(Tallmadge, Ohio) – Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD), along with four local disability service providers were awarded the opportunity to participate in a state-wide project with the intent of bringing local DD Boards together with private providers in the community.
The Provider Pilot Project, sponsored by three state agencies focuses on two main objectives:
- Promoting cooperation and support among county boards of developmental disabilities and providers; and
- Developing strategies to increase collective focus on improving the quality of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, while addressing barriers;
“We value collaboration,” expressed Summit DD Superintendent, John Trunk. “We appreciate each other’s expertise and want to use those good relationships with providers to cultivate an even stronger and more diverse community that can offer natural support and additional opportunities for people with disabilities,” he continued.
Local partners in this provider pilot program include Ardmore, Inc., Community Connections NEO, Koinonia Homes and Louisa Ridge Adult Day Services. These organizations will work with Summit DD over the next two years to identify and address common needs as well as opportunities to improve supports for individuals with disabilities. The pilot project runs from January 2019 through October 2020.
Summit DD is the community resource that connects more than 4,700 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families to services and supports in Summit County. The Agency’s mission is helping people of all abilities reach their full potential, one person at a time. More information regarding the Agency is available online at SummitDD.org.