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Letter from the Superintendent

At the Guernsey County Board of Developmental Disabilities, we are investing in the future of our families and individuals but also in our community. They’re an incredible workforce pool that simply has not been tapped to its fullest potential and we are working diligently to assist in the training and hiring of these skilled workers.

The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics states that one-third of the percentage of working-age persons are people with disabilities. There is a significant gap in pay and compensation and we as a County Board have pledged to work with organizations like The Arc of Ohio, DODD, ODD, and OCAB to promote job advancement and career development. I’ve said this before, I am so proud to have moved from a time where we were just trying to find a “job,” now we are working towards careers that people will love.

Career development starts with job readiness, which is why we have partnered with Cedar Ridge Behavioral Health Solutions for a second year to bring to the community K.E.Y.S. K.E.Y.S (Knowledge, Education, Youth Success) is a two-week program in the summer that focuses on life skills, budgeting, resume building, time management and interviewing skills. It also provides career exploration thanks to our amazing community partners.

I hope you join us on our journey here in Guernsey County and commit to employing persons with developmental disabilities.

Kellie Brown, Superintendent

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Electronic Visit Verification - A New Service

The Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is implementing Electronic Visit Verification(EVV) for some home and community-based services in response to federal requirements set forth in the 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act). EVV is an electronic system that verifies key information about the services provided. In accordance with the Cures Act, the system implemented by ODM will record the date of the service, the time the service started and ended, the individual receiving the service, the person providing the service and the location of the service.