Williams County Board Of Developmental Disabilities Receives Three Year Accreditation

At a recent meeting of the Williams County Board of Developmental Disabilities (WCBDD), Superintendent, Deb Guilford, informed the Board that she was pleased to announce that the recent Accreditation review, by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, resulted in a 3 year Accreditation certification. Superintendent Guilford stated that the WCBDD staff is to be commended, as they have worked diligently to prepare for this Accreditation review and their hard work has paid off.

The Board approved a number of agenda items, including renewing the Superintendent Shared Services Agreement for another year, with Paulding County Board of DD (PCBDD). The PCBDD entered into a Shared Services Agreement in February 2016, when PCBDD Superintendent, Lisa Recker, was killed in an auto accident. Superintendent Guilford has been providing shared services since that time. The Board also renewed a Shared Services Agreement with the Defiance County Board of DD, for Children’s Services Director, Dennis Myers, to continue providing Early Intervention Program Supervision DCBDD. A PLAY Project agreement (Play and Language for Autistic Youngsters) with Henry County Board of DD, was approved, allowing families in Williams County to access services from a HCBDD certified PLAY Project Consultant.

The Enrichment Center has been the sight for the Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank’s Harvest Market truck. Harvest Market brings fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins & dairy to communities that would otherwise lack access to healthy foods. Items can be purchased with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits, as well as credit or debit cards. The Harvest Food Market truck returns on Thursday, Nov. 10, 11:00am-2:00pm.

SSA/Community Inclusion Specialist, Joan Miller, along with 4 individuals receiving services, attended the Synergy Conference in Columbus.

The 3 day conference offered a number of self advocacy sessions and allowed the individuals to network with other self advocates across the State.

The next meeting of the WCBDD will be held, at the Board offices, on Monday, November 21, 2016 at 11:30am.

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