Holmes Board of DD has new options for adult care

Holmes Board of DD has new options for adult care

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Changes are on the horizon at Holmes County Board of Developmental Disabilities, but one thing that won’t change is the organization’s commitment to providing the very best care, services and teaching available.

First announced six years ago, a change is in full swing at the Holmes County BDD.

According to Holmes BDD Superintendent Marianne Mader, “Adults with developmental disabilities who attend day services at the Holmesville location will see a change this summer. Because of Medicaid regulations, Holmes BDD can no longer be a provider of adult day services and adult transportation.”

To ensure vital services continue, Holmes BDD used a competitive Request for Proposal process to locate a provider to take their place. Holmes BDD announced GentleBrook has been selected to provide adult day services at the Holmes BDD facility in Holmesville. The transition will occur July 1.

GentleBrook, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1974 by Glen and Lois Yoder, provides a variety of programs and services for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in both Stark and Coshocton counties. These services and supports include residential options, academies, adult day programs, vocational training and recreational programs. By focusing on potential and not limitations, GentleBrook helps each individual live a fulfilling life that is rich with opportunities.

Mader said with GentleBrook there will be three adult day services providers in Holmes County. Midwest Community Services in Millersburg provides adult day services for 22 Holmes County residents with developmental disabilities. Newly opened Sacred Ground in Berlin supports five individuals with developmental disabilities. GentleBrook will become Holmes County’s largest provider of adult services with more than 50 individuals served in Holmesville.

All these agencies are certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, according to Mader.

“This means they abide by many rules including reporting abuse and neglect, completing staff criminal background checks and comprehensive training, and ensuring often challenging behavioral and medical issues are handled appropriately,” Mader said.

Even with this change, Holmes BDD maintains important roles serving adults.

Mader said, “Holmes BDD investigates incidents of abuse and neglect, develops an Individual Service Plan for each person served, coordinates needed services, and ensures required services are provided. Perhaps Holmes BDD’s most important role remains providing sufficient funding so each adult who needs to attend an adult day program can attend a certified program.”

For more information about Holmes BDD and its services, visit www.holmesdd.org or call 330-674-8045.

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