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SCDD Earns Three-Year Accreditation

Scioto County Developmental Disabilities recently underwent accreditation review by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. Upon releasing zero citations for SCDD, which is a rare occurrence, the state has awarded the agency a three-year accreditation.

“You, the Board members, your superintendent and staff are to be commended for your efforts in achieving this status,” wrote DODD Director Jeff Davis. “Department staff and I are well aware that this accomplishment required considerable commitment of resources and energy.”

The accreditation team examined every department, poring over records and conducting interviews with staff. The process is designed to encourage continuous improvement of the services and supports offered by Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities.

“I am so very proud of the efforts that our team puts forth every single day to make sure that the citizens of Scioto County continue to realize the investments of their tax dollars,” said SCDD Superintendent Matt Purcell. “Achievements of this magnitude serve to validate what I already know about this organization. “

The accreditation process requires all programs under the agency’s umbrella to work toward a common goal; something that is a common occurrence at the agency. The services provided to individuals served by SCDD often require high levels of inter-departmental communication and cooperation.

“The results of this accreditation process speak to the hard work and commitment of our staff to the more than 750 individuals with developmental disabilities and their families whom we serve in Scioto County,” said Service & Support Administration Director Chad Phipps. “Achieving the maximum award possible confirms that our team is coordinating quality person-centered services and supports for the individuals receiving our services.”

DODD accreditors were onsite at the Vern Riffe School campus in August to examine documentation and perform interviews. SCDD programs directly involved in the 2019 accreditation process included: Intake, SSA, Vern Riffe School, the Human Resources/Fiscal Office, Help Me Grow and Early Childhood Services.

“The 2019 SCDD accreditation process proved to be a challenging, yet, a very positive experience,” said Early Childhood and Help Me Grow Director Tammy Nelson. “I witnessed wonderful teamwork between the Help Me Grow Service Coordinators and the SCDD Developmental Specialists. Each staff member took their responsibility very seriously and wanted to make sure their ‘product’ met with our accreditation standards. The process allowed us to reflect on the quality services we provide and what a true difference Early Childhood Services makes for a child who has delays or a disability.”

The three-year accreditation period is effective Dec. 1, 2019, through Nov. 30, 2022.

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