In 1967, County Boards of Developmental Disabilities were established by the Ohio state legislature to provide supports and services to individuals with developmental disabilities. The Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DCBDD) has always led the way, and is committed to supporting individuals with developmental disabilities so they can achieve full inclusion to live, learn, play, work, and participate in their communities.

In 1990, Delaware County was the first county in Ohio to remove the words “mental retardation” from our name. Senate Bill 79, a law which changed the names of the county boards and state level cabinet removing “mental retardation” from their names, wasn’t signed for 19 more years in 2009.

Delaware County also led the way in self-determination, the belief that individuals and families should have choice and control over the services they receive and who provides those services. In 1997, Delaware County was one of four counties to participate in a national self-determination project that was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. By the end of the four-year grant, Delaware County fully adopted this empowering approach to long-term care. All clients receiving service began to receive individual plans and budgets with a free choice of providers and DCBDD moved from being a direct service provider to providing “conflict-free case management.” This model is still how DCBDD operates today.

Today, Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities serves more than 2,300 individuals and their families in our community.