County Board Hosts Provider Training

DSPaths Graduates

For families receiving county board services, finding a qualified, capable provider is often a challenge. Training to provide direct care services is minimal, and staff employed through an agency are often paid little above minimum wage. While there are many providers in the field who have a passion for working with people with developmental disabilities, such low compensation becomes a barrier to viewing this line of work as a profession, and makes investment in additional education or training virtually impossible. 

In order to address the issue of quality service delivery, PCBDD hosted a DSPaths training, which was open to all providers in Pickaway County.  DSPaths is a credentialing program conducted by the Ohio Alliance of Direct Support Professionals, and is based on a code of ethics which begins with the statement, “As a Direct Support Professional, my first allegiance is to the person I support; all other activities and functions I perform flow from this allegiance.” While the program offers three tiered levels of certification, PCBDD is initially hosting the Basic Training, which is a 30-hour course covering topic modules such as an overview and history of developmental disabilities, training on providing personal care with dignity, and individual service planning and self-advocacy. 

While there is a minimal cost to training, enrollment expenses were covered entirely by a scholarship program. In order to further incentivize the first round of candidates, the County Board offered a stipend for staff time. Ten enthusiastic and motivated direct service providers completed the training, and the County Board hopes to host additional trainings in the future. Superintendent Mike Pelcic stressed the importance of investing in the people providing front-line services for individuals enrolled with the County Board, and shared his vision that Pickaway County will someday have the most educated and well-trained staff in the state.

Congratulations to CIP Graduates

Alexa VanGundy – Good Hands Supported Living
Janet Harter – Independent Provider
Michelle Sturgill – Independent Provider
Joe Poling – Goodwill Industries
Marjorie Barker – Goodwill Industries
Paula Monroe – Pickaway Diversified, Inc.
Stephanie Smith – Person Centered Services, Inc.
Theresa Dodd – Pickaway Diversified, Inc.

Good Life Graduates

The Good Life Network (GLN) is a training and professional development program conceptualized and founded by Willie Jones and Pete Moore in 2011. Pete and Willie teamed up to create an extensive “train the trainer” program to expand the Good Life Network into various counties throughout the state. We are proud to have two Good Life Trainers with our Pickaway County staff: Amanda Knotts and Bryston Lee. Amanda and Bryston offer Good Life classes throughout the year for people who are interested. Staff find these classes motivating, eye-opening, and extremely engaging!  

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Link to SOCOG

Pickaway County Board of Developmental Disabilities is a member of the Southern Ohio Council of Governments, or SOCOG. The Southern Ohio Council of Governments was formed in March 1996 and began services in March 1997. The council was created by Superintendents of county boards of developmental disabilities in southern Ohio. The council is a government entity created under Chapter 167 of the Ohio Revised Code, representing 15 county boards of developmental disabilities. The council provides administrative supports for county boards in Ross, Pike, Scioto, Pickaway, Adams, Brown, Clinton, Highland, Athens, Vinton, Jackson, Lawrence, Meigs, Fayette, and Gallia Counties.

The council’s primary focus is in the areas of quality assurance, provider compliance, investigative services and residential administration of waivers and supported living.

To visit SOCOG’s website, click here: http://www.socog.org/

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The county board provides cpr/aed/first aid certification on a quarterly basis.  The training is American Red Cross Certified.  If you are becoming a provider for the first time the county board will reimburse you for the cost of the class.  If you need to be recertifed you will be responsible for the cost of the training.  For more information or to learn about upcoming trainings email John Joyce at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



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