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Trumbull County MRDD receives state accreditation



Published: Thu, May 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



NILES -- The Trumbull County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities has been accredited by the state for the quality services and supports it provides to people with disabilities.

Trumbull is the first of six counties to complete the requirements for accreditation by the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. A certificate of accreditation was presented to Trumbull County by Kenneth W. Ritchey, state MRDD director, at a ceremony Tuesday.

"The accreditation process was designed to help county boards continuously improve the quality of their services," Ritchey said. "Your practices not only comply with the state and federal laws and rules but ensure that the legal and human rights of people with disabilities are protected. I applaud your accomplishments."

The comprehensive state review was conducted early this year.

A team of surveyors from the state looked at issues such as how the county board conducts background investigations of new employees, that all staff are registered, certified or licensed; that a process to resolve complaints about programs, services, policies or administrative practices is in place and followed; and that services and various supports are offered to all people.




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