A supportive community is critical to a good life for all age groups, from babies to seniors. Hamilton County DD Services believes families play a key role in creating a vision for the best life for their family members with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We work to bridge the gap between disability-based supports and natural supports in the community. This includes sharing information, skill building and expanding the circle of support. We provide tools needed to visualize a meaningful life and put steps in place to build it, emphasizing activities and opportunities that already exist in the community.

We recognize “family” is a broad term and can include parents, siblings, grandparents, extended families and others. Hamilton County DD Services also supports family-led efforts to build inclusive communities, offers family trainings like the Future is Now, conducts outreach to underserved communities, and engages with families through critical times and life stages.

Our three-year strategic plan emphasizes family engagement as a top priority, including timely outreach, responding to concerns and more. We have a dedicated team to help families envision a good life for their loved one and build a long-range, concrete life plan. 

Contact Family Engagement Coordinator Sean Bostic, (513) 559-6863 or sean.bostic@hamiltondds.org to learn more. Contact Life Course Navigator Lynne Calloway, (513) 559-6637 or lynne.calloway@hamiltondds.org, to learn more about planning for various life stages.

Locally Funded Planned Respite

Locally Funded Planned Respite is a new program to allow routine caregivers relief from the day-to-day responsibilities of caring for their loved one. This program is administered by the Southwest Ohio Council of Governments (SWOCOG) and is designed to prevent emergencies, decrease burnout, and improve quality of life for both the caregivers and the person served. Learn more here.

Family Support Services Program

The Family Support Services Program is designed to keep families together. Eligibility is determined through your County Board of DD, though the program is administered by the Southwestern Ohio Council of Governments (SWOCOG). Click here to learn more. Contact Michelle Hoying via email or (513) 559-6953 with questions about Family Support Services.

For information on guardianship in Ohio, click here for a brochure from the Ohio DD Council. To connect and sign up for the Ohio Department of DD family support email list, click here