Hamilton County Council for Retarded Children (HCCRC) organized by parents concerned about the lack of programs, facilities, and services for their children with mental retardation
HCCRC starts the county’s first educational programs for children with mental retardation
HCCRC begins operation of a sheltered workshop program for adults, located in a colony building at East Oakley School
Attorney General of the State of Ohio rules that all school programs operated by private agencies must be transferred to the direct operation of county welfare departments
Hamilton County Welfare Department (HCWD) creates a Division of Services for Retarded Children to assume operation of the 12 school-age classes (school-age program expanded rapidly, each year adding 2 or 4 new classes)
A second workshop opens in the western sector of the county
HCWD school-age program moves to Stowe School, marking the first time that classes were centralized
HCWD school-age classes relocate to Dyer School
First physical education classes offered
First speech and hearing screenings and therapy are offered
First nursing services offered
For the first time, pupils also participated in a wide range of school activities, including band, chorus, and sports teams complete with cheerleaders and pep squad
Ohio Amended Senate Bill 169 establishes county boards of mental retardation with responsibility for home training, pre-school and developmental classes, community classes, sheltered workshops, and adult activity centers
Hamilton County Board of Mental Retardation (HCBMR) organizational meeting.
Frederick A Breyer appointed HCBMR Administrator
Margaret B. Rost appointed Program Director
Robert W. Franks, Chairman
Stuart Warshauer, Vice Chairman
Mrs. William E. White, Secretary
Fr. Edward Connell
Eugene L. Geier
E. Roger Jackson
Dr. John W. Shreve
Board contracts with Hamilton County Welfare Department (HCWD) to operate educational program at Dyer School
First Girl Scout Troop for children with mental retardation formed at Dyer School
Dyer school filled; 2 classes added at nearby Heberle School
A contract agreement between HCBMR and the Hamilton County Council for Retarded Citizens (HCCRC) to “provide training centers, workshop facilities, and services approved by the Hamilton County Commissioners
Board contracts with Resident Home for the Mentally Retarded of Hamilton County, Inc.(RHMR) and United Cerebral Palsy
Classes added at Sands School; continue at Dyer and Heberle Schools
First Speech Therapist hired
First Home Trainer hired
Organizational meeting, Ohio Mental Retardation Boards Association
Children’s Services Division established as HCBMR assumes direct operation of Dyer School and other community programs from HCWD (497 children enrolled)
Employees of Retarded Children’s Program of the HCWD transfer to the HCBMR
Board begins hiring its first employees
First adult activity center established for individuals unable to benefit from workshops
Margaret B. Rost appointed Administrator/Superintendent
Planning for “new school” begins
HCBMR assumes operation of preschool classes from HCCRC (46 preschoolers)
Adult Services Division established as HCBMR assumes operation of workshops and adult activity centers from HCCRC
Work Activity Centers, Inc. of Hamilton County, a non-profit corporation, is established to handle all business operations at HCBMR adult centers
Contract with Cincinnati Center for Developmental Disorders (CCDD) for diagnostic preschool classes
First Mental Retardation Tax Levy (1.5 mills) passes with 60% of the vote
Building program begins; property for north school (Breyer) and adult center (Beckman) acquired
ESEA Title I Project Funding begins
Board hires first school nurse - pupils benefit from improved health service delivery
Fire/explosion at Eastern Hills Center - 2 days later is back in operation
DDA grants sub-contract with Ohio Valley Clinic and Monfort Heights Developmental Training Center
Board begins Residential Division; assumes operation of Virginia Perin House from HCCRC
Federal government consolidates participation in funding of social services through passage of Title XX to the Social Security Act
Contract with Living Arrangements for the Developmentally Disabled (LADD)
Frederick A. Breyer School opens; Wyoming preschool phased out
Classes at St. Joseph Home begin, serving children with multiple handicaps
Early Intervention Program begins for children birth through 2 years of age
First Physical Therapist hired
Contract with CCDD for clinical services begins
First Occupational Therapist hired
First Boy Scout program begins at Breyer School
Foster Grandparent Program places volunteers in buildings
Second Mental Retardation Tax levy (1.34 mills renewal) passes with 73% of the vote
Elmer P. Beckman Adult Center begins operation; Northern Hills Work Activity Center closes
E. Roger Jackson Adult Center begins operation; Eastern Hills Work Activity Center closes
Amended Substitute Senate Bill 160 adds developmental disabilities to the Board’s title (HCBMR/DD)
Bobbie B. Fairfax School begins operation; classes at Church of the Redeemer and Eastwood phased out
Eugene Geier House begins operation
Agnes Manney House begins operation
Margaret B. Rost School begins operation; Dyer School closes; classes at Our Lady of Lourdes and Westwood Methodist Church phased out
Robert W. Franks Adult Center begins operation; Western Hills Work Activity Center closes
Dan Tehan House begins operation
Board hires first psychologist
Margaret B. Rost retires as Superintendent after 23 years of service
Thomas H. Kidd appointed Superintendent
Third Mental Retardation Tax Levy (1.34 mills renewal/.58 mill increase) passes with 65.9% of the vote
Orient Developmental Center closes; former Orient residents begin attending adult centers and living in Hamilton County
Second shift added at Beckman Adult Center to handle increased workshop population
Planning for additional adult centers begins
Board hires first Behavior Management Specialist
Contract with Association for Retarded Citizens-Hamilton County (ARC-HC) for Family Resource Services Program (FRSP)
Northside Adult Center begins operation
Contract with Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries Rehabilitation Center, Inc.
Contract with Work & Rehabilitation Centers of Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
State mandate given to provide case management; contract with CCDD for case management services
Contract with RHMR to provide Emergency Residential Service (ERS) and Community Integrated Training and Education (CITE)
Contract with Cincinnati Recreation Commission for therapeutic recreation
Supported Employment Unit begins operation
Evendale Adult Center begins operation
Contract with Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) for Adult Services
Contract with Habilitation Opportunities, Inc. (HOI) for supportive foster care
Fourth Mental Retardation Tax Levy (1.92 mills renewal/.81 mill increase) passes with 66.1% of the vote
Integrated Preschool Program begins
Work and Activity Centers, Inc. of Hamilton County changes name to The General Assembly, Inc.
Contract with University Hospital to provide psychiatric and behavior management services and in-hospital treatment
Supported Living services/supports based on individual choices
Contract with Hamilton County Community Mental Health Board for Forensic Project
Operation of Case Management Services assumed from CCDD
Housing Network of Hamilton County, Inc. begins to purchase houses for individuals with MR/DD
CELEBRATION OF 25 YEARS OF HCBMR/DD COMMUNITY SERVICE
Integrated early childhood and early intervention classes begin at YMCA Child Development Center West in Price Hill
Integrated early childhood and early intervention classes begin at Arlitt Center at the University of Cincinnati
Northside Adult Center receives Demonstration Work Site Grant from Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Employee councils formed at each General Assembly workshop
Agency schools adopt Ohio Early Childhood Curriculum
Housing Network of Hamilton County, Inc. receives The Arc Services Innovation Award
Adult Services receives Ohio Conversion Grant funding
SENIORS (Supported Efforts to Negotiate Integration Opportunities and Resources for Seniors) targets older adults with disabilities
New Mission and Vision statements adopted
Staff Recognition Project recognizes and rewards agency service
Pilot in Family to Family foster care reform plan
Virginia Perin House closes; residents transferred to community living
Early intervention services begin at Duvall Center in Mt. Healthy
Fifth Mental Retardation Tax Levy (2.73 mills replacement levy) passes with 56.9% of the vote
Early intervention services begin at Smith-Flowers Civic Center, Lincoln Heights
Family & Children First Initiative
General Assembly Training Site Grant enables individuals in adult centers to gain experience through volunteer work at non-profit agencies
Early intervention services begin at Carll Street Center in North Fairmount
Several classes at St. Joseph Education Center end, most students move to Fairfax School
Senior Companion Program volunteers begin at agency adult centers
Parent Partner Program at Carll Street Center, North Fairmount and Northside
Preschool classes start at Kemper Heights Elementary School
External Evaluation commissioned to examine contracted operations
Smith/Flowers Center dedicated
Community Resources Department created - replaces Case ManagementServices and Residential Services
Training Department created
Administration of group homes contracted by Toward Independence
Northside Center closes
“Leaders in Action” forms as self advocacy group with 4 members who receive services
Work groups established to oversee development & implementation of Strategic Plan 2000-2004
Housing Network of Hamilton County, Inc. and Catholic Federation for the Mentally Retarded build first accessible home in Hamilton County on Elwynne Avenue in Silverton
Elementary class begins at Hilltop School in Reading School District
Sixth Mental Retardation Tax Levy (2.73 mills renewal levy plus increase of .8 mills) passes with 59.7% of the vote
Housing Network of Hamilton County, Inc. and Catholic Federation for the Mentally Retarded build second accessible home in Hamilton County on North Bend Road in Mt. Airy
Quality Assurance/Training Department created
Elementary class begins at Miamitown Elementary, Southwest School District
First accreditation (3 year) statewide under new ODMRDD regulations received
Thomas H. Kidd retires as Superintendent
Cheryl Phipps appointed Superintendent
Housing Network of Hamilton County, Inc. and Catholic Federation for the Mentally Retarded build third accessible home in Hamilton County in Northside. Home wins Citirama Award.
Quality Assurance/Training Department assumes responsibility for investigation of Major Unusual Incidents from Community Resources
First Annual Report to the public detailing agency status as of 2000
Third elementary class at Mercer Elementary in Forest Hills School District
Swaim Lodge Group develops model for agency-wide single servic coordination
Teams One and Two organized for regional service facilitation
Rost School dedicates Multi-Sensory Environment Room made possible by a $33,382.80 donation from Cheviot-Westwood Kiwanis Club
1st annual Awards Banquet honors significant achievement
Community Ambassadors formed to represent agency at community events
Begin contracting to provide evaluations for up to 200 infants and toddlers with intense medical needs at Children’s Hospital
Additional classroom added at Miamitown Elementary to support intermediate age students
2nd annual Awards Banquet
Commissioners initiate a rigorous Tax Levy Review Committee process
First CARF accreditation – programs deemed outstanding
5-year Ohio Department of MR/DD accreditation received – 1st in state
Fairfax School dedicates Multi-Sensory Environment Room
Regionalization of services in remaining regions finalized
Transition Team formed to assist students in moving to work environment
5th classroom at Amity School in Deer Park for intermediate aged students.
Forest Hills Schools take over operation of the satellite classroom at Mercer Elementary
3rd annual Awards Banquet
Seventh MR/DD Tax Levy passed in November with 62.1% of the vote
Southwest region begins individual budgets
Collaboration with 22 school districts and Help Me Grow to develop the Evaluation, Planning and Assessment Team (EPAT) to evaluate children birth to 2 years old for eligibility
First high school unit opened at Deer Park High School
Implementation of tax levy stipulations began in full force
Self-Determination and person-centered planning celebrates 10th anniversary; history published
Individuals Served Information System (ISIS) Project began
Itinerant Support Team won National Association of Counties (NACO) Award
5th Annual Awards Banquet draws more than 400 participants
Focus of adult centers changed to providing services for individuals with the most severe disabilities
Mobile Work Crews from the adult centers transferred to contract agencies
Housemate matching resulted in 113 individuals who had formerly lived alone being paired with a roommate to meet tax levy stipulations
Supported Employment unit operated by the agency contracted to private providers
Dr. Francis J. Hickey ends eight-year service as a board member
1st Summer Adventures for All Kids Expo
Cheryl Phipps awarded lifetime achievement honor by SWORA
Community Ambassadors Resource Alliance (CARA) forms to raise money and awareness for the special needs of people with disabilities
Community Resources Department renamed “Community Services”
Club Central starts at Northside
Early Retirement Incentive Program (ERIP) completed with 48 retirees
4th Annual Adapted Equipment/Resource Fair
Martin Miller and Scott Harsh join the board
CAFS funding discontinued
Cheryl Phipps elected president of Ohio MR/DD Superintendent’s Association
3rd Annual Health Fair held for individuals with disabilities
Preschool services transferred to Hamilton County Educational Service Center and Cincinnati Public Schools – discontinuation of preschool services provided directly by the agency
Next Chapter Book Clubs begin
Lajuana Miller and Joanne Schreiner leave the board after many years of faithful service
Additional classroom opens in the Deer Park District to support high school students
Dianne Koehler, member of Leaders in Action (LIA), appointed to serve on the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council
Franks celebrates 25 years of service on 3/9/06
3-year CARF re-accreditation received, with more accolades
1st Annual Wheels for Wishes event raises $1,800, draws 200
Linda Kunick, an LIA member, elected President of People First of Ohio
Lindsay Brillhart, MR/DD Advocacy Support staff, elected Secretary of People First of Ohio
ISIS operational, old computer system- CTOS- finally retired
Frederick A. Breyer School closes after 30 years
Speaking Up newsletter became part of the newsletter circulation at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Lynn K. Sundermann ends 12 years of service as a board member
Annual banquet draws more than 400 for 5th year
Arc of Hamilton County celebrates 60 years of service
Individual Budgets available for all
Futures Group starts to move agency to next level of self determination
Rost School celebrates 25 years of service
Megan Sexton named Disney Teacher of the Year
First “Speaking of Women’s Health” all-day session for women with disabilities by grant from National Speaking of Women’s Health organization
New Support Center building purchased at 1520 Madison Road
1st Day Program provider fair held
Department of Community Services begins Community Links program with Joe Erpenbeck as lead (ABCD)
National Association of Counties achievement award received for implementation of self determination
CARA became a nonprofit organization
New satellite starts at Rees E. Price Academy with Cincinnati Public Schools – joining satellites at Amity Elementary in Deer Park, Reading Hilltop Elementary, Deer Park Junior High School, and Miamitown Elementary
Consolidation process from three schools (closing of Breyer) into two schools (Fairfax and Rost) is completed
St. Joseph Home opens new respite center, completes renovations of existing cottages
Web site revised to include expanded information for families, individuals – address changed to www.hamiltonmrdd.org
EPAT worked intensely with Help Me Grow to dramatically reduce county-wide waiting list for Early Intervention services
A student curriculum was developed that supports all aspects of self determination to be used in agency operated schools.
Quality Assurance/MUI/Training Department significantly reorganized nearly all-new staff, Charlie Stenken becomes new director
Michael Rench, Director of Community Services, moves to ODMR/DD;
Marti Estep replaces Michael
Cindi Andrews, Julie Holt and Pat Leary join the board as new members
Support Center moves from Blue Ash to East Walnut Hills
Behavior Support Futures Group initiated
Advocacy Leadership Network (ALN) formed
ALN and Cheryl Phipps deliver keynote address to statewide Arc
Conference on self determination and to PAR on the history of MR/DD services
Activity Supervisors are hired for each adult center to develop appropriate recreation and leisure opportunities.
My Life! My Way! My Choice! Curriculum is written and copyrighted
Wellness for Life Curriculum is developed by agency nurses for use in adult centers
North Star group formed to lead initiative to provide services that are free from unnecessary restraint and seclusion
Classroom for students with autism formed at Fairfax School
Blue Ribbon Group formed, training self advocates how conduct satisfaction interviews with other people receiving services.
Joe Erpenbeck, Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) Coordinator, presents at national TASH conference in Seattle.
Kim Hauck became a member of the Advisory Board for the Special Education Department at the University of Cincinnati.
2nd Wheels for Wishes CARA fundraiser nets about $2,200
2nd Speaking of Women’s Health Day with grant from Speaking of Women’s Health Foundation for women with disabilities
Commissioner David Pepper tours adult center and school; newly-elected Commissioner Greg Hartmann tours
Quality Assurance Department renamed Quality Improvement. Director Charlie Stenken retires. Alice Pavey hired as new director.
10th year anniversary of “Leaders In Action,” advocacy group that now has over 100 active members and many awards and accomplishments
General Assembly, Inc., celebrates 35 years
New members of Tax Levy Review Committee (TLRC) tour Jackson Adult Center
2nd year of staff and individuals’ participation in the Hope & Possibility Walk attached to the Flying Pig Marathon
Collaboration with the Council on Aging begins for a music therapy program using Clavinovas
Peggy Kurz, Director of Adult Services, appointed chair of the State Behavior Support Advisory Committee.
Seven staff and advocates present at “Building A Better Tomorrow” best practices conference in Kansas City
QI/MUI Department combines with Community Services Department; Marti Estep retires and Alice Pavey becomes Director of the combined department, now called Community Services
Peggy Kurz, Director of Adult Services, selected as 2008 Public Administrator of the Year by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), Greater Cincinnati Chapter
Autism Respite program begins, partnering with Ohio Valley Residential Services, Kelly O’Leary Center, Residential Management Systems (RMS) and Arc of Hamilton County.
Agency receives second five-year accreditation from the Ohio Department of MR/DD – first in the state to do so!
Satellite classroom at Miamitown Elementary wins Rooted in Hope award from the Autism Society of Greater Cincinnati.
Cheryl Phipps, Superintendent, receives Kenneth J. Legats Lifetime Achievement Award for Visionary Leadership at the Ohio Association of County Boards of MR/DD annual convention.
Launched a bold and inclusive strategic planning process to identify “What Matters Most” to people with disabilities and their families. Used café conversations and other creative methods to identify five core themes for 2008-2014.
Early Intervention classroom at Carll Street moved to Concordia Church in the central region
The Evaluation Planning and Assessment Team (EPAT) implemented a new eligibility tool called the Battelle
Hamilton County Early Intervention and Help Me Grow was 100% compliant in timely receipt of services (families receiving service they choose) and 95% compliant for the 45 day timeline (evaluation and first IFSP completed).
Itinerant Support Team begins a new initiative with two school districts focusing on the needs of the educational staff as they continue to meet the needs of a changing, challenging student population.
Mrs. Strickland, First Lady of Ohio, visited Support Center
The Transition Team was selected to participate in a pilot with Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence (OCALI). The team included a family member, administrator, transition coordinator and teacher.
Kim Hauck appointed regional representative to Ohio Association for Services to Children (OASC)
3rd annual Speaking of Women’s Health Day
3rd Wheels for Wishes CARA Fundraiser nets about $4,400
7th Annual Agency banquet draws more than 400
CARF survey results in re-accreditation for three more years, with seven exemplaries and an additional 24 strengths noted
People for MR/DD Services formed to oversee levy fundraising
8th Annual Agency Banquet draws record crowd of 425
4th Wheels for Wishes Fundraiser nets more than $3,000
Agency wins three Ohio Public Images awards for “Live! For the MR/DD Levy” fundraising event, redesigned web site, Advocacy in Media Committee of CARA
Agency recognized with Above and Beyond Award for employer support of the National Guard and Military Reservists
8th MR/DD Levy passed in November with 68% of the vote, the highest percentage since 1974.
Agency name changed to Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services in response to legislation passed to “remove the R word” from the names of state agencies.
Agency wins the Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Best Places to Work” Award in the Grand Category for employers with over 600 employees.
Agency holds 9th Annual Awards Banquet with the largest attendance ever.
Agency wins Ohio Public Images awards in the categories of Audio-Visual Productions, Special Event or Public Relations Effort and Self-Advocacy
4th Annual Wheels for Wishes event raises over $4800
Agency named one of the top 10 finalists in Cincinnati Enquirer Best Places to Work
Agency wins three awards from the National Association of Counties (NACO) for Vision 2014, the Co-Occurring Resource Group and the Emergency Preparedness Initiative
Agency wins Public Relations Society of America Blacksmith Award for Levy Campaign and Silver Award for Levy Commercial.
Advocacy Leadership Network members successfully lobby Hamilton County Commissioners and Cincinnati City Council to remove the word “Handicapped” on all new signage. “Accessible” and the universal accessibility logo will be used instead.
Self Advocates Robert Shuemak and Linda Kunick appointed to Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council.
Agency holds 10th Annual Awards Banquet with record attendance of over 500 people.
5th Annual Wheels for Wishes event raises over $5400.
Cheryl Phipps retires as Superintendent. Alice Pavey appointed Superintendent by the Board.
CARF survey results in re-accreditation for three more years
Regional Service Facilitation office combined into one location at Queensgate. Organization change from regional teams to service specific teams (e.g., Children’s team, Multi-Systems team)
Agency wins Ohio Public Image Award for its website redesign. HCDDS nominee Reporter Tony Mirones, of Channel 9 WCPO, won an award for his use of People First Language in “The Comedian is more than a Crippled Girl” story in the summer of 2012. HCDDS nominee Mike LaRosa, of LaRosa’s pizza, won an award as employer of the year.
Leaders In Action participated in local advocacy efforts to promote passage of Medicaid Expansion laws
Agency receives five-year accreditation from Ohio Department of DD.
Agency begins Tax Levy Review process in preparation for a levy campaign in 2014.
Agency completes the Tax Levy Review process and renewal levy is placed on May ballot.
Agency successfully passes renewal Tax Levy with 75.08 percent voter support, the highest percentage since beginning of the tax levy.