Community Support Services

The Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities understands that each person’s needs are different, and offers services based on individual capabilities and personal desire. Eligible individuals receive assistance in developing a support plan that is tailored to suit that person’s specific needs.

Adult Day Services/Vocational Habilitation

The Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers a variety of Adult Day Services and Vocational Habilitation through certified private providers. These programs offer an array of engaging activities to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their goals, outcomes and enjoy their daily activities. Your goals and supports needed to achieve those outcomes are developed with your team and are included in your Individualized Service Plan (ISP).

Adult Day Services, also known as Day programing provides learning to assist individuals reach their personal goals. Day programing offer participants the opportunity to participate in activities and social programs or provide individuals the opportunity to go out into the community and participate in activities.

Vocational Habilitation Services provide individuals the opportunity to spend their days interacting with others, and enjoying activities while gaining vocational skills and earning a paycheck. Contract piecework allows you to work at your own pace, with the support of staff to help you reach the goals you identify in your ISP.

Community Inclusion

The Williams County Board of DD is committed to coordinating and connecting eligible individuals, to the community as a culture that fosters independence and inclusion. Community inclusion provides the opportunity for individuals to live in the community and be valued for their uniqueness and abilities. The Community Inclusion Specialist works with the individual to discover his/her interests within the community and provides linkage to other members of the community with similar interests.

Residential Services

Supported Living- Eligible individuals may receive homemaker/personal care (H/PC) supports. H/PC may include such things as assistance with cooking, paying bills and managing money, assistance with daily living needs, etc. These services may be provided in the individual’s family home, while continuing to reside with family members or in their own home in the community, either living alone or with roommates. The homemaker/personal care supports are funded primarily by Medicaid waivers. Living expenses, such as rent, utilities, food and clothing are met by the individual’s employment income and/or social security, social security disability income or other benefit income.

Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IIDs) are licensed by DODD and operated by a specific provider at a specific location. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) certifies the licensed facility as meeting the federal requirements for funding as an ICF-IID. The provider is responsible for all aspects of care for the individual, including financial matters, transportation, habilitation, and medical needs. In Williams County, Filling Home operates 2 eight bed homes. Filling Home maintains the waiting list for these homes.

Adult Foster Care services are prescribed in rule 5123:2-13-06 and defined further in the Individual Options Waiver Handbook as, “Personal care and supportive services (e.g., homemaker and chore services) provided in a private home by an unrelated, principal care provider who lives in the home and whose primary, legal residence is that home. Adult Foster Care is furnished to adults who receive these services in conjunction with residing in the home, and the services, their associated activities, and skill development approximate the rhythm of life that naturally occurs as part of living in the family home (Host Home).”

Currently, the Adult Foster Care terminology under which Medicaid funds the service is being replaced by the service name ‘Ohio Shared Living.’ Shared Living services are provided in a family home setting and offer the individuals served and the host families opportunities to mutually enrich their lives through this residential service option.

Community Employment

Employment is the goal of many adults, including adults with developmental disabilities. William’s County Board of DD is here to listen to your goals and support your life choices with the right resources and connections to be successful, including employment.

Williams County Board of DD partners with other state agencies and a variety of providers to create successful employment experiences for the individual, as well as the employer. A large part of the Community Employment Program is the Employment First Partnership. Every person has abilities, skills and talents to enrich the community and people around us. We believe every working-age adult with developmental disabilities has opportunity to explore their career options and seek jobs that fit their skills and interests.

Young people with developmental disabilities will learn about employment options and planning during their school years. Adults with developmental disabilities should have support teams that assist in learning more about how abilities and interests can match opportunities in with workplace.

Community employment brings so many benefits:

  • Greater independence and wealth building potential.
  • Improved self-esteem and personal satisfaction.
  • Employers and co-workers benefit through more diversity and a broader range of capable employees available.
  • Retention rates among individuals with disabilities are above average.
  • Our services are provided at no cost to you.
  • Individuals with disabilities are loyal customers to businesses who support them.
  • A healthy workforce includes individuals with different abilities.
  • You may be eligible for a Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)