Administrative Rule


Employment First Administrative Rule (5123: 2-2-05)

  • Community Employment is competitive employment that takes place in an integrated setting
  • Every individual of working age will have a person-centered planning process to identify their desired employment outcome and their place on the path to community employment
  • Services and supports will be provided to help the individual move along the path to community employment
  • County boards are required to develop and implement an Employment First policy, set benchmarks to increase community employment outcomes, partner with schools and other community agencies to support individuals to obtain community employment, share information with individuals, families, schools, employers, providers and others in the community about Medicaid Buy-In, and collect employment data on individuals served.
  • Providers are required to submit progress reports at least every 12 months to ensure the individual is moving along the path to community employment and collect employment data on individuals served

County Board Requirements

Ohio's 88 county boards of developmental disabilities provide or arrange for an array of comprehensive services to the state’s more than 90,000 individuals with developmental disabilities. These services include service and support administration, and often include additional services such as residential services, early childhood services, educational service, family support services, job training and employment services. Employment First requires all county boards to implement an Employment First policy, and implement a plan that sets benchmarks and strategies to implement EF services and supports.