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Information for Independent Providers 

An independent provider is a self-employed person who provides services for which he or she must be certified by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities.  Independent providers must be the provider of the services and cannot employ, either directly or through contract, anyone else to provide the services. 

Having the following documents accessible will be helpful to independent providers preparing to apply for initial certification:


  • Verification of age:  All provider applicants must be at least 18 years of age. 
  • High School Diploma/GED:  Except for persons who held provider certification or who were employed by a certified agency provider on September 30, 2009.
  • State Identification:  Valid driver’s license or other government-issued photo identification
  • Social Security Card:  a copy is required to be submitted with your application
  • Current report from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII).  Please contact your local DODD County Board to see if they offer or can refer you to local organizations that offer BCII and FBI criminal background checks. Organizations that offer web check for civilian and FBI checks can also be found on-line at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Services/Business/WebCheck.aspx/?from=nav
  • Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in First Aid
  • Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in CPR
  • Evidence of 8-hours training​ 

The following documents will be helpful for renewal of certification:

  • Current report from the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII).  Please contact your local DODD County Board to see if they offer or can refer you to local organizations that offer BCII and FBI criminal background checks. Organizations that offer web check for civilian and FBI checks can also be found on-line at http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Services/Business/WebCheck.aspx/?from=nav​
  • Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in First Aid
  • Valid American Red Cross or equivalent certification in CPR
  • Evidence of MUI and Client Rights training​
To begin Certification​ use the Certification Wizard​
     
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