Opening Doors to Services
Functions of Service and Support Administration
- Determining eligibility for county board services
- Maintain waiting lists for services provided or administered by the county board
- Provide information and referral
- Coordinate crisis/emergency intervention
- Function as single point of accountability for individuals who receive service and support administration
Issues of eligibility for services provided or administered by the county board are handled by the SSA Department. The SSA Department receives referrals, gathers necessary information, arranges for assessments, presents results to the agency eligibility committee, refers eligible individuals for county board services, and informs those not eligible for board services about other available options.
Separate waiting lists are maintained for each source of funding for residential services and supports. Waiting list assessments can be obtained by contacting the SSA office. Specific questions will be referred to a staff member within the Service and Support Administration department.
Information and Referral
Anyone living in Lorain County is eligible to access information through the SSA department. This is often the first step to finding “key” solutions to questions or problems involving people with disabilities.
Crisis Intervention and Assessment
With concerns, call (440) 324-2366 between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. Monday through Friday.
Employment First Notification
A list of resources and programs that support community employment and help individuals with developmental disabilities to explore work opportunities and to evaluate how having earned income will impact their life/benefits.
The following functions are performed by SSAs functioning as the single point of accountability for specific individuals: assess needs; develop and modify individual service plans; establish individual budgets for county board-funded services; assist individuals to choose service providers; monitor services delivered by contracted providers; and ensure that services are continuously appropriate, delivered in accordance with the individual plan, and effectively coordinated on a day-to-day basis.