The Belmont DD Board receives accreditation award

ST. CLAIRSVILLE — The Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been accredited by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities for the quality of services provided to county residents.

A six-member team from the state department completed a comprehensive review in November that included interviews with individuals and families who receive supports. A three-year accreditation was earned, the maximum possible term.

Belmont CBDD Superintendent Stephen Williams credited the successful review to the way the Board views what it does.

“Relationships are the foundation of quality supports and that is our focus in everything we do,” Williams said. “We recognize the uniqueness of every person and family served and that means we are better able to help them get what they want out of life.”

The board coordinates supports for more than 500 eligible children and adults with developmental disabilities. Supports include early intervention (birth to age three), school-age assistance, transition from school to work (ages 14 to 22), job-related training and employment, residential, transportation, and respite.

Each of Ohio’s 88 county boards is governed by a seven-member volunteer board of directors. Cynthia Touvelle is president of the Belmont County Board, Robert Quirk is vice president, and Annette Wiater is secretary. Also serving are Phil Andes, Joel Braido, Amy Dias and John Rataiczak.

The Ohio General Assembly created county boards of developmental disabilities in 1967. This act marked a shift in philosophy and public policy, giving people with physical and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to live, work, learn and fully participate in their communities. For additional information, log onto www.bcbdd.org.

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