2019 Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services


Discover what we accomplished in 2019 as we pursued our mission to promote and support opportunities for people with developmental disabilities to live, work, learn, and fully participate in their communities.

Superintendent's Message

As I look back on 2019, I’m struck by the number of major accomplishments we had as an agency. I think it’s important to reflect on our achievements to appreciate the great work that’s been done and continue to build on these successes.

In a clear sign our community recognizes and values HCDDS, 76% of voters approved our levy in November – the highest margin of approval in the 45-year history of the levy. As part of that process, we successfully completed an audit by MCM CPAs & Advisors that was highly complimentary of our work and found only minimal room for improvement.

In 2019 our entire agency worked to connect with families in their communities. This included advertising campaigns on television, radio, billboards, and social media to share information about our services, remote support technology, and the need for direct support professionals. Likewise, we partnered with Local 12 on a job fair highlighting people with disabilities. We also shared information at more than 30 community events and hosted many events for people we support and their families including Project STIR, Future Is Now, “Your Money, Your Goals,” and the first Advocacy Summit.

We also achieved other significant milestones in 2019. We recruited more than 20 new businesses to hire people with disabilities. We completed more than 75% of waiting list assessments, putting us well ahead of the state’s mandated schedule. We launched Home Think Tank’s Housing Options Guide on our website to help families find creative solutions to provide housing for their loved one. We also extended early childhood supports to children ages three to five.

We spent much of 2019 focused on technology, including partnering with neighboring county boards of DD to open a model smart home and hosting a technology fair at Kennedy Heights Arts Center. These efforts resulted in hundreds of families touring the smart home and an increasing number of people using remote support technology.

For all of our outstanding work in 2019, it’s no surprise that some of our teammates were recognized with awards. Jen Meadows, director of the HCDDS Office of Medicaid, Contracts, and SSA, won the Partners in Excellence Award from the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD for her roles on numerous statewide workgroups. Our Community Relations team was recognized by the Cincinnati chapter of the Public Relations Society of America with six awards, including Best in Show and top honors in three categories.

I’m overwhelmed by the magnitude of what we accomplished in 2019. We could not have done this without the dedication of each and every one of our wonderful staff, and I’m truly grateful for everything you do. I want to thank our entire team for a fantastic 2019.

Alice C. Pavey,


President's Message

As a board, we guide Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services with a focus on both short-term results and long-term vision. We work to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families are receiving the highest quality services every day. We also provide long-term strategic direction to the agency’s work today, to make sure Hamilton County DD Services is well-positioned for the future and that families will be able to count on us for the same quality of services.

2019 began our three-year strategic plan, which focused on five major areas. You can see the 2019-2022 Strategic Plan here. Our 2019 Annual Report to the Community mirrors those focus areas to show the progress we’ve made on our strategic goals.

Family EngagementWe are committed to supporting and empowering families, no matter how a person defines their family. This section highlights our work in 2019 to equip families with timely information, to respond to their needs, and to support family-led efforts to build more inclusive communities.

Community Partnership – We recognize that many other organizations are doing wonderful work that complements our efforts. We’re focused on expanding our partnerships with others in the community so we can each focus on our strengths and avoid duplicating services. In this section, you’ll learn how we work together for the good of people in Hamilton County.

Go-to ResourcesWe are a primary resource for people in Hamilton County seeking support, empowerment, and information related to developmental disabilities. Learn more in this section about our work to expand our efforts and share our expertise with others.

Innovative solutions – We are constant innovators, working to ensure new and creative resources are available to better support people with developmental disabilities. In this section you’ll find more information about our work to promote remote support technology and other innovations.

Service Quality and Fiscal Responsibility – We are focused on fiscal responsibility while ensuring quality services for people we support. In this section, find out about our work training our staff and empowering providers to deliver excellent services while effectively managing tax dollars.       

As a board, we are extremely proud of the work Hamilton County DD Services completed in 2019. We thank all of the employees, families, providers, community supporters, and every other stakeholder who shares our commitment to quality support for people with developmental disabilities. Your dedication has helped advance our mission and improve the lives of thousands of people in our communities.

Nestor Melnyk

Board President

Nestor Melnyk, Board President

Board Members

2019 in Review