Welcome to the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities

The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities offers a wide variety of programs and services designs to emphasize the abilities of everyone.  Please follow the Quick Start Guide link below for an overview of these programs.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our Community Services Department at 330-799-9039

Quick Start Guide

Our Mission


November 2018 Meetings

Monday, November 19– Programs, Service Initiatives & Personnel Committee meeting-4:00 p.m. Board office in Austintown
Monday, November 19– Ethics Committee meeting-5:45 p.m. Leonard Kirtz School in Austintown
Monday, November 19РBoard Meeting-6:00 p.m. Leonard Kirtz School in Austintown

Click HERE to see the November Board packet


 Job openings

The MCBDD currently has 2 vacancies for Developmental Specialist positions in our Early Intervention department.

Click HERE to view more information about these positions.

The MCBDD currently has 1 vacancy for a temporary Service Coordinator position in our Early Intervention department.

Click HERE to view more information about this position.

The MCBDD currently has 1 vacancy for an Executive Assistant-Accounting in the Fiscal department

Click HERE to view more information about this position.


The MCBDD has released the 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, click HERE to view the full document.



Following are the emergency closing procedures for the

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities

In the event of bad weather the stations listed below will broadcast that The Leonard Kirtz School and The Centre at Javit are on a one (1) or two (2) hour delay or closed.

TV:     Channels 21, 27, 33, 17/62

Radio:             AM Stations                           FM Stations

WKBN-570                            WMXY-89.9               WHOT-101

WBTJ-29.9                              WNIO-101.9               WYFM-Y103

WNIO-1390                            WRBG -106.1

WBBW-1240                          WNCD -93.3



We will also be notifying Parents, Guardians and Providers through the ‚ÄúOne Call System‚ÄĚ for program announcements and severe weather alerts. If you are not registered for this system, please contact Tim Gabrelcik at 330-799-2728 or email at tgabrelcik@mahoningcountyoh.gov with your request

Please do not call the TV / radio stations.

Also, please do not call Transportation, as they are trying to contact the stations.

We will announce the “one (1) or two (2) hour delay” on the same radio and television channels we use for closing information. When this occurs, you can expect the bus to pick-up the rider either one (1) or two (2) hours later than usual. The afternoon return schedule should remain normal. The decision to delay for one (1) or ¬†two (2) hours or close the program is based on anticipated weather conditions, actual road conditions and the safety and welfare of all students, adults and staff.

Don’t forget that a delay can develop into a complete program closure if the road or weather conditions do not improve as anticipated. You need to be prepared for that possibility.

Also, remember, MCBDD buses cover the entire Mahoning County area and conditions may be worse in some areas than in others which may cause a short unanticipated delay. It is helpful if you are able to clear your driveway or sidewalk used as access to the pick-up/drop-off place to prevent injuries due to slips and falls.

Please keep in mind the decision to send a child to school or an adult to the workshop is always yours. It is often difficult to keep the bus as warm as we would like due to the frequent stops with the doors open for loading. This is also why you should always dress the individual for cold weather.

Let’s hope for a mild and safe winter.

Bill Whitacre



  Provider Trainings

Please click HERE to see available upcoming trainings.
In addition to the above trainings, the MCBDD is offering the following Medication Certification 1 classes:

December 5th, 6th, and 7th from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. each day.  If you are interested please register with April Maro, Nursing Supervisor-Quality Assurance Dept. at 330-799-9321 or amaro@mahoningcountyoh.gov



Celebrate CommUNITY featured in the Youngstown Vindicator and Neighbors Newspapers


Veteran of the Valley Award presented to Murle McLaughlin, U.S. Navy

On Tuesday, March 20th as part of the Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month Celebrations, the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities hosted the seventh annual Veterans of the Valley Luncheon at St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church Social Hall.  We gathered to celebrate the accomplishments of those who have fought for our freedom, sacrificed for our way of life and given their lives to protect our families.   Nearly 425 guests including veterans from all branches of the armed forces and their families joined this year’s luncheon.   Attending veterans served in harm’s way from key battles in World War II to the deserts of Afghanistan and included survivors from Pearl Harbor and the Normandy invasion.  Many of our guests were 90 years young and older and displayed true patriotism.

Special Recognition went to Veteran of the Valley Award Winner Murle L. McLaughlin from the US Navy. Murle was a radioman on Landing Ship Medium (LSM) 140 and saw action in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was present on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945, for the famous photograph depicting six United States Marines raising the U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi. Mr. McLaughlin received awards from MCBDD Superintendent, Bill Whitacre, the Board of Mahoning County Commissioners, State Representative John Boccieri, State Senator Joe Schiavoni, Congressman Tim Ryan, Veterans Outreach Coordinator, Delmas Stubbs and the City of Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown.  After his participation in WW II, Mr. McLaughlin served his community and nation by participation in civic organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Craig Beach Fire Department and The American Legion.  He received the Ohio Outstanding People Award from Governor Strickland, formed the Lake Milton Historical Society, worked for Lake Milton State Park and gives living history lessons to school children.  Murle will soon be celebrating his 92 birthday and 63 years of marriage to his wife Kay.

Serving valiantly in some of the most historic battles in World War II combined with Mr. McLaughlin’s post military career of service to his community qualify him as an outstanding recipient of the 2018 Veteran of Valley Award.

Jack Gruber, Ph.D. Receives The 2018 Vitullo Award from MCBDD

The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities is proud to recognize Mr. Jack Gruber, Ph.D.as the recipient of The 2018 John C. Vitullo Memorial Service Award.

Mr. Gruber was recognition for his outstanding service to the individuals served by our programs. Mr. Gruber has served our community through outstanding participation on the MASCO Board of Directors, MCBDD Board of Directors and the Mahoning County DD Special Olympics. He has worked tirelessly to make life better for the individuals served by MCBDD. He truly exemplifies the ideals of the Vitullo Award as a great contributor to our programs, active in our community and demonstration of support for families and friendship for others.


The Arc of Ohio Northeast Branch Family Advocacy Conference to be Held April 27

The Arc of Ohio Northeast Branch presents the tenth annual Family Advocacy Conference on April 27, 2018 at Avion on the Water (2177 W. Western Reserve Rd. Canfield, Ohio 44406)

The registration deadline is April 20, 2018.

As we continue to build on the accomplishments of our previous conferences, this year’s conference continues with its goal to provide parents, siblings and caregivers of individuals with developmental disabilities current information in areas that affect those with special needs.   If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the Arc of Ohio NE Branch at 330-707-1134.  Please follow the link below for more information and the registration form.

Tenth Annual Family Advocacy Conference Brochure


Go Baby Go program takes place at MCCTC

Reprinted from the Poland Neighbors Newspaper (Youngstown Vindicator)



The second annual Go Baby Go build took place at the Mahoning County Career and Technical

Center, with six teams of students and professionals modifying ride-on cars for six children on Jan. 21.

Go Baby Go is a program which provides modified ride-on cars for young children with disabilities. Dr. Cole Gallaway PT, PhD, an associate professor at the University of Delaware, founded this program. As there are only a few commercially available devices to promote mobility in young children, modified ride-on cars can facilitate a child’s independence at a much younger age, and at a relatively low cost.

Follow the link below for more information and the rest of the Story

Go Baby Go

  MCBDD Programs

Early Intervention (Birth to age 3)

Early Intervention (EI)  services support families of infants and toddlers, from birth to age three, with developmental delays and disabilities. Starting intervention early is the key to improving a child’s ability to learn and grow. EI professionals will partner with you every step of the way in promoting your child’s learning and development during the first three years.

To Learn More about Early Intervention, Click HERE

Leonard Kirtz School Age 6 to age 22)

Leonard Kirtz School (LKS) is a chartered public school, which provides comprehensive programs and education for students between the ages of 6 and 22 with developmental disabilities. The content of the program is designed to provide social, academic, and vocational programs geared to the individual functioning level of each student.

To learn more about Leonard Kirtz School, click HERE

Adult Services

Mahoning County Adult Services Company (MASCO)  is a non-profit company which employs individuals in adult day services sites. MASCO, Inc. is a contract agency of the Mahoning County Board of DD. In addition to paid work and vocational services, the Mahoning County Board of DD provides a wide range of habilitation services.

To Learn more about the Adult Services Programs, click HERE


Special Recognitions

Each month at the MCBDD Board meeting honorees are recognized from each program facility and Community Services for outstanding achievement.

To view the current Special Recognitions, please click HERE



To View the next issue of the Communicator Newsletter, learn more about the MCBDD Strategic Plan, Parent and guardian handbook and other publications,  Click HERE


To view a current calendar of activities. please click HERE  or to view a PD of current calendar of activities, please follow the link below

The Board

The Board of Directors of the MCBDD is comprised of seven members who are appointed by the Mahoning County Commissioners or the Probate Judge. The law requires that at least three of the Board members are family members of individuals who either receive, or are eligible to receive, services from the Board. All Board members serve on a voluntary basis with no compensation for their services. More…


Our team is committed to provide quality services to every person eligible for the Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities programs services for as long as they need them.¬†More…


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