a graphic with blue and white. It says Waiting List Wednesdays, and has the Hamilton County DD Services logo, which is two intertwined letter Ds, and is blue and yellow
Jul 11, 2018
Ohio’s waiver waiting list rule has changed. Join us for an in-person information session where you’ll learn what’s changing and how the new rule will affect you.
a young mom with brunette hair sits with her 3 year old son who has down syndrome and their developmental specialist, who is a young woman with blonde hair
Jul 3, 2018
The Schroeder family enjoys celebrating each milestone with their son Ian, who has Down syndrome. The HCDDS Early Intervention team worked with Ian and his family to achieve goals and see his development progress.
Jun 7, 2018
A collaboration among HCDDS, the Clermont County Board of DD and Envision recently was awarded a state grant to offer therapeutic respite and intensive in-home supports.
May 31, 2018
Summer means school is out and it’s time to find activities for kids. This article lists area summer camps and recreation classes or children and young adults.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich at a table with a small robot named Milo. Milo is blue and yellow and helps kids with autism
May 24, 2018
Gov. John Kasich signed the Technology First executive order today making Ohio the first state in the country to place an emphasis on expanding access to technology for people with developmental disabilities.
May 9, 2018
Our 2017 Report to the Community is now available. This year's report provides an overview of many of the ways we support people, highlights some of our major accomplishments last year, and shares stories from throughout the year.
May 1, 2018
After May 6 Marcia Storm will be a Squealer, joining the elite club of people who completed 10 full Flying Pig Marathons. These 26.2 miles mark her 15th year participating in the Flying Pig, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.
Apr 16, 2018
Earlier this month, Hamilton County DD Services presented Springfield Township Police Criminal Investigations Section with the Outstanding Community Partner Award at the Springfield Township Trustee Meeting.
In the radio studio, from left to right; host Dan Hurley, Holly Watson, Kimi Remenyi, Amanda Stegall and Bree Moss
Apr 9, 2018
Today we discussed Project CARE on “Cincinnati Edition,” a local radio show. This collaborative provides comprehensive intervention and prevention services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities who have experienced abuse.
David and Linda Walters sitting on a couch. David has his arm around Linda.
Mar 28, 2018
In some ways, it’s a typical love story—boy meets girl and they fall in love. However, David and Linda Walters followed a somewhat different path to a marriage that’s lasted 23 years.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Mar 13, 2018
Tonight the Board passed a resolution affirming its commitment to support school districts in their mandate to educate students with disabilities while continuing to provide a safety net of services and supports for students with the most complex needs.
Advocate Robert Shuemak on the left, talking with Brandy Jones, on the right, director of external affairs.
Feb 22, 2018
This week we debuted episode two of a new three-part web series called "How I See It." It's hosted by advocate Robert Shuemak and focuses on accessible technology.
Nestor Melnyk, president of our Board
Feb 14, 2018
Nestor Melnyk, president of our Board, was recently elected president of the board of trustees of the Ohio Association of County Boards of DD.
New Board Members, Dr. Tasha Faruqui on the left and Deana Taylor on the right
Jan 11, 2018
We'd like to welcome Dr. Tasha Faruqui and Deana Taylor to the Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities.
Ken smiles on his yellow bicycle. His riding partners Kayla and Peter are to the right and left of Ken, respectively. The left side has the HCDDS logo. The bottom has a blue stripe with white letters that say 2018 Annual Plan Goals
Jan 9, 2018
You can now download a copy of our 2018 Annual Plan.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Dec 21, 2017
As 2017 comes to a close and we look forward to the year ahead, I’d like to highlight the great work we’ve accomplished as an agency this year and consider how we can build on this year’s success in the future.
a photo of the four HCDDS Superintendents -- Margaret Rost, Tom Kidd, Cheryl Phipps and Alice Pavey. It has text on a gray background that says 50 years, 50 HCDDS facts
Dec 7, 2017
This month we kicked off our campaign honoring the past 50 years of County Boards of DD history. We searched our archives to come up with 50 facts celebrating the history of Hamilton County DD Services.
On a white background with light blue going up the left side and black across the bottom the works 2017 school update are written in the middle. The HCDDS logo is in the lower right corner.
Nov 14, 2017
Thank you to everyone who participated in the school stakeholder conversations this fall. We know that not everyone was able to make it to those conversations, so we've made that presentation and participation available to everyone here.
On the left is Keya Curtis and on the right is Holly Watson.  They are sitting close together at a table smiling.
Nov 8, 2017
Keya Curtis is a Project CARE self-advocate who uses her personal experience overcoming trauma to support other women with disabilities and teach empowerment skills.
Sam smiles and puts his arm around his friend Zahara, who is in a stander with large wheels. The left side features a white circle with a blue outline, and the words Supporting Sam and Zahara and thousands of children in the community.
Oct 10, 2017
Sam and Zahara, both students at Margaret B. Rost School, are featured on our billboards this year.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Sep 30, 2017
In June we began a community-wide conversation about how we support students with developmental disabilities, including those who attend HCDDS-operated schools. We're now expanding this conversation as we enter the fall.
The picture says National Preparedness Month, 2017, Disasters don't plan ahead. You can. There are four symbols; a first aid kit, a flashlight and batters, a piggy bank and a radio.
Sep 3, 2017
September is National Preparedness Month. This year’s theme is “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can.”
A man holding an iPad in his lap using the HCDDS provider search. The HCDDS logo is in the upper right corner.
Aug 1, 2017
This week we officially launched our new provider search tool, which has new features including searching by geographic location and functionality on smartphones. It also includes a "wizard" to help narrow down potential providers.
A photo collage with images of people with developmental disabilities
Jul 17, 2017
This year marks the 50-year anniversary of Ohio’s county boards of developmental disabilities, including our agency. Throughout the rest of 2017, we’ll be celebrating our long history as we remember our past and look forward to our future.
A man handing a basketball to a young girl with developmental disabilities
Jul 5, 2017
If you're looking to make the most out of the rest of the summer, many places in Cincinnati and Ohio have inclusive and accessible activities, and a few special events are planned for mid-July.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Jun 23, 2017
We believe it's important for people to advocate for themselves and the issues they care about - and there's no better time than now to make your voice heard. Both the House and Senate versions of the American Health Care Act would have devastating effects on people with DD in our community.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
May 2, 2017
To proactively position ourselves to continue to provide the highest quality services and supports while responding to ongoing changes within Ohio’s DD system, HCDDS is hosting community conversations for families.
A woman helping an individual with developmental disabilities stand for a picture
Apr 3, 2017
Our 2016 Report to the Community gives an overview of how we support people, shares specific work we did to improve last year, and highlights a few stories to give you a window into the lives of people we serve. You can view the report here.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Mar 3, 2017
Last May we began a formal process to find a provider to operate our three adult centers. That process is now complete. Beginning May 1, operation of Beckman, Franks, and Kidd adult centers will become the full responsibility of Active Day.
Stephen J. Jones in a grey v-neck sweater with a yellow collared shirt.
Jan 11, 2017
Stephen J. Jones was recently appointed to the Board of Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services (HCDDS) by Hamilton County Commissioners.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Dec 29, 2016
As 2016 draws to a close, I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on the past year. Our system of supporting individuals with developmental disabilities continues to undergo major changes to the traditional way services have been delivered for the past 40 years.
The words HCDDS News with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue and gray background.
Dec 6, 2016
Individuals enrolled in a Home and Community-Based Services waiver may choose to enroll in managed care instead of the traditional fee-for-service program, but enrollment is 100% optional.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Oct 21, 2016
I want to update you on the ongoing process to select a provider who will operate our three adult centers. Unfortunately, this process has taken longer than we hoped, and we are not yet able to announce the chosen provider.
Several individuals with developmental disabilites singing on stage
Oct 19, 2016
Starting Oct. 24, music will fill the air at our Northside facility as Melodic Connections, Cincinnati’s only non­profit music therapy organization, relocates to our building for a few months after their studio was damaged by a flood.
The words HCDDS News with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo in a background of several shades of blue
Oct 17, 2016
Advocate Diana Mairose wrote a column to help keep people with disabilities informed of their rights when it comes to voting in elections.
A picture of the superintendent, Alice Pavey, with the words From the Superintendent with the Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities logo on a blue background.
Aug 23, 2016
As promised, we want to update you on the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) process to have a provider operate our three adult centers. In late July, REM Ohio/Mentor Network, Person Centered Services and Active Day submitted statements.
A picture of a young woman showing her cell phone screen to a senior woman
Aug 8, 2016

The new MUI Reporting Hotline is active and allows staff, providers, and/or others to report an MUI through a voicemail system. There is also an option to speak with a HCDDS staff if immediate assistance is needed 24 hours a day/7 days per week. 

Four bubbles containing information about the $74 million local levy revenue. The first bubble says 76% of the agency's total annual budget comes from the tax levy. The second bubble says five-year Property Tax Levy last passed in may 2014 with 75% of the vote. The third bubble says Hamilton County voters have supported this levy since it began in 1974. The final bubble says $40 million of levy funds are used to access additional federal funds for Medicaid Waivers. The Hamilton County Developmental Disabilites services logo is at the top on a light yellow background.
Feb 22, 2016

Ever wonder how your tax dollars help people with developmental disabilities in Hamilton County? Our infographic and video help explain.