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

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.

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Community Connections provides opportunities for community members to enhance their lives and the life of a local individual with a disability through social interactions.


DD Handbook

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

IO Waiver Handbook

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


Annual Plan 2016

To read or download a draft of The 2016 Annual Plan, +Click Here. This plan will be reviewed by the Geauga Board at its December 16th meeting for approval. Comments and input are welcomed. Please send input to Superintendent Don Rice at metz@geaugadd.org

Annual Report 2017

To read or download the official Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities 2016 Annual Report, +Click Here

2016-2018 Strategic Plan

To read or download the official Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities 2016-2018 Strategic Plan, +Click Here

Join us for our annual art show! August 24, 3 - 6 p.m. Download Art Show Flyer
Calling All Artists! August 25 from 3-6 p.m. Download Artist Flyer
Join us on the second Saturday of EVERY month for FREE Bingo! 6:30 - 8 p.m. Download Bingo Flyer
Join the Metzenbaum Dance Program Classes are held Mon & Thurs. 12:30-2 p.m. & 5-6:30 p.m.
Download Dance Program Flyer
Join the Metzenbaum Interactive Educational Art Class Every Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.
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If you need to report abuse, neglect, or other major unusual incidents, please call 440.478.9029 and download the MUI Toolkit
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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