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Individual Provider Services

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For Cuyahoga County Individual Providers ONLY –
Agency staff see the Training Resources class information

Go to training schedule (click here).

How to become certified

All waiver providers are certified by Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities for the Individual Options and Level One Waivers.

The state has an online application process called the Provider Certification Wizard. Click here for more information
https://doddportal.dodd.ohio.gov/PRV/certification/Pages/default.aspx.

Beginning October 1, 2009, all initial provider certifications issued by the ODDD will be for one year; all renewal provider certifications will be for three years. The new rule implements application fees for certification. The fee structure has three tiers: independent providers, small agency providers (those who serve or plan to serve 50 or fewer individuals), and large agency providers (those who serve or plan to serve 51 or more individuals).

Certification Requirements

ALL independent providers, chief executive officers of agency providers, and direct services employees of agency providers are required to:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Hold a high school diploma or GED (Note: Currently certified independent providers and currently engaged direct services employees of certified agency providers are exempted from this requirement.)
  • Have a Social Security number
  • Have valid identification
  • Have a Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) report
  • Not be on the Abuser Registry
  • Not be on the Nurse Aide Registry indicating the Ohio Department of Health has made a determination of abuse, neglect, or misappropriation of property of a resident of a long-term care facility or residential care facility
  • Be able to read, write, and understand English at a level sufficient to comply with rules governing the services provided
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the individual served
  • Hold valid First Aid certification
  • Hold valid CPR certification
  • Have completed eight hours of training in: Serving individuals with developmental disabilities, Individual rights, Providing HCBS waiver services, Requirements of rule 5123:2-17-02 (Incidents Adversely Affecting Health and Safety) andUniversal precautions for infection control

Where do I get my training?

CPR/ First Aid can be obtained for a fee from various agencies throughout Cuyahoga County including:

American Red Cross: www.redcross-cleveland.org/training

American Heart Association: www.americanheart.org

CPR Ohio: www.cprohio.com.

John Shull - Shull Medical Educators
ASHI (American Health & Safety), CPR (Adult, child and infant) & Basic First Aid Classes
Classes held approximately every two months at:
Garfield Heights Fire Dept.
5115 Turney Rd., Garfield Hts., OH Phone: (330) 730-1056
* Must call to pre-register to attend next class - $50 payable at registration

Clarence Gilmore - American Heart Association (AHA)
Instructor CPR & First Aid
Phone: 216-925-9258 (c) or 216-432-1169 (h) e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Contact these and other agencies for prices and training dates

BCII Background checks can be completed at any of the following locations:

A copy of the BCII results need to be sent to DODD with your application.

PROVIDER CERTIFICATION TRAINING CLASSES

(All classes are from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm, unless otherwise noted. You may bring a drink/snack for the break)

Training will be offered by NEON at locations throughout Cuyahoga County. See below for dates, locations and registration information. In order to apply for certification, you need to take a Major Unusual Incidents, Individual Rights & Universal Precautions class, and Overview of Working with People with Disabilities class, along with the other Certification Requirements noted above.PLEASE DO NOT sign up for Documentation & Billing until after you have received your certification letter from DODD so you will receive credit towards next year’s annual training requirements, or if you are in the process of renewing your certification.

Registration REQUIRED - If you need to cancel your registration or reschedule, please do so as soon as possible and no later than 48 hours prior to the training, so individuals on our waiting lists can be contacted. 

To register for training, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it OR CALL THE Cuyahoga Provider Line at 216-556-0062.  Leave your name and phone number, and the date(s) of the classes you are reserving a seat to attend.  Please speak clearly and slowlyThis is a voicemail line only, and you should consider yourself registered for the class and plan to attend on the dates reserved.  You will not receive any other confirmation or return call unless the class is filled, or if your message indicates you have additional questions and need your call returned.


Class Locations:

Bay Village Library
502 Cahoon Rd.
Bay Village, OH  44140

Independence Library
6361 Selig Dr.
Independence, OH  44131

Beachwood Library
25501 Shaker Blvd.
Beachwood, OH  44122

Maple Heights Library
5225 Library Lane
Cleveland, OH  44137

Chagrin Falls Library
100 E. Orange St.
Chagrin Falls, OH   44022

Parma Library
6996 Powers Blvd.
Parma, OH  44129

Cleveland Heights Library
2345 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH  44118

Solon Public Library
34125 Portz Parkway
Solon, OH  44139

Fairview Park Library
21255 Lorain Rd.
Fairview Park, OH  44126

Warrensville Heights Library
4415 Northfield Rd
Warrensville Heights, OH  44128

Garfield Heights Library
5409 Turney Rd.
Garfield Hts., OH  4412

 

2015

Class Schedule:

May 19, 2015 This class is CLOSED.  Please register in another class.
Overview of working with people with Disabilities
Solon Library

May 26, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Warrensville Heights Library

June 2, 2015
Documentation & Billing
For Newly Certified/Certification Renewal
Beachwood  Library

June 4, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Solon Library

June 18, 2015
Overview of working with people with Disabilities
Independence Library

June 30, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Bay Village Library

July 2, 2015
Documentation & Billing
For Newly Certified/Certification Renewal
Bay Village Library

July 9, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Beachwood Library

July 16, 2015
Overview of working with people with Disabilities
Chagrin Falls Library

July 28, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Cleveland Heights Library

August 6, 2015
Documentation & Billing
For Newly Certified/Certification Renewal
Solon Library

August 13, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Parma Library

August 18, 2015
Overview of working with people with Disabilities
Maple Heights Library

August 25, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Independence Library

September 3, 2015
Documentation & Billing
For Newly Certified/Certification Renewal
Maple Heights Library

September 15, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Garfield Heights Library

September 22, 2015
Overview of working with people with Disabilities
Fairview Park Library

September 29, 2015
Major Unusual Incidents
Warrensville Heights Library

What happens after I get certified?
(Cuyahoga County Individual Providers ONLY)

  • E-mail the Cuyahoga County Board of DD (CCBDD) a copy of your certification letter at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You will be sent a New Provider email with information you will use as a provider. Or call the CCBDD Provider Support Line at 216-931-7474.
  • Schedule a date to attend a Provider Orientation class to learn more about billing for services.

Frequently Asked Questions

“Can I establish a group home?

The state of Ohio no longer licenses new group homes for people with developmental disabilities. There is no new development of group homes in the foreseeable future. The County Board of Developmental Disabilities does not license DD group homes or typically place individuals with DD into other people’s homes.