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informDD DD Awareness Month 2015

Celebrate DD Awareness Month in March by getting to know some of Summit County’s most accomplished residents who, with the right support, redefine what is possible—then ask yourself if you’re doing all you can to make your communities welcoming for all. Plus, see how you can become part of the change with exciting, community events during DD Awareness Month.

informDD January 2015

See what’s in store for 2015 through the words of Superintendent, John Trunk. Also in this issue of informDD, learn more about generous Summit DD staff initiatives, discover handy assistive equipment resources, and set a night aside for your family at an upcoming inclusive kids’ concert.


Dr. Jennifer Dwyer Appointed to Summit DD Board

(Tallmadge, Ohio) – Judge Elinore Marsh Stormer of Summit County Probate Court appointed Dr. Jennifer Dwyer to the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board, or Summit DD, for a four-year term beginning January 2015.

Dr. Dwyer is currently the medical director of Akron Children’s Hospital Pediatrics and a practicing pediatrician in the Barberton area. Dr. Dwyer previously served with the Barberton Decker Family Development Center, working with other local agencies to better the lives of families affected by financial, educational, medical and developmental issues.

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Major Unusual Incident Annual Analysis Due February 28

The timely investigation and determination of cause and contributing factors for Major Unusual Incidents (MUI) can lead to successful preventive measures that can reduce the likelihood of that incident occurring again.  While there are always incidents that can be considered unusual in any person’s life, Summit DD’s goal is to prevent as many incidents from occurring as possible.  One way to prevent incidents from occurring is to complete a trend and analysis of incidents for both the individual, the provider, and the county.

Ohio Revised Code 5213:2:17-02, Addressing major unusual incidents and unusual incidents to ensure health, welfare, and continuous quality improvement, states:

Providers shall produce a semi-annual and annual report regarding major unusual incident trends and patterns which shall be sent to the county board. The county board shall semi-annually review providers’ reports. The semi-annual review shall be cumulative for January first through June thirtieth of each year and include an in-depth analysis. The annual review shall be cumulative for January first through December thirty-first of each year and include an in-depth analysis.

Analysis should include:

  • Date of review;
  • Name of person completing review;
  • Time period of review;
  • Comparison of data for previous three years;
  • Explanation of data;
  • Data for review by major unusual incident category type;
  • Specific individuals involved in established trends and patterns (i.e., five major unusual incidents of any kind within six months, ten major unusual incidents of any kind within a year, or other pattern identified by the individual’s team);
  • Specific trends by residence, region, or program;
  • Previously identified trends and patterns; and
  • Action plans and preventive measures to address noted trends and patterns.

These reviews are due to Summit DD’s MUI department by February 28 and should be sent to

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