*Effective June 1, 2020
The Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities is operating business in accordance with Responsible RestartOhio. The Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities will continue operation as a human service organization. Our facility remains open with many safeguards and appointment scheduling requirements. Staff are working remotely when possible and on staggered in-office work schedules in the building when appropriate. Staff continue to be available to serve the residents of Erie County.

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities at (419) 626-0208 or email us at info@eriecbdd.org. For emergencies outside of Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, please call our Crisis Hot Line at (419) 626-1752.

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If you are a guest planning to visit our facility, please view the video below to see what to expect prior to your arrival:

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Trusting the Team Process: A guidance document that was written collaboratively by representatives from the following organizations: Ohio APSI, OACB, the Ohio Health Care Association, the Ohio Provider Resource Association, and the Values & Faith Alliance.

This document outlines best practices, legal requirements, and general considerations to be factored in when discussing a return to services. If you have any questions or concerns about the team process and returning to services, please contact Felicia Zendejas, Director of Individual and Family Supports.

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The Nisonger Center at The Ohio State University prepared a survey for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are willing to share about their experiences during COVID-19. Fill out the survey here.

Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Hotline:
1-833-4-ASK-ODH

COVID-19 is a virus spread from person to person. Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.

For more information read the CDC’s list of Frequently Asked Questions
If surfaces are dirty, they should be cleaned using a detergent and water prior to disinfection. For disinfection, here is a list of products with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved emerging viral pathogens claims, maintained by the American Chemistry Council Center for Biocide Chemistries (CBC). Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products.

Ohio Department of Health Household Checklist Checklist for Family & Individuals
> All events, trainings, presentations, meetings, conferences or gatherings that are scheduled to be held in our building are canceled or postponed until further notice.

> All face-to face-home and dsite visits as well as meetings are temporarily suspended in order to protect the health and safety of all involved. All Service and Support Administrators, Early Intervention Providers, Early Intervention Service Coordinators and Help Me Grow Home Visitors will be working remotely from home. Administrative staff will also be working remotely to support staff and department operations. We will be using tele-visits, tele-meetings or phone consultations to provide any support necessary.

> We have cancelled all extra-curricular activities, which includes Early Intervention play groups and events, Self-Advocacy meetings, Community Connections activities and volunteerism until further notice.
Families and people with disabilities who need support should email: info@eriecbdd.org

If you have any specific questions or concerns, please contact the Erie County Board of Developmental Disabilities at (419) 626-0208.

For emergencies outside of Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, please call our Crisis Hot Line at (419) 626-1752.
If you are looking for temporary work and interested in helping others contact Rachel Benson at the Clearwater Council of Governments by email: rbenson@clearwatercog.org

You may also view and search for opportunities using the DSP Directory.

Other Resources:

Please review the latest Health and Welfare Alert published by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD): Infection Control March 2020 #63-3-20

Checklist for Healthcare Providers
Checklist for Business & Employers
OACB FAQs: Confidentiality, HIPAA and People Served


This video is a great primer for support staff and people with developmental disabilities as county boards and providers continue to address COVID-19. Thanks to Toward Independence, Inc. for producing COVID-19 Tips for DD Providers.
If you are looking for temporary work and interested in helping others contact Rachel Benson at the Clearwater Council of Governments by email: rbenson@clearwatercog.org

You may also view and search for opportunities using the DSP Directory.