The Metzenbaum Center provides several resources for individuals, families and providers to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities in Geauga County are able to live, learn and earn in their community.
The Metzenbaum Center provides community support resources to ensure that individuals with developmental disabilities continue to be supported when they are not physically at the Center. To learn more, please click on the links below. The Metzenbaum Center also recommends the following lists of iPad apps:
Eligibility is determined according to one of four age groups and is updated as an individual “ages out” of each group. Eligibility determination for children ages 0 through 2 and ages 3 through 5 is made based on the number of delays, specific diagnosis or type of risk factors a child has. From age 6 through 15, the individual must have at least one qualifying diagnosis, which opens the door for an evaluation that assesses functioning in several life areas. From age 16 through adulthood, a qualifying diagnosis is still the key to opening the door to administration of an adult version of the evaluation that assesses limitations. The intake process, which follows eligibility determination, helps the individual access desired services. The Coordinator assists the family or individual throughout eligibility and intake to make entry to county board services as easy as possible.
Wait list placement depends on completion of specific forms and assessments that determine eligibility for related services. A Service and Support Administrator (SSA) or the Intake and Eligibility SSA will assist individuals and families to complete necessary forms and assessments. When placed on a waiting list, individuals, families or guardians will be given a list of alternative services that may be of help while waiting for services.
Some services, such as Medicaid waivers, require submission of additional paperwork to Geauga County Job and Family Services. The wait list coordinator or the SSA assists in application to all lists, including Medicaid waivers. Once on any list, the county board will contact to the individual at least annually to ensure appropriateness, accuracy of request and to inform those waiting for services of any changes in the county board policies or procedures. Specific statute and rules guide movement on wait lists, including provisions for granting priority status and responding to emergency situations.