Maintain good records
Maintaining good records is very important. There could be numerous times throughout your life where you might need to produce an important record. Personal records that should be maintained are social security card, birth certificate, medical records, and all evaluations (from schools, specialist, doctors, and other agencies).
Maintaining records is important for your health and for eligibility paperwork for needed services.
The use of the Guiding People through Systems (GPS) tool is offered as a public service to assist families organize their children’s important medical and school records into one convenient, online location. The Stark County Board of Developmental Disabilities makes no warranties, either expressed or implied, concerning the privacy of the medical or personal information shared with this service.
- How Do DD Services Work and How Do I Get Started?
- Attend, plan, and encourage your loved one to participate in their Individualized Service Plan (ISP)
- Self-determination and Self-Advocacy
Being a part of the community doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Finding enjoyable activities and events to attend is meaningful in addition to home life and schoolwork.
*Look for events in your community, ask your Stark DD SSA for upcoming events.
We all continually re-evaluate employment goals, and people with disabilities are no different.
Stark DD funds employment services for eligible adult individuals based on their assessed need. SSAs (Service and Support Administrators) can help assess you and link you to services that meet your needs.
What are the employment services?
- Know your financial and benefit options
Know your Emergency contacts regarding Person's health and safety
There are resources in our community to access when health and safety are questioned.
Stark DD SSA After Hours Number – 330-438-9550
Major Unusual Incident Hotline – 330-477-4477
Adult Protective Services – If you suspect elder abuse, please call Stark County Job and Family Services at 330-451-8998
Stark County Health Department – 330-493-9904;
Crisis Center 330-452-6000
Develop a plan for housing and support options
- Need help paying bills?
- Expand a person's community integration to include adult activities
Review and re-visit guardianship plan
Guardianship is a legal status, not a familial relationship. If guardianship hasn’t already been established at age 18, discuss whether a guardian is appropriate. If guardianship has already been established, it is best to have a plan if the current guardian cannot continue in that role.
Stark County Probate Court – 330-451-7759
- Make sure your information is up to date with Stark DD SSA dept
- Assist people to plan for end-of-life decisions
Explore resources for support for your dual-diagnosed family member
For the family member to be successful it is important for there to be a correct balance of services between DD and mental health to be as successful as possible.
Stark County MI/DD Collaborative – Contact Justin Madison – 330-479-3688
*This is a collaborative effort between Stark DD and the Mental Health Board where the agencies work together to wrap services around someone with dual diagnosis.
- Ensure you are up to date with all medical appointments and services
- Feel you need a waiver?
- Have a waiver and want to know what services you qualify for?
Have a waiver and want to pick a provider?
Choosing the best provider is very important. Determine what is important to you and use that to pick a provider.
Free choice of provider SSA to help you through the interview process, call 330-477-5200, ask your SSA