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Published: Mon, April 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.

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

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