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ABOUT HAMILTON COUNTY DD SERVICES
We support thousands of people with DD in our community each year.
PERSON CENTERED

All of our services are person-centered, meaning we treat each person we serve as a unique individual and connect them to services tailored to reflect the life they want.

CERTIFIED PROVIDERS

By collaborating with more than 1,000 certified service providers, we’re able to support people to live a life that’s important and meaningful to them, on their own terms.

SIMPLE PROCESS TO GET STARTED
Learn About Eligibility

Developmental disabilities begin before the age of 22 and include lifelong intellectual or physical disabilities. The steps below outline the process of qualifying for services.

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ELIGIBILITY

Call (513) 559-6990 and ask for the Introduction and Eligibility (I&E) Department, unless the person is younger than 3.

2
PROVIDE PROOF OF DISABILITY

The most recent school, medical, and psychological reports may include proof a person has a disability. 

3
VISIT AND INTERVIEW

If the records confirm a disability, the I&E Department will send an Eligibility Specialist to meet you or your family member age 6 and older.

4
ELIGIBLE OR NOT ELIGIBLE

Our goal is to complete the process in 30 days, but this depends on how quickly the family provides records confirming a disability.

If you or a loved one is over age 60 and need help living safely and independently at home, you may be eligible for Council on Aging Services.
If you would like to connect to COA, click here or call (513) 721-1025.

 

Services At Any Age
  • Service and support administrators (SSAs) are the primary point of coordination for people served by HCDDS and are available for both children and adults. Learn more about SSAs here.
  • Our Behavior Support team focuses 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. Contact your SSA to learn more.
  • The Major Unusual Incident (MUI) department works to keep people safe by investigating incidents against people with DD and working to prevent future incidents. Learn more about MUI here.
  • Hamilton County DD Services works with each person we serve to understand their situation and goals. We then help them navigate the available funding options and public benefits. Learn more about funding and benefits here.
  • 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. Learn more about the Family Support Services Program here. Contact Michelle Hoying via email or (513) 559-6953 with questions about Family Support Services.
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Services For Children
Services For Adults
  • Your SSA can help you explore person-centered supports based on your unique needs and funding source, including service coordination, day programs, transportation, housing, and more. Learn more about SSAs here.
  • We help people with developmental disabilities discover opportunities and navigate the path to employment by working with businesses and other agencies. Learn more about employment supports here.
  • We work to empower people with disabilities to fully engage with their neighborhoods and communities as engaged citizens. Learn more about community inclusion support here.
  • Hamilton County has an active advocacy community focused on inclusion, accessibility, voting rights, housing, transportation, and more. Advocates with developmental disabilities lead many of these efforts. Learn more about advocacy here.
  • If you’re interested in day programs, you can find our Adult Day Array Guide here as well as our Provider Search Tool here. 
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For Providers
Hamilton County DD Services works with more than 1,000 local service providers, and supporting those providers is an essential part of our role. If you’re a provider or interested in becoming one, you can click here to learn more by visiting our provider resources page.