Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services supports more than 7,800 people with DD in our community, from babies to seniors. We treat each person we serve as a unique individual and connect them to services to reflect the life they want. By collaborating with more than 800 certified providers, we’re able to support people to live a life that is important and meaningful to them, on their own terms.
We connect people to service providers who fit their individual lives. The outstanding network of providers in Hamilton County forms the backbone of our system for supporting people with developmental disabilities, ensuring people have a wide range of choices for quality services that offer the support they need. No matter what provider people choose, HCDDS coordinates all services ensuring quality standards while keeping people safe.
Service and Support Administration
Our Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) work with people with disabilities and their families to create a life plan. SSAs use the person-centered planning model to foster advocacy and generate meaningful outcomes for each person we serve, identifying the attributes that make them unique, including skills, relationships, and a vision for the future. This knowledge helps create a yearly individualized plan that connects people with local service providers and puts the necessary supports in place, empowering them to achieve what matters most to them.
Individuals who receive services paid for with waivers are required to work with an SSA. If an individual receives services not paid for with a waiver, the individual may choose whether or not to work with an SSA. It is important that families and individuals understand options that are available to them and seek the support of the SSA, who can connect them to funding sources.
Our behavior support team also helps prevent incidents by focusing on both real and perceived safety. Using person-centered practices, behavior support seeks to understand the path a person has traveled in life, their resiliency skills, and their personal history. Developing this comprehensive picture of a person’s unique life drives the support strategies to keep that person safe.