The Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities, a Human Services Levy organization, achieved the highest result possible in attaining their second consecutive 5 year accreditation from the State Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) review. This is the top accreditation achieved by less than 40% of county boards of developmental disabilities.
Twelve surveyors from the DODD Office of provider Standards and Review conducted the three-day review. The Consumer, Staff and Building Standards used in this process included the following areas: Individual Service Planning, Waiver Administration, Service Delivery, Money Management, Medication Administration, Behavior Supports, Tittle XX, Early Intervention, Major Unusual Incidents/Unusual Incidents, Personnel, Transportation and Physical Environment for a total of 196 Standards.
In order to achieve this award, an agency must achieve a minimum 95% rating. Currently, 35 of 88 county boards have a 5 year accreditation. Over time, the review has increased in its complexity and difficulty.
The Board received the award on the heels of also receiving the seventh consecutive top accreditation award from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accreditation. Both evaluations were completed within a 5 week timeframe.
Superintendent Mark Gerhardstein credited this significant accomplishment to the exceptional staff who work for the Board.
The Board of DDS, a Human Services Levy funded organization, provides services for over 3,200 individuals with disabilities. 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.