Partnership for Employment First

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities agency, 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.

The link below provides an overview of the impact Employment First Partnership has had to improve competetive integrated outcomes for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to work in their community.


OOD-DODD Joint Guidance

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (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.

 Want to become an approved Employment First Partnership Provider?

Current DODD Waiver Providers, click here

Current CARF accredited CRPs, click here


What are training requirements for staff to provide services under an employment first partnership provider?

Effective July 1, 2020, OOD and DODD have revised Professional Development Requirements. Click here for more details about requirements.