MAHONING COUNTY MRDD Fast facts
The county board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities serves more than 1,000 clients, including 600 in adult services. Here are some facts about the MRDD program.
2002 budget: $22.7 million; $16 million from two local levies totaling five mills.
Leonard Kirtz School: 4801 Woodridge Drive, Austintown. Leonard Kirtz is a chartered public school that provides comprehensive programs and education for school-age children with MRDD. There are also an early childhood program for children from birth through age 5 and an early intervention program for children birth through age 2.
Adult workshops: MASCO (Mahoning Adult Services Corp.), a nonprofit company, operates the business entity for the sheltered workshops under contract with MCMRDD. MASCO employees/MCMRDD clients do subcontact work for local businesses such as assembly, packaging, sorting and woodworking, custodial, lawn care. The workshops are Bev MASCO, 825 Bev Road, Boardman; Meshel MASCO, 160 Marwood Circle, Boardman; Rayen MASCO, 945 W. Rayen Ave., Youngstown.
Board office: 4791 Woodridge Drive, Austintown.
Transportation department, 4795 Woodridge Drive, Austintown.
Javit Court: The MCMRDD board is acquiring two buildings at 153 and 130 Javit Court that will add a combined 23,000 square feet of space for programs.
Early Intervention (EI): Birth to age 2. It can be home-based or center-based. Helen Fizet, master's degree in early childhood education. The department prepares an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSD). At a client's third birthday, he is re-assessed and at the point it is determined whether he is sent to special needs preschool or a regular preschool.
Preschool: The program, which emphasizes family involvement, is designed for children ages 3 through 5 who have medical needs in addition to significant developmental delays.
Supported employment: For clients interested in working in the community rather than a sheltered workshop.
Retirement program: Geared for adults age 55 and older, it emphasizes recreation, arts, leisure activities and socialization.
Supported living: Provides services such as homemaker and personal care and adaptive devices that help clients become more independent.
Snoezelen: Multisensory environment (room) that enables clients to have some control over their environment through the use of textures, lights and sounds.
Source: Mahoning County Mental Retardation/Development Disabilities