Partnership for Employment First

The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, in partnership with Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities agency, continues a statewide initiative to expand community employment services for people with developmental disabilities. This opportunity allows the state to maximize resources to support more people on their path to community employment, build system capacity, and strengthen the relationship between the developmental disability and vocational rehabilitation systems in Ohio.

Presentation: Employment First Partnership

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The Employment First Partnership between DODD and OOD will be adding five additional counselors for FFY17 starting in October, 2016. This will allow for an additional 300 individuals to receive services. This will highlight the already outstanding work being done through the DODD-OOD partnership Congratulations to all of our partners making a huge difference in the lives of so many people!

View more information in the Employment First partnership update


The link below provides an overview of the first year of the EF Partnership including key metrics and goals for enhancing the Partnership in its second year.


OOD-DODD Joint Guidance

Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities (OOD) and the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD) have developed joint guidance for both County Boards of Developmental Disabilities and Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) staff about the referral process for vocational rehabilitation services for individuals with developmental disabilities.

This document provides guidance on: how to utilize vocational rehabilitation & HCBS waiver funding for employment services, when to refer an individual to OOD, and what information to include in the referral packet to OOD to expedite eligibility.

Want to become an Employment First Partnership Provider?

Current DODD Waiver Providers, click here

Current CARF accredited CRPs, click here

EF Partnership Regional Map and Contact Information

Statewide Map of EF Regions FFY '17: click here

Statewide Map of Referral Allocations and Regions FFY '16: click here

Contact Information for Employment First Regions FFY '16: click here

Frequently Asked Questions

Employment First Partnership FAQ