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The Ohio Department of Developmental disabilities (DODD) certifies independent providers of services. A person is prohibited from providing any service until certification is applied for and obtained from DODD.

Requirements for Certification

The independent provider must:

    • Be at least 18 years of age.
    • Have a valid social security number.
    • Have the ability to read, write, and understand English.
    • Have a high school diploma or GED certificate.

See Rule 5123-2-09

Tips for Completing Your Application:
    • A birth certificate is a required document and will need to be submitted.
    • It is recommended that applicants first gather all documents (except the BCII background check) prior to completing the application.
    • Once your fee has been paid, you will have 30 days to submit all of your required documentation.


Steps for Certification

STEP 1: Complete DODD’s Initial Overview (Orientation for Independent Providers) online training.

This training for independent providers is required for certification.

Initial Overview Online Training

STEP 2: Gather required documents and non-refundable application fee.

The non-refundable application fee is $125. A First Aid certification, CPR certification, and eight hours of Direct Service Provider Training for Initial Certification are required in addition to some other documents.

List of Required Documents

*Required documents may vary based on the service certifications requested.

STEP 3: Submit application, supporting documentation, and non-refundable application fee.

After submitting the application fee, you have 30 days to submit all of the required documentation. You will receive a user name and password to use Provider Services Management (PSM) to start a provider application.

Provider Services Management

Follow the instructions to obtain an NPI as part of a CMS requirement



Courtney Jordan
MCBDD Provider Relations Specialist
330-725-7751 ext. 130

DODD Provider Certification
1-800-617-6733 option 5

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