The Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) has a long history of providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Over the last few years, the demand for services has increased significantly.
“In 2006, we were serving approximately 450 individuals, and now we are serving nearly 700. And that’s at the same level of local funding we were receiving in 2006,” said Matt Purcell, Director of Finance at SCBDD. “The voters approved a levy renewal in 2011, which continued one mill of funding that would have ended. Those funds, in addition to maximizing federal and state funding and making operational changes, are the primary reasons we have been able to provide the familiar programs and add new ones, despite serving more individuals and families,” Purcell said.
Julie Monroe, Interim Superintendent of the SCBDD, attributes this increase to several factors. These include heightened community awareness of services, new flexible service models, federal and state efforts to promote movement from institutional settings to community settings, an aging population and more local families seeking assistance to care for a loved one at home.
The rise in the national incidence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has also been a factor. “The Center for Disease Control consistently shows a rise in the number of children diagnosed with ASD, and we are seeing that same trend here in Scioto County with regard to referrals for our services,” Monroe said.
Quality of services has been and will remain a top priority for the agency. With more people needing services, making the enrollment process less cumbersome became even more important. In 2012, the program moved its Intake Office from the Vern Riffe School building at 2619 Gallia Street, to The Carousel Center building at 1112 Gallia Street.
“We received a lot of feedback from stakeholders during our 2011 strategic planning process that we needed a ‘front door’ to services that was more welcoming and easier to navigate,” Monroe said. “So, our Intake Office was relocated, and our enrollment and eligibility procedures were streamlined. We want to make accessing our services as easy as possible for individuals, families and other referral sources.”
However, as with all human service organizations, constant attention must be given to long-term sustainability. “In spite of the increased demand for services, it is important for us to remain responsible and accountable with our dollars, Purcell said. “We will continue to look at ways to operate as efficiently as possible without impacting quality.”
If you, or someone you know, may be eligible for services, or would like more information about what the Scioto County Board of DD has to offer, the Intake Office can be reached at 353-8448. To be eligible for services an individual must be a resident of Scioto County, have a developmental disability that occurred before the age of 22, as diagnosed by a qualified professional, and have substantial functional limitations in three areas of daily living. SCBDD has services for all ages, newborn through senior citizens. School-age services are accessed through the local school districts.
For more information on opportunities available for individuals with developmental disabilities, visit us on the Web at www.sciotocountydd.org, like us on Facebook at Scioto County Board of DD or follow us on Twitter @SciotoDD.