Business Name: Residential Home for the
Developmentally Disabled, Inc.
Executive Director: Lisa Reed
RHDD Board Members: Jody Bowman, President
Russ Fehrman, Vice President
Shala Zemba, Secretary
Tonya Tullius, Treasurer
James F Nelson
RHDD, a not-for-profit 503(c) corporation, was established in 1976 by a group of concerned Coshocton County citizens to provide services to adults with developmental disabilities. We began with a single group home in Conesville. Twelve local residents, who previously resided in large state institutions were able to move back to Coshocton County to be closer to their families.
Shortly after the original group home in Conesville was made operational, a second group home was developed. Today, most of the original individuals in the Conesville group home have progressed to living in their own apartments, designed for their own specific needs, with assistance supplied by RHDD.
In the mid-eighties, RHDD participated in a pilot project now known as “Supported Living”. This project was completely new to the State of Ohio and was geared toward aiding people with developmental disabilities to live independently in their local communities with assistance from paid staff.
The Supported Living project was a great success and became operational Statewide. This afforded RHDD the opportunity to branch into Counties outside of our original scope. Being a Coshocton based organization, this was a big step. Our first move was to Holmes County. Followed shortly thereafter by Muskingum County then Athens, Washington and Morgan Counties.
Supported Living was found to be less than an economical system and was soon to be largely replaced by the Medicaid Waiver System which is still operational today. The original Medicaid Waiver that RHDD was certified to provide, was the “OBRA” Waiver. This was initiated in the late eighties and early nineties. The “Individual Options” or IO Waiver replaced the OBRA waiver and is still operational today.
The introduction of the Medicaid waiver system offered several advantages to enrollees that would otherwise be unavailable through Supported Living alone. Participants were offered Adult Day Services, transportation, respite opportunities and a wide variety of other ancillary services that truly enhanced their quality of life.
In true RHDD fashion, we were a forerunner in becoming certified to provide services outside the typical scope of a residential provider. This type of forward thinking sets RHDD apart. Because of our ability to remain on the cutting edge of the developmental disabilities field, RHDD shall continue to be successful well into our future for generations to come.