Community Resources & Opportunities
Allwell Behavioral Health Services is a private, not-for-profit provider of comprehensive community mental health services in Coshocton, Guernsey, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble and Perry counties.
Emergencies can happen at a moment's notice. Mobility, hearing, learning, or seeing disabilities can create specific needs that individuals need to address to be able to respond to an emergency. We urge everyone to become “Red Cross Ready” for any urgent situation, which means assembling a survival kit, making an emergency plan, and being informed. In addition, people with disabilities, and their caregivers, may benefit from the tips below about managing communications, equipment, service animals, pets and home hazards.
Advocacy and Protective Services, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization, which advocates for outcomes that promote dignity, respect, and enhanced quality of life for individual persons with developmental disabilities. Serving critical needs, one person at a time.
The Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc. (AAA9) first opened its doors in Cambridge in 1975 as a private non-profit Section 501(c) (3) organization. We are designated by the Ohio Department of Aging as one of America’s nearly 700 Area Agencies on Aging. We serve a nine-county area that includes Belmont, Carroll, Coshocton, Guernsey, Harrison, Holmes, Jefferson, Muskingum, and Tuscarawas Counties.
There are three levels of assisted living: assisted living communities, independent living communities, and home care. Home care brings assistance with daily living to the home, independent living offers a community with convenient amenities, and assisted living combines a community that offers convenient amenities with support for daily living tasks.
The philosophy of CBHC is that every individual has the capability and strength to affect positive change in their lives and can do so by focusing on overall health and wellness, including their mental, physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Coshocton Job and Family Services coordinates the planning, development and implementation of programs and services that support families in achieving or maintaining self-sufficiency and independent living.
This mission of the Coshocton County Sheriff's Office is to affirmatively promote, preserve, and deliver a feeling of security, safety, and quality services to all members of our community.
Disability Rights Ohio is a non-profit corporation with a mission to advocate for the human, civil and legal rights of people with disabilities in Ohio.
In October of 2012, Disability Rights Ohio replaced Ohio Legal Rights Service as Ohio's Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and Client Assistance Program (CAP). It is governed by a Board of Directors, primarily consisting of people with disabilities and family members of people with disabilities.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has put together guides that are easy to read and follow along with to better understand services, rights, plans, abuse, waivers and more!
The Down Syndrome Association of Central Ohio was incorporated in 1984 with one purpose in mind, to accomplish a mission. That is:
To support families, promote community involvement, and encourage a lifetime of opportunities for people with Down syndrome.
To promote safety to victims of violence through education, counseling, advocacy and shelter when needed to any person suffering the effects of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. To promote non-violent behavior by educating the perpetrators of violence.
People with developmental disabilities and their families have said Ohio's waiting list for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers is overly complex and in need of simplification. The current waiting list confuses people with developmental disabilities and their families, misleads advocates, and hinders efforts by policymakers to direct resources to where they are needed most.
To better serve Ohioans with developmental disabilities, various organizations have been collaborating for more than 15 months to modernize Ohio’s failed Medicaid Waiver waiting list. Replacing the current system will greatly improve the way Ohio’s waiting list for HCBS waivers operates.
Healthy Living Initiative
The Healthy Living program is combined effort with individuals, providers, Coshocton DD and community partners to promote a healthy lifestyle for people with disabilities.
The initiative encourages healthy choices by offering education opportunities that focus on things such as portion control, understanding food labels, and hands on cooking classes.
Participants also learn creative, affordable and fun ways to move around more.
The Mid-East Ohio Regional Council (MEORC) provides innovative products and services to 18-member county boards, providers, and to people with developmental disabilities in Mid-East Ohio. We are known for our expertise in facilitating cooperation, collaboration and problem solving to improve services, creating opportunities for people to be included and building strong communities.
Launched in July 2013, the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM) is Ohio's first Executive-level Medicaid agency. With a network of approximately 90,000 active providers, ODM delivers health care coverage to more than 3 million residents of Ohio on a daily basis. Working closely with stakeholders, advocates, medical professionals, and fellow state agencies, the agency continues to find new ways to modernize Medicaid in Ohio.
Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) is the State of Ohio agency that partners with Ohioans with disabilities to achieve quality employment and independence. They also make determinations on Social Security disability.
OOD does this through three areas:
An individual with a medically diagnosed communication disability who drives or regularly has someone with a communication disability in their vehicle, can voluntarily enroll in a database that connects to the Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS). An officer can then be made aware that the driver or a person in the vehicle may have difficulty communicating with the officer to reduce any potential misunderstandings or communication problems.
Steps Toward Independence and Responsibility
Project STIR is a training program for self-advocated designed to provide individuals with the tools to advocate for themselves, mobilize others in advocacy and gain leadership experiences.
Project STIR includes:
Knowing Yourself, Communicating Assertively, Problem Solving and Negotiating, Rights and Responsibilities, Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination, Being Part of the Community, Starting a Self Advocacy-Group.
In response to many requests from parents, guardians, and individuals over the years, a collaborative work group has developed this on-line tool to be used to review providers of services for people with developmental disabilities in Ohio.
This easy-to-use online tool is called ProviderGuidePlus. It is intended to help people select a provider and help improve overall services. It allows people to post public reviews on providers’ services and to read others’ reviews.
Who are we:
We are Raise Your Voice
We are self-advocates who strive to be better, to speak up and make a difference
We believe in Self-Determination
We want freedom to choose a meaningful life in the community
We know the importance of our leadership role in the community
We support the self-advocacy movement
We tap into resources in ways that are life enhancing
We are aware that people with disabilities can make a contribution to our communities
For more information contact Bambi Zinkon at 740-622-2674
Social Security has provided financial protection for our nation's people for over 80 years. Chances are, you either receive Social Security benefits or know someone who does. With retirement, disability, and survivors benefits, Social Security is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in our nation's history.
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