The Dispatch

Defiance County Board of DD's Monthly Newsletter

November 1, 2021


In This Issue

News from the Superintendent

Health and Wellness

Staff Recognition

Early Intervention

Good Samaritan School

Service & Support Administration

November Events

Happy Thanksgiving!

The month of November is a month to reflect on all that we are thankful for. We at the Defiance CBDD are thankful for our individuals, staff, providers, and community members here in Defiance County that continue to support us each and every day. We are also so very thankful for our 7 board members for volunteering their time in leading this wonderful agency that supports individuals with developmental disabilities making Defiance County a more inclusive place for all.

With only two months left in the year we look back and reflect on all that we have done. The Defiance County Board of Developmental Disabilities is not only here to enrich the lives of the individuals we serve but to enrich the communities we live in. To serve as a Board Member here at the DCBDD is to be part of a committed group of like-minded individuals who strive to improve the quality of life for all here in Defiance.

Please check out the Board Member Requirements below to learn more about how our board is comprised and what responsibilities they hold. If you are ever looking for an opportunity to give back to your community, being a member of the DCBDD Board is a great place to do just that!

I hope each and every one of you have a Happy Thanksgiving and take time out of each day to think of something you are thankful for this month.

Timothy Bower


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DCBDD Board Member Requirements
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Happy Thanksgiving

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Health and Wellness


As the temperature starts to cool it's important to dress appropriately. Here are a few suggestions to keep your students and yourself warm on those chilly days.

  • Check the forecast, and then dress accordingly.
  • Always pack an extra sweater or jacket if the temperature is forecasted to cool off throughout the day.
  • Keep a hat and gloves in your students backpack in case of unforeseen weather, recess, or field trips.

Staff Recognition

November Anniversaries

5 Years

Kevin Johnson, Night Custodian

Early Intervention

The Evaluation

  1. The team meets with the family/child to complete an evaluation that is scheduled by the Service Coordinator. Two team members will meet with the family/child to complete the evaluation. Possible team members to complete the evaluation are the Developmental Specialist and another discipline that may include Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapist OR a Physical Therapist.
  2. The team administers the Battelle3 as the evaluation and assessment and completes an observation of the child’s development.
  3. The family is given a link to attend a team meeting via “Zoom”. Here, we will review all the information gathered to determine eligibility and need for services.
  4. If a child is eligible or there is a need for services, the Service Coordinator will set up a time and day to complete the final step of enrollment, which is the IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan) Meeting.

Stay tuned next month for more on the Early Intervention Individualized Family Service Plan Process!

Evidence-Based Early Intervention

Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Good Samaritan School

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It is hard to believe that we have made it through 9 weeks of school! During the last month we have had many exciting things happen behind the scenes here at Good Sam. Our preschool met with the Ohio Department of Education about licensing and Step Up to Quality. We have been recognized as a 5-star program again. This is the highest rating that a preschool in Ohio can earn.

Our students had a great field trip to Leaders Farms to participate in many different activities that they offer. Students were able to take a hay ride, pick pumpkins, jump on the blow-up trampoline, and walk through the maze. This gave our students a great experience out in the sun having fun with the teachers, assistants, and other chaperones.      


We would like to say thank you to the United Way of Defiance, the Defiance Area Foundation Clothes for Kids Program, the Knights of Columbus, and the Island Parkway Manor for their generosity and help to support our families. Your programs and donations are greatly appreciated.  


If a student is going to be absent from school please call the office to let us know. The bus drivers, bus assistants, and teachers do not always have time to report absences to the office.       

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Good Samaritan School

November Lunch Menu

November Lunch Menu

Defiance County Schools: Quarantine Exposure Guidelines

Updated by the Ohio Department of Health on 10/25/2021

Quarantine Exposure Guidelines 

Service and Support Administration

Unless you are an adult with disabilities, or a family member of an adult, you probably don’t know a great deal about what the Service and Support Administration (SSA) Department does.

This is just a brief description of some of the things the SSA's do for individuals. SSA's pride themselves on knowing “their people” and being with them throughout their lifetimes.  

Determine Eligibility for Board Services. 

Eligibility consists of a diagnosis of a developmental disability prior to the age of 22, and an assessment to determine whether there are deficits in 4 of 7 different life areas (C/OEDI). Eligibility is done at ages 6 and 16. 

Provide Information and Referral. 

This can range from a family member needing help locating a dentist who bills Medicaid to problem solving a difficult case with another agency.

Develop Individual Person-Centered Plans. 

These plans are completed for anyone who receives a service paid for thorough board funds or a waiver (not including Family Support)

Coordinate MUIs. 

MUIs (Major Unusual Incidents) are those serious events that are out of the ordinary and cause some risk of health or safety to the individual. While the SSA department does not investigate these cases, we do file the reports and assure the investigations are complete and thorough. We then issue recommendations to the team and assure follow through.

Complete Assessments to Determine Abilities. 

These assessments include what skill areas the person has and in what areas do they need assistance, how much supervision he or she needs, how much support he or she gets from natural supports, what medical issues does the person have, and many other areas. These are done yearly and as needed. This helps us complete the person-centered plan.

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November Events

Special Olympics Basketball

Defiance County

Self-Advocacy Meeting

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November Practice Schedule
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Operation Clean Duds
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Human Trafficking Presentation
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Coats for Christmas

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