Belmont-Harrison-Noble County Boards of Developmental Disabilities
The Harrison County Board of Developmental Disabilities is part of the BHN Alliance, a partnership with the Belmont and Noble County Boards of Developmental Disabilities in which certain administrative functions are shared. This partnership, the first between county boards in Ohio, was formed to create efficiencies and preserve limited financial resources. The three boards share 10 administrative functions, including Superintendent, Service and Support Administration, Medicaid Services Management, Quality Assurance and Early Intervention.
The most important thing shared between the boards, however, is our philosophy of self-determination for the people we support and the manner in which their needs are met. We get to know the people we support. We listen and we learn what is important to and what is important for each one. This person-centered approach means that supports are coordinated in ways that are respectful and meaningful.
In 2012, the BHN Alliance received the Visionary Leadership Award from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities for being pioneers in the field of shared administrative services.
What is a developmental disability?A developmental disability is a severe, chronic condition that manifests itself before the age of 22 and is characterized by a cognitive or physical difference or a combination of the two that is likely to continue indefinitely.
What does a County Board do?The County Board is the primary contact for a person with a developmental disability and his or her family. We serve two primary functions: determining eligibility and coordinating supports. Once we determine eligibility for services, a Service and Support Administrator (SSA) will connect you to the supports and services you need.
When do I call the County Board?You should contact the County Board if you have an infant or a toddler who has been diagnosed with a developmental disability or you think your child may have a developmental disability. You may also want to call us if you need additional support for your loved one or if you are moving to a new community in Ohio and want your supports to continue in that location.
How do I receive supports from the developmental disabilities' system in Harrison County?When you contact the Harrison County Board of DD, the first thing we will do is sit down and talk with you to learn exactly what it is you need or want. At that time, we may ask you to provide certain information verifying that you have a developmental disability. To learn more about this process, contact the Service and Support Administration Department at 740-695-7433
Who provides services in Harrison County?People with developmental disabilities choose who they want to serve their needs through the Individual Support Plan process. A list of certified providers is maintained by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Click on this link to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to search certified providers. Click here
Who do I contact if I think someone with a disability is being neglected or abused?If the person is in immediate danger, it is important that you dial 911 for the appropriate police, fire or emergency personnel. Other cases can be reported to the Board's emergency on-call number at 740-310-2255. This number is manned 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.