The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services has again been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) for the quality services and supports it provides to people with disabilities.
The comprehensive review was conducted by a team of surveyors that looked at service and support areas including: Leadership and Governance; Financial planning and management; Rights of persons served; Child and youth services; Community Integration; how persons served by the county board are treated; the conscientiousness of staff members; enhancing the quality of older adults’ independent lives; Accessibility; Medication monitoring and management; Behavioral Health Services; Employment services; insure the facilities are well-maintained and that they provide a safe and healthy environment for persons served, staff, and visitors; that the county board is dedicated to listening to its shareholders along with many others.
The results of the review found that the Montgomery County Board of DDS achieved substantial compliance with all standards and subsequently obtained a 3-year period of accreditation.
The Mental Health Supports and Services program was singled out as an exemplary practice for its service delivery models and strategies via its active participation in the Ohio Coordinating Centers of Excellence (CCOE) on Mental Illness/Developmental Disabilities. Program staff work to promote education/training for clinicians through presentations given throughout the state as well as publishing literature/research on the subject. Program staff have developed training modules for the Ohio CCOE that are accessible on line and are intended to provide clinicians with information regarding the provision of psychiatric care, psychotherapy and nursing services to individuals with dual diagnosis. In addition, the program is an active training site for both psychiatric residents and psychology doctoral students from Wright State University and the University of Dayton.
The CARF review took place November 2-4, 2011. The CARF family of organizations currently accredits more than 47,000 programs and services at more than 21,000 locations on five continents. More than 8 million persons of all ages are served annually by more than 6,000 CARF-accredited providers. CARF accreditation extends to 18 countries in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The mission of the Board is to serve children and adults with mental retardation and other significant developmental disabilities, most of whom require comprehensive life-long services. The Board provides supports for individuals to live, learn, work and participate in their community. The Board also provides supports for families in their efforts to care for their family member with a disability.