Services for Children

 

Eligibility and Information

 
 
 

Agency Eligibility

For any Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ service, an individual must reside in Warren County and be deemed eligible for County Board of DD services. Help Me Grow Central Intake is the starting point for children under age three. The Support Services Division is the starting point for services for all individuals over three years of age. The Intake Specialists will assess all individuals requesting services to determine the eligibility of the individual. For those who are currently eligible for County Board of DD services, eligibility is reviewed at the age of three, six, and sixteen. The onset of the disability must have occurred prior to the age of 22.

Click here to download a copy of our latest Supports and Services For Children brochure

To determine eligibility:     

For children under age three, contact:

Help Me Grow

Central Intake and Referral to make a referral to Early Intervention

Southwest Region

https://ohioearlyintervention.org/referral

513-434-3322

For children three and older contact:

Jessica Haddix, Intake Specialist

jessica.haddix@warrencountydd.org

513-518-5323

Amy Spencer, Intake Specialist

amy.spencer@warrencountydd.org

513-806-3780

Information and Referral

Information and Referral is designed to provide information and support regarding services available to the people served by Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

This service is available for individuals who meet eligibility requirements and are not receiving other services through the county board.  Ongoing information and resources will be shared with families.

Direct contact is made at least one time per year to ensure you know who to reach should you be in need of assistance. 

For more information, contact:

Krista Dell'Aria, Information & Referral Service Coordinator

krista.dellaria@warrencountydd.org

513-806-3774

Early Intervention

Evidence-based early intervention assists family members and caregivers to enhance a child’s learning and development through everyday activities or routines.  Our Early Intervention program serves children age birth to three who have a medical diagnosis with a high probability of developmental delays, or with a developmental delay in one or more areas based on standardized tests or informed clinical opinion. 

The Early Intervention program receives referrals from the Early Intervention Service Coordinator, through the Warren County Educational Service Center.  Once a child is determined eligible and has an established need, the family’s Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) will be developed as a team.  The family and child will be provided with support from the Early Intervention team, which may be comprised of a Service Coordinator, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Pathologist, or Developmental Specialist.

One member of the team will be assigned as a Primary Service Provider (PSP). The primary service provider, or coach sees the family in a location (which includs options through technologoy) that meets the priority, needs and outcomes of the child and family.  This professional will coach the parent or caregiver during each visit, leaving them with a joint plan until the next visit.  The PSP will monitor and  address questions and priorities related the child’s development.

For more information about Early Intervention go to: www.ohioearlyintervention.org

For additional information or questions related to any Early Childhood support or service, contact:

Kelly Brooks, Early Childhood Manager

kelly.brooks@warrencountydd.org

513-228-6520

P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultation Program:

Developed by Dr. Richard Solomon for use with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, P.L.A.Y. Project techniques are appropriate to work with all children.  The P.L.A.Y. Project Home Consultant Program emphasizes the importance of helping parents become their child’s best P.L.A.Y. partner.  This program provides training and support for families of children in their home (in person or through technology).  Trained consultants teach parents techniques that are effective, fun, and useful in day-to-day interactions with their child.  This is currently available to children enrolled in Early Intervention (Birth to age 3).

Also visit: www.playproject.org

Social Connections

(In person or through technology - birth to age 6) 

Also provided are play groups, social opportunities, parent and caregiver linkage or education sessions, and information about opportunities in your community.  Past events included train rides, Social Saturdays and more!

Toileting Supports

(Contracted Services with Envision)

(In-person or through technology)

Toileting 101 - This is a group session for the parent/caregiver. This session gives an overview of toileting readiness and supportive ideas for beginning . It is offered in Spring and Fall each year.

Consultation Session - This service provides a one-time consultative session to the family to discuss toilet readiness, help plan for preparations, problem solve possible adaptations and answer questions and/or share resources. 

Home-based Education and Intervention Program (age 3+) - This program supports the family/caregiver and child or teen with development of toileting skills. This service generally includes initial assessment and 5 hours of direct time with the family in the home. 

It Takes Two to Talk

(In person or through technology)

It Takes Two to Talk is a program for parents of children who have language delays.  It Takes Two to Talk recognizes:

· The importance of involving parents in their child’s early language intervention.

· The need to help children and families as early as possible in a child’s life.

It Takes Two to Talk   is led by a Hanen Certified Speech & Language Pathologist who has received specialized training from the Hanen Centre.

Intensive In Home Supports

Contracted Services with Envision

(In person or through technology)

(Age 3-22)

Specialized services are available through a contract with Envision.

Envision’s CITE (Community Integrated Training and Education) services provide parents with in-home support to address and overcome challenging issues with their child whold has a developmental disabilitiy. 

A strengths-based holistic approach is used to deliver services in the home and community to help children and young adults grow, succeed and build a life that involves choices, community, relationships, and respect. The goal of services is to develop effective intervention plans around issues such as challenging behaviors, daily living skills, social skills, and communication. Services include: 

· Skill assessment and skill development planning, task assessment to determine strengths and needs within targeted skill development areas.

· Parent training and education, including direct coaching and consultation.

www.envisionohio.org

For more information, contact: 

Chris Smith

Support Services Director 

christopher.smith@warrencountydd.org

513-228-6449

Family Supports

The Family Supports program was developed to provide support to families who are caring for a family member in their home.  The goal is to relieve some of the emotional and financial strains experienced by families, and to enhance harmony within the family unit.  There are no income guidelines to participate , however, the individual may not be enrolled on a Medicaid Waiver. 

Assistance may be provided in cost for therapy, adaptive equipment, camp, respite, disposable items (after age 3) and special diet needs.

  • The maximum cap for an eligible family with one eligible family member with a developmental disability is $2,500.00.
  • The maximum cap for a family having more than one eligible family member with a developmental disability is $4,000.00
  • Examples include, but are not limited to:
  • Medical supplies
  • Adaptive equipment
  • Home modifications
  • Feeding equipment and supplies for individuals with special diets (after age three)
  • Respite care
  • Camp
  • Cost of therapy

For more information, contact:

Katrina Steele

Family Supports Coordinator 

katrina.steele@warrencountydd.org

513-228-6432

Behavior Supports

Specialized coaching in positive behavior supports is available for staff and family members. Assessments in the home environment and observations in school environments are used to build on successes at school, and transfer thoses successes into the home environment. Behavior Specialists communicate, consult, and coordinate with families and school personnel. 

For more information, contact:

Chris Smith, Support Services Director 

christopher.smith@warrencountydd.org         

513-228-6449

Youth On The Go

Youth On The Go is a recreation and socialization support for parents and their children ages 6 to 13 who are enrolled in services with the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities.  Events and activities are held in various places in Warren County, through contracts with other partner agencies.  Past events have included swimming, gymnastics, baking, pizza parties, and more. Reservations are required.

For more information, contact:

Katrina Steele, Family Supports Coordinator katrina.steele@warrencountydd.org

513-228-6432

Early Learning Support

(In person or through technology)

Professionals employed by Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities may provide training and/or  support to staff in early childhood environments. The training and supports are led by staff who have expertise in early childhood developmental levels, sensory processing of children with disabilities, and behavior intervention.  Professional guidance is provided with intent to support WCBDD eligible children.

Training can include overviews of early intervention, development in children with disabilities, skill levels and expectations, functions of behavior, assessment tools and more.

For more information, contact:

Kelly Brooks, Early Childhood Manager kelly.brooks@warrencountydd.org 

513-228-6520

Camp Opportunities

Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities contracts with local summer day camps and residential camps for the purpose of increasing supportive opportunities for children and families. Camps can also be funded through Family Supports and Waivers.

For more information, contact:

Katrina Steele, Family Supports Coordinator 

katrina.steele@warrencountydd.org    

513-228-6432

Mini-Grants

The Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been able to offer mini-grants to the Warren County School Districts since 2016 and plans to do so as long as we are able. 

Grant opportunities are offered to provide students eligible for WCBDD additional educational supports.  These supports are in addition to what is already provided by or required to be provided by the school district.  Our goal is to provide students with opportunities they may not have otherwise had without this funding.  Some examples of supports that may be provided include, but are not limited to, sensory supplies, fine motor skill supplies, staff assistance, and technology.

To access the School Grant Letter for 2021, click here

To access the School Grant Application for 2021 - 2022, click here

For more information, contact:

Melissa Stall, Support Services Manager  melissa.stall@warrencountydd.org

513-228-6459

Sinclair Partnership

Students at Sinclair Community College, Mason, who have developmental disabilities or are experiencing mental health issues have a resource available to them, to help them be more successful in school.  A counseling position has been created through a community partnership between the Warren County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD) and the Mental Health Recovery Services of Warren and Clinton Counties (MHRS), along with Sinclair Community College. 

The Counselor - Supported Education Program will serve as a personal point of contact for identified students to help them navigate the college system.  The Counselor will also coordinate the delivery of internal and external supports to advocate for the students’ needs, as well as provide immediate support to address academic, mental, personal and career needs, including crisis intervention when needed.

For more information, contact:

Gloria Kinney

Educational Support Counselor

gloria.kinney@sinclair.edu

937-512-5530