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The Mahoning County Board of DD is “Outstanding” According to State Officials


The Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities has been awarded a three-year accreditation from the State of Ohio, effective June 1, 2019. Accreditation is a comprehensive process designed to assist county boards like MCBDD in continuously improving the quality of their services and supports for individuals with disabilities and their families.  Personnel, Medicaid waiver administration, and the general efficiency and effectiveness of the Board are several areas reviewed during the process. According to the state, Mahoning County is in substantial compliance with state standards.

For MCBDD employees the accreditation process spanned six months and included preparing documentation, conducting self-reviews, and presentations for state officials. The process concluded with an on-site visit by officials from the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in March.

A three-year accreditation is the maximum the state awards. Bill Whitacre, MCBDD Superintendent, said that is what the county board was striving for. “Our goal is to always be better than meeting minimum standards. By achieving the maximum award this shows that not only are our staff doing their job, it means they are doing it well,” Whitacre said.

The MCBDD was established in 1967 and employs nearly 200 people. The agency provides services for 1500 individuals with disabilities in Mahoning County. The accreditation will be effective until May 31, 2022.

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