The Administration


Our Vision

Empowering people to live their lives.

Our Mission

Providing opportunities that maximize quality of life through collaboration and connection to the community.

Superintendent’s Message

To All,

The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is an incredible asset to the citizens of Mahoning County. MCBDD provides a multitude of services that help provide meaningful outcomes for individuals with Developmental Disabilities. MCBDD recently added Help Me Grow and Early Intervention Services to supplement school age, adult services, SSA and transportation services. It is our hope that providing Help Me Grow and Early Intervention Services will set a better life course for individuals that are involved with this program.

For over 40 years MCBDD and its partners have supported individuals and their families gain access to much needed services. Although our system has evolved over those years, our mission and vision has remained the same; to provide opportunities that support people living a life that is meaningful to them.

Continuing to strengthen relationships with other agencies and community stakeholders will be necessary to move our system forward in the future and allow us to continue to provide those opportunities.

Over the next several years MCBDD will undergo several changes that are mandated by the state and federal governments. During that time it will be more important than ever for our community to work together to support individuals eligible for services through MCBDD. A strong network is in place to meet these mandated changes, but working together is the only way we can promote positive outcomes for the people and families we support.

On behalf of the MCBDD Board members and the nearly 1,400 individuals and families that you help support, I would like to say thank you to the citizens of Mahoning County. I would also invite you to visit our website, to learn more about our agency and its partners.


Bill Whitacre

Superintendent Mahoning DD

Core Values C.A.R.E.

Person Centered

Collaboration – to increase opportunities and resources

Accountability – to the community

Responsibility – for the actions and duties we perform

Excellence – to ensure quality outcomes


The Rights of Individuals with Disabilities

  • Be treated nicely at all times and as a person

  • Have a clean safe place to live in and a place to be alone

  • Have food that is good for you

  • Be able to go, if you want, to any church, temple or mosque

  • Be able to go to a doctor or dentist when you are sick

  • Be able to have people help you with the way you walk, talk, do things with your hands, act or feel, if you need it

  • Be able to have people help and teach you, if you want

  • Be able to have time and a place to go to be by yourself

  • Be able to call, write letters or talk to anyone you want about anything you want

  • Be able to have your own things and be able to use them

  • Be able to have men and women as friends

  • Be able to join in activities and do things that will help you grow to be the best person you can be

  • Be able to work and make money

  • Be treated like everyone else

  • Not be hit, yelled at, cursed at, or called names that hurt you

  • Be able to learn new things, make friends, have activities to do, and go out in your community

  • Be able to tell people what you want and be part of making plans or decisions about your life

  • Be able to ask someone you want to help you, let others know how you feel or what you want

  • Be able to use your money to pay for things you need and want with help, if you need it

  • Be able to say yes or no before people talk about what you do at work or home or look at your file

  • Be able to complain or ask for changes if you don’t like something without being afraid of getting in trouble

  • Not be given medicine that you don’t need or held down if you are not hurting yourself or others

  • To vote and learn about laws and your community

  • To say yes or no to being part of a study or experiment

MCBDD Strategic Plan

Fiscal Responsibility

The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities is funded by local, state and federal monies. The majority of our income comes from local taxes and we are careful stewards of this public trust.

Our policies strictly prohibit deficit spending.  We work hard to ensure that we spend the taxpayers money wisely while still maintaining quality programs and services to those entrusted to our care.


Table of Organization


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