New Focus on Service Delivery

1980

Ohio rang in the new decade with the opening of the Youngstown Developmental Center, serving Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, and Trumbull counties. At the state level, in an effort to improve service delivery for people with developmental disabilities, Ohio separated the Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation into two cabinet-level departments: the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio…

Support Organizations Fill Need

1983

In 1983, the Ohio Association of County Boards of Developmental Disabilities (OACB) was created to support the state’s 88 county boards by providing information, continuing education, and legislative advocacy. The association would begin formal operations the following year with 53 of Ohio’s County Boards as charter members. By the end of the decade, all 88 of Ohio’s County Boards were…

The March for Rights in Ohio

1986

In 1986, Gov. Richard Celeste signed Amended Substitute Senate Bill 322, the MR/DD Reform Bill, creating a Bill of Rights for people with developmental disabilities and strengthening the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities’ powers to fight abuse and mismanagement in community residences. The bill expanded funds for improvements in case management; allowed for reforms in residential development,…

Productive, Self-Directed Lives

1987

In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated March as National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. The month focuses awareness on the potential of citizens with developmental disabilities to work, contribute, and enjoy typical lives, and asking Americans to provide the “encouragement and opportunities” vital for them to reach their full potential. Programs supporting employment opportunities and inclusion into the community began to develop…