Board of Developmental Disabilities asking for levy renewal

(Posted June 20, 2019)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Madison County Board of Developmental Disabilities (MCBDD) is placing a renewal levy on the Nov. 5 general election ballot.

The board is asking voters to renew the existing 1.3-mill levy for another five years. The current levy expires at the end of 2020. The levy generates approximately $1 million per year for operating expenses.

MCBDD serves approximately 400 people with disabilities in Madison County. The agency’s services are available to children and adults.

“If you have a disability, we cover you from the day you are born to the day you pass away,” said Susan Thompson, superintendent.

Among the services MCBDD provides are early intervention for children ages 0 to 2 years old, preschool education, nursing, transportation, recreational opportunities (including Special Olympics), and service coordination.

The agency employs 10 case workers, each of whom works one-on-one with individuals with disabilities. The case workers write service plans for each individual, mapping out their needs in a variety of categories, from residential support and medication to day programs and leisure activities. They then monitor the implementation of the plans to make sure clients are well served.

The agency’s mission is to “foster the abilities and dreams of people with developmental disabilities.” It does so by helping people to live, learn and work in the community, supporting parents and family members with life-long services where needed, and maintaining strong partnerships with other service providers.

MCBDD is governed by a seven-member board: Ted Slanker, president; Shauna Good, vice president; Jamie Todd, recording secretary; Sherry Baldwin, Khrista Eades, Melissa Ridenour and Cyndi Stout. The board meets the third Thursday of each month (except June and July) at 4 p.m. in the administrative office, 500 Elm St., London. Meetings are open to the public.

Contact Susan Thompson at (740) 852-7050 or for details about the levy, services or governing board.

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