There have been many positive changes in services to adults (ages 22 and older) with disabilities in Ohio. The coordination of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities in Belmont County is guided by the principle of self-determination, which gives them choice and control over their lives. This has meant continuous improvement as services for adults have become more responsive and delivered in the least restrictive settings possible. This has enabled people to achieve greater independence and become active, contributing members of the community.
Services for adults are provided according to a person’s needs and preferences, identified through a person-centered planning process. Adult Services are offered through qualified, private providers in Belmont County. Services may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Community/Supported Employment - Full-time or part-time community-based individual and group employment opportunities.
- Vocational Training - Development of skills needed to become employed and stay employed.
- Adult Day Activities - Activities that enhance an individual’s quality of life, provided in a variety of settings. These include social, leisure, recreational, and enrichment activities.
- Sheltered Employment - Non-integrated employment in a congregate setting where individuals are generally paid on a per-piece completed basis in accordance with the Fair Labor Standards Act.
- Transportation – The Board provides transportation services and options to adults from home to the locations where their Adult Services are provided.