Independent Providers

Independent Provider Header_Christina-SeilerHow to Become an Independent Provider

What is an Independent Provider? An independent provider is a self-employed person who directly provides services to people with developmental disabilities. They cannot employ someone else to provide services on their behalf.

Basic Requirements:

Providers must:

  • be certified through Ohio’s Department of Developmental Disabilities
  • be 18 years or order
  • have a valid social security number
  • have a government-issued photo ID
  • have a GED or high school diploma
  • be able to read, write and understand English at a sufficient level (set forth in administrative rules)
  • hold a valid American Red Cross (or equivalent) certification in First Aid and CPR

How to apply: Get details on requirements, application and training needed to become a certified Independent Provider at DODD’s website.

Need additional assistance?

If you have any questions about being a provider or would like assistance with the application process, feel free to reach out to Summit DD’s Provider Relation Team at 330-634-8110 or by e-mailing