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Partnership for Employment First

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD), in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD), continues a statewide initiative to expand community employment services for people with developmental disabilities. This opportunity allows the state to maximize resources to support more people on their path to community employment, build system capacity, and strengthen the relationship between the developmental disability and vocational rehabilitation systems in Ohio.

OOD and DODD have developed joint guidance for both County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) staff about the referral process for vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

This document provides guidance on how to utilize vocational rehabilitation & HCBS waiver funding for employment services when to refer an individual to OOD, and what information to include in the referral packet to OOD to expedite eligibility.