Helping individuals Live, Learn and Earn in our community

The Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, known as The Bessie Benner Metzenbaum Center, was founded in 1966 to provide services and supports to individuals in Geauga County who have developmental and intellectual disabilities. Today, our main priority is still enhancing individuals’ lives through our services. These services begin at birth, continue with preschool and school programs and last through adulthood. Services including Early Intervention Programs, Adult Services, Case Management, an Intermediate Care Facility and Transportation services help make Metzenbaum a wonderful community of caring individuals. The Metzenbaum Center currently supports more than 850 individuals and their families in Geauga County by helping them live, learn and earn in our community.

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Adult Services

The Metzenbaum Center provides several services to enhance the lives of local adults, including community employment opportunities, enrichment activities and senior programs.

Child Services

The Metzenbaum Center provides services for local children from birth to adulthood, including Early Intervention and integration into the Geauga County schools.


Residential services from the Metzenbaum Center include our Intermediate Care Facility (ICF) and community homes for individuals to live more independently.


The Metzenbaum Center currently works with four private providers to offer transportation services to individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Geauga County.



DD Handbook

To read or download the full, official Ohio Developmental Disabilities Handbook, +Click Here

Estate And Future Planning

To read or download the official Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council Estate and Future Planning Guide, +Click Here!


Annual Plan 2015

To read or download the full, official Annual Plan 2015, +Click Here

Annual Report 2015

To read or download the official Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities 2015 Annual Report, +Click Here

If you need to report abuse, neglect, or other major unusual incidents, please call 440.478.9029
Contact GCBDD

8200 Cedar Road

Chesterland, OH 44026


Phone: 440.729.9406

Fax: 440.729.0131

Emergency Phone: 440.478.9029

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