Agency Providers

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An agency provider is and entity that employs a one or more people for the purpose of providing services to individuals with developmental disabilities.

Documents Needed

Agency providers must apply for certification through the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities provider certification wizard.  You can create a user-account here.

Having the following documents accessible will be helpful to agency providers preparing to apply for initial certification:
  • Verification of age: All provider applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
  • High School Diploma/GED: Except for persons who held provider certification or who were employed by a certified agency provider on September 30, 2009.
  • State Identification: Valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification
  • Social Security Card: A copy is required to be submitted with your application
  • Current report from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII).  Contact us to refer you to local organizations that offer BCII and FBI criminal background checks. A list of organizations that offer Web Check for civilian and FBI checks also can be found on the Ohio Attorney General’s website.
  • Certification from the Secretary of State verifying your agency.
  • Letter from the IRS verifying your Tax Identification Number.
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college. Four years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities can be used in lieu of a degree.
  •  Proof of experience. One year of paid, full-time​ work experience in the provision of services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the areas of supervision of staff; personnel matters; financial management; and supervision of services​

We understand that the certification process can be overwhelming and are here to help.  Check out our handy frequently asked questions and if you still have questions contact us.