Frequently Asked Questions
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.
How do I find out if I am eligible for services from the developmental disabilities’ system in Belmont County?
Eligibility is determined by using the Ohio Eligibility and Determination Instrument (OEDI). Before administering the OEDI, we will sit down and talk with you to see exactly what it is you need or want. We may ask you to provide certain information verifying that you have a developmental disability. To learn more, contact the Service and Support Administration Department at 740-695-7433.
How many people does the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities serve?
The amount of people whose services are funded or provided by the Board varies over the course of a year and the number continues to grow. In 2010, the Board was serving 468 children and adults with developmental disabilities in Belmont County.
Who provides services in Belmont County?
People with disabilities choose who they want to serve their needs through the Individual Service Plan process. There are a number of skilled providers of vocational, habilitation, transportation and residential services in Belmont County. A list is found under the Providers tab on this website.
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 contact the appropriate police, fire or emergency personnel by dialing 911. 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.