Community Based Resourcesmorrowadmin2023-06-16T10:48:07-04:00
In addition to Service & Support services offered by the Morrow County Board of Developmental Disabilities, alternative services and resources are available in the community. Click below for additional information.
Help Me Grow Morrow County Health Department 619 W. Marion Road Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 419-947-4014
Morrow County Hospital Therapy Department 651 W. Marion Road Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 419-946-5015Provides: Occupational, Physical, and Speech TherapyA list of therapy services in surrounding counties is available upon request from SSA or E.I. Service Coordinator.
Governor John Kasich officially launched Ohio’s Employment First Initiative when he signed an Executive Order on March 19, 2012. The Executive Order established statewide collaboration and coordination by creating the Employment First Taskforce and Advisory Committee, and made community employment the preferred outcome for individuals with developmental disabilities.
What is Employment First?
Employment First is a statewide initiative designed to assist working-age adults with developmental disabilities explore their career options, seek jobs that match their skills and interests, and realize full participation in the community. Employment First establishes and promotes community employment as the preferred outcome for working-age adults with developmental disabilities, as their abilities, skills and talents enrich the community and the people around them.
What are the benefits of community employment?
There are many benefits of employing people with developmental disabilities, including:
For individuals employed: Greater independence, improved self-esteem, greater personal satisfaction, new connections and friendships with others and wealth building potential
For employers and co-workers: A broader range of capable employees available, a dependable and motivated workforce, greater diversity and new friendships
For our community: A stronger community with greater opportunities for contributions and participation for the good of all and less reliance on and more effective use of public funding
Morrow DD supports individuals in employment navigation so they can find meaningful, fulfilling employment in the community that matches their needs and interests as they move along their desired career path. We collaborate with community partners to ensure employment navigation is person-centered and meets the needs and interests of each person.
People are at different points in their employment readiness, have varying work experiences, employment goals and other needs. Morrow DD, working in collaboration with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and other local partners, meets each person where there are, to help them determine the path they wish to pursue and to develop an individualized support plan that identify the steps needed to accomplish those goals. Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) collaborate with employment providers to support people with developmental disabilities who wish to work in the community. These services could include job development, job coaching, and retention services. SSAs coordinate the resources and training individuals may need, and authorize and monitor funding and employment services and supports.
Common goals of Employment Navigation include:
Preparing individuals for work in the community by helping them to understand the expectations and requirements of employment
Assisting individuals in gaining the skills and knowledge they need to find and retain employment
Assisting each person ready for employment by helping them identify, find and get a job that matches their skills, capabilities and interests
Assisting individuals in becoming more integrated into the community through their employment
For more information, contact the Service and Support Administration department, at 419-947-1159
Angels Home Care LLC Day Habilitation 4440 OH-61, Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 419-947-9373
Seniors on Center Morrow County Services for Older Citizens, Inc. 41 W. Center Street P.O. Box 214 Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 419-946-6702 Provides: crafts, workshops, and games each afternoon following meals. Day and overnight trips. (for age 55 and older)
Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio 510 E. North Broadway, 4th Floor Columbus, OH 43214 614-263-6020 Fax: 614-263-6094 Office hours: 9am-5pm Monday through Friday. During summer, the building closes at 2:30pm on Fridays.
Ohio Home Care Morrow County Dept. of Job & Family Services (ODJFS) 619 W. Marion Road Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 419-947-9111 The benefit package consists of nursing services, personal care assistance services and/or skilled therapy services plus, one or more waiver specific service such as: home modifications, home delivered meals, adult day health care, respite care, supplemental transportation, adaptive/assistive devices, and emergency response systems. It is designed to meet the needs of consumers eligible for Medicaid who have been assessed to require an intermediate or skilled level of care. Without the services available through the Waiver benefit, these consumers are at risk for hospital or nursing home placement. Consumers approved for the OHC Waiver benefit may receive care and services at home, or they may choose to receive their care in a nursing facility.
Area Agency on Aging 780 Park Avenue West Mansfield, OH 44906 1-800-860-5799 Administers PASSPORT waiver, Home Repair Program, and funding for essential appliances. Available to financially qualified individuals age 60+.
We Thrive Together offers virtual events and trips, classes, games, educational presentations, arts and crafts, discussion groups, articles, blogs, videos, self-advocacy and other resources.
We Thrive Together is accessible and FREE to individuals and groups wherever they are: at home, school, day centers and more. This is possible because Morrow DD and other county boards, nonprofit organizations, public & private foundations, for-profit companies and others commit to funding to make these programs available for everyone.
Seniors on Center Morrow County Services for Older Citizens, Inc. 41 W. Center Street P.O. Box 214 Mt. Gilead, OH 43338 419-946-6702 Provides: transportation to persons over 60 by appointment to Center, grocery, doctor, pharmacy, etc. Available to individuals who use wheelchairs regardless of age.
In May 2018, Governor John Kasich signed the Technology First Executive Order, making Ohio the first state in the country to place an emphasis on expanding access to technology for people with developmental disabilities. The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities works with county boards to ensure technology is considered as part of all service and support plans for people with disabilities. The executive order is not a technology-only policy but intends to help people learn more about how to use technology to improve their quality of life and how they can experience more independence and personal freedom.
People with developmental disabilities may encounter challenges in their daily activities, including accessing education, employment and healthcare services. Devices that engage in two-way communication or provide step-by step assistance can help people overcome these barriers and help them live the lives they want. Technology can help people to feel more secure in their home, provide instruction on how to prepare a meal, assist in accessing public transportation and much more. With these advancements, more Ohioans with developmental disabilities will have the opportunity to experience a life more fully integrated into their community.
Remote Support allows an off-site direct service provider to monitor and respond to a person’s health, safety, and other needs using live communication, while offering the person more independence in their home. Two-way communication is established, in real time, just like Skype or FaceTime, so a person can communicate with their providers when they need them. A person can choose supports like sensors that call for help if someone has fallen or cameras that help monitor who is at their door or visiting with them. This service often leads to an increase in independence, especially if the person needs support occasionally or just needs reminders throughout the day.
Assistive Technology can be used as a creative solution to help with a person’s health and safety and can support a person’s desire for more independence at home, in the community, or at work. This service enables people to use smart or electronic devices to increase their independence. These options includes things that help with:
The service also pays for consultation to make sure people are matched with the right technology to meet their needs, the appropriate equipment, and equipment training for the person as well as for their paid or unpaid caregiver.
The Ohio Tech Ambassador Network’s website includes many resources that highlight individuals who use enabling technologies and their success stories. This website has links for great resources throughout Ohio. In January 2021, the Ohio Tech Ambassador Network launched a program to shed light on how Supportive Technology, can enhance the lives and foster independence for people with developmental disabilities. You can find more information here: The Ohio Tech Ambassador Network
As funding is available provides: assistance with one month’s heating bill, summer cooling assistance, Emergency Food and Shelter Program, budgeting, diapers and personal care items. Call local office to see what programs are currently available.