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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.

Signup for Dance Classes at the Metzenbaum Center!

Professional dancer, and dance instructor, Viluna Jennings will be hosting free dance classes at the Metzenbaum Center for both individuals served and community members. Classes will begin November 9 with day sessions from 12:30 – 2 p.m. and evening sessions from 5-6:30 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays. Classes are free of charge and no experience or special clothing is required. All students must be at least five years of age; adults of all ages are welcome. There are no mobility requirements to participate.


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.
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Interested in Joining the Metzenbaum Harp & Violin Ensemble?
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Join the Metzenbaum Interactive Educational Art Class Starts June 8 Every Wednesday, 6-7:30 p.m.
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The Metzenbaum Run for Fun 5K was a success! Over 170 participants had a great time raising donations for individuals with developmental disabilities. Despite a dreary day, we were able to come together to support a great cause. Thanks to our partners Second Sole Mentor and Greater Cleveland XC, as well as everyone who came out and had fun with us!

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

Estate And Future Planning

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

Annual Report 2015

To read or download the official Geauga County Board of Developmental Disabilities 2015 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

If you need to report abuse, neglect, or other major unusual incidents, please call 440.478.9029 and download the MUI Toolkit MUI Toolkit 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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