Lucas County Board of DD

Website: http://www.lucasdd.org
Currently serving individuals with developmental disabilities.
Currently seeking referrals.
Agency Provider

Locations

3350 Hill Ave.

Toledo, Ohio 43607
Main: (419) 381-3806
Fax: (419) 536-5598
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Contacts

Margaret Dramczyk
AO Intake & Referral Specialist
AO-INTAKEREFERRAL@lucasdd.org
Phone: (419) 381-3806
Kris Baumeier-Shawen
AO Intake & Referral Specialist
AO-INTAKEREFERRAL@lucasdd.org
Phone: (419) 381-3806
Sonja Davis
AO Intake & Referral Specialist
AO-INTAKEREFERRAL@lucasdd.org
Phone: (419) 381-3806

Services

Individual Budget/Private Pay

Supported Living

Individual Budget/Private Pay: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave

Level One Waiver

Transportation

Level One Waiver: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave

Individual Options Waiver

NonMedical Transportation Mileage
NonMedical Transportation Trip
Transportation

Individual Options Waiver: Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Community
Supported Employment - Enclave

Self Empowered Life Funding Waiver (SELF-Waiver)

Self Empowered Life Funding Waiver (SELF-Waiver): Adult Day Services

Adult Day Support
Supported Employment - Enclave

References

No References Provided

Documents

Agency Profile

a) Describe your agency’s philosophy of providing services and supports to individuals with disabilities.

The Mission of the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is is to assure that people with developmental disabilities have the same opportunities and life experiences as all other citizens. We will inspire possibilities and create activities throughout the community that further this ideal.

Values of The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities
1. We believe that all people have the right to full and equal citizenship.
2. We believe all people have a right to shape their own future with support and guidance if needed.
3. We believe all people have a right to share their unique strengths, abilities and contributions with others.
4. We believe in the importance of families.
5. We believe we have the responsibility, as individuals and as an organization, to be leaders in promoting opportunities for all people to experience full citizenship while maintaining high ethical and fiscal standards.
6. We believe in cultural competence.

The work that we do to support individuals with disabilities centers around our mission of inspiring possibilities and creating activities in the community. These activities utilize individuals unique strengths, abilities, passions, and contributions and allows them to shape their own future with the support and guidance of those around them. The Discovery Process is the method used at the Board to discover three themes for contributions to the community that utilize an individual's strengths and abilities. Please see the attached Discription of the Discovery Process for additional information.

b) Describe your agency’s staff orientation and training process.

All staff must have the following in place to become an employee of the Board of Developmental Disabilities:

 An acceptable Lucas County Sheriff's record check and BCI/FBI records abstract;
 Two (2) satisfactory references from past and/or present employers;
 An acceptable pre-employment physical and drug screen;
 All official transcripts OR copy of high school diploma/GED;
 Satisfactory driving abstract may be required (no more than two moving violations within
the past three years);
 Providing official social security card and driver’s license or state identification, to verify
your right to work in the U.S. and for Payroll purposes.

Many Board staff must apply for and maintain state certification to work with individuals with disabilities. Several classes and continuing education credits are requried to maintain this certification. Newly hired Board staff also attend a mandatory week long orientation training program that covers many different topics inlcuding Rights of Individuals with Disabilities as well as First Aid and CPR training.

Staff attend mandatory annual trainings on various topics such as Positive Supports and Universal Precautions. All mandatory trainings must be attended annually to maintain employment. Regularly scheduled in-service days occur throughout the year to offer staff the opportunity to learn more on various topics related to supporting individuals with disabilities. Trainings are also offered in various departments throughout the year on an as needed or requested basis.

c) How are individuals with disabilities involved in selecting the agency’s staff that work with them?

The Adult Options Intake & Referral Specialist completes a referral to a specific area of our organization based on the outcome of The Discovery Process. They work with management at each location to pair individuals with staff that will work well together. Input is also received from the staff and team to help in this decision process. Should an individual begin services and decide that they would be interested in switching staff or areas, they can initiate this change by talking with any of the supervisors at any of the service locations.

d) Describe your agency’s availability and flexibility in scheduling services and supports (days and hours available, areas of Lucas County willing to provide services, etc).

Utilizing The Discovery Process with individuals new to Adult Options allows us the opportunity to find out what days, times, and locations will work best for them to be involved in employment, programming, or acitivities in the community. We then base the services that we offer on the specifics that will work best for the individual and family.

e) Describe how services will be provided in the event of an agency staff illness or emergency.

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities employs subsitute staff that fill in for regularly scheduled staff in the event of an absence. These substitute staff are subject to the same requirements and orientation trainings as all employees of the Board. They have access to specific information regarding the individuals that they will support on any given day so that there is very little to no disruption of service.

Our regulary scheduled staff will also fill in for each other in the event of an absence if necessary. We maintain detailed and organized records to allow for easy acess of information so that staff can fill in for each other with again very little to no disruption of service to the indivdual.

f) Describe how your agency would address individual or family concerns.

Each concern would be address by first listening to the individual or family. Staff in conjuction with their supervisor would attempt to resolve any issue that has been discussed to the satisfaction of the individual, family, as well as the Board. We also have the benefit of having an ombudsman at the Board to attempt to resolve any issues if any party is not feeling satified by the outcome. If there continues to be a problem, we follow a written greivance procedure that ensures that each concern is handled fairly and in a timely fashion.

g) Describe your agency’s specific strategies for increasing community inclusion and involvement for individuals served.

The Discovery Process is the method used in Adult Options at the Board that allows us to to discover three themes for contributions to the community that utilize an individual's strengths and abilities. Please see the attached Discription of the Discovery Process, the Discovery Flow Chart, and a Sample Positive Personal Profile for additional information regarding Discovery as well as the possible outcomes of this process.

h) Does your agency offer one to one services?

No

i) Does your agency offer planned group outings or activities?

Yes

j) Identify your agency's areas of expertise.

The Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities is an expert in employment for individuals with disabilities. We offer a variety of employment opportunities in many differnt types of settings. The services and supports provided in these settings are individualized based on the persons interests, needs, and abilities found through The Discovery Process. This process allows us the opportunity to discover strengths, passions, and abilities of an indivdiual and then develop three themes surrounding these areas. We then explore areas of contribution and work to create connections within the community for each individual that we support.
The Discovery Process allows us to look at any accomodations and supports that an individual would need to be sucessful in the least restrictive setting.

Please see the attached Discription of the Discovery Process, the Discovery Flow Chart, and a Sample Positive Personal Profile for additional information regarding Discovery as well as the possible outcomes of this process.

k) How many individuals does your agency serve in Lucas County?

41 or more

l) What is the total number of individuals served by your agency Statewide?

987

m) How long has your agency been providing certified homemaker personal care services in Lucas County to individuals with developmental disabilities?

0 to 3 years

n) Which describes your agency:

Non Profit

o) Are your agency staff certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to provide medication administration?

Yes

p) Is your agency willing to provide Level One services?

Yes

q) How many staff in your agency provide direct support services?

381

r) Does your agency have both male and female staff?

Yes

s) What is the average length of service for your agency’s direct support staff?

12 Years

t) Describe your agency's plan for continuing education and on-going training for agency staff?

Many Board staff must apply for and maintain state certification to work with individuals with disabilities. Several classes and continuing education credits are requried to maintain this certification.

Staff attend mandatory annual trainings on various topics such as Positive Supports and Universal Precautions. All mandatory trainings must be attended annually to maintain employment. Regularly scheduled in-service days are scheduled throughout the year to offer staff the opportunity to learn more on various topics related to supporting individuals with disabilities. Trainings are also offered in various departments throughout the year on an as needed or requested basis.

u) Please describe your agency’s internal system for quality assurance.

The Board of Developmental Disabilities is an accredited organization by The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities as well as the Commission on the Accredidation of Rehabilitation Facilities. Both of these agencies have an extensive process that the Board participates in to maitain these accredidations.

In addition to this, we participate in a yearly Self Review of services to assure a high quality of services provided as well as gain feeback on the services offered.

v) Include here any information about the agency that you want shared with an individual, family or guardian that will assist him/her to decide whether your agency is the best choice of provider.

- If yes, describe

- If yes, describe

At many of our organized locations, we offer a variety of group outings or activities. These would include but not be limited to outing to the movies, community events, the zoo, bowling, as well as a variety of community volunteer activities. Several of our locations offer daily outings to many of these types of settings.

Adult Day Services

a) Does your agency offer paid employment?

Yes

- Piece Rate

Yes

- Hourly Rate

Yes

- Other

- Describe your paid employment opportunities.

We offer Supported Employment Community and Integrated Employment where an individual works for an employer in the community and is supported through Board staff such as a Job Coach or Vocational Specialist. We also have Supported Employment Enclave where individuals work on mobile work crews. They go out into the community to a specific site everyday such as Calphalon or TARTA and work and for a scheduled amount of time. The individuals are paid through Lott Industries and are supervised by Board staff while working in the community. We also offer Vocational Rehabilitation in some of our service centers where an individual is paid a piece rate based on the amount of work that is completed.

b) Does your agency offer community outings?

Yes

- Describe community outings

At many of our locations, we offer a variety of group outings or activities. These would include but not be limited to outing to the movies, community events, the zoo, bowling, boat rides, shopping trips, and lunch outings. Several of our locations offer daily outings to many of these types of settings. We are always looking to expand our activities in the community and would be open and willing to explore options or suggestions of an individual or team.

c) Does your agency offer recreational/leisure activities?

Yes

- Describe recreational/leisure activities

We offer a variety of recreational/leisure activities at many of our locations. These would include but not be limited to BINGO, other games, crafts, movies, interest groups, bands that come into the facility, music therapy, therapy dogs, hand massage, and sporting activities. We are always looking to expand our recreational/leisure activities and would be open and willing to explore options or suggestions of an individual or team.

d) Does your agency offer volunteer opportunities?

Yes

- Describe volunteer opportunities

Many of our locations are involved in regular volunteer activities such as running a scheduled route every week for Mobile Meals and volunteering at the Northwest Ohio Food Bank at a scheduled time each week. We are always looking to expand our volunteerism in the community and would be open and willing to explore options or suggestions of an individual or team.

e) Describe other activities offered

f) Does your agency have an established day services site that is in operation?

Yes

- Describe current services

We have a variety of sites that offer everything from regular volunteer opportunities in the community, to an art studio, to paid work in our adult services centers.

g) Where is your agency’s day service site located?

Connections on Woodley, Connections on Navarre, Share Lives Studio, Lott Industries on Hill Ave., Lott Industries on Holland Rd., Larc Lane Center

h) What are the typical hours of your agency’s services/supports?

Please see the attached listing of facilities with service hours.

i) Describe a typical day for an individual who receives your agency’s day services?

Each site within Adult Options at the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities has differnt hours as well as schedule. Prior to starting at any location, a individual, their family, and their team will tour the facility and learn about the schedule for that location.

j) Is your day service agency certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, or licensed by the Ohio Board of Nursing to administer medication?

Yes

k) Does your agency provide non-medical transportation?

Yes

l) How long has your agency been providing day services in Lucas County to individuals with developmental disabilities?

7 or more years

m) Date your agency began providing Adult Day Services (month/year):

1967

n) How many individuals does your day program serve?

41 or more

Does your agency provide Adult Day Services?

Yes