Allen County Board of DD FAQ

ACBDD Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How do I get a Case Manager?

At County Boards of Developmental Disabilities Case Managers are called Service and Support Associates (SSAs). SSAs work with eligible individuals and their families to coordinate needed services and supports. If you would like to request SSA services, call the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities (ACBDD) at (419) 221-1385 and ask to speak to someone in Intake.

How do I get a waiver?

There are several Medicaid waiver programs in Ohio. The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities (ACBDD) in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), administers three waivers:

  • Level One (LV1 waiver)
  • SELF (SELF Empowered Life Funding Waiver)
  • Individual Options (IO waiver)

Each waiver is very different and availability is dependent on many factors. If you are interested in more information about the waiver programs, or you would like to be added to a waiting list, please contact us at (419) 221-1385 and ask to speak with Intake.

What do I need to do to get SSI or Medicaid?

Individuals seeking Social Security Disability or SSI ( Supplemental Security Income) benefits can apply by contacting the Social Security Office by phone at (800) 223-0288 or by going in person to the Social Security office located at 401 W North St, Lima, OH 45801. You may also apply online at www.ssa.gov.

Individuals seeking Medicaid, food stamps, or other social services can apply for these benefits by calling the Allen County Department of Job and Family Services at (419) 228-2126 or going in person to their offices, located at 1501 S Dixie Hwy, Lima, OH 45804.

The Intake/Support Services Coordinators at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities can assist you with the application process or sometimes answer questions. Call our agency and ask to speak with Intake to see if we can be of assistance.

How do I become a guardian for someone with a Developmental Disability?

The Allen County Probate Court handles the application and appointment process for legal guardianship. Over the past year, there have been many changes in Ohio with the guardianship process. Contact the Allen County Probate Court at (419) 223-8502 for information on guardianship requirements and the application process. If you want assistance with this process we may also be able to help. Call and ask for our Intake staff to see if we can be of assistance.

Can you help me find a job?

The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities does not provide direct vocational services; however, we partner with several agencies that provide vocational services to job seekers with developmental disabilities. Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the state agency that contracts with companies in the area to provide job development, job coaching, and other vocational supports. You may contact OOD by calling (419) 228-1421.

Individuals enrolled in services at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities may also receive assistance with coordination of vocational supports from their Service and Support Associate (SSA). Individuals enrolled on a DD administered Medicaid waivers may be able to receive ongoing vocational supports funded by their waiver. Contact your SSA for more information or call our agency and ask for Intake if you are interested in seeing if you are eligible for these services.

My child was just diagnosed with a developmental disability. What should I do next?

Depending on the age of your child and the diagnosis, there are likely a variety of community resources available for your family. An Intake/Support Services Coordinator who serves children and their families at the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities will be able to refer you to appropriate resources and assess your child’s eligibility for county board services. Contact our agency at (419) 221-1385 and ask to speak with someone in Intake.

Our agency also offers Early Intervention and administers the Help Me Grow program for babies birth to age 3. Call (419)221-0014 to inquire about these services for your young child.

I want to live on my own. How can I do this?

SSAs (Case Managers) help individuals plan and coordinate their residential/community supports Most residential supports are funded via Medicaid waivers, and a waiting list currently exists for all waiver types; however, many factors are taken into consideration for waiver enrollment. The supports/services each individual needs to live in the community can be very different. SSAs help individuals develop person-centered plans that address what is important “to” and “for” the individual.

To discuss your options, and the potential residential/community supports available, contact the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities at (419) 221-1385 and ask to speak to someone in Intake.

I have a family member with a developmental disability living in my home. Do you have funding for respite or assistance with purchasing items I need to help care for my family member?

The Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities has a program called Family Support Services (FSS) that may be able to assist with needs you have to care for your family member, including respite services. Your family member must be eligible for Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities services, live at home and not be enrolled on a Medicaid waiver. Enrollment for the FSS program occurs twice annually, in February and August.

If your child has not yet been determined eligible for Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities services, call Intake at (419) 221-1385. If your child is eligible for services, call the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities at (419) 221-1385 ext. 3061 to request an application.

Do you provide preschool services?

No, the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities does not provide preschool services. However, your child may qualify for preschool services offered through your local school district. You can call your local school district and ask to speak to the Special Education supervisor to discuss if your child may qualify for their preschool services.

The Allen County Educational Services Center does use space at our agency for their preschool program. If you are interested in this option contact your local school district and speak with the Special Education supervisor.

Can I enroll my child at Marimor School?

All referrals for Marimor School must come from the school district where you reside. You can call your local school district of residence and ask to speak to your special education supervisor about your child’s educational needs.

To find even more information and an extensive FAQ on a wide array of topics visit http://dodd.ohio.gov/FAQS/Pages at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.