Kyle Lewis, superintendent of the Board of Developmental Disabilities since 2006, recently spoke to The Wilmington Rotary Club, which meets at noon on Tuesdays at the CMH meeting room.
Lewis spoke about the services the Clinton County Board of DD provides. Prior to 1967 there were no services provided to individuals with a disability. Senate Bill 169 created the county board services about 56 years ago.
The Board of DD consists of seven board members — five appointed by the commissioners of Clinton County and two appointed by the probate judge. The board operates on a budget of about $5 million which is approved by the county commissioners. They currently have two levies that help fund the budget — one for 1996 and a replacement levy from 2007.
Lewis stated the Board of DD currently touches the lives of approximately 400 people:
1. Early intervention ages birth–3
2. Preschool ages 3-5
3. School and adult ages 6 and up
Clinton County is usually one of the top two counties out of the 88 counties in Ohio for child finds. This is achieved by working with local doctors, hospitals and school systems to diagnose a child’s disability at an early age.