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Individual Provider Services

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

Samaritan Healthcare Training Center
Phone: 216-341-0030 Web: www.samaritanhealthcare.org
Red Cross Instructors
First Aid & CPR - $50 for 2/year certification (Also offer DODD Provider Certification Classes)

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.

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 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.

2014
Class Locations:

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

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

Solon Public Library
34125 Portz Parkway
Solon, Ohio 44139

Beachwood Library
25501 Shaker Blvd.
Beachwood, Ohio 44122

Maple Heights Library
5225 Library Lane
Cleveland, Ohio 44137

Warrensville Heights Library
4415 Northfield Rd
Warrensville Heights OH 44128

Cleveland Heights Library
2345 Lee Rd
Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44118

 

 

2014
Class Schedule:

January 15, 2014
Major Unusual Incidents
Warrensville Heights Library

January 21, 2014
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal
Beachwood Library

January 28, 2014 - CANCELLED
Overview of Working with People with Disabilities
Fairview Park Library

February 5, 2014
Solon Public Library
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal

February 6, 2014 -
(FOR ATTENDEES PRE-REGISTERED FOR JAN. 28TH CLASS – NO NEW REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE)
Overview of Working with People with Disabilities
Fairview Park Library

February 12, 2014
Bay Village Library
Major Unusual Incidents

February 19, 2014 – FULL – Please register for another class
Maple Heights Public Library
Overview of Working with People with Disabilities

February 20, 2014
(FOR ATTENDEES PRE-REGISTERED FOR FEB. 5TH CLASS – NO NEW REGISTRATIONS AVAILABLE)
Solon Public Library
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal

February 27, 2014 - CLOSED
Beachwood Public Library
Major Unusual Incidents

March 5, 2014
Fairview Park Library
Major Unusual Incidents

March 12, 2014
Bay Village Library
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal

March 19, 2014 – Class is Full – Please register for another class
Cleveland Heights Branch Library
Major Unusual Incidents

March 22, 2014 – Saturday Class is Full – Please register for another class
Warrensville Heights Library
Overview of Working with People with Disabilities

April 3, 2014
Beachwood Library
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal

April 9, 2014
Bay Village Library
Major Unusual Incidents

April 15, 2014 – Class is Full – Please register for another class
Fairview Park Library
Overview of Working with People with Disabilities

April 29, 2014
Solon Public Library
Major Unusual Incidents

May 8, 2014
Bay Village Library
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal

May 15, 2014
Fairview Park Library
Major Unusual Incidents

May 20, 2014
Warrensville Heights Library
Major Unusual Incidents

May 28, 2014 – Class is Full – Please register for another class
Beachwood Public Library
Overview of working with people with Disabilities

June 4, 2014
Major Unusual Incidents
Bay Village Library

June 10, 2014
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal
Solon Public Library

June 18, 2014
Overview of Working with People with Disabilities
Warrensville Heights Library

July 1, 2014
Major Unusual Incidents
Beachwood Library

July 8, 2014
Provider Orientation/Certification Renewal
Fairview Park Library

July 16, 2014
Overview of Working with People with Disabilities
Maple 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 . 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.