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Youngstown State University Dental Clinic

Cushwa Hall 1226

Call for appointment (330)941-3342

Dental oral exams, teeth cleaning, x-rays if needed, sealants free of charge. Parking is $5.00  Appointments take about 3 hours and are scheduled M-F at 8:00 am, M, W, F at 12:30pm, T, Th at 1:00 pm. Program runs from September to April.

Mercy Health Youngstown Dental Clinic

1001 Covington Street

Youngstown, Ohio 44510

Provide dental care, preventative care, fillings, extractions.

  • Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority

YMH strives to enhance the quality of life for our residents by providing attractive, secure, affordable housing programs designed to help residents achieve a higher level of economic and social self-sufficiency.

131 West Boardman Street

Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Telephone: (330) 744-2161

Fax: (330) 742-4826

HCV Fax: (330) 742-2999

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation

820 Canfield Road

Youngstown, Ohio 44511


Tiffany Sokol (330)480-0423

Provides park improvements, neighborhood clean-up, owner occupied limited home repair (roofs, gutters, down spouts, must live in city of Youngstown, utilities on with proof, below 80% HUD limits), emergency repair to include furnace repair, plumbing leaks (own house with taxes paid, countywide, below 50% HUD limits), houses for sale/rentals, housing counseling.

  • Home Weatherization Assistance Program

Assistance with home energy conservation. Will conduct energy inspection of heating appliances and insulation. Provides energy conservation information. Will weatherize home and provide for replacement of furnaces as funding is available. Will not replace roofs.

1325 Fifth Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44504

(330) 747-7921 x1727

  • Catholic Charities

Rapid re-rehousing program designed to help homeless individuals to secure stable rental housing

319 E. Rayen Ave.

Youngstown, Oh 44502


ADA All-Access of WRTA

604 Mahoning Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44502

(330) 744-8431

Office: Mon-Fri 7am-4:30pm

Provides special service transportation for persons 65 and older and/or medically disabled who are not able to or have difficulty using fixed-route bus service. Buses are equipped with hydraulic wheelchair lifts. Services include curbside pick-up and drop-off. Available for medical, personal, business, employment, education and/or nutrition services.

Second Harvest Food Bank


Find food pantries near you: Text “Help Network” to 898211. Follow the prompts (there will be short delays) and then enter your zip code.

Salvation Army Mahoning County Area Services (1501 Glenwood Ave. Youngstown, OH 44511) 330-746-8403

 Food Pantry Hours: Monday thru Thursday 9-10:30am

 Produce available Tuesday 9-10:30am


Fish Samaritan House (17 Kenmore Ave. Youngstown, OH 44507) 330-746-4190

 Food Pantry Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm

 Produce available Tuesday, Thursday 9am-3pm


Clothing also available

Big Reach Center of Hope (11767 Lisbon Rd. Salem, OH 44406) 330-533-3278

 Food Pantry Hours: Tuesday 9am-12pm, Thursday 4-7pm

 Clothing also available

Application, bring photo ID

St. Vincent de Paul (317 Via Mt. Carmel Youngstown, OH 44505) 330-746-1128

Bread available daily: Monday-Friday 9am-1pm

Food boxes available for $20 with referral from partnering agency

Gleaner’s Food Bank (94 Pyatt St. Youngstown, OH 44502) 330-746-8436

 Food Pantry Hours: Tuesdays 9-11am


Emmanuel Community Care Center (2 N. State St. Girard, OH 44420) 330-545-4301

 Food Pantry Hours: Monday-Thursday 9am-4pm, Friday 9am-12pm


 Registration for monthly food assistance available

Services are limited to residents of: Girard, Weathersfield, Mineral Ridge, Liberty and McDonald (1x assistance available to Niles residents)

Neighborhood Ministries (75 Jackson St. Campbell, OH) 330-755-8696

Emergency food assistance available (1 box/month): Mon, Tues and Thurs 12-3pm


 Campbell residents only

Neighborhood Ministries (1402B Dogwood Ln. Youngstown, OH 44505) 330-744-1446

 Monthly food assistance 3rd Saturday of each month from 2:30-4:30pm

 Emergency food assistance available by appointment

Family and Community Services of Columbiana County (966 ½ N. Market St. Lisbon, OH 44432) 330-424-95905

 Food Assistance Available Monday-Friday 10am-3pm



Zion Lutheran Church (3300 Canfield Rd. Youngstown, Ohio 44511) (330)792-4046

Food Assistance Third Saturday 9:30am-11:30am

South Range Council of Churches and Community (11836 South Ave., North Lima, Oh. 44452 (330)549-2406

Food assistance Wednesday 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Protestant Family Services (496 Glenwood Ave Suite 115 Youngstown, OH 44502) (330)746-4600

Food Assistance By appointment only Call 1st Mon-Thurs 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Closed 12:00pm to 1:00 pm

Austintown Community Church (242 S. Canfield Niles Rd. Austintown, OH 44515) (330)799-4214

Food assistance Wednesday 8:30am-10:00 am

Bunker Hill United Methodist Church (15096 W. Middleton Rd. Beloit, Ohio 44609)

Food assistance second Friday of each month 9:30am to 11:00am bring ID

Immaculate Heart of Mary ( 4490 Norquest Blvd Austintown, Ohio 44515)

Food assistance on second/forth Friday from 4pm to 6 pm but requiring an ID and must be an Austintown resident.

MTC food pantry Ministry: (1812 Oakhill Ave. Youngstown)

Food pantry every 3rd Tuesday from 10:00am to 12:00 pm


Regional Foodbanks

Selecting a service provider:

Choosing a service provider is an important step in making sure you have the support you and your family need to

succeed. Everyone has different needs; the key is to recognize those needs and then carefully select the right service

provider to meet them.

Provider Guide Plus

This easy-to-use online tool helps people select a provider agency and helps improve overall services. You can post

public reviews on providers’ services and read others’ reviews to help make your provider choice.

DODD Provider Search Tool

The site, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), may help you locate additional

providers (both independent and agency providers) in counties throughout the state.

DODD Compliance Report Site

Make sure that you have the information you need to make the right choices for your family. Individuals and families are

encouraged to review the information about providers through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

(DODD) website.

Medical Equipment Recycling Program

707 Sharon-New Castle Road

Farrell, PA 16121

(724) 347-6377

Provides refurbished medical equipment to people who lack the insurance coverage or means to buy new medical equipment. Some of the supplies offered may be wheelchairs, canes, walkers, hospital beds, bathroom equipment, including tub benches, shower chairs, potty chairs, lift chairs. Accepts donated medical equipment from area residents who no longer need them or from organizations who have collected the items. Volunteers help clean and refurbish the devices. After final inspection by a qualified professional, the equipment is given to people in the community and surrounding areas

The Special Needz Equipment Marketplace.

The Different Needz community offers special needz families a one-stop shop to buy and sell their gently used medical supplies, disability equipment and adaptive toys.

Please click HERE to view an informational guide to Guardianships

DSAV (Down Syndrome Association of the Valley)

945 Boardman-Canfield Rd. Suite 12
Boardman, OH 44512

Michele Jones
Phone: 330-726-3728

Offers support, resources, education and advocacy for people with Down Syndrome to include Buddy Walk, Parent connection, Educational lecture series, Holiday parties, Arts & crafts, I-can bike, lending library, yoga, music and movement, cooking lessons, academic scholarships.


6533-B Brecksville Road

Independence, OH 44131

p: 216.447.USOD (8763)


The Up Side of Downs exists to provide support, education and advocacy for people with Down syndrome, their families and communities throughout Northeast Ohio.

GiGi’s Playhouse

Our Mission and Purpose:

To change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all.

Our Vision:

To see a world where individuals with Down syndrome are accepted and embraced in their families, schools and communities.

Our Niche:

We change lives through consistent delivery of free educational, therapeutic-based and career development programs for individuals with Down syndrome, their families and the community, through a replicable playhouse model.

Our Promise:

A lifetime commitment to families.

Recovery Resources in Your Area

We’ve compiled all the resources available in your state for those with substance abuse issues. In addition to using our tool to find rehab centers near you, you can also find the top ranked rehabs in your area.


Julie Constance

Community Outreach

If you have a disability and want to work, reach out to Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) today.

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a program that assists individuals with physical, intellectual, mental health and sensory disabilities to obtain and retain employment.

More simply, VR helps individuals with disabilities find a job and be more independent. This involves deciding if a person is eligible, setting an employment goal, putting the goal into a plan, and getting the job, services and training needed to get a job. Job coaching and other employment services may also be involved.

At Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) both the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation (BVR) and the Bureau of Services for the Visually Impaired (BSVI) are involved in providing VR services.

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors can help you explore your options.

Visit :

or call 800-282-4536 to get started.

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Do you have a disability? Do you want a job?

Check out this video:

MYCAP Employment Skills and Training Program

A 6 week employment skills training program geared towards initiating low-income individuals into the workforce. Eligible participants receive soft skills training, resume writing and job application assistance, job placement counseling, and supportive services to find and maintain employment or continue on to post-secondary education or vocational training.

1325 Fifth Ave Youngstown 44504

Diane Kohler 330-747-7921 ext 1754

Goodwill Youngstown Area Industries

Offers workforce development, computer training and job placement.

2747 Belmont Ave. #1864 Youngstown, Oh 44505

Alyssa Italiano (330)759-0677

Ohio Means Jobs

Employment First enhances lives by creating greater opportunities for all people to advance their careers. People with developmental disabilities can use their strengths and talents in order to obtain employment.

The Community Life Guide is just the start to begin talking about how to be safe when living and working in the community. The Community Life Guide includes two important training areas. One is the Speak Up, Stay Safe Training.  The second training area is the Job Seekers Guide. This is training about community employment. It provides step by step instructions and resources on how to get on the path to community employment and find a job that you enjoy.

Please click here to view the Community Life Guide.

Dress to Succeed

St. John Episcopal church

323 Wick Ave Youngstown, Oh 44503

Rose Carter (234)207-4475

 Provides free professional attire to men/women entering the job market, college, vocational training, schools or just in need. Need to bring ID and referral form.

Mahoning County Probate Court

Phone: 330-740-2310

Fax: 330-740-2325


Monday thru Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. * (closed all legal holidays)

120 Market Street

1st Floor

Youngstown, OH 44503

Informational brochure:

Understanding your role as a Guardian (PDF)

If you feel you or a loved one might be eligible Contact MCBDD to get started:

Kathy Murphy, Intake & Eligibility

Phone: 330-797-2925


Watch this video from DODD that explains eligibility:

 Homebound ID's:

A service available  where the agency goes  to a facility or home, take a picture of someone and check their documents to issue an ID.  Once they start accepting new applications, the new procedure is below (subject to change).

1. contact Columbus (614-644-6268) to get a Homebound ID packet for each person.

2. Get letter from their doctor stating they cannot go to a license agency.

3. Once that is all completed and sent in to Columbus, family will be contacted.

Ohio Identification card:

Ohio Identification (ID) Cards are issued to Ohio residents who do not have a valid driver license.

Ohio ID cards are valid for four years and there is no minimum age for obtaining one. You must provide proof of:

Full legal name

Date of birth

Social Security number (if ever assigned)

Legal presence

Ohio residency

Where to go?

Mahoning County (DR), Youngstown

2950 Mahoning Avenue, Youngstown, Ohio 44509

Mahoning County (DR), Youngstown

3623 Market Street, Youngstown, Ohio 44507

Mahoning County (DR), Poland

3057 Center Road, Suite C, Poland, Ohio 44514

Mahoning County (DR), Boardman

233 Boardman-Canfield Road, Boardman, Ohio 44512

Mahoning County (DR), Youngstown

667 Gypsy Lane, Unit B, Youngstown, Ohio 44505

Mahoning County (Clerk of Courts Title Office), Sebring

605 East Ohio Ave, Sebring, Ohio 44672

Mahoning County (Clerk of Courts Title Office), Youngstown

345 Oak Hill Avenue, Suite 102, Youngstown, Ohio 44502

Mahoning County (DX), Canfield

417 East Main Street Canfield, Ohio 44406

Mahoning County (CDL Skills Testing), Lake Milton

1688 North Pricetown Road, Lake Milton, OH 44412

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Comprehensive information about living with epilepsy.


or Call 800-232-4636

CURE – Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy*

Source for information about the latest epilepsy treatments and research.


Our Office Is Located at:

420 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 650

Chicago, IL 60611

(312) 255-1801

(844) 231-2873 (toll-free)

Epilepsy Foundation Greater Cincinnati and Columbus

8301 Professional Pl Ste 200

Landover Maryland 20785-2353.

United States


(301) 459-3700

Toll Free:

(800) 332-1000

Cleveland Clinic Epilepsy Center:

Cleveland Clinic has one of the largest, most comprehensive programs in the world for the evaluation, medical and surgical treatment of epilepsy in children and adults. Our goal is to help you or your loved one manage this disease in order to enjoy a fuller, more productive life.

Phone: 800-223-2273

9500 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44106

Ohio Department of Medicaid

Enroll In A Plan:

If you have picked a plan and are ready to enroll, the Medicaid Consumer Hotline Portal

will walk you through the enrollment process step-by-step. When you select a plan, be sure to choose a primary care physician for each person in your family or the plan will choose one for you.

You may also enroll by mail. Download the appropriate enrollment form located on the materials page and mail it to 505 South High Street Columbus, OH 43215

You can also call and speak to a customer service representative who will help you enroll over the telephone:1-800-324-8680

Legal Aid Ohio

Non-profit law firm serving the civil legal Community.

Legal Aid Ohio

One building 25 E. Boardman St. Suite 520

Youngstown, Ohio 44503 (330)744-3196

Legal services for low-income families and individuals in Northeast Ohio. Screening process to include income and assets, family income and the legal problem. Helpline hours: Monday and Wednesday 9:00 to noon, Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 to 4:00.

HELP Network of Northeast Ohio

261 E. Wood St. Youngstown

Michelle Generro (330)747-5111ext. 207

211 assistance/ text HELPNETWOK to 898211 for food pantries/hot meals

Learn more about Help Network of Northeast Ohio's many services.

American Red Cross

Emergency assistance, disaster relief and disaster preparedness education

3530 Belmont Ave Suite 7

Yo. Ohio 44505

Mike Parks (330)392-2551

Eagle's Nest

Offers help for pregnant woman move from homelessness to safe housing. Serves up to 12 women at a time with 24 hour staffing.

115 Illinois Ave. Youngstown, Oh 44505

Gary Frost (917)817-6287

Beatitude House

Beatitude House is committed to all disadvantaged women and children by offering three programs: Housing, Ursuline Sisters Scholars and Immigrant Outreach.

To learn more visit the website:

238 Tod Lane

Youngstown, OH 44504


Way Station

The Way Station exists as a community resource for families and individuals in need; our food pantry, monthly food distribution, job training, support groups, and emergency assistance are just a few of the services.

Contact: Chaney Nezbeth

Executive Director

The Way Station Inc.

PO Box 449

769 Springfield Rd.

Columbiana, OH 44408

330-482-5072 X-215 (office)

330-398-7555 (cell)

Autism Ability Advocates, Inc.


Denice Stout (803)215-7593


Promoting the independence, health and happiness of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other special needs.

Programs are held virtually and in the community, and include art, gardening, and yoga.


On Facebook:

We Thrive Together

 Alyssa Colvert (330)727-9452 

Promote socialization among adults over 50 in Mahoning county and Trumbull County by  developing a yearly calendar with social activities.  Must register to participate.

Youngstown Radio Reading Services

2747 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, Oh 44505

Reading Youngstown Radio Reading Service (YRRS) has enabled people who are blind, have difficulty reading to remain in touch with their community through broadcasts of in-depth newspaper readings and more. Operating as a side band of WYSU and housed at Youngstown Goodwill, this station reaches over 1,200 people through its special radio receivers, provided free to qualified listeners. Please call to get more information.

Mike (330)759-0100

Arc of Ohio Northeast Branch

3040 Center Rd.

Poland, Ohio 44514


Jennifer Bionci

Jewish Community Center

Is launching its new state-of the-art E-Sports Arena, which will offer online tournaments, clinics, and open play most evenings.

For a schedule of opportunities, visit:

Contact Zach Gagliardi at

with any questions.

505 Gypsy Lane



Throughout Mahoning County, there are free and anonymous boxes to drop off unused, unwanted medication. These drop off boxes are intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in resident’s homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers.

These drop off boxes are available 24 hours a day, seven (7) days a week unless otherwise noted and will accept prescription pills and medication patches. No needles, syringes, inhalers, creams or liquids please.

  • Akron Childrens Hospital

6505 Market Street, Building A

Boardman, OH 44512

  • Mahoning County Sheriff's Office

110 Fifth Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44503

  • Austintown Township Police Department

92 Ohltown Road

Austintown, OH 44515

  • Milton Township Police Department

15992 Milton Avenue

Lake Milton, OH 44429

8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

*does not accept patches

  • Beaver Township Police Department

601 West South Range Road

North Lima, OH 44452

  • New Middletown Police Department

10711 Main Street

New Middletown, OH 44442

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

  • Boardman Township Police Department

8299 Market Street

Boardman, OH 44512

  • Poland Government Center

3339 Dobbins Road

Poland, OH 44514

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

  • Canfield Police Department

104 Lisbon Street

Canfield, OH 44406

  • Sebring Police Department

135 E. Ohio Avenue #1

Sebring, OH 44672

  • CVS Pharmacy

2846 Mahoning Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44509

Available during store hours

  • Springfield Township Police Department

3475 E. South Range Road

New Springfield, OH 44443

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

  • CVS Pharmacy

601 East Main Street

Canfield, OH 44406

Available during store hours

  • Struthers City Hall

6 Elm Street

Struthers, OH 44471

  • Giant Eagle Pharmacy

525 East Main Street

Canfield, OH 44406

  • Youngstown State University Police Dept.

266 West Wood Street

Youngstown, OH 44555

  • Goshen Police District

14003 South Range Road

Salem, OH 44460

  • St. Elizabeth Hospital – Boardman

8401 Market Street

Boardman, OH 44512

Located in Emergency Department by Public Entrance

  • Lowellville City Hall

140 E. Liberty Street

Lowellville, OH 44436

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

  • St. Elizabeth Hospital – Youngstown

1044 Belmont Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44501

Located in Emergency Department by Public Entrance

  • Walgreens Pharmacy

7295 Market Street

Boardman, OH 44512

What is Confidence 2 Cook?

Confidence 2 Cook is a NHS Grampian resource (including training) designed to equip those working in a community setting with the skills, knowledge and confidence to help others start to cook. It is particularly aimed to increase participant’s knowledge on food and health and to help others develop their cooking skills.

Birth Certificates:

Certificates are $25.00 each.

Purchase in Person or by Mail from the Vital Statistics Division

In Person

•No appointment is needed (see office location below).

•Certificates are generally issued within 15 minutes.

•Payment is accepted in cash, credit/debit card (additional fee applies), money order, or cashier's check (no personal checks accepted).

By Mail

1.Download and fill out an application.

2.Make money order or cashier's check (no personal checks accepted) payable to City of Youngstown.

3.Send with a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Vital Statistics Division.

Health Department - Vital Statistics Division

9 West Front Street

Suite 200

Youngstown, OH 44503

Office Phone: (330) 742-8212

Fax: (330) 744-1928


Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Purchase Online or by Phone from VitalChek


The Vital Statistics Division has partnered with LexisNexis VitalChek to process online credit card orders for birth certificates. Click the link below to begin your order.

•Purchase Birth Certificate - ONLINE (opens in new window)

Mail & Fax

•Purchasers who wish to pay with a personal check or money order may mail the following form directly to VitalChek (address located on form). DO NOT mail this form to the Vital Statistics Division.

•Purchasers who wish to pay with a credit card may Fax the following form directly to VitalChek (Fax number located on form). DO NOT Fax this form to the Vital Statistics Division.

•Mail or Fax Application for Birth Certificate to VitalChek

By Phone

Place an order by phone from VitalChek at 1-(866)-277-9849, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Register to vote or update your voter registration online:

To register or update your registration online you will need to provide the following:

•Ohio driver’s license or Ohio identification card number


•Date of Birth


•Last four digits of your Social Security number

To get started:

Ohio Budget Calculators

We offer two different calculators to help you estimate your budget. If you know the approximate costs of all your monthly expenses use the Budget Calculator to configure your expenses and approximate your target salary. If you are unsure what expenses will be use the Lifestyle Calculator and we will present you with options for your desired lifestyle. We will calculate your target salary based on the approximate costs of your lifestyle.

Sight for all United

To help all members of our community see, regardless of their ability to pay.


Help every person reach his/her visual potential

Educate the community on impact of poor eyesight

Awareness of eye health and vision issues

Lift barriers for access to care


966 Fifth St., Struthers, Ohio 44471

(330) 750-1867

online application:

Helping Hands Closet

Western Reserve United Methodist Church

4580 Canfield Rd, Canfield, OH 44406

Phone: (330) 792-5805

New and gently used clothing at very low prices - open every Tuesday, 9 AM - 1 PM. Located at the back corner of the church, enter through the District office door. Donations of all sizes of clothing or shoes are welcome. Contact JoAnn Truax for more information

Summer Cooling Tips

Vampire Power –

How to Shop for Lightbulbs -

Guide to Water Conservation -

Smart Energy Tips -

Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP)

The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) provides eligible Ohioans with assistance to improve the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy costs. Ohioans participating in the HWAP will receive a home inspection to identify the services necessary to improve their home’s energy efficiency. Services are provided through local agencies in each county.

Who is Eligible for HWAP?

Ohioans with a household income at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible for the program.

Participants in the program receive a home energy inspection to determine the most cost-effective energy efficiency improvements for the home. After the inspection is complete a plan for improving the home’s energy efficiency is drafted. The plan may include:

Safety inspection, tune-up/repair, and if necessary, installation of heating units

Insulation of attics

Insulation of sidewalls

Insulation of heating ducts

Insulation of floors

Insulation of water tanks

Reduction of air leakage from major sources

Personalized energy management plans

Customers also receive information on ways to manage their day-to-day energy use.


Mahoning Youngstown Community Action Partnership:

Address: 1325 5th Ave, Youngstown, OH 44504

Email: Phone: 330-747-7921

Ohio has launched a new housing locator website that includes resources to identify rental housing, including subsidized housing. It further provides information about fair housing, landlord/tenant law, housing accessibility, healthy homes, lead-safe properties, homeownership opportunities, and housing for older adults.

Rental Assistance Finder:

On July 28, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released the Rental Assistance Finder, an online searchable database that connects users with relief programs. The tool is designed to be used by both renters and landlords to access assistance with rent, utilities, and other housing costs. The CFPB refers to this resource as a win/win for renters and landlords in that landlords avoid costly and unnecessary evictions, and tenants remain safely housed during the pandemic. Click here to access the Rental Assistance finder.

Waivers are one way to pay for services that support someone with developmental disabilities living on their own, with family, with a roommate, or with a provider through Ohio Shared Living. The department administers three different waivers: the Individual Options Waiver, the Level One Waiver, and Self-Empowered Life Funding Waiver.

See how DODD waivers differ from one another

The Individual Options is often called the IO Waiver for short. The IO Waiver is a more comprehensive waiver. It can be a good fit for people who may need a lot of help in their home, or for people who need many different kinds of services.

The Level One Waiver is a good fit for people who do not need many paid support staff to provide services.

The Self-Empowered Life Funding Waiver is usually called the SELF Waiver for short. The SELF Waiver is good fit for people who want to be in charge of some of their services.

Residential options for ICF (intermediate care facilities) services available to people and families served by county boards:

Please click on following links for more information.

1. DODD Online ICF Search Tool:

2. DODD Electronic ICF Informational Booklet:

Cerebral Palsy Agencies

International Cerebral Palsy Society- The organization’s main form of outreach is hosting seminars for individuals with Cerebral Palsy and their families. The goal of the seminars is to empower people with Cerebral Palsy to seek information and obtain answers about how they can better meet challenges, whether physical, emotional, financial, or educational.


Aims to be the ultimate resource for everything Cerebral Palsy within the United States. Their mission is to provide a comprehensive resource and compassionate voice for all things related to caring for a child with Cerebral Palsy, and other neurological conditions. Parents and caregivers of children with special needs can turn to for needed, non-legal help, information, resources and inspiration. The call center fields inquiries on numerous topics that are of interest when caring for, or managing Cerebral Palsy. Topics of interest include care at home, in school, at work, or within the community. MyChild™ shares its ever expanding network of resources on Cerebral Palsy, treatment and therapies, assistive technology, benefits and funding sources, support groups, community services and government programs, just to name a few. They offer resource kits to the public upon request on various areas of common concern to those within the Cerebral Palsy community.

Phone: 1-800-692-4453.

United Cerebral Palsy

Each affiliate offers services which are intended to meet the needs of their region on a community-by-community basis, with in-house services, as well as referrals. Nearly all affiliates offer educational services, employment training and assistance, housing assistance, psychological assistance, family support networks, transportation assistance and recreational programs.


The Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association, or CHASA, is an organization that provides financial assistance and scholarships to families in need. It is dedicated to helping parents of children with CP by creating a network to share information about treatment clinics and educational programs. From family retreats to social media support groups, the CHASA community helps people from all over the globe affected by cerebral palsy. Address: 4101 W. Green Oaks Suite 305 #149 Arlington, TX 76016


The United Healthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) is an organization that provides families affected by CP with the opportunity to receive access to health-related services that aren’t covered by their family’s commercial health insurance plan.

This group provide grants of up to $5,000 annually per child. Families without a United Healthcare insurance plan are still eligible to receive UHCCF.

Phone: 1-855-698-4223.


PO Box 41 Minneapolis, MN 55440-0041

Stability in Crisis:

The purpose of Stability in Crisis is to stabilize the situation of the individual or family in a temporary crisis, with the goal of attaining their self-sufficiency, by providing practical, emotional, or physical help.

Phone number:

(330) 799-9104

11836 South Ave North Lima, OH 44452

The Sharing Shed of NSCOG

The Sharing Shed is a ministry that accepts household necessities that are new or in good clean condition. Those items are donated to families that need those items. Some families are just getting housing after leaving a homeless shelter and need everything to furnish their new home. Some families are single mom’s getting out of an abusive situation or after going through an unexpected divorce. Some families went through a job loss, a house fire, or a serious illness that changed their life dramatically.

The Sharing Shed can come alongside them and help them to furnish their new place or help replace an appliance that broke. We only accept basic household necessities. We do not accept clothing, electronics, or toys.

The best way to contact The Sharing Shed is to text Brook Aikens @ 330-509-9820 or follow us on The Sharing Shed's Facebook page.

Western Reserve Independent Living Center

Services the needs of persons with any disabilities and any age in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull County through advocacy, information referral, monthly activities, peer support, emergency preparedness. Need to fill-out application.


Debbie Morris (330)372-3325

Ohio Self Determination Association

Mission includes:

To expand awareness of self-determination principals:

freedom, support, control, responsibility, confirmation, relationships, dreams, and choice.

To provide self-determination and training resources.

To promote and recognize advocacy efforts and assist in organizing advocacy efforts throughout Ohio.

To assist advocates to connect with and educate policymakers and achieve leadership positions.

To provide self-determination best practice input to state and local governing organizations.


6155 Huntley Road, Suite i

Columbus, Ohio 43229


Choking Prevention Resources:

Commonly Choked on Items:

• Items of two different textures when combined can form a bolus that may block the trachea. For example: peanut butter and soft bread, hot dog and bun, waffles and syrup and bread and honey

• Peanut Butter

• Hot dogs and sausage

• Bread, rolls, or pizza crust

• Tough meat like steak, ham, pot roast or chicken

• Round, slippery and firm foods like whole grapes and cherry tomatoes

• Crackers, pretzels or other dry items

• Hard candies, round candies, suckers

• Nuts

• Raw vegetables

Summit DD Eat Safe Training & Resources

Includes cookbooks

International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative (IDDSI) Website: A global initiative to improve the lives of over 590 million people worldwide living with Dysphagia. IDDSI has a wide selection of resources including this handy IDDSI framework and definitions of dietary/liquid levels for quick reference.


The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities You Tube Video Library contains a series of short video clips on how to prepare foods for people with modified diets. The presenter is Davida Weaver, speech language pathologist.

Preventing Choking Overview (Length: 48 seconds).

Choking Prevention/Modified Diets - Packing Your Bag (Length: 8 minutes 46 seconds).

Choking Prevention/Modified Diets - Chopped food (Length: 7 minutes 40 seconds).

Choking Prevention/Modified Diets - Ground food (Length: 7 minutes 24 seconds).

Choking Prevention/Modified Diets - Pureed food (Length: 5 minutes 31 seconds).

Choking Prevention/Modified Diets - Hydration/Thickened liquids (Length: 9 minutes 10 seconds).

Hazards of Choking (Length: 8 minutes 43 seconds)

Tina Brown, a direct service provider from Preble County, describes how she successfully intervened when someone she serves was choking.

DODD Webinar Catalog-for Choking Prevention Taped Training

New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities -Training videos on preparing different food and liquid consistencies

Local office contact information:

Social Security Office Information










Mahoning County Prosecutor's and Mahoning County Sheriff's Department set up special needs registry.

The registry is free and voluntary to county residents’ and aims to help first responders before they get to an emergency scene.

The Mahoning County Special Needs Registry is a voluntary service open to all citizens with special needs who reside in Mahoning County. The creation of the registry is to help police officers and other emergency service personnel better assist residents with special needs in the event of an emergency by providing those first responders with vital information regarding a registrant’s special needs, emergency contact information, physical description and current photography.

Here is the link to register:

Churchill Counseling


M-Th 8am-6pm

First Step Recovery Detox & Treatment Center


Open 24 hours a day

Counseling & Mental Health, Massage Therapy, Naturopathic/Holistic

Foundation Drug Rehabilitation Center

Counseling & Mental Health, Rehabilitation Center

(330) 754-0115

Center For Behavioral Health

725 Canfield Road, Building D, Boardman, OH 44512

M, W, Th 9am -8pm, T&F 9am-5pm

(234) 201-6203

Oak Street Health

3551 Belmont Ave.

Suite 19-B

Youngstown, Ohio  44505


Allied Behavioral Health Services

253 S Canfield-Niles Rd, Austintown, OH 44515

Monday-Friday 9AM–9PM, Saturday 9am-2pm


PsyCare Behavioral Healthcare & Counseling 

Austintown Clinic

136 Westchester Dr

M-F 9AM · F

(330) 270-1400

Alta Behavioral Healthcare

711 Belmont Avenue

Youngstown Ohio 44502

(330) 793-2487

(330) 743-5748 (fax)

42 Javit Court

Austintown Ohio 44515

(330) 736-0071

(330) 793-4559 (fax)

Comprehensive Behavioral Health

104 Javit Ct Austintown, Ohio 44515

(330) 797-4050

Valley Counseling Services

5500 Market St #110, Youngstown, OH

(330) 750-7279

Coleman Professional Services

Mental health clinic

Youngstown, OH

8am-5PM M-F

(330) 744-2991

Compass Family & Community Services

Social services organization

535 Marmion Ave, Youngstown, OH

8am⋅ Closes 5:30PM ·

(330) 782-5664

Generations Behavioral Health-Outpatient Services

Psychiatric hospital

16 Colonial Dr, Youngstown, OH

9AM · 5:30pm M-F

(234) 232-7501

• General Hospital Phone: 234-232-7500

• Intake and Admissions Phone: 234-232-7459

• Admissions Fax: 234-855-0801

These free apps are incredibly helpful resources for people living with disabilities. Check them out:

•SwiftBraille. A free soft keyboard app that allows visually impaired users to type using braille.

•Be My Eyes. A free app that connects visually impaired people with sighted folks who can act as their eyes when they have a question about something.

•Access Earth. A free website being developed into an app that shows you accessible places in your neighborhood.

•Toilet Finder. A free app that lets you search for accessible, free toilets near you.

•Roger Voice. A free app that turns speech to text and text to speech in real time to allow you to make and receive phone calls.

•Dragon Anywhere. A free mobile dictation app that turns your speech to text.

•Autism Apps. A free app that provides a list of apps for people with autism, Down Syndrome, and other special needs.

Home Energy assistance program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded grant that is administered by the Ohio Development Services Agency. It is designed to help income-qualified consumers with their home energy bills. To use HEAP, your total household income must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty level. The program is currently available through June 1. You can access additional information on the HEAP program here.

Also, a consumer can apply for the program here.

The Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel website provides additional information regarding the suspension of utility disconnections here. Also, the OCC offers virtual presentations on utilities during the COVID crisis, consumer protections, or energy efficiency.

HEAP Winter Crisis Program - Mahoning

1325 Fifth Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44504

(330) 747-7921 x1126

Component of HEAP provides assistance once per heating season to eligible households that are disconnected, threatened with disconnection, or have less than a 10-day supply of bulk fuel. Winter Crisis is Nov 1-Mar 31, Summer Crisis is July 1-August 31.

Summer Crisis Cooling Program - Mahoning

1325 Fifth Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44503

(330) 747-7921

Assists eligible families with their electric bills and/or purchase of air conditioners during the summer months

PIPP Plus - Mahoning County

1325 Fifth Avenue

Youngstown, OH 44503

(330) 747-7921

Provides eligible households an extended payment arrangement that requires gas and electric companies to accept payments based on a percentage of the household income.

Energy Efficiency kits:

Fellow Customers of FirstEnergy’s Ohio Utilities can receive a free energy efficiency kit.

Order by calling 866-768-9789 or online at

Protestant Family Services

Assistance with

◦Utility bills to prevent disconnection or to restore service

◦Life-sustaining medication

•Major appliances & furniture (if available)

496 Glenwood Ave. Suite 115

Youngstown, Oh 44502

Jackie Burley (330)746-4600

by appointment only call first M-Th 9-4, closed 12-1.