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Job and Family Services - The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services offers a wide range of assistance for Ohioans. This includes employment and training assistance, unemployment benefits, cash assistance, food assistance, child care, child and adult protective services, adoption, and child support. Most ODJFS programs are administered by local agencies so you can get the assistance you need right in your own county.

Mahoning County Job and Family Services

345 Oakhill Avenue
Entrance D
Youngstown, OH 44502

To Apply For Medicaid, Food or Cash Assistance: 1-844-640-6446

Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:15 p.m

View the Mahoning County Job and Family Services website

Employment First

30 E. Broad St., Columbus OH 43215
Phone: 614-466-6612
Email: employmentfirst@dodd.ohio.gov

Preparing for youth with disabilities to assume adult roles as community members and workers should begin very early in a young person’s life and is effective when supported by a multi-agency team and meaningful services. This is what the Ohio Employment First Transition Framework strives to create. The Ohio Employment First Transition Framework includes tools to assist individuals and teams across agencies to understand, learn more about, and use Evidence Based Practices and Predictors.

Employment First Website

Transition Options in Postsecondary Settings (TOPS)

One University Plaza

Youngstown, Ohio 44555

(330) 941-2437

YSU-TOPS supports young adults with intellectual disabilities or autism wishing to participate in college, career, and community learning experiences in preparation for independent living and competitive employment. TOPS students attend specialized classes in the areas of communication, Practical living, First Aid/CPR, employment readiness and self-care. They attend inclusive classes in the area of health and fitness offered through the universities REC center. Students complete internships each semester to help expand vocational skills.

Check out the Facebook page for more information.

https://www.facebook.com/TOPSYSU/

Charting the LifeCourse 

Even though the framework was originally developed for people with disabilities, it is designed universally, and can be used by any family making a life plan, whether they have a member with a disability or not. Core Belief: All people have the right to live, love, work, play and pursue their life aspirations just as others do in their community.

Life Course Tools are available for free download on the website www.lifecoursetools.com

 1-203-596-7553.

Opportunities with Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD)

OOD helps students with disabilities successfully transition from school to work. Transition teams work together to develop activities and experiences designed to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to reach their postsecondary goals.

For information click on link below:

https://ood.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/ood/individuals-with-disabilities/services/students-14-plus

Disability Benefits 101

DB101 will help you make informed choices and show you how you can make work part of your plan. DB101 provides information to learn about benefits program and rules around work. Get answers to frequently asked questions. Find out how to avoid common pitfalls; Estimators: Get results tailored just for you that helps you plan and set goals for work.

DB101 is written by benefits experts in the disability community who understand programs and make sure that DB101 is always up-to-date and correct.

DB101 is free for users. If you have questions or comments about your benefits: oh.db101.org

Alta Behavioral Healthcare

711 Belmont Ave., Youngstown OH  44502
Vince Paolucci
Phone: 330-793-2487
Email: VinceP@AltaCareGroup.org

Alta Behavioral Healthcare is devoted to providing the highest quality of professional care to children, teens and their families. Our staff is highly skilled in helping families understand their situations and what needs to be done to bring practical solutions to the problem at hand.

altabehavioralhealthcare.org

Comprehensive Behavioral Health

140 Javit Ct

Austintown, Ohio

330-797-4050

https://www.compcareohio.com/

Helps  struggling individuals, couples, and families find control and hope in their lives. Offers counseling and psychiatry, family mental health, telehealth, depression treatment, community-based care management, home health care and anxiety treatment.

PsyCare for Behavioral Health and Counseling

997 Boardman-Canfield Road

Boardman, Ohio 44512 Phone: 330-758-0101 

 Dedicated to assisting individuals and families to overcome difficult emotional, behavioral, mental and relationship problems. Offers child and adolescent treatment, individual and group therapy, parenting training, behavior management, health psychology, psychiatric care management and many more.

http://www.psycare.com/location/boardman-clinic/

ABA Therapy Solutions, LLC

Utilizes the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis and develops individualized programs or treatment plans that target cognitive, speech, language, academic or school readiness, behavior management, play, and social skills. Each individualized program is based on the child’s strengths and work to decrease skill deficits.

Ashley Overton, M.Ed, BCBA, LBS, COBA

Co-Owner/Chief Clinical Officer

Ashley@abatherapyforkids.com

724-944-3620

https://abatherapyforkids.com/

1714 Boardman Poland Rd Poland, OH 44514

(855) 400-3455

Proactive Behavior Services

Dr. Leah Gongola

https://proactivebehaviorservices.com/

440-313-8636

Email: lgongola@proactivebehaviorservices.com

Proactive Behavior Services is an Applied behavior analysis (ABA therapy) that services in homes, schools and community settings.

They host Camp Sunshine in Aurora in the summer.

Akron Children’s Hospital

Ensures families have convenient access to  pediatric care, we have 2 hospitals in northeast Ohio and more than 60 urgent, primary and specialty care locations.

For information call: 330-543-2000 or visit:

www.akronchildrens.org.

Mercy Health

Are you or a loved one in crisis? Do you need someone to talk to? Mercy Health provides clinical staff who are trained to conduct emergency mental health assessments to determine the most appropriate level of care. The Mercy Health behavioral health crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Partial hospitalization program (PHP); Intensive outpatient program (IOP); Outpatient clinic; Cognitive processing therapy for treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Collaborative care with primary care physicians; Diagnostic assessment and individualized treatment planning; Individual counseling for children, adolescents and adults; Group therapy; Family/marital counseling; Parent-child interaction therapy; Hispanic counseling program; Mental health assessments; Drug, alcohol and tobacco addiction treatment; Medication management; Relapse prevention strategies. 1-844-552-4278

www.Mercy.com

Youth Intensive Services

They’re offering respite, or mentoring, services to kids who need an adult role model in their life. They’re managing residential homes for teenage boys and girls who are almost out of options in their lives – and they’re turning these young people’s lives around. For the better. They’re offering vocational services for disabled adults who are seeking some independence in their lives.

238 S. Meridian Rd. Youngstown, Ohio 44509.

330-318-3436.

www.youthintensiveservicesinfo.com

Boundless

Boundless proudly offers online

counseling and psychiatry throughout

northeast Ohio.

Our independently licensed counselor (LISW-S) specializes in treating

individuals with depression, anxiety, ADHD, autism, co-occurring mental

health diagnoses and intellectual or developmental disabilities, and more.

Medication management is also available.

www.iamboundless.org

1-800-409-2729

info@iamboundless.org

We are currently able to offer telehealth services for counseling, psychiatry, speech, and potentially ABA. We are currently accepting new clients with Medicaid for all services with select services accepting new clients with Medicare and private insurance.

If you would like to make a referral to our agency, you may call 614-436-7837 (we are currently experiencing technical difficulties with our phone system), fax 614-436-8704, email, or complete our online referral form.

https://iamboundless.org/referral/

Intake Department

445 E. Dublin Granville Road, Bldg B.

Worthington, OH 43085

T: 614-436-7837 ext. 8181

F: 614-436-8704

MAHONING COUNTY CASA/GAL PROGRAM

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown, OH 44505

Phone: 330-740-2239

Fax: 330-740-2272

Email: casa@mahoningcountyoh.gov

Office Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-4pm

330-740-2239

www.mccasa.org.

  • Provides court appointed volunteers to act as guardian for abused, neglected, and dependent children; appear in court to recommend to the judge what is best for the child's future involving their custody.

Help Network of Northeast Ohio Programs

Navigator for Families with Special Needs

The Special Navigator for Families with Special Needs program offers free guidance and referral information to families that have children with special needs. A Parent/Family Specialist assists families and professionals in locating programs, services and information by calling 330-747-KIDS (5437) ext. 244. This service is available to Mahoning and Trumbull County residents. Please call for additional information.

https://www.helpnetworkneo.org/services/special-needstdd/

EasterSeals of Mahoning, Trumbull, & Columbiana Counties

Easterseals offers a Weekend Respite Care Program at our facility in Youngstown on select weekends throughout the year. This program is designed to provide respite to families and caregivers of medically fragile children and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Easterseals Teen Club was founded to provide a social group for teenagers with disabilities and special needs.

Find Us in Your Community:

https://www.easterseals.com/

Easterseals of Mahoning, Trumbull & Columbiana Counties

299 Edwards Street,

Youngstown, OH 44502-1599

Contact Us

Phone: (330)743-1168

The Parent Project

◦A 10-11 week parent training program designed specifically for parents of strong-willed or out-of-control adolescent children ages 10 and above.

What behaviors are addressed?

◦Arguing, backtalk, family conflict

◦Poor school performance

◦Truancy and dropping out

◦Influence of social media and technology

◦Early teen sexual activity

◦Drug use by teens and pre-teens (identification and intervention)

◦Destructive relationships

◦Youth violence and bullying

◦Running away and breaking laws

https://www.mahoningcountyoh.gov/991/Parent-Project

Contact:

Karen E Guerrieri, LPCC-S, LICDC, SWA

EMDR Trained Therapist and Parent Project Facilitator

Mahoning County Juvenile Court

Judge Theresa Dellick, Presiding

300 E. Scott Street

Youngstown, Ohio 44505

330.740.2244 x. 6412

kguerrieri@mahoningcountyoh.gov

Skills to Succeed Academy

Created specifically to meet the needs of job seekers, Skills to Succeed Academy offers 36 bite-sized, interactive modules. Jobseekers will be guided on the entire journey, from choosing the right career and finding a job to achieving success in the workplace.

https://s2sacademy.org/

Best Buddies

Best Buddies is the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Our programs empower the special abilities of people with IDD by helping them form meaningful friendships with their peers, secure successful jobs, live independently, improve public speaking, self-advocacy and communication skills, and feel valued by society.

https://www.bestbuddies.org/ohio/

Compass Family & Community ServicesWorkforce Development

https://compassfamily.org/center-for-workforce-development/

Workforce Development specializes in assisting people in finding jobs and provides ongoing support to help employees and employers sustain the employment relationship

  • Youth job placement

Works with youth with disabilities and other special needs, their family and their school to provide a network of support designed to gain employment and discover their long-term career goals.Helps find a job that will make them proud of their accomplishments.

Mahoning County Office

535 Marmion Avenue,

Youngstown, Ohio 44502

330-782-5664

Flying High Services

 Offers the following to  include the Professional Development Center vocational school, job readiness and placement assistance, GED tutoring, Working Toward the Future Program, GROW Urban Farm, nutritionally assisted alcohol and drug treatment, peer support and case management services, and the Eagle’s Nest Recovery House.

Flying HIGH Inc. is located in Youngstown, Ohio and serves residents across the Mahoning Valley.

6 Federal Plaza Central #701 Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

330-797-3995.

www.Flyinghighinc.org

Goodwill Youngstown

Offering a full range of vocationally oriented services, Youngstown Area Goodwill Industries provides opportunities for persons with disabilities as well as individuals with disadvantaging conditions (e.g. poverty, homeless, etc.). Specially designed programs serve individuals who are visually impaired, and other groups with special needs. Goodwill Services include: Janitorial; Laundry; Vocational Rehab; Job Placement; Radio Reading; Vision Services.

Anyone who would like to tour the main complex on Belmont Ave. may call (330)759-7921 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

https://goodwillyoungstown.org/

Just in Time Employment Agency

Life and Job Coaching Consultants. Helps match candidates with open positions whether part-time work or full-time employment. A full-service employment agency specializing, long-term, part-time, and seasonal placements. 3229 Belmont Ave. Youngstown, Ohio 44505.

330-318-3132.

www.Jits.jobs

MCESC

(Mahoning County Educational Service Center) Mahoning County Educational Service Center (MCESC) provides our partners with the information, guidance, and skills to help them meet that goal. School Districts today face a challenging climate of changing federal and state requirements, funding issues, social pressures and societal problems that trickle into the classroom. It’s MCESC’S intent to provide resources so that districts can skillfully navigate those challenges.

Monday thru Friday 8-4pm

7920 N. Palmyra Rd. Canfield, Ohio 44406.

330-533-8755.

www.mahoningesc.org

MCTA

The Mahoning County Training Association Youth Development Center supports the development of young adults by providing vocational and academic opportunities to facilitate self-sufficiency. CCMEP is for individuals 16-24 years old. Eligible youth may receive services that include career exploration, leadership development, work readiness training, subsidized work programs, and job placement services. Recruitment takes place once a year, with members being a sophomore or junior in good standing, and eligible to receive WIOA services and/or TANF eligible.

20 W. Federal St. Suite 604

Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

330-747-5639.

www.Mctaworkforce.org

PACER Center

PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment® provides quality information and resources for families of young adults with disabilities on transition planning, civil rights, work-based learning, career accommodations, higher education, financial aid, and much more! A new, cutting-edge website inspires, educates, and engages families around transition; Technical assistance and training to professionals on best practices for engaging families, including those who are underserved; In-person and online workshops for parents of youth on topics such as assistive technology, postsecondary supports, and finding work in the community.

8-5pm Central time.

952-838-9000.

8191 Normandale Blvd Bloomington, MN 56437.

www.Pacer.org

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Check out these videos from DODD:

https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/about-us/communication/stories/stories-elizabeth-technology

https://dodd.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/dodd/about-us/communication/stories/stories-emily-uses-tech-to-explore-living-on-her-own

AbilityTech

Seeks to expand the utilization of technologies in the support of persons with disabilities through educating stakeholders and partnerships with the local provider agency. We will do this by providing the local support teams with the tools and resources they need to identify and utilize enabling and assistive technologies.

https://abilitytech.org/

Cuyahoga County Board of DD

Assistive Technology (or AT) is any interactive item that can help you increase or maintain your independence, skills, and involvement in the community. There are many ways to use AT, such as completing work tasks, communicating with family and friends, or reminding you to take your medication.

https://cuyahogabdd.org/eligibility-services/lending-libraries/visit-the-cle/

Medina County Board of DD

The Smart Home is a mock “home” set up to demonstrate the wide variety of technologies available to help a person be more independent within their home.

https://www.mcbdd.org/assistive-technology/

OCALI

Vision: Why We Do What We Do: People with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives. Mission: What We Do: OCALI inspires change and promotes access to opportunities for people with disabilities.

Lending library to include assistive technology.

https://www.ocali.org/project/lending_library

SIFTS is a quick and easy web-based survey tool developed primarily to support families/individuals who need assistance in matching a person’s needs and strengths to AT features.

https://sifts.ocali.org/

SafeInHome

Supports individual needs through: seizure management, medication compliance, fall risk mitigation, elopement mitigation, identify visitors, sleep/wake patterns, location/communication, safety in the community, and wellness checks, to promote independence. 

http://www.safeinhome.com/

Catholic Charities

Services offered at Catholic Charities Regional Agency include: Adoption and Foster Care Information and Referral, Basic Needs Assistance, Down Payment Assistance / Home Ownership, Ex-Offender/ Prison Re-entry / Linkage Services, Financial Education, First Step / Pregnancy Support Services, Housing Counseling, Homeless Outreach, SOAR Project / Benefit Bank, Christina House Domestic Violence Program.

319 W. Rayen Ave. 44502.

330-744-3320.

info@ccregional.org

Help Network of Northeast Ohio (formerly Help Hotline)

 We continue to provide 24/7 crisis intervention, suicide prevention and intervention, referrals, support services and counseling services to persons experiencing mental health related and/or situational problems. Help Network of Northeast Ohio also: refers and links persons in need of emergency assistance to community resources that can provide it; disseminates information about community human services to individuals and families who need them. Dial 211 to learn more about any of the following programs: 211 Information and Referral; B.R.I.D.G.E.S. (Building Recovery of Individual Dreams Through Education and Support); Deaf & Hearing-Impaired; Dispute Resolution Services; Food Pantries & Free Meal Sites; Homeless Outreach Program; Housing Opportunities Program; Intensive Guardianship Program; Payeeship Programs; Peer Resource & Recovery Programs; Senior Line; Special Navigator for Families with Special Needs; Suicide & Crisis Intervention/Prevention; Suicide Prevention Education; Survivors of Suicide Support Group; Victims Assistance; Victims of Crime Support Group; Warm Line; W.R.A.P (Wellness Recovery Action Project).

261 E. Woods St. Youngstown, Ohio 44509.

330-747-2696.

www.Helpnetworkneo.org

Jewish Community Center/Jewish Family Services

At Jewish Family Services, we provide services to everyone from all walks of life regardless of age, religious affiliation, or gender. Programs include: Adult Protective Services; EMDR Trauma Therapy; Personal Counseling; Home Delivered Meals; Guardianship/Case Management; Holiday Assistance; Our Gang; Advocacy; and Education. Membership at Jewish Community Center of Youngstown offers comprehensive on-site services and support for you or the entire family. The facility houses a state-of-the-art fitness center, a 25-yard indoor heated pool, racquetball courts, tennis courts, gymnasium, deluxe health club with sauna, steam, and whirlpool, and much more. The beautiful 18-acre campus offers something for everyone: Fitness and Aquatics Services; Trained, certified, professional fitness staff; Special events & programs with specialists from the nutrition, health and fitness fields; Early Learning Center that serves children 6 weeks-12 years all under one roof; Summer Camp (1st-8th Grade); Adult, teen, and school-age children's programming; Cultural arts, social events, volunteerism, senior outreach.

505 Gypsy Lane Youngstown, Ohio 44594.

330-746-3251.

www.Jccyoungstown.org

Mahoning County Children Services

 Mahoning County Children Services is the county’s single agency empowered to provide public care and services to children as set forth in Chapter 5153 of the Ohio Revised Code. Many of the services provided by the agency are mandated by the Ohio Revised Code, including investigations, in-home protective services, foster family care, adoption and group care. Services are funded through a variety of local, state and federal sources. Current services present a continuum of assistance to families: case management; protective services; information and referral, service planning, unmarried parent services; homemaker services; parent education; crisis services; therapeutic foster care; emergency shelter; adoption; post-adoption services; life skills/independent living; and substitute care.

222 W. Federal St. 4th floor Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

330-941-8888.

www.Mahoningkids.com

Mahoning County Probate Court

The Probate Court handles the following types of cases: Adoption; Civil/Miscellaneous; Correction of Birth Certificate; Disinterment; Estate Administration; Guardianship and Alternatives; Marriage License; Minor Settlements; Name Change; Registration of Birth Record; Trust; Wills; Wrongful Deaths.

Monday thru Friday 8-4:30pm

120 Market St. Youngstown, Oh 44503.

330-740-2310.

www.Mahoningcountyoh.gov

Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County -

The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, incorporated as the Reuben McMillan Free Library Association, serves all citizens of Mahoning County, Ohio. The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County connects people and communities to reliable resources that inspire learning and foster enrichment. Provide reliable information and answers for those that seek them.

305 Wick Ave. Youngstown, Ohio 44503.

330-259-3399.

www.Libraryvisit.org

WRTA

WRTA is the Western Reserve Transit Authority, which provides bus services in Mahoning County. If you are certified Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-eligible; or 65 years and older, you can take advantage of WRTA’s All-Access service (formerly known as Special Service Transit [SST]), which is designed for people with disabilities and seniors who are not able to or have difficulty using fixed-route bus service. ADA All-Access will pick you up at your home and transport you to your destination (e.g., doctor’s office, shopping center, friend’s or relative’s house). This service is available within the area covered by WRTA’s fixed route bus service and loop service. www.Wrtaonline.com

330-744-8431

604 Mahoning Ave. Youngstown, Oh 44502

Disability Rights Ohio

 Disability Rights Ohio is designated under federal law as the system to protect and advocate the rights of people with disabilities and as the Client Assistance Program under the Rehabilitation Act. The mission of Disability Rights Ohio is to advocate for the human, civil, and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.

Disability Rights Ohio provides legal advocacy and rights protection to a wide range of people with disabilities.

M-F 9-12pm and 1-4pm.

200 S. Civic Center Dr. #300 Columbus, Ohio 43215.

614-466-7264.

www.Disabilityrightsohio.org

OCALI

Vision: Why We Do What We Do: People with disabilities have the opportunity to live their best lives. Mission: What We Do: OCALI inspires change and promotes access to opportunities for people with disabilities. Action: How We Do What We Do: OCALI informs public policy and develops and deploys practices grounded in linking research to real life.

M-F 8-4:30pm 470 Glenmont Ave. Columbus, Ohio 43214.

1-614-410-0321.

www.ocali.org

Ohio Coalition for the Education of Children with Disabilities (OCECD)

OCECD is dedicated to insuring that every child with disabilities is provided a free, appropriate public education, continually striving to improve the quality of services for all children and youth with disabilities in Ohio. OCECD is a statewide, non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the educational interests of children with disabilities. Staff across Ohio collaborate with local parent support organizations to offer information, training, and support to parents of children with any disability ages birth-26.

165 W. Center St. #302 Marion, Ohio 43302.

1-740-382-5452.

www.Ocecd.org

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) -

Offering support across the lifespan of people with developmental disabilities, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities oversees a statewide system of supportive services that focus on ensuring health and safety, supporting access to community participation, and increasing opportunities for meaningful employment.

8am to 5pm M-F.

30 E. Broad St. Columbus, Ohio 43215.

800-617-6733.

www.Dodd.ohio.gov.

Social Security Administration 

With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history. The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program pays benefits to disabled adults and children who have limited income and resources. SSI benefits also are payable to people 65 and older without disabilities who meet the financial limits. People who have worked long enough may also be able to receive Social Security disability or retirement benefits as well as SSI.

M-F 9am-4pm

354 E. Federal St. Youngstown, Ohio 44501.

877-714-0393.

www.Socialsecurityoffices.info

STABLE Accounts

 A STABLE Account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. STABLE Accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience (“ABLE”) Act. STABLE Accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI.

1-800-439-1653.

Email: team@stableaccount.com