TuscBDD recognized by State of Ohio

TuscBDD recognized by State of Ohio

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At the October regularly scheduled board meeting for the Tuscarawas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, the board recognized the earning of a three-year state accreditation award — the highest possible award that is granted by the State of Ohio — and a Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports Gold Award, the highest possible award that is granted by the Ohio PBIS Network and Ohio Department of Education State Support Team.

Accreditation reviews are conducted by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities to ensure county boards meet accreditation standards. Based on the results of an accreditation review, a county board is awarded an accreditation from one to three years. Ohio’s PBIS Recognition System provides an opportunity for schools and districts to be recognized for creating school environments that are positive, predictable, safe and equitable. Schools are eligible to receive awards at the bronze, silver or gold levels of distinction.

At the beginning of the state accreditation, TuscBDD employees presented the reviewers with stories and videos to convey TuscBDD priorities.

“At the entrance presentation, TuscBDD employees shared videos and stories that documented the experiences of several people in the community and highlighted TuscBDD’s commitment to technology, education, and innovative and quality services for people living with developmental disabilities in Tuscarawas County,” said Kerri Silverthorn, TuscBDD community relations/special project director.

TuscBDD’s accreditation review continued with an analysis of documentation, individual interviews, human resource files, the agency strategic plan and advocacy efforts.

“The entire TuscBDD team is dedicated to serving people with developmental disabilities in our community,” said Nate Kamban, TuscBDD superintendent. “The team worked hard to show the state what we are all about and how much we care about the people we serve, and I can’t thank our creative and talented team enough.”

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 22 at 5:30 p.m. Visit www.tuscbdd.org.