Family Support Services

Helping Family Caregivers


Family Support Services assists a family who keeps at home a family member who has a developmental disability. The program promotes the unity of the family by assisting it to meet the special needs of the individual.

Who is eligible?

A family is eligible for family support services if it includes a family member who resides at home and is eligible to receive services through the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Copayment Schedules

Some families may be required to pay a portion of the costs of items/services covered through the Family Support Services (FSS) Program.

The copayment schedule for a family will be based on the family’s federal taxable income, as certified by signature.

The percentage that the family must pay is identified in the following schedules:

FSS Cost Sharing Schedule [applies only when the eligible family member is on a Medicaid waiver (i.e.- IO Waiver, Level I Waiver, and Self Waiver )]

Income                                                               Co-pay for Goods and Services

$27,258 or LESS                                                                 0%

$27,259 to $37,759                                                            10%

$37,760 to $48,260                                                            30%

$48,261 to $62,261                                                            50%

$62,262 to $79,762                                                            75%

$79,763 and OVER                                                          100%

FSS Cost Sharing Schedule [applies only when the eligible family member is NOT on a Medicaid waiver]

Income                                                               Co-pay for Goods and Services

$48,260 or LESS                                                                 0%

$48,261 to $62,261                                                            10%

$62,262 to $79,762                                                            30%

$79,763 to $99,999                                                            50%

$100,000 to $125,000                                                        75%

$125,001 and OVER                                                        100%


Who to call?

Early Intervention participants may receive an application packet from a Developmental Specialist through Murray Ridge School — 440-284-3655.

All other families contact the Intake Coordinator at LCBDD Service and Support Administration offices — 440-324-2366 or 440-233-4600.


Based on the family’s request and assessed needs of the individual/family, services available through the program may include:

Respite Care:  Financial assistance for relief from daily care of an eligible family member, either in the family home, the caregiver’s home, or an approved respite facility.  Requests range from a few hours, a full day, a scheduled vacation or assistance in an emergency.

Special Equipment: Financial and technical assistance toward the purchase of special equipment for an eligible family member.

Home Modifications: Financial assistance toward the installation costs of ramps, doorways and other modifications to help an eligible family member with daily activities.

Special Diets: Financial and professional assistance toward the use of special dietary preparations or supplements as prescribed by a physician or qualified dietitian.

Counseling, Training, and Education: Support services that meet special needs to help family members provide the proper care for an individual with a disability.

Therapy: Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapy for eligible children under three years of age upon recommendation by a physician.

Diapers: Diapers/wipes and/or underpads due to special needs of individuals five years of age or older.


Request for services is initiated by the family.

Request will be approved if funds and services are available and consistent with the Board’s Family Support Services plan and philosophy.

Family allocation can be accessed each quarter.

Families reapply at the beginning of each fiscal year for continuation of funding.

If the needs of the family change, a new application is submitted.

Families must verify that they have exhausted all other funding prior to requesting Family Support Services funding.


The selection of providers is the responsibility of each family. When using a family selected provider, the family will sign a waiver assuming responsibility that the health and safety needs of the individual will be met and that no liability will be incurred by the Board.

Due Process

In addition to rights otherwise guaranteed by state and federal law, Ohio guarantees all applicants or service recipients the right to appeal with regard to eligibility determination, arranging appropriate services, and any denial, reduction, or termination of services by the Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Contact Information

Family Support Services Coordinator

Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities

1091 Infirmary Road

Elyria, Ohio 44035-4805

Telephone: 440-329-3734

Murray Ridge Center
Lorain County Board of Developmental Disabilities Offices
1091 Infirmary Road
Elyria, OH 44035
(440) 329-3734
(440) 322-2683 fax