Family Support Services

Helping Family Caregivers


Family Support Services



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.

Who to call?

Early Intervention participants may receive an information/application packet from an Early Intervention 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.

Families are encouraged to use funds for necessities only…other families may need them more and there is a fixed amount of money.


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, including waivers.


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