MRDD learns about habilitation facilities in area

Opportunity Center Superintendent Lew Hurst informed the Seneca County Board of Developmental Disabilities Tuesday afternoon that he and Adult Services Director Rod Biggert have spent days visiting several area day habilitation facilities.

Biggert said all have a different focus. Some are looking at only the work components while others work in small groups. Others are centered on job coaching and community employment opportunities. Hurst stated the goal is to make sure individuals receive services and are not sitting home idle.

Hurst shared a thank-you note from self advocates for a recent three-day training session.

Director of Consumer Advocacy and Supports Marta Mohr said Seneca County had 375 individuals awaiting services in 2018. After a busy year of assessing individuals, there are 32 remaining to be assessed for services.

Erica McMillon, director of Children’s Services, reported three classrooms have received new smartboards. She has implemented an employee recognition board that individuals showing positive attributes have their name and deed posted. She also expressed a need for one-to-one and substitute aides for classrooms.

Business Manager Dick Williams reported receiving the second-half real estate tax settlement and making a second payment to Clouse Construction for the new roof and HVAC system. He said renovations are nearing completion with a few tasks to be finished. He noted great cooperation between the construction crew and the teachers and students while work was in progress.

Board members entered into executive session to discuss the purchase of property.

In other action, board members:

• Approved the financial report.

• Approved the purchase of a 64-passenger, gas-powered school bus from Rush Truck Centers of Lima for $97,242.

• Approved the superintendent attending the annual Ohio Association of County Boards conference in Columbus Dec. 4-6.

• Approved the purchase of hams and turkeys for employees of the Opportunity Center in appreciation of their dedication.

• Appropriated $150,000 to the Opportunity Center General Fund for contract services and equipment.

• Announced the annual Hoot in the Park 5:30-7 p.m. Oct. 10. Rain date is Oct. 16.

• Approved Hurst attending the annual Synergy Conference in Sandusky Oct. 2-4 where self-advocates will be making presentations.


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