Intake & Eligibility
Your journey with Mahoning County Board of DD begins with our Intake and Eligibility staff. If you wish to receive services you must live in Mahoning County, have a developmental disability, and meet the eligibility criteria established by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.
Definition of Developmental Disabilities:
A developmental disability is defined as a severe, chronic disability that:
► Is attributable to a mental and/or physical impairment that is not solely caused by mental illness
► Manifested before the age of 22
► Is likely to continue indefinitely
An Intake and Eligibility Service & Support Administrator will meet with you to complete the Children’s Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI) and the Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (OEDI) to determine “substantial functional limitations” and eligibility for services. These instruments are designed to be user-friendly, common sense documents that the rater, the individual, guardian, and advocate can readily understand. The COEDI determines eligibility for services for individuals six through 15 years of age. The OEDI determines eligibility for individuals 16 years old and over.
Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities Referral for Eligibility
Please complete this form to help us better determine the services that are appropriate for your needs.
You can submit the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
send it to the address listed below.
4791 Woodridge Drive
Austintown, OH 44515
Please take a few moments to complete the survey below, so that we may better serve you and the citizens of Mahoning County. Your feedback is important to us.
Who is Eligible?
Please submit the following documents for eligibility determination:
► Copy of birth certificate
► Copy of social security card
► Copies of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Evaluation Team Report (ETR) or recent psychological evaluation
► Any other diagnostic information
► Copy of guardianship or adoption papers if applicable
To determine if you or your loved one is eligible for services, please submit all requested information to
or mail to:
C/O Intake & Eligibility
4791 Woodridge Drive
Youngstown, Ohio 44515
You can also contact us at 330-799-2942 to get started.
What happens next?
If you meet eligibility requirements you will be connected to a Service and Support Administrator to begin your customized service plan that is based on your vision of the future.
Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) are the people who work in the Community Services Department and are responsible for linking individuals to the services they are eligible for and need. The SSAs will help assess what those needs are and coordinate services within available resources.
Services for Children
Mahoning DD understands each family’s unique challenges and is here to provide support, at no cost to families, to children age birth through five. We believe that kids are kids and will be here with practical, personalized advice to connect children to safe, inclusive communities.
Services for Adults
Mahoning DD listens to what’s important to you and connects individuals and families to the right fit supports and resources to live a good life. From work to home, and everything in between, we are your trusted mentor in achieving your goals.
Birth to 3 years-old
Early Intervention 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. Early Intervention professionals will partner with you every step of the way in promoting your child’s learning and development during the first three years.
Ages 6 to 15
Children age 6 to 15 are eligible for Mahoning DD services if they have a documented history of life-long developmental disability and significant functional limitations in at least three areas of the Children’s Ohio Eligibility Determination Instrument (COEDI). Eligibility is re-determined at age 16 for continued services.
6 to 22 years-old
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.
Mahoning County Adult Services Company 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.
Transportation to and from the school, day programs, and the senior and habilitation programs is available to any student or adult enrolled in all of the day programs provided by the MCBDD, as well as to individuals who work in the employment program. Transportation is provided five days a week, Monday thru Friday, from 6 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Each year, transportation services are provided to approximately 386 individuals.
INVESTIGATIVE SERVICES UNIT
The Investigative Services Unit for Mahoning County Board of DD is tasked with ensuring Health & Safety for the Individuals we serve. We have three Investigative Agents (IA) who investigate allegations of abuse and neglect of individuals with disabilities. These are called Major Unusual Incident (MUI).