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Summit DD Investigative Agent, Danielle Smith

Staff Spotlight: Investigative Agent Danielle Smith

We would like to welcome Danielle Smith as our newest Investigative Agent! Danielle comes to us from the Stark County Courts where she has served as an Investigator and Pre-Sentence Services Supervisor for the past 10 years. Danielle has also worked as probationary officer in Stark County, as a police officer for the Dalton Police Department, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Studies from Kent State.

“My journey to the MUI Dept./IA position is a personal and professional one. It’s one where I thought my education, background and experience would match the agency’s needs,” shared Smith. “But also on a personal side, one where I can further grow and embrace my love for working with people of all abilities.”

Danielle will bring unique investigative experience to our team and we are excited to have her on board.

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Staffing Crisis and MUI

The staffing crisis is impacting DSP recruitment and retention throughout the state of Ohio. We certainly understand that this can make it difficult for you to provide high quality services to those we both serve. We also know that providers have concerns about how short staffing situations could relate to MUIs. Here are some general guidelines to help.

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Timely Cooperation During MUI Investigations

Timely Cooperation from Providers During MUI Investigations

Providers and Summit DD MUI Staff are partners in the MUI process. Timely cooperation and communication are important to the MUI investigative process and ensuring health and welfare. Delays in providing IAs with requested documentation, staff contact info, or other important details can slow the process and keep us from supporting the person served through the MUI process. Below are helpful reminders to ensure a smooth and timely MUI process. Read More ›

Annual MUI Analysis

Each year, every provider (agency and independent) is required to conduct an in-depth review and analysis of all MUIs that occurred during the previous calendar year. (See section 5123-17-02(L) of the MUI Rule.) The purpose of this analysis is to identify agency-wide and individual-specific MUI trends or patterns, and to develop action plans to address any trends. Get the details and tools you need to send in your Annual Analysis. Read More ›

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