Provider Trainings Now Available!

Everyone deserves high-quality services and the best care so they can achieve their life goals and dreams. As we work toward our long-range goals of increasing provider support and ensuring quality supports in the community, Summit DD is offering trainings to support our service providers in our community so they can provide those high-quality services to people of all abilities.

Throughout the year, Summit DD will be offering Initial Eight Hour Provider Certification Training, Renewal Provider Certification, Physical/Psychological Management training (PMT) and American Red Cross First Aid and CPR.

Initial Eight Hour Provider Certification for new agency and independent providers, as well as Renewal Provider Certification (needed every 3 years) for established agency and independent providers are required by the state of Ohio. Full details on the certification process can be found here.

“We believe in our providers and we want the providers’ performance to be of the highest quality,” explained Summit DD’s Provider Relations Manager Carolyn Akakpo on why Summit DD is offering these trainings. “We also want the persons served to achieve outcomes in a very person centered manner.”

Barb Jones, Summit DD Quality Assurance Manager, added that these trainings will allow for Summit DD to connect with providers even more.

“We want to maintain a strong collaborative relationship with our providers and continue to help them utilize resources available as well as develop new resources so they can provide the best services for every individual we support,” Jones continued. “We are also planning to work more with providers to expand supports beyond training.”

Summit DD will be developing more trainings and webinars throughout the year to help fill any gaps in information and resources needed in an effort to help providers succeed in our community. Orientations for those interested in becoming providers as well as newly certified providers are offered by Summit DD year-round, as well.

The Agency has created an easier way for providers to submit questions, concerns and other inquires. Providers can use the support line: 330-634-8110 or email

Initial Certification, Renewal Certification, PMT and orientation classes are free and open to all providers. There is a $27 fee for the American Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification. Payment of cash of check (made out to Summit DD) is required the day of the training.

Registration is required to attend these trainings and orientations. Visit our events calendar to view upcoming training and orientation dates as well as registration information.

Have more questions?  Please contact us!

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