services to more than 1,400 individuals Chances are, you know an individual or a family that depends on the Board for schooling, work experiences and support. The MCBDD serves people from every corner of the county, from birth through their senior years. 2. Service the county has relied on for over 50 years The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been providing vocational, educational and recreation programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities since 1967.


hank you from the bottom of my heart.� Parent of a program participant

8. Nearly one quarter of a million miles of transportation The County Board operates a fleet of buses and vans that provides transportation to individuals who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to get to school, work or recreational activities. These vehicles traveled close to 250,000 miles this past program year.

3. Cuts in other sources of funding State and Federal funding has been reduced over the 9. Improved access to services All waiting lists for county Board services have been years. eliminated except for residential services. Approximately 700 additional Medicaid waivers have been obtained 4. Quality programs Board programs are highly regarded throughout the for families in the past ten years. state and have served as a model for other counties. 10. A commitment to giving back The staff and individuals in Board programs take 5. Staff that is caring and highly qualified The County Board administrators and direct care staff pride in helping others. They actively support programs have extensive professional experience, education and for veterans, local food banks, and United Way Day of credentials to provide everything from personal care to Caring through fund raising and volunteering. educational and work experiences for individuals with For more information, visit developmental disabilities. 6. Choices for families and individuals Individuals can choose the services they feel will be of the most benefit from the qualified providers that they want to work with. 7. Responsible fiscal management The County Board has been doing more and more with less and less for many years. As Federal and State funding has been reduced, and individual needs increase, the Board has adjusted and continues to provide a full range of services without deficit spending. It’s important to know that local levy dollars are used as matching funds to bring in Federal funding to pay for services.

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