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Health & Safety

The health safety and welfare of people we support is our primary concern. Ashtabula County Board of DD takes this role very seriously and have safeguards in place to ensure there is ongoing oversight in provider settings. If you have any concerns about your services at any time, please contact us.

Health and Welfare Alerts

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Infection Control

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Preventative Care

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Preventing Falls

MUI or Major Unusual Incidents

A Major Unusual Incident (MUI) is any alleged, suspected or actual incident that adversely affect the health, safety or welfare of an individual with a disability supported by the Ashtabula County Board of DD. Staff at the Ashtabula County Board of DD take the initial report, ensure immediate actions are in place, investigate the incident, and ensure that a prevention plan is in place. Any alleged incident of criminal nature is turned over to law enforcement for investigation. Ashtabula County Board of DD has law enforcement from the Ashtabula County Sheriff's Department's office at our offices to ensure coordination between our investigations. MUIs can be reported to Ashtabula County Board of DD by staff, individuals with disabilities, families, providers or the general public a variety of ways, including the after hours MUI reporting number.

Provider Compliance

Provider compliance reviews ensure that providers meet the requirements set out by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities (DODD). Reviews are conducted by the DODD and take place at the end of the provider's term license or at least once every five years. Reviews can also be initiated or as needed.


For more information regarding compliance visit the compliance review protocol page of the DODD's site.

QARN, or Quality Assessment Registered Nurse

Under the guidelines of Ohio Revised Code, the Ashtabula County Board of DD contracts with (NEON) North East Ohio Network to conduct quality assessment reviews of all activities related to administering prescribed medications, performing health-related activities, or performing tube feedings by private providers caring for individuals with specific medical needs. This oversight helps to ensure that best practices are followed during these health-related activities and individuals' safety is the top priority. Quality assessment reviews must be conducted at least once every three years, or as needed.

Continued Coordination of Services and Monitoring

Service and Support Administrators (SSAs) are responsible for the ongoing coordination and monitoring of individual's ISP. They use person-centered planning to develop, review and revise an individual's service plan as well as gauge progress toward desired outcomes outlined in the ISP. Review and revise the individual service plan at least every twelve months or more frequently if necessary.

Emergency Preparedness Guide

Be prepared; people who are prepared for emergencies usually stay safer when something happens; have a personal or family plan that includes additional support that you may need during an emergency.


See additional information on the following:

Readiness Checklist: Emergency Plan for Home

Important People and Papers

Emergency Preparedness Contact List

How to Prepare for an Emergency

Build an Emergency Kit

Ashtabula County Emergency Management Agency